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Hume Award Winners Determined

We don’t know all of the winners yet, but the names of some of the winners of this year’s National Press Club Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism are already leaking out.

We hear that the WSJ’s Brody Mullins will take home a trophy this year (he also won last year)…who are the others?

WSJ Changes

From an email from the WSJ’s Jerry Seib (“Nik” refers to Nik Deogun):

    To all:

    I wanted to officially inform you of some changes that I’m quite sure you all, being good reporters, know full well already…

    Much to my regret, Nik is leaving us this spring to return to New York to become editor of the Money and Investing section. He will be replacing Dave Kansas, who is becoming president of an exciting new personal finance Internet business Dow Jones is starting with IAC. The paper’s gain in having Nik available to step into this important role is very much the bureau’s loss. In his time here, Nik has become not only an integral part of everything that happens in Washington, but a beloved (and I use that word with all sincerity) colleague of everyone here. Nik is a talented editor, a wonderful news person and a great friend to lean on. On a personal note, I don’t want the moment to pass without saying how much I have benefited from having Nik here and from developing a real friendship with him, one that will endure. We don’t have a precise date for Nik’s departure yet, but whenever it comes we wish him all the best, obviously.

    Filling Nik’s role as deputy, though in a somewhat different fashion, will be an old friend of mine and some others in the bureau, Monica Langley. Monica is one of the most powerful reporters and writers on the paper, and has produced the absolute best profiles and many of the best stories in general that the WSJ has published in recent years. Monica’s role will be to try to help us all do more of just those kinds of stories in Washington, and to continue to write some of them for us here. She will lead a small group of reporters engaged in investigative and projects work, and be available to work with reporters and editors from across the bureau when they have ideas for profiles, projects, or just generally unconventional reporting ideas. I have known Monica for two decades, from the time she and I were junior reporters here in this bureau, and when she and Roger Wallace, her husband, were neighbors of Barb and me in AU Park. In addition to her time here, Monica has filled a series of other jobs and roles at the WSJ, in New York and her native Knoxville, Tenn.. She also practiced law for several years (which helps her decipher what a lot of our sources try to get away with), and wrote a best-selling book. Monica is, among other things, a great, fun and lively personality to have around the bureau, and I’m delighted she will be back among us. Incidentally, Roger is a talented television producer and has been named executive producer of TV news for Belo Corp.’s Washington bureau. Langley Grace Wallace will start third grade at Sidwell Friends next fall.

    Monica will be a welcome addition to our very strong editing team–David, Laurie, Jake, Kathy, Mary Lu and Winston–which has been stretched thin over the last couple of years as we do more and more for a paper and an online news site that have grown more and more complex. My gratitude and thanks go out to all of them for what they do every day for the Journal. They have very difficult jobs, and are stretched thin. With that in mind, and because Monica will be playing a particular role focused on projects and investigations, I’m also happy to let you all know that Matthew Rose, who has been among us for months now as a satellite page-one editor, will be joining the bureau as an editor, running a group of reporters. Matthew is, as you all know by now, an extremely talented editor and will be a great addition to the bureau. Few people on the staff are as adept at Matthew at shaping page-one copy, and I look forward to putting his skills to work for the bureau overall, and for his group of reporters in particular. We will be working out the precise date of Matthew’s transition to the bureau in the next week or two.

    These changes will require some rewiring of the editing/reporting groups in the bureau, which I will be doing over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to let you all know what’s up, and to ask you in welcoming Monica and Matthew to the bureau. As for Nik, we will find a suitable way to say goodbye in the next few months.


Looks like Langley will edit Glenn Simpson (who’s returning to Washington with his WSJer wife Mary Jacoby), John Wilke and Brody Mullins.

Aaron Blake: The FishbowlDC Interview

ablakepic.bmpSay hello to The Hill’s Aaron Blake.

How many suits do you own? Three and a half. I don’t know how you lose half a suit, but I did it somehow awhile back. It was the left half.

What word do you routinely misspell? Republican. I slip the b in before the u, so it’s Repbulican.

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? Not yet, but I intend to. I haven’t been good about checking out the new releases on Netflix.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? See above.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I have always despised that person whose cell phone goes off in a quiet room, so I keep mine on vibrate.

What time did you get up this morning? 6 a.m. I’m from the Midwest, and apparently this makes me certifiably crazy on the East Coast.

When did you last cry and why? I cry every time I walk outside in the cold wind. For some reason, it make my eyes water like crazy here. Crying for real? When my family’s dog died about a year ago. I was a mess.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? I like to keep my sins non-deadly, but if I had to choose one it’d be pride/hubris.

Beach, city or country? City, with occasional and necessary trips to the others.

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? Where I come from, all the men are handsome, all the women are strong and all the children are above average.

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins)

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Brody Mullins: The FishbowlDC Interview

bmul.gifSay hello to the Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins, who had a rather big night last night.

How many suits do you own? more than a dozen. One of my parents’ neighbors gives me all his old suits. I probably have a half-dozen pinstriped Brooks Brothers suits from the 70s and 80s, including a light-blue pinstriped seersucker that would make a Southern senator proud. How many do I wear? Two or three.

What word do you routinely misspell? I used to misspell “tomorrow.” but a few years ago I started using “tomorrow” as the password for my computer, believing that if I type it every day I would learn to spell it correctly. Then one day I was on the road on a story and needed some information off my desktop. So I called my editor, asked him go on my computer and gave him my password. It was akward. When I returned, I changed my password to “carpediem.”

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? rented it in a hotel. fell asleep.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? rented it in a hotel. fell asleep.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I like vibrate. but I have a new phone and haven’t change it yet. in the meantime I have a terribly embarrassing ring tone.

What time did you get up this morning? 8ish

When did you last cry and why? When I read a front page Wall Street Journal story by Evan Perez about one family’s ordeal during the hurricane flooding in New Orleans. I was on an airplane by myself. Middle seat. Tears flowing down my cheeks. Picture this: A grown man crying while reading the Wall Street Journal on an airplane.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? Gluttony/Hubris

Beach, city or country? Beach

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? I have a great personality

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A Big Night

martini.jpgBe sure to have your Advil, Gatorade, banana and Berocca all ready to go on your bedside table tonight.

Here’s the National Press Foundation’s recipe for a hangover:

Put a bunch of congressional reporters and an open bar in a room on a Thursday night when Congress is out of town and when none of them have to work on Friday (sort of). Throw in the impressive posse of Brody Mullins and, oh, it’s on.

Then, head to the Meridian House for Washington Life’s “Young and The Guest List” party.

And then, of course, to Stetson’s for more debauchery and tales of your continued world domination.

Because you can.

Taking Out The Trash, 02.06.07

  • Most of you have no interest Sunday talk shows. Too early in the morning?

  • Fox gets the Giuliani love on his big presidential announcement day.

  • B&C reports that MSNBC GM Dan Abrams said, “We want to be ahead of CNN, and I expect that we will be within the year.” (Hat Tip: TVNewser)

  • Fox’s “Red Eye” premieres.

  • An NBC release announces that “Nightly News with Brian Williams” returns to the Gulf Coast region for the 12th time to report on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Brian Williams will anchor live from New Orleans on Tuesday, February 6.

  • A Politico reader asks Shenanigans, “What is [former NYT Executive Editor] Max Frankel doing at the Libby trial? Writing the definitive piece on Scooter? Or closing the book on Judy?”

  • NewsAssignment’s Matt Weir writes that while the Politico may not have been the new online media venture we expected, he expects, “the political news site of the future will be something more personal and citizen driven. Maybe even something like AirCongress.”

  • The National Press Foundation announced, “The 39th annual Worth Bingham Prize will be awarded to Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman of The Hartford Courant for their series, ‘Mentally Unfit, Forced to Fight,’ which was published on May 14-17, 2006. The award will be presented in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Foundation’s 24th Annual Awards Dinner on February 22, 2007.” Also being recognized are PBS’s Gwen Ifill, the late Art Buchwald, the Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and American Public Media’s Steve Henn & William Kistner.

  • To the reader that asked, “You guys are already getting ready for the hottest media types: that means I have only 6 months to find the blond curly haired tall girl. Did any tipsters write in where she works — nbc or abc?” Answer: ABC. That’s all we’re saying…

  • From DCRTV:

      DCRTV hears that Sharon Percy Rockefeller has stepped down as president and chief executive of WETA television and radio. It’s said to be due to the lingering effects from an automobile accident. “WETA deserves and must have a president who possesses the physical stamina to meet the challenges which lie ahead,” according to her letter of resignation, submitted last week. She is married to Senator John Rockefeller, a Democrat of West Virginia. More soon…..


      DCRTV hears that Channel 4/WRC cameraman and video editor Ron Minor retired today after 37 years on the beat. Minor, just 22 when he started working at DC’s NBC station, says he feels like he’s grown up at WRC. He shot eight Super Bowls, covered the Nixon White House, and worked with David Brinkley, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, and Henry Kissinger. While he traveled the world from Bosnia to South Africa, Minor says that sitting in the war room on the USS Roosevelt at sea was his most exciting shoot. Look for Minor to continue his video work via Fine Line Productions…..