TVNewser FishbowlNY AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Chris Isham’

NJ Journos are Available — Like Brown’s Daughter

NJ brownstein.jpg

Atlantic Media Political Director Ron Brownstein (shown above) uttered profound words Thursday night at National Journal’s swank party at the Watergate Hotel’s University Room, where a host of NJ scribes convened to strut their stuff for bookers.

“The bar is open, the most important words in politics,” Brownstein announced. After speaking for a little while, he remarked, “I feel like sitting here I’ve already completed more consecutive words than on “Hardball” without interruption.”

The party was intended for bookers to see potential on-air talent, so the joke of the night was that NJ reporters were “available”, like Sen-elect Scott Brown’s daughters.

Sitting in a row on stools, several scribes had a chance to introduce themselves and talk briefly about what he or she does on a daily basis.

At one point talk turned to the state of the Democratic Party in Congress. CongressDaily’s Erin McPike said a “forensic examination” was going on. The Hotline’s Editor-in-Chief Amy Walter chimed in, “More like a colonoscopy.” And Brownstein: “More like an autopsy.”

The parade of introductions continued:

NJ finance reporter Bill Swindell: “I’m paid to follow Barney Frank around.”

CongressDaily health care reporter Anna Edney: “It does feel like the last year of my life has gone down the drain with this race in Massachusetts.”

In attendance besides NJ people? CNN’s Sam Feist, CBS News Bureau Chief Chris Isham, Christine Delargy, Early Show senior producer Kerri Forrest, Tammy Haddad, who helped organize the event, Hilary Rosen, and producers for CNN’s Larry King.

The party was swarming with NJ scribes from CongressDaily and The Hotline such as The Hotline’s TV Editor Abby Livingston and Wake Up Call’s Maura O’Brien. Additionally, there was Hotline Executive Editor John-Mercurio, U.S. House reporter Rich Cohen, Reid Wilson, Marilyn Werber Serafini, Dan Friedman, Darren Goode, Shane Harris, Margaret Kriz Hobson, John Maggs, Tim Sahd and David Wasserman. In addition, NJ’s Spokesman David Miller and executive assistant Meredith Nettles.

No one from FNC or MSNBC showed, which was noteworthy considering they book so many guests.

NJParty1.jpg

A Toast to CBS’s Chaggaris

17961_855595083488_5705480_47893687_625500_n.jpg
From L to R: CBS’ Fernando Suarez, Steve’s wife Jennifer Chaggaris, Steve, Kaylee Hartung and Rob Hendin.

Colleagues and friends came together for a goodbye party for CBS News former Political Director Steve Chaggaris at Darlington House in Dupont Circle. Chaggaris is going to work for Allbritton as the new director of TV projects and senior executive producer, where he will help launch a new metro website cable channel.

In attendance: CBS Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, Deputy Bureau Chief Jim McGlinchy, White House correspondent Chip Reid, Christine Delargy, Meredith Stencil and Michelle Levi.

Daily Caller Party Bursting with People — and Coats

tucker-howl10.jpg

The Daily Caller launch party was the place to be last night for Washington D.C.’s political party crowd.

In attendance:
Former Time scribe Matt Cooper and Scooter Libby, former Chief of Staff to former V.P. Dick Cheney (in the same room)

From the Daily Caller:
Tucker Carlson, Editor-in-Chief
Moira Bagley, Opinion Editor
Becca Glover Watkins, Publicist and Booker
Jonathan Ward, senior political and White House Reporter
Matt Labash (who also writes for The Weekly Standard)

Liz Glover, former TWT columnist
Juleanna Glover, host, GOP lobbyist

Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair, and wife, Carol Blue
ABC’s Jake Tapper, Ann Compton, The Note’s Rick Klein
NBC’s Savannah Guthrie
UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour and wife, Jayne
CBS bureau chief Chris Isham, CBS’ Christine Delargy
CNN’s Amy Holmes
Talking Points Memo’s Christina Bellantoni
Politico’s Patrick Gavin, Kiki Ryan, Michael Calderone
Meet the Press’ Joey Bell
Yeas and Nays’ Tara Palmeri
Congress Daily’s Erin McPike
Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, Shira Topeitz, Emily Heil
The Hill’s Bob Cusack, Jared Allen, Christina Wilkie
Monocle’s Sasha Issenberg
The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder
Former Bloomberg scribe Tim Burger

Non-media types: Janet Donovan, Ron Bonjean, Christina Sevilla, Michael Feldman, Mark Paustenbach, Susanna Quinn, former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart.

One highlight of the party was a man dressed up in colonial wear, who, a partygoer surmised, was “what I can only assume was a “Daily Caller.” There were two French maids passing out vodka.

Fun was had by most. The only part anyone quibbled about was the coat check. One attendee remarked: “There were really long lines to get your coat to leave and just too many people to be in one house at the same time. By the time you got your coat from the coat check and your car from the valet, it was at least 15-20 minutes.”

Politico’s Gavin tweeted, “Even Joe Lockhart has to wait in line for his coat.”

Photographs courtesy of Patrick Ryan.
See more party pictures and Politico Click video after the jump…

Read more

Two CBS’ers to Tie the Knot

FishbowlDC would like to congratulate one of our favorite couples in DC media, CBS’ Michelle Levi and Fernando Suarez, who got engaged just this morning!

The couple met and both still work at the Washington Bureau of CBS News.

Co-workers joked over email today that the wedding should take place in the newsroom, officiated by bureau chief Chris Isham and that Bob Schieffer‘s band Honky Tonk Confidential should be booked for the reception.

CBS’ers Mingle with Hill and White House Staffers

CBS Washington bureau chief Chris Isham hosted a cocktail party last evening at the posh 14K as a meet and greet for his new White House and Hill teams and various staffers. Chip Reid and his producer Rob Hendin are new to the White House press corps and Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes has taken a new beat on the Hill.

Also in attendance: Slate’s John Dickerson, a regular on CBS, Early Show senior producer Kerri Forrest, Bill Plante (a connoisseur who did approve of the wine selection), Wyatt Andrews and Steve Chaggaris.

And some of the flaks: Anthony Coley, Eric Schultz, Antonia Ferrier, Geoff Morrell, Jen Crider, Alex Conant (who just started blogging), Regan Lachapelle and Rodell Mollin.

Also gracing 14K last evening was Dr. Jill Biden. The wife of the Vice President was flanked by Secret Service as she had dinner with a friend.

Morning Reading List 03.09.09

Good Morning FishbowlDC!

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below.

Its day 49 covering the Obama administration and week six for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | REVOLVING DOOR | JOBS

NEWPAPERS

Jim Bellows died Friday. He was 86 and had Alzheimer’s disease. From AP: ” Jim Bellows, a famed editor who transformed struggling newspapers in Los Angeles, Washington and New York, nurtured the careers of Tom Wolfe and Jimmy Breslin and helped make “Entertainment Tonight” a TV hit, has died… For two decades beginning in the 1960s, Bellows took big-city newspapers that were fighting losing battles against large-budgeted giants and spiced them up with scrappy reporting and columns that often took jabs at their rivals.”

A longtime Rocky Mountain News reporter James Meadow died Sunday after a serious mountain biking accident. Friends and family have started a Facebook group here. Tributes to Meadow can also be found at “I wany my Rocky,” a blog dedicated to the paper.

In other news, a NYT story this weekend reports that the LA Daily News is going to try an experiment this summer wherein readers get to choose their own news. From FishbowlNY: The plan is to let readers customize their own papers with news stories they like and then print them in their own homes (so sort of like a dead tree RSS feed?).

McClatchy will cut 1,600 more jobs, or 15 percent of its workforce, as part of its restructing.

To thoughts on how to save newspapers: from NYT “United, Newspapers May Stand” and from the Christian Science Monitor “Professors could rescue newspapers.”

TV

WaPo’s Marc Fisher says DC is “suddenly hot” in primetime. “But with the election of Barack Obama, the shift of economic power from New York to the District, and the evolution of a voracious celebrity culture to include politicians and even campaign strategists, TV is rediscovering Washington. No longer is the city simply a collection of marble icons to be glommed onto police procedurals and other basic formats of television drama.”

Tell him something good. Mmmhmm. AP’s David Bauder reports NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has received thousands of responses after asking viewers for some good news on his broadcast.

NYT also reports NBC is considering extending Nightly News to an hour long broadcast.

RADIO

How many people actually listen to Rush Limbaugh? “According to what Limbaugh delights in calling “the drive-by media,” the number varies wildly. Is it 30 million (Pat Buchanan on MSNBC), 20 million (Time magazine, ABC News), 19 million (Fox News), 14 million (CNN), or “14.2 million to about 25 million” (The Washington Post)?” Answer from WaPo’s Paul Farhi, maybe. Read more here.

In other Limbaugh news, HuffPost points out on his show Friday, he suggested Sen. Ted Kennedy would not see the health care reform legislaton pass. “Before it’s all over, it’ll be called the Ted Kennedy memorial health care bill,” they report Limbaugh said.

ONLINE

President Obama revealed to the NYT in last week’s interview that he doesn’t read FishbowlDC, or more specifically, blogs. From the transcript: Q: “No blogs?” “I rarely read blogs.” More on President Obama’s NYT interview on FBDC later today.

Just when everyone’s moved on to hating Twitter, The Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash wants to remind us, he still hates Facebook, calling the networking site, “dull– mind-numbingly dull.”

MAGAZINES

Check out 2008′s best and worst selling magazine issues (spoiler, President Obama is on the cover of a lot of the best selling ones.)

NEWS NOTES

From Howard Kurtz‘ Media Notes, “Obama Say Hola to a More Inclusive Press Strategy,” reaching out to Hispanic media.

Thank goodness for free newspapers at the White House. Washington Whispers tells us before becoming President Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel used to swipe newspapers from roommates Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg and his wife Rep. Rosa DeLauro. Emanuel lives in their basement apartment while in DC.

Slate’s Glenn Greenwald tackles the issue of anonymous political sources here.

REVOLVING DOOR

From DCRTV: Weekend news anchor Jennifer Ryan will be leaving Channel 9/WUSA as of this weekend. A source tells us that, by losing Ryan, “the station is breaking up the longest running anchor team with her and Bruce Johnson.” As a budget cutting move, WUSA recently replaced its weekend morning newscasts with infomercials.

From Playbook: Former press secretary to Vice president Cheney Megan Mitchell is now Communications Director for Rep. John Culberson (R-TX). Also moving on, Matt Mackowiak finishes two years as press secretary for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

JOBS

CongressDaily is looking for a House leadership reporter.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro

Journos Honor Mudd

What you missed on Thursday…a book party held for Roger Mudd’sThe Place To Be: The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News.” It was hosted by Bob Schieffer, Chris Isham and Jim Lehrer at the Lehrer home.

Among the guests: Ben Bradlee & Sally Quinn, Alan Greenspan & Andrea Mitchell, Al Hunt & Judy Woodruff, Marvin Kalb, Peter Osnos, John Dickerson, Bill Plante and Jan Greenberg.

Isham: The Announcement

From CBS’ Sean McManus:

    After more than 20 years of outstanding work at CBS News, our D.C. bureau chief, Janet Leissner, has decided to retire. It is with sadness that I make the announcement today of Janet’s decision, as we are losing a great colleague and one of the finest journalists on our team.

    Janet came to me several months ago to discuss the possibility of lessening her workload so she could start to transition into the next phase of her life. Janet’s commitment and service to this news organization speaks for itself. While she will be retiring, the integral role Janet played throughout her career at CBS News will not be forgotten and her list of accomplishments is long. She has been crucial to the success of the Network’s political reporting and coverage, has played a major role in election coverage and has been instrumental in landing many presidential interviews. I hope that Janet will continue to have a role at CBS News in the future.

    Janet will be succeeded by Chris Isham, the Chief of Investigative Projects for ABC News. Chris is an extraordinary journalist and uniquely qualified to succeed Janet as bureau chief. I’m very much looking forward to working with him and having the benefit of his vast experience and knowledge in Washington, D.C. Chris’ appointment is effective September 4.

    Chris has built an extraordinary investigative unit that is widely recognized as one of the most successful of its kind in television news. Under his leadership, the ABC News Investigative Unit broke many exclusive reports on a wide range of topics from terrorism to political corruption. Chris has produced programming for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms and he organized the first major network interview with Osama bin Laden in May 1998. Chris and his unit have been recognized with all of the major awards in the broadcast industry.

    Chris joined ABC News as an associate producer in 1978, and before that he worked in the documentary unit at NBC News. He graduated Yale College in 1976 and Groton School in 1971. He was born in Berlin and has lived in Moscow, Hong Kong, Paris, Haiti and Washington D.C.

    I know you join me in expressing deep appreciation for Janet’s remarkable contributions to CBS News and wish her all the best.

    At the same time, please welcome Chris to the Division.

<< PREVIOUS PAGE