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Fishbowl’s Finest: Dan Zak

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If he weren’t such a fine writer, we’d demand this journalist stop hiding behind a newspaper. Known simply as “Handsome Dan” by friends and co-workers, it’s no surprise that WaPo‘s Dan Zak made our list of Washington’s most beautiful journalists. A feature writer for the Style section, Zak has worked for The Post since graduating from American University in 2005. A few of his stories:

Souls on Ice

Appleseed Project teaches marksmanship and history, hopes to improve the country

The last of Leeville: Chances grow slim for a wide spot in the road in La.

When this dreamy Buffalo-bred scribe isn’t perfecting his craft, he’s likely traveling the world or planning his next Oktoberfest and holiday house party.

Because we’d hate him if he weren’t so damn nice, “Handsome Dan” Zak is one of Fishbowl’s Finest 2010.

For true Danatics, “Tuxedo Dan” and “Sporty Dan” after the jump.

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Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quote(s) of the Day

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Comfortably numb cabbie

“My cab driver is eating McDonald’s fries and blaring Pink Floyd.”
-WSJ‘s Susan Davis on Twitter Monday. To which House GOP Whip Spokesman Brad Dayspring remarked, “Munchies.”

Socks News Strikes Again?

“Okay, so they’re persistent, but Shepard Smith is probably the best anchor on the network — one of the few name personalities who really does report the news in a ‘fair and balanced’ manner.”
- Commentary from a “reader” on FishbowlMatt’s “Rhymes with Socks News PR” item Monday. The item was the result of three consecutive really enthusiastic “anonymous” pitches on Smith landing on the cover of New Orleans Magazine.

Cupcake Paralysis

“Anyone who waits more than three minutes for a cupcake is insane.”
- WaPo feature writer Dan Zak in a Monday tweet.

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Washington Life’s “YGL” Issue Hits Newsstands

wlygl.jpg “Young & the Guest List,” Washington Life‘s annual roundup of roughly 200 (more this year) of the metro area’s top innovators under the age of 40 just hit newsstands. This year’s list includes 152 men, 112 women, 2 diplomats 35 CEOs and 44 folks from the White House and Cap Hill. WL tells us that there were 78 new editions this year and a quick read proves that DC media types were well-represented.

Just a few of the media types to make the cut include CNN’s Jessica Yellin, WaPo’s Dan Zak, ABC7′s Kris Van Cleave, Cynee Simpson and Scott Thuman, C-SPAN’s Greta Brawner, Fox News’ Bret Baier and wife Amy, AP’s Desmond Butler, MTP’s Betsy Fischer Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, ABC’s Emily Lenzner, NBC’s Luke Russert, Daily Caller’s Becca Glover, Ross Douthat, UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour and wifey, Jayne Sandman Dufour. Representing White House media types are Dep. Comm Director Jen Psaki, Comm Director Dan Pfeiffer and Dir. of New Media Macon Phillips.

In addition, three generations of FishbowlDC appear on this year’s list – Washingtonian’s Garrett Graff, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and me, Matt Dornic.

For the full list, pick up a copy at Whole Foods, newsstands and book stores around the city. For more on the YGL, check out Washington Life‘s website here and a behind-the-scenes video from the YGL fashion shoot below.

WL Fashion TV: Behind the Scenes at The Young & The Guest List Fashion Shoot from Washington Life Magazine on Vimeo.

FishbookDC Class of 2009: Early Projections

Most Likely to be a Headline
After all these years, Cox still rocks your socks. Air America’s Ana Marie Cox is devastating the competition with almost 60% of the vote.

Most Ambitious
Early projections show that this one is going to come down to ABC golden boy, Jake Tapper and boy wonder Tommy McFly of Mix 107.3. Tapper’s got Tommy by 10% but we’ve got 24 hours of voting to go.

Most Mysterious
Dave Hughes aka “DCRTV Dave” is dominating this category with a strong lead and good voter turnout. Well played, Dave.

Most Likely to Join the Administration
No surprises here. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews & HuffPo’s Nico Pitney have remained in a dueling lead.

Most Competitive
Only I can see the actual vote count but it’s pretty pathetic for a category honoring allegedly “competitive” journos. A few votes could swing this election either way. For now, WaPo’s Chris Cillizza and Politico’s Glenn Thrush are nearly tied up. That said, if we don’t see some action soon, we’ll be forced to rename the category “All Talk and No Walk.”

Biggest Rebel
Only 5% of the vote separates rebellious writers John Stanton of Roll Call and Julie Mason of the Examiner.

Hardest Working
Voters are working overtime for CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Roll Call’s Shira Toeplitz. These two have led the pack all day. For now, Blitzer’s got first place but it’s still anyone’s game.

Class Clown
CQ’s Craig Crawford came out of nowhere to take the lead over WaPo’s Dana Milbank and TPM’s Matt Cooper but there are no winners yet. A little campaigning or a good practical joke could tip the scales in any clown’s favor.

Biggest Heartthrob: The Ladies
Oh my goff! It’s a battle royale between WUSA-9′s Angie Goff and CNN’s Brianna Keilar but for now, Goff’s in the lead.

Biggest Heartthrob: The Guys
NBC’s resident hunk, Luke Russert has held on to first place but a good showing from supporters of WaPo’s Dan Zak and CQ’s Phil Mattingly are keeping things interesting.

Cutest Couple
NPR’s Geoff Bennett & HuffPo/People’s Beth Perry are leading with 25% of the vote but the competition is fierce. CNN’s dynamic duo John King & Dana Bash, TWT’s Sonny Bunch & Roll Call’s Elizabeth Brotherton and Bloomberg’s Tim Burger & Examiner’s Kiki Ryan are hot in pursuit.

You can vote for your favorites in every category after the jump.

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Which Guy is FishbookDC’s “Biggest Heartthrob” of 2009?

And the guys…

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FishbookDC: Remaining Candidates Revealed

Cutest Couple
CNN’s Dana Bash & John King
Examiner’s Kiki Ryan & Bloomberg’s Tim Burger
Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman & MSNBC’s David Shuster
Politico’s Vandeharris
CBS’ Bob Schieffer & Kaylee Hartung
NPR’s Geoff Bennett & People/HuffPo’s Beth Perry
WaPo’s Mary Ann Akers and Newsweek’s Mike Isikoff
Roll Call’s Elizabeth Brotherton & TWT’s Sonny Bunch
CQ-RC Group’s Drew Armstrong and Marie Kilroy
Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich & The Hill’s Jared Allen

Biggest Heartthrob
The Ladies
Brianna Keilar, CNN
Amy Argetsinger, WaPo
Lara Logan, CBS
Angie Goff, WUSA-9

The Guys
Luke Russert, NBC
Dan Zak, WaPo
Rich Edson, Fox Business
Philip Stewart,News Channel 8 and ABC
Clinton Yates, Express
Phil Mattingly, CQ
Matt Neufeld,Carroll Publishing
Jeff Zeleny, NYT

Biggest Rebel
John Stanton, Roll Call
David Shuster, MSNBC
Julie Mason, Examiner
Joe Curl, TWT
Ryan Grimm, HuffPo

Hardest Working
Wolf Blitzer, CNN
Helen Thomas
Andrea Mitchell, NBC
Shira Toeplitz, Roll Call
George Stephanopoulos, ABC

Class Clown
Dana Milbank, WaPo
Matt Cooper, TPM
Liz Glover, TWT
Craig Crawford, CQ
NBC’s Domenico Montanaro & Andy Gross
John Dickerson, Slate

Friday Photo Fun! WaPo Style?

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Backstage pass from Lilith Fair? No, WaPo Style writer Hank Stuever‘s 1989 intern badge– just one of many smile-worthy posts from Stuever’s blog:

Believe it or not, I’m only slightly embarrassed to dig this up and show you: It’s been 20 years this summer since I was an intern at the Washington Post. This was the summer between my junior and senior years of college, the same summer I turned 21.

Yes, the hair: More Belinda Carlisle than Bono, right? The glasses don’t help either. And the only reason I’m not smiling is because it’s my first day at work and I am scared sh*tless.

Stuever’s intern badge explains a lot about Post “style.” Now I know why Dan Zak insists that hypercolor sweatpants are all the rage or why Amy Argetsinger won’t leave home without a full can of Aquanet… clearly Stuever’s influence.

Fill your hankering for Hank by clicking here.

Young and the Press List

Some on the “press list” and some on the “guest list,” journos came out in swarms to last night’s Young and the Guest List party hosted by Washington Life Magazine. The super-chic soiree was held at last year’s site for ARTOMATIC – a soon-to-be occupied office building on 1st St. NE. Guests were treated to pyramids of cupcakes, several open bars and a gifting suite in the rugged and lofty space.

Guest list-er Tommy McFly did his Mix 107.3 evening show live from the fete while champagne flowed freely and a band entertained the crowd. A few of the media folks spotted at last night’s function were NBC’s Luke Russert, CNN’s Amy Holmes, Politico’s Patrick Gavin, TWT’s Stephanie Green, Carol Ross Joynt, Pamela Sorenson, Washingtonian’s Garrett Graff, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, Rachel Cothran, Betsy Fischer, Will Thomas, Pamela Brown and representing for WaPo were Dan Zak & Amy Argetsinger.

It’s Here. Washington Life‘s 2009 The Young & The Guest List

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting with bated breath for… Washington Life Magazine‘s 2009 The Young & the Guest List is here.

The annual collection of 250 of the “most influential Washingtonians under 40″ includes the scene’s well-knowns like NBC’s Luke Russert, Fox’s Bret Baier and CNN’s Jessica Yellin, as well as fresh new faces like MIX 107.3′s Tommy McFly.

Now we can’t divulge the full list here, but we can share these stats:

55% of the individuals on the 2009 Young & The Guest List are new additions to the list this year. (Note: the total number of listees has not increased since 2008)

39 individuals, or approximately 1 in 6, work on Capitol Hill, in the White House, the diplomatic corps, or public service

41 are CEO’s and 67 people, or approximately 1 in 4 have founded a company or non-profit

34% are married

Male 54%/Female 46%

35 people, or 12% are media professionals

The 2009 Y&GL party will be held Thursday, April 16th at an undisclosed location, and the guest list is pretty exclusively these 250 and one guest each.

To see if you’ve made the cut, check out the 35 media professionals after the jump.

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Morning Reading List, 03.28.08

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REVOLVING DOOR | NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE MEDIA | MAGAZINES | RADIO | JOBS

  • You think it was not out of bounds to ask Chelsea the Monica Lewinsky question.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I find it insulting that people with god given talents and produce revenue increasing abilities working in this newspaper biz today, have their positions cut out from under them in efforts to streamline and save costs. All my contacts will no longer work with this great publication. Most likely they’ll follow me to wherever else is smart and lucky enough to have me!”

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  • Robert Schlesinger is starting next month at US News & World Report, creating and running their new online opinion section.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Reuters reports,Sam Zell in his latest memo tells Tribune employees — the ones who haven’t been spiked — that he’s happy to see them so hard at work coming up with new ideas to help the publisher and broadcaster thrive. Employees have been so helpful, in fact, that Tribune has created an online ‘IdeaBank’ for submissions, rather than the talktoSam AT tribune.com address that he’s been using. As he explains below, this will let other people in the company see them.”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Congrats to Mike Wilbon and his wife, Sheryl,on the birth of their first child. Matthew Raymond Wilbon arrived Wednesday, weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces and stretching to 22 inches long.”

  • Mark Potts reports, “The boys (and girls) on the bus in the 2008 Presidential campaign could fit into a much smaller vehicle, according to The New York Times: Far fewer news organizations are staffing the campaign this year, largely because of cutbacks in newsroom budgets.”

  • AJR reports, “A veteran editor says farewell to the world of dailies and finds happiness running a weekly in the home of baseball’s Hall of Fame.”

  • E&P reports, “Wall Street calls Microsoft’s generously priced but unwelcome bid for Yahoo Inc. a ‘bear hug’ — but will it be newspapers who get squeezed? Some of the newspaper industry’s new-media gurus think so. No matter who wins, they say, the fight will distract Yahoo at a crucial time in the rollout of its next-generation online ad tools for the 600-plus papers in the newspaper consortium.”

  • Richard Johnson, editor of New York Post’s Page Six column, calls other celebrity blogs “parasites.”

  • Washington City Paper’s City Desk asks, “WaTi: Better Reporting, Please”

  • Business Wire reports, “SABEW Announces Winners in its 13th Annual Best in Business Journalism Contest”

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  • A NBC release announced, “‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ kicks off
    its 2008 college circuit as the ‘Hardball College Tour’ hosts Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama live at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Wednesday, April 2, 5-6 p.m. ET, and will re-air at 7 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET. Matthews will interview Sen. Obama on key issues of the 2008 presidential election, including the economy and the Iraq war, with West Chester students also having the opportunity to question the candidate.”

  • NBC also announced, “‘The Chris Matthews Show’ was the number-two
    rated Sunday morning public affairs show topping ABC’s ‘This Week,’ CBS’s ‘Face the Nation,’ and ‘FOX News Sunday’ in households nationally for the week ending March 23, 2008.” NBC tells us that the show had a 3.7 HH in D.C — easily beating FOX, This Week, and Face the Nation.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of March 17, 2008, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Letterman’ among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54.”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, for the week ending Sunday, March 23, “Meet the Press” was top-rated, attracting 4.575 million total viewers”

  • TVNewser reports, “Following yesterday’s announcement of a reorganization of the operations and finance areas of ABC News, TVNewser has learned as many as 21 jobs have been eliminated. However, insiders tell us a number of new jobs have already been posted, and that those who were cut are being encouraged to apply for the added positions. In the end, the insider figures around 11 jobs will be lost.”

  • TVNewser is tracking “Presidential Candidates’ Time on the Tube”

  • Nikki Finke asks, “Has NBC Uni’s Jeff Zucker Lost His Mind?”

  • TVNewser reports, “‘Pimped Out’ Makes a Second Appearance on MSNBC”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • The Washington Business Journal reports, “Former AOL directors Laurence Hooper and Dan Goodman launched a new venture on Facebook Wednesday. Leesburg-based Loladex is a local search engine that uses recommendations and ratings from online social networking platforms to return more specific results.”

  • Washington City Paper’s Mike DeBonis marks two years of City Desk.

  • Forbes.com reports, “Competition in the wire service world has just been slashed. Shareholders of The Thomson Corporation and Reuters Group have agreed to the acquisition of the latter.”

  • The Australian reports,Les Hinton, the new chief executive of Dow Jones & Co, which owns The Wall Street Journal, expects strong growth for the business in the Asia-Pacific region while yesterday saying he was increasingly unlikely to make the group’s entire wsj.com website free.”

  • From The Washington Post’s Peep Chat on Monday, a reader named “Pinky” asks: “Which color Peep tastes the best? I say the pink. They are also the prettiest.” And Dan Zak responds: Hi Pinky. You sound like a very attractive person. I think I was 8 years old the last time I actually ate a Peep, so I consulted fellow staffers. Justin says ‘Brown is the color of flavor’ but Holly says ‘The brown cocoa ones are awful.’ So there’s that. Joe Heim says avoid the yellow Peeps, but, as a rule, I don’t believe anything Joe says.”

  • Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins and Jeffrey Ressner asks, “What up with all the thumbs on the scale?”

  • Eric Lichtblau shows Slate readers, “The inside drama behind the Times’ warrantless wiretapping story.”

  • The Scotsman reports, “Internet the last word for teenage readers.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Finding Political News Online, the Young Pass It On”

  • The AP reports, “The popular video-sharing site YouTube is giving contributors more details about who’s watching their video clips and when, offering advertisers additional insights they can use to target their pitches. The free program, known as YouTube Insight, also could help bands schedule their concerts and help anyone time the release of a new video.”

  • Washington City Paper’s Amanda Hess writes, “For this week’s Show & Tell, I spoke to a group of local writers, educators, and nonprofit staffers working to start up a creative writing center for District youth, ages 6 to 18. The 19 volunteers have a lot of ideas for the project, but their Capitol Letters Writing Center is still very much a work-in-progress: Currently, they’ve got no location, no students, and no money. Why don’t we help them out!” Learn how here.

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    MAGAZINES

  • Check out Campaigns and Elections’ Political Broadcast Manual.

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    RADIO

  • Media Nation reports,Paul La Camera, general manager of WBUR Radio (90.9 FM), e-mails Media Nation about a recent report by Adam Reilly at ThePhoenix.com that he may bring former Boston Globe and sometime Boston Herald columnist Mike Barnicle to the public-radio powerhouse to do commentary.”

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    JOBS

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Financial Impact Editor.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Senior Producer Segments, Morning Edition.

  • Sourcemedia is looking for a Reporter.

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