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Capitol File’s Publisher Niche Media Acquired by Greengale Publishing

logoGreengale Publishing today announced that it has acquired Niche Media Holdings, the publisher of 11 regional lifestyle publications including Capitol File, from The Greenspun Corporation of Las Vegas, held by Janie Greenspun Gale and her siblings. Greengale is co-owned by Janie Greenspun Gale and Jeff Gale.

Katherine Nicholls who previously served as president and chief operating officer of Niche, will now serve as CEO.

Elizabeth Thorp, editor-in-chief of Capitol File, shared her excitement, referring to Janie as “fabulous.”

Nicholls said of the owners, “Their decades of experience in journalism, photography, and media, together with their commitment to community service will continue to shape our organization.”

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Jefferson Book Party Toasts Arianna Huffington and Thrive

20140515_190857Last night at The Jefferson, Constance Milstein, Gail MacKinnon and Rachel Pearson hosted Arianna Huffington in celebration of her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.

Huffington wrote Thrive after a fall brought on by exhaustion and a lack of sleep sent her to the hospital.

“The motivation for writing the book was my own burnout, and then looking around and seeing how many millions are burned out. And then, asking the questions that we stop asking after college, ‘What is the good life? What is success?’ And if you think about it, we define success, in search of these two metrics of money and power, and in this town, especially power. And this is like trying to sit on a two legged stool. Sooner or later you fall off. Nothing wrong with these two metrics. It’s just that you need the third leg of the stool.” Read more

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: White House Correspondents’ 2014

Capitol File party

Capitol File party

It’s now been 24 hours since I’ve done anything White House Correspondents related, and I’m still exhausted. Fifteen parties over the course of three days! This must be what it’s like to climb Mount Everest or win an Iron Man competition…

Sort of.

While we didn’t make it to all the various WHCD2k14 shindigs, we made it to most. Our personal highlight of the weekend? Definitely when “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara did a complete about-face when asked if she would take a picture of us with her hot boyfriend. Runner up – “Glee’s” Matthew Morrison’s “sex eyes.”

Check out our party-by-party run down, after the jump…

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Elizabeth Thorp’s Egregious Easter Error

Well this is just a sad day for journalism. Capitol File‘s Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Thorp was live-gramming the White House Easter Egg Roll when a 6-year old colleague apparently misidentified tween star Ross Lynch as other tween star Austin Mahone. Without getting a second source to confirm the erroneous information, Thorp posted the photo to the right (clearly of Lynch) on Instagram, adding the caption, “And then there was @AustinMahone. Best day ever says 6 year old Penelope.”

Just. Awful. What does it say about our country that a 6 year old can’t properly distinguish between Ross Lynch, who plays the character Austin Moon on Disney’s “Austin & Ally,” and Austin Mahone, who is a real life person?? That’s like confusing Harry Styles for Prince Harry! Or Raven Symone for Nina Simone! And then, for that 6-year old’s editor to let an error of this magnitude slip through the cracks -well, that’s just unacceptable.

This is the state of journalism today America! Are you happy? This is what happens when your Buzzfeeds and your Voxeses upend the natural order of things!

Fortunately, Instagram’s community of fact-checkers was on the case. Check out their appropriately vitriolic reactions after the jump. Or, if you care to hear Thorp’s take on the scandal, go here.

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Jill Biden Takes Cover of Capitol File

Capitol-File-Jill-BidenOn the cover of its second issue of 2014, Capitol File features Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden.

And inside, CapFile Editor in Chief Elizabeth Thorp sits down with Dr. Biden to discuss her love of teaching, commitment to military families, and how the Second Lady of the United States manages to stay grounded.

FishbowlDC caught up with Thorp this afternoon to get some deets on her sit down with Dr. Jill Biden. Here’s what she had to say.

FishbowlDC: Jill Biden? That’s awesome! How did you land that?

Elizabeth Thorp: I have lived in DC for over 20 years and have many friends who have worked in the White House and for the Bidens. I met with Dr. Biden’s senior staffer and walked her through my vision for the piece. As a working mom, I have always admired Dr. Biden. She’s a Ph.D. with a paying job as an educator while serving as America’s Second Lady. And somehow she still finds still the time to advocate for members of the military and carve out family time.

FBDC: How long was this in the works?

Thorp: A couple of months.

FBDC: What was your first thought when you heard it went through?

Thorp: Total elation. Then a bit of terror. I wanted to do right by Dr. Biden and accurately capture her passion for teaching, her family, and her causes. She was so gracious and so genuine, she made the interview very easy for me.

Read the full interview here.

Capitol File Formally Welcomes Thorp and Jacobs at Eno

Tuesday night, Capitol File hosted a cocktail party to welcome two new-ish additions to the glossy, Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Thorp and Publisher Suzy Jacobs. The evening took place at Eno, the also new-ish wine bar next to the Four Seasons in Georgetown. Fun people. Delicious food and drink. Great night.

Here’s how it went down.

603 - Step out of café tu-o-tu and immediately bump into Moki Media’s Dannia Hakki and Maha Hakki. Have been seeing a lot of them lately. Super sweet.

605 - Walk into Eno. Immediately offered champagne. Why not?

6:10 - Assess the situation. This place is awesome. How have I not heard of it? Beautiful exposed brick. A chandelier made out of a wine barrel. Contemporary yet comfortable furniture. What’s not to love?

618 - Staff offers to refill my champers. I’m 3 sips in and good for now.

20140408_1817236:22 - Make my way upstairs, to no joke, the most delicious charcuterie spread I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

6:31 - Introduced to the Four Seasons’ Director of PR, Liliana Baldassari. Probably a good person to know.

7:17 - Welcome my third glass of champers over conversation with Associate Publisher Meredith Merrill. Congratulate her on a successful event. I’d say there’s a good 75 people who have walked through the doors to welcome Thorp and Jacobs.

20140408_2027567:46 - Finally meet Suzy after completely forgetting that this was a party to welcome her and Elizabeth.

8:01 - Depart for the Internet Association Gala After Party at Carnegie Library. Post TK.

In attendance: Capitol File’s Elizabeth Thorp, Suzy Jacobs, Laura Mullen, and Amy Moueller; Almus Thorp; CNN’s Edie Emery; Danielle Tergis; Revamp’s Daniel Swartz; Todd Flournoy; Alfredo Flores; the Four Seasons’ Liliana Baldassari; Dannia Hakki; and Maha Hakki.

MTV’s Whitney Port Talks Michelle Obama & House of Cards Style

PortJust in time for White House Correspondents Weekend, Blo Blow Dry Bar (2126 P St. NW) has opened blocks from the Washington Hilton where the dinner takes place. And on Friday, former MTV reality star and fashion designer Whitney Port hosted its launch event with owner Maha Sharma.

What is Blo Blow Dry Bar? We asked ourselves the same question! Blo is North America’s original (and first!) blow dry bar. Think hair salon minus the scissors and dye, leaving you with a wash, dry, and style. Blo Dupont is the chain’s 38th location, including Miami, Austin, Russia, and the Philippines.

Naturally, FishbowlDC was in attendance, and we caught up with Port and Sharma on Michelle Obama’s fashion, looking your best on television, and what we can expect style-wise at this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

On House of Cards style…

Whitney Port: “Robin Wright’s character is very sophisticated and chic and I think she does amazing on that show.”

On Michelle Obama’s style…

WP: “I think she always looks so beautiful and sophisticated. I think she dresses herself appropriately for her figure and status…She always looks amazing.”

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Capitol File Welcomes New Associate Editor

moellerAs of today, Capitol File magazine has a new associate editor, Amy Moeller. Moeller was previously the social and style editor at What’s Up? magazine, a monthly luxury/lifestyle publication in Annapolis, Md. In that role she managed the entertainment and society pages as well as the style section. Moeller has also previously served as the assistant editor at Annapolis pub Taste of the Bay, the layout editor at The Gazette in Gaithersburg, and the sports editor (watch out Britt McHenry!) at a community newspaper in Anne Arundel County.

“I am thrilled to have Amy join the growing Capitol File team,” said Elizabeth Thorp, editor in chief, in an email. “Her lifestyle and luxury magazine experience, her technical editing skills, and keen eye for trend pieces makes Amy a great fit for Cap File.”
Congrats Amy!

Tina Brown, Madeleine Albright, Friends to Solve Ukraine Crisis Tonight

Powerful ladies of Washington unite!

Tina Brown is gathering together some A-list names tonight to discuss the situation in Ukraine at a “Women in the World” cocktail reception at the Fairmont Hotel. Some of the women attending include:

Anita Dunn, Cheryl Mills, Amb. Melanne Verveer of Georgetown, MSNNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Sophie L’Helias Delattre of the Center for Stategic and International Studies, Voto Latino’s Maria Teresa Kumar, Elizabeth Thorp from Capitol File, Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Cathy Russell, Lauren Shweder Biel of DC Greens, documentarian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, activist Humaira Bachal from Karachi, and Valerie Jarrett.

Frmr Sec. of State Madeleine Albright will be the guest of honor, and then, of course, Tina Brown will be hosting.

FishbowlDC will be attending the event as well, so we’ll keep you posted on what plan these impressive women put together to solve the world’s problems.

Cap File Hires Suzy Draddy Jacobs as Publisher

Katherine Nicholls, President and COO of Niche Media, the parent company of Capitol File magazine, announced today that The Week‘s Suzy Draddy Jacobs has been named Publisher of Capitol File. As Publisher, Jacobs will oversee all print and digital sales and marketing functions for the magazine.

Jacobs’s hire, along with that of Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Thorp last year, is meant as a show of dedication to the Capitol File brand, an inside source at Niche says. Both women bring years of experience to their jobs and will oversee an era of redoubled investment in Cap File and the DC market.

Jacobs’s predecessor, Heather Zahn left late last year after a tenure of only a few months. Zahn, a former Cap File Associate Publisher, had been promoted to replace Sarah Schaffer, who, after two years as Publisher, left to pursue other interests. Lou DeLone, an Austin-based Group Publisher for Niche Media has been advising Cap File since Zahn’s departure. He will continue to serve as an adviser to Niche Media.

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