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Washingtonian MOM Celebrates Second Issue With Lots of Champagne

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Catherine Merrill Williams, Kate Bennett, Eun Yang

Washingtonian MOM celebrated it’s second issue Wednesday night in which NBC4′s Eun Yang graces the cover. FishbowlDC put on our parenting boots and jumped right into the celebration (we actually don’t have parenting boots, so we wore our Palladium boots instead). Here’s how it went down.

4:45pm - Begin to figure out when is considered “fashionably late” for a 6:30 event thrown by a (Washingtonian) fashion editor (Kate Bennett). Settle on 6:45.

6:34 - Walk into Room & Board, host and venue of the event, 9 minutes ahead of schedule.

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Anne Freeman, Cathy Alter, Sarah Wildman, Rachel Cothran

6:35 - Bee line for the champers.

6:36 - Realization that I’m flying solo at a mom magazine event.

6:44 - Good (punctual!) crowd. 40 people approximately, including 4 other men, all looking around, likely pondering their attendance.

7:00 - Arrival of cover girl Yang.

7:10 - Anxiety setting in over the thought of having children. This leads to a refill of champers and quick stop by the food table (nice cheese and charcuterie spread by Screwtop).

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The Atlantic Picks Up NPR’s Anna Bross

M. Scott Havens, President of The Atlantic announced today that Anna Bross has been named Senior Director of Communications for the magazine.  Bross will oversee all media and public relations for The Atlantic, which include the magazine, its three websites – TheAtlantic.com, The Wire, and The Atlantic Cities – and the brand’s live events division, AtlanticLIVE.

Bross comes to The Atlantic from NPR, where she has been since 2007, most recently as Director of Media Relations. Prior to that, she was the Senior Publicist for WHYY in Philadelphia, handling publicity for Terry Gross and “Fresh Air.” She will be based in The Atlantic‘s Washington, DC headquarters and will report to Emily Lenzner, Atlantic Media Vice President of Global Communications.  Her first day is February 20.

Join us in congratulating Anna on her new job!

The Divas Inside Margaret Carlson’s Apartment

The scene inside Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson‘s picturesque Kalorama apartment last night was regal and serene as staffers at The Atlantic and National Journal gave Emily Lenzner, their new head of corporate communications, a welcome toast. Lenzner (pictured at right on the left) replaces Linda Douglass.

Bigwig journalists and other important-for-Washington people spotted around the living room included The Atlantic‘s Editor James Bennet, WJLA’s Gordon Peterson, CNN’s Hilary Rosen, Michael Steel, spokesman to House Speaker John Boehner and former ABC News producer Ian Cameron, husband to U.S. Nat. Security Advisor Susan Rice. WaPo‘s spunky “Erik Wemple Blog” was apparently there, but we must’ve been on different shifts and didn’t have the pleasure of bumping into him there.

As the mostly typical Washington cocktail party circuit sipped wine, there were homey touches like just baked chocolate chip cookies on trays as well as a large spray of sunflowers in Carlson’s kitchen. There were also servers dotting the room handing out lovely bite-sized snacks such as spinach feta flat bread squares.

The most dramatic part of the evening came when partygoers hushed long enough for Carlson and The Atlantic‘s Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons to give short speeches. “It’s great to be in Margaret’s home tonight,” Clemons began, before moving into this: “What The Atlantic does well is hire divas. I’m gay, so being a diva is high praise.” He glanced around the room and called out various “divas” such as National Journal’s newly installed Editor Tim Grieve, “the political diva” and the always charming (ha-ha) John Fox Sullivan (an “extraordinary diva”). Publisher David Bradley was named as “totally a Divo” along with Bennet and Carlson. He concluded, “Emily, I know you’re a diva as well.”

Lenzner did not demur about the “diva” comment and said she was happy to be part of the diva crew. She left it at that and encouraged guests to return to mingling.

Upon meeting Grieve (who once received a FishbowlDC award for having the worst temper in Washington) he shook my hand, exchanged niceties and said, “It’s been 30 seconds and I haven’t yelled at you.” He added, “I don’t have horns.”

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A Reception Fit for This Town?

Seems like a party NYT‘s Mark Leibvoich might want to attend.

On Sept. 10 Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson will open her home for a reception for one of Atlantic Media‘s newest hires, Emily Lenzner, who is filling the shoes of Linda Douglass as head of communications.

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Haddad and Fischer Host Luxe Lunch for McCormick

You know you’re one hell of a flack when a flock of journos bust their midday beat to break bread in your honor.  And such is the case of Kelley McCormick,  former partner at Qorvis Communications and Reese Witherspoon lookalike.  McCormick and her new role as Gibraltar Associates COO were toasted yesterday at a swanky lunch hosted by “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer and the one and only Tammy Haddad.

Nearly 40 guests mingled over champagne before sitting down to a three-course wine luncheon of split pea soup with creme fraiche, bacon-garnished crab cake and tasty dessert.  Both Fischer and Haddad shared kind words about their friend before Gibraltar CEO Eric Bovim raised a glass to McCormick, gushing “I can’t imagine doing this without her.”

Attendees of the fancy-pants lunch fete included Politico’s Mike Allen, NBC White House producer Alicia Jennings, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, The Hill’s Kate Oczypok, DC’s Karen Sommer Shalett, Janet Donovan, Cap File’s Kate Bennett and Sarah Schaffer, Huffington Post’s Christina Wilkie, Kiki Ryan, Bloomberg’s Ha Chan, Tracy Sefl, Washingtonian’s Sophie Gilbert, Washington Life‘s Michael Clements, Emily Lenzner, Poshbrood’s Elizabeth Thorp, Twitter’s Adam Sharp, WBJ‘s Jen Nycz-Conner and SELF‘s Marc Adleman.  Congrats to Kelley!

L to R: Betsy Fischer, Mike Allen, Kate Bennett, Halle Mayes, Tammy Haddad, Marc Adelman, Kelley McCormick.

*All photos courtesy of Haddad Media.

Hey, Isn’t That…

Kathy Griffin?  The kooky comic was spotted  at L2 on Friday night.  Griffin, who had just wrapped a performance at the Kennedy Center,  made a surprise appearance at the Georgetown club to wish CNN’s Jessica Yellin a happy 40th birthday and hang with her pals and parents-to-be, CNN’s John King and Dana Bash.  Other guests at Yellin’s birthday bash included NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, TIME’s Jay Newton-Small, Doug Heye, NRSC’s Brian Walsh, Jack and Susanna Quinn, Mark Cuban, Kimball Stroud, Treasury spokesman Mark Paustenbach, CNN’s Brianna Keilar, NYT’s Carl Hulse, HuffPo’s Peter Cherukuri and SKDK’s Emily Lenzner, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and GPG’s Mike Feldman, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, NBC’s Betsy Fischer and Politico’s Jonathan Martin, W.H. Dep. Social Secretary Ebs Burnough and Wolf Blitzer who graciously posed for pictures with a posse of L2 cocktails waitresses.

Polson’s Bash at Panache

A big turnout at Panache last night to send off ABC’s Polson Kanneth. He’s moving from “GMA” in DC to “World News” in NYC!  

Guests at the bash joked that Polson must have promised people Diane Sawyer would attend to get them to turn out - truth is, Qorvis’ Kelley McCormick just knows how to throw a great party!

Spotted at Panache: ABC’s Rick Klein and Amy Walter, Dewey Square’s Courtney Cohen, SKDKnickerbocker’s Emily Lenzner, Kevin Madden, Alex Conant, Michael Steel, Tim Burger, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, CBS’ Christine Delargy and Huffington Post’s Peter Cherukuri.

Congrats to Polson on his new gig.  We’ll miss you!

Huffington’s Backyard Book Bash

National Journal’s Matt Cooper hides from the paparazzi behind one of Arianna’s book-themed pillows. 

Arianna Huffington made a splash last night at the home of Tammy Haddad.  Guests such as actress Geena Davis, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Rep. Dennis Kucnich and wife Elizabeth, Richard Wolffe, Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Hilary Rosen and  MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan flooded Haddad’s Foxhall backyard to toast Huffington’s new book, “Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning The Middle Class and Betraying The American Dream.” 

The event, which Huffington joked was like an “Obama backyard party” played host to hundreds of the city’s political and media set who mingled over cocktails in the brisk fall weather.  One of the most popular topics of conversation was Howie Kurtz‘s recent announcement that he will leave the Washington Post for a new gig at the Daily Beast.  Several guests agreed that Yahoo’s Michael Calderone seemed like the only viable option to replace WaPo’s longtime media beat writer. 

We caught up with Calderone who admitted that he wouldn’t spill to Fishbowl if he was in talks with the Post but joked that, “Marcus [Brauchli] hasn’t even returned my calls about Kurtz leaving so it’s safe to assume that he hasn’t pursued me to replace him.” 

Also spotted at the backyard book bash were HuffPost’s Peter Cherukuri, Sam Stein and Mario Ruiz, Qorvis’ Kelley McCormick, SKDKnickerbocker’s Emily Lenzner, National Journal’s Matt Cooper and Taylor West, Janet Donovan, Tim Burger, Bloomberg’s Ha Chan, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, Daily Beast’s Kirsten Powers and Dr. Marty Makary, Pamela’s Punch blogger Pamela Sorensen, ABC’sPolson Kanneth, Jim Courtovich, CBS’s Christine Delargy and The Hill’s Emily Goodin.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Arianna Huffington. 

Geena Davis, Michael Calderone and more after the jump. 

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Exec Dir. of Communications Leaves ABC News

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Emily Lenzner, the D.C.-based Executive Director of Communications for ABC News, has left her post. She’s joining Anita Dunn and Hilary Rosen at SKDKnickerbocker as the firm’s managing director. She had been with ABC for more than six years.

Her last day was Friday.

Lenzner’s exit comes on the heels of ABC News President David Westin who recently resigned.

Her public relations experience includes working in NPR’s communications division as well as for George Stephanopoulos when he hosted “This Week.” She filled in as Stephanopoulos’ editorial producer for eight months in 2007 and 2008 before returning to her role in ABC’s media relations department.

From 1995 to 1997, Lenzner was associate producer for the News at Noon at KIRO TV in Seattle. She founded the International Organization for Adolescents (http://www.iofa.org), an NGO committed to the health and well-being of adolescents globally with a focus on stopping adolescent trafficking. She graduated from Vassar with a B.A. in English.

Potomac Flacks has an entertaining Q & A with Lenzner from June 2008. First job post college: On WaPo‘s photo desk. First job ever: Scooping ice cream on Nantucket. Age 14.

See a comment from SKDKnickerbocker’s Josh Isay in a release after the jump…

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CNN’s Amanpour Tells Colleagues: I’ve Been Offered ABC Job

aman.jpg CNN’s Christiane Amanpour is telling her CNN colleagues that ABC News has offered her the job of “This Week” host and she is telling people that she might take it. As of this moment she is declaring a 50-50 chance that she’s going to accept the offer.

Amanpour said she wants to make “This Week” more about foreign affairs and less focused on domestic American politics. If she takes the job, her desire is to do a number of shows each year outside the country. If she takes the post, sources say this would be a complete remaking on the show, a program much more focused on international affairs. What’s more, Amanpour is telling colleagues that she does not wish to move to Washington, D.C., that she’d prefer to remain in New York and travel for the job should she decide to take it.

Amanpour is currently host of “Amanpour,” which airs on Sunday afternoons.

ABC spokeswoman Emily Lenzner said: “A lot has been written and said about ‘This Week’. We will announce something when we have something to announce.”

A CNN spokesperson declined to comment. If either network provides further information later today we’ll be sure to print it. Stay tuned…

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