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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist Elected to Pulitzer Board

Columbia University announced today that perhaps the deepest baritone-voiced journalist in Washington, Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and associate editor at WaPo, has been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board.

In 2009, Robinson, an MSNBC political analyst, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his columns about the 2008 presidential campaign and the election of President Barack Obama.

Backgrounder: Robinson began his journo career at the San Francisco Chronicle, covering such stories such as the trial of kidnapped newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst. He joined WaPo in 1980 as city hall reporter, covering the first term of Marion Barry, D.C.’s most controversial mayor ever.

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Quote(s) of the Day

Front page McPike

“Back on the front page tomorrow – my favorite place in DC.”
–NJ’s Erin McPike in a Thursday tweet.

Tinted sunglasses envy

“I want glasses like Eugene Robinson. Tinted ones.”
Liz Glover, former TWT columnist, in a Thursday tweet on syndicated WaPo Writers Group columnist and MSNBC contributor Eugene Robinson.

Richard Simmons (not surprisingly) in purple

“Spotted: Richard Simmons, in a purple blazer, heading to Capitol Hill to get PE reinstated in schools.”
WSJ Economic Policy Writer Deborah Solomon in a Thursday tweet.

Read more on Simmons and see the purple blazer in today’s Washington Examiner “Yeas & Nays” item here.

Smoking up security

“We should just give each of the smokers who stand by the front door of the building a badge and save on security.”
Slate’s John Dickerson in a Thursday tweet. Slate’s offices are just off Dupont Circle.

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A French Angelfish

Gene Robinson and Former Dodger to be Honored at GW

200px-Eugenerobinson.JPG.jpeg GWU’s Jackie Robinson Society hosts Jackie Robinson Night this Thursday April 15 to commemorate the anniversary of the late baseball legend’s breakthrough into major league baseball and his impact on and off the field.

Stanford University Professor Arnold Rampersad, Jackie Robinson’s biographer and the author of biographies of Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison and Arthur Ashe, will deliver the first Ronald Gabriel Memorial Lecture.

Pulitzer prize winning syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group and WaPo’s former assistant managing editor Eugene Robinson to be honored along with former LA Dodger Maury Wills.

The event is being held in GWU’s Jack Morton Auditorium (805 21st St. NW) and is free and open to the public. Time: 7p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Quote of the Day

“You and Gene talking about golf almost makes me interested in golf.” — MSNBC host Rachel Maddow to Lawrence O’Donnell and WaPo/MSNBC political analyst Eugene Robinson at the top of her show Tuesday night. O’Donnell and Robinson were discussing Tiger Woods’s return to the PGA tour in April.

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We don’t know if he has been dunked in food coloring, but we found this green goldfish at the head of the goldfish pack. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Atlantic Media Event : Journos & Politicos Reflect on SOTU

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This morning at Union Station, The Atlantic and National Journal hosted a panel discussion about the impact of the President’s SOTU address last night. Atlantic Media’s Political Director Ron Brownstein was joined by a journalists panel including John Harwood, Alexis Simendinger, and Eugene Robinson.

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Political guests included Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), WH Dir. of Comm. Dan Pfeiffer and one lone Republican – Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).

While Klobuchar and Cornyn kept it cool, Rep. Becerra spent much of his stage time finger-pointing at the Senate for the health care bottleneck, claiming “the House has a plan that will work but we need a little help from our friends in the Senate.” Becerra was also quick to criticize Republicans for not standing to applaud President Obama’s mention of tax cuts for small business.

Pfeiffer, who closed the series said the Address was not meant to signal a “reset” rather, “it was a robust explanation of where we are and where we need to be.” On Senator-elect Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts? Pfeiffer sees it as a very anti-Washington sentiment, not as affirmation of the Republican brand.

State of the Union Debriefed

The Atlantic and National Journal Group is calling it “a spirited analyisis of the President’s speech and the most contentious national issues.”

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WHAT: The morning after the President’s annual joint address to Congress, The Atlantic and NJ will host a panel discussion on how the address played and the prospect for policy initiatives in 2010. Atlantic Media’s Political Director Ron Brownstein will be joined by journalists John Harwood, Alexis Simendinger, and Eugene Robinson and special guests from Congress and the Administration.

WHEN: Thursday, January 28th
8am – 10 am

WHERE: Union Station’s Columbus Club

NOTE: Media wishing to attend must contact Zachary Hooper at Zachary@rosengrouppr.com.

WaPo Journos Recite ‘Dream’ Speech for MLK Day

mlkihaveadreamgogo.jpegLeading up to Martin Luther King Day today, WaPo reporters, columnists and editors including Eugene Robinson, Sally Quinn, Amy Argetsinger, Jonathan Capehart and other Posties created a video reciting the ending of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.

Watch the video here.

In honor of King’s life and work, WaPo also invited readers to share in a video response how King’s speeches inspired them most.

Watch an example of one such video here.

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty recorded a video response for the project. Watch it here.

Cue Ryan Seacrest. WaPo Announces “America’s Next Great Pundit” Winner

Meet Kevin Huffman, winner of WaPo‘s “America’s Next Great Pundit” contest.

His prize? A weekly column for 13 weeks at $200 a piece. And the enormous pressure of living up to David Broder, Eugene Robinson and various other Pulitzer Prize winning Post op-ed writers.

The search began in October with nearly 5,000 contestants, whittled down to ten. After five rounds of punditry challenges, including writing a traditional op-ed column, blogging on tight deadlines on a range of topics, fielding difficult questions from readers and presenting confidence on video, Huffman came out on top. WaPo received 25,000 total votes and thousands of reader comments, according to a release.

Huffman’s a Teach for America executive. You can check out his punditry work here.

Photo from washingtonpost.com.

>>UPDATE: From our friends at Reliable Source… it’s a small, small district. Huffman was married until a couple years ago to D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Rev. Al Sharpton

CBS’ Face the Nation: Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), CBS News

ABC’s This Week: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, NYT‘s David Brooks, Mother JonesDavid Corn, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and WaPo‘s Bob Woodward

Fox News Sunday: NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci

CNN’s State of the Union: White House senior advisor David Axelrod, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) and CNN’s William Bennett and Donna Brazile

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WMAL’s Chris Plante, The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik, St. Petersburg TimesEric Deggans, Foundation for the Defense of Democracy’s Cliff May and New America Foundation’s Reihan Salam

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former CIA officer Reuel Gerecht, Claremont McKenna College’s Minxin Pei, Harvard’s Roderick MacFarquhar and
“The Age of the Unthinkable” author Joshua Cooper Ramo

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan, WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson, BBC’s Katty Kay and Time‘s Michael Duffy

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s Peter Baker, NPR’s Tom Gjelten, WSJ‘s Naftali Bendavid and Slate and CBS News’ John Dickerson

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: White House Communications Director Anita Dunn and White House Budget Director Peter Orszag

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: U.S. Army (Retired) Major General John Hawkins, Council on American Islamic Relations National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper; Business and Media Institute Director Dan Gainor, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), WPFW-FM and The Final Call’s Askia Muhammad, Democratic strategist Karen Finney, Urban Radio’s April Ryan, Comcast and Roll Call TV’s Robert Traynham, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and News One/Interactive One’s Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: Ha’aretz correspondent for Occupied Lands’ Amira Hass, former U.S. diplomat Aaron David Miller, Center on Law and Security’s Karen Greenberg, Norwegian Defense Research Establishment’s Thomas Heggehammer and U.S. Coordinator for Counterterrorism’s Daniel Benjamin

Will update as we learn them.

Late Reading List 10.22.09

What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday (besides “Goatee Gamble” and “Karaoke in the Capital”)…

TV | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | AWARDS & EVENTS

TV

Whoops! MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer called Jesse Jackson Al Sharpton on live TV yesterday. Video.

NEWS NOTES

WaPo‘s Reliable Source: Yul Kwon, winner of “Survivor: Cook Islands” in 2006, was appointed deputy chief of the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz is following the “Foxified debate over whether the White House is being mean to a certain network.” And Tucker Carlson‘s take on The Daily Beast.

Meanwhile, in an interview with NBC White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie yesterday President Obama said it wasn’t something he’s “losing sleep over.”

Regardless, Fox News’ ratings are unaffected.

Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson and Bret Baier mentioned on the air that MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were at the White House this week for an off-the-record chat with President Obama. We now hear Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, Ron Brownstein, John Dickerson, Frank Rich, Jerry Seib, Maureen Dowd, Bob Herbert, Gloria Borger and Gwen Ifill were also there. (h/t TVNewser)

AWARDS & EVENTS

PBS’ Gwen Ifill will receive an honorary degree and will give the commencement address to the 2010 graduating class of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

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