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CBS’s Goodbye Toast to Michelle Levi

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CBS News toasted Michelle Levi last evening at the M St. Bar & Grill. She recently joined former CBS’er Steve Chaggaris at Allbritton Communications. Bureau chief Chris Isham, Bill Plante, Fernando Suarez, Christine Delargy, Kaylee Hartung and new colleague Kiki Ryan (who works at Allbritton-owned Politico) partook in the festivities. CNN’s Ed Henry stopped by.

And fresh off a sing-along with country music star Garth Brooks, Bob Schieffer and his wife, Pat, made it just in time to wish Michelle well.

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CBS’ “Washington Unplugged” Turns 1!

CBS News’ weekly webcast, “Washington Unplugged” celebrated its one-year anniversary with a slew of media types at 14K restaurant on Wednesday evening. And though the TVs above the bar were set to CNN, the guests below were rubbing elbows with CBS-ers like Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, John Dickerson, Chip Reid, Bill Plante, Nancy Cordes, Marc Ambinder, Kaylee Hartung, Christine Delargy, Michelle Levi and Fernando Suarez.

Boozing with the broadcasters were Daily Caller’s Becca Glover, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, Emily Miller, Tammy Haddad, Politico’s Kiki Ryan with boy toy Tim Burger, Janet Donovan, Juleanna Glover, Matt Cooper, Cantor Press Secretary Brad Dayspring, Doug Thornell from Cong. Van Hollen’s office, Examiner’s Tara Palmeri, Mark Paustenbach, Politico’s Mike Allen and WH wunderkind Ronnie Cho (wearing pants…sorry ladies).

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Photos by CBS News’ Tom Albano. More after the jump.

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CBS’s “Washington Unplugged” Prepares to Party

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CBS’s Washington bureau is getting ready for tonight’s cocktail party at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza hotel. The party celebrates the one-year anniversary of their daily political webcast, “Washington Unplugged”.

The segment began with Bob Schieffer hosting. It was a weekly webcast that soon expanded to daily. Today CBS News Political Analyst John Dickerson and correspondents such as congressional reporter Nancy Cordes, investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson and national security correspondent Bob Orr share hosting duties with Schieffer.

Guests on “Washington Unplugged have been a mix of bigwigs in Washington and Hollywood – including Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Goldie Hawn, and Woody Harrelson. Favorite guests: Elmo (Schieffer interviewed the popular red fuzzy animal himself) and Cheech and Chong (they offered anchor Bill Plante a joint).

Tonight’s party is sure to attract reporters from publications such as NYT, WaPo, HuffPost, and TPM to Daily Caller, Politico and more.

From CBS: Chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, Dickerson, Atlantic reporter Marc Ambinder, bureau chief Chris Isham, web producers Michelle Levi and Lauren Seifert, digital journalist Fernando Suarez, Christine DeLargy and Kaylee Hartung, who has been doing the “Unplugged, Under 40″ pieces.

And there will be cupcakes. Fresh off their appearance on “Washington Unplugged”, Georgetown Cupcakes is making cupcakes specially for CBS’s party – and the girls will attend.

Remarked Schieffer: “What’s great about Washington Unplugged is that it gives us a place to report those little stories, the delicious little nuggets of news that there is no room for on television.”

A Toast to CBS’s Chaggaris

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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.

Today in the Briefing Room…

Today in the White House briefing room…

General David Petraeus did an interview live on CNN, but we hear he declined questions from any other reporters while there.

White House correspodent Bill Plante also anchored CBS’ webcast “Washington Unplugged” from the briefing room today. He previewed the President’s trip to Asia with fellow White House reporter WSJ‘s Jonathan Weisman.

The webcast also included a Veterans Day piece by CBS’ Fernando Suarez- a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the honor guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. That video is after the jump…

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Friends and Colleagues Fete Embeds’ Palin Book

Former campaign embeds Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe‘s book on Sarah Palin is out this week, and friends and colleagues feted the CBS reporter and former Fox reporter at last night’s DC book signing and party.

Conroy and Walshe signed books and read an excerpt to a crowd at Borders downtown. They also took about 30 minutes of questions from the audience, which will air on C-SPAN’s Book TV this weekend.

Earlier yesterday, Conroy visited his old stomping ground at Georgetown University. He had planned to do a book signing, but the campus book store was not selling his book (yet)– a funny story he shared over drinks last night’s book party at Agraria.

Steve Chaggaris, Rob Hendin, Jane Chick, Michelle Levi and Fernando Suarez were there from CBS. Sasha Issenberg, Mike Memoli, Jonathan Martin, Mike Madden, Erin McPike and Peter Hamby were also around to celebrate at Agraria in Georgetown. Attorney Ben Ginsburg, who was national counsel to the Bush-Cheney and Romney campaigns, also attended.

“Sarah From Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar” is published by Peter Osnos‘ PublicAffairs. And Chaggy, McPike and Hamby all got shout-outs in the book’s acknowledgments after the jump.

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Morning Reading List 10.30.09

CBS’ Mark Knoller tweets this pic this morning: “Trick or Treat. Gremlins, goblins and Knoller. (Mark o’ Lantern by Fernando Suarez, CBS News).”

Some more Washingtonian’s Halloween costumes, including Fox’s Greta van Susteren: “I had planned on going as either Anderson Cooper or Glenn Beck. As for my husband, John? He was planning on going as Sally Quinn.” We’d like to see that!

Good morning FishbowlDC! What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning before Halloween…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE

NEWSPAPERS

WSJ is closing its Boston office.

Boston Globe publisher P. Steven Ainsley is retiring.

TV

A Pew Research study find that “Fox News Channel is viewed by Americans in more ideological terms than other television news networks” (mostly conservative). CNN, MSNBC and NBC were found to be perceived as “mostly liberal.” Numbers here.

TVNewser takes a look at cable ratings post-election: Neither HLN nor Fox News has seen near the drop-off year-to-year that the other two networks have. CNBC has also seen audiences shrink compared to last October, when so much public attention was placed on the financial crisis.

Bloomberg TV debuts the new series “Innovators” tomorrow night at 9pmET and 11pmET.

BBC is cutting jobs.

ONLINE

Vote for HuffPost Game ChangersKatie Couric? Henry Louis Gates, Jr.? Tina Brown?

Actor Woody Harrelson is in town- check him out today on CBS’ daily webcast “Washington Unplugged” at 12:30pm.

MAGAZINES

Time mag is expected to eliminate more jobs.

NEWS NOTES

WaPo: Yes, journalists deserve subsidies too.

More DC lists, more media on DC lists.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Daily Finance: Fox News ‘truce’ with White House is no victory for Obama.

A reporter asked White House press secretary Robert Gibbs in yesterday’s gaggle: “Is there a ceasefire in the war with Fox?” Gibbs replied simply: “I have nothing to add to that.” (h/t Politico 44)

USA Today: Steven Waldman, founder, editor and leading political blogger of Beliefnet.com, the nation’s top Internet spirituality site, is leaving for a post in the Obama administration.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

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.

Suarez to CNN

FishbowlDC has learned that Fernando Suarez, formerly of CBS and the network’s embed covering the Hillary Clinton campaign, has joined CNN’s Washington bureau as producer for the CNN Election Center (8pm hour).

UPDATE: A reader sends in a picture from Suarez’s farewell party at CBS (that’s Jim Axelrod on the right)

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