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Sandy Johnson Named President and COO of National Press Foundation

unnamedThe National Press Foundation today announced that Sandy Johnson will replace Bob Meyers as its president and COO. Johnson has been a member of the foundation’s Board of Directors since 2001 and served as its board chairman from 2007 – 08.

Current chairman Heather Dahl said of Johnson in the foundation’s announcement, “She has the perfect blend of executive-level management, strategic thinking and experience implementing innovative ideas. Combine these qualities with her deep roots as a journalist; I know she will lead our Foundation to the next level.” Read more

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The Parent Trap: Amy Argetsinger & Heather Dahl

Following the RTCA Dinner on Friday evening, Amy Argetsinger of WaPo’s Reliable Source received some kind words from former colleagues and family. One “enjoyed seeing her on YouTube” and a few extended family members thought she looked “fantastic sitting next to the president.”

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Argetsinger (left) Dahl (right)

Only prob? Amy didn’t attend the Friday fete. Argetsinger’s admirers were actually admiring RTCA chair Heather Dahl.

So Heather, if you read this…Amy’s family thought you looked fantastic sitting next to President Obama.

RTCA Dinner Wrap-Up

We think the President said it best- “The jokes may not be as good, but neither is the guest list.”

There were no TomKat or Ashton and Demi sightings. The biggest star (and highest dress slit) in the room was former Miss California Carrie Prejean, followed in star power by actor Tate Donovan and Angelina Jolie‘s brother James Haven.

But the 2009 RTCA dinner did light up the Washington Convention Center with DC journo star power- those attending included Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, Lara Logan, Chip Reid, Major Garrett (check him out with Prejean in a photo after the jump), Chuck Todd, Jonathan Karl, Bill Plante, Savannah Guthrie, Ed Henry, Bill Press, Contessa Brewer, Luke Russert, Maureen Orth, Willie Geist, Mika and Joe, Judy Woodruff, Lawrence O’Donnell (and Norah and Kelly), Nancy Cordes, Steve Capus, David Bohrman, Robin Sproul, Heidi Collins, Carl Cameron, John Harwood, Mike Allen and Mark Whitaker to name a few.

As well as Robert Gibbs, Bill Burton and Laura Capps, Michael Steele (actually seated at a CBS table with Burton), Dana Perino, Samantha Powers, Ken Salazar (donning a cowboy hat), Austan Goolsbee, Gordon Johndroe, David Axelrod, Eric Holder, Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Leon Panetta and Rep. Glenn Nye.

The dinner was a little unconventional than most. Before dinner was served, there were various performances by JibJab, the Onion News Network and Sweet Honey on the Rocks (a favorite of Michelle Obama, though she did not attend). RTCA chair and the evening’s emcee Heather Dahl introduced President Obama, who left soon after this remarks. The date of the dinner actually changed a few times to accommodate the President’s schedule.

The Joan S. Barone Award was presented by CBS’ Bill Plante to NBC congressional correspondent Mike Viqueira for his coverage of the bailout story on the Hill. Viqueira dedicated his award to Mary Dorman, the NBC Washington bureau’s longtime assignment desk manager who died early this year of cancer. The Bloom daughters also presented an award in their father David Bloom‘s memory. BBC’s Rome Hartman accepted on behalf of Orla Guerin. A video tribute to Bill Headline, Tony Snow and Tim Russert, all who passed this year, was also shown.

More photos after the jump…

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More RTCA Dets: CBS Pre-Parties, Maddow Guest Bartends At MSNBC After-Party, Gibbs To Play MC Rove

Ok, we’re kidding about Robert Gibbs playing this year’s MC Rove, but we have learned of a few more legitimate details to share with you about tomorrow evening’s RTCA dinner…

• CBS News is hosting a pre-party on the second floor of the convention center. There will be a live band and expected CBS guests include RNC Chairman Michael Steele, WH Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, also CBS-ers Lara Logan, Chip Reid and Nancy Cordes, among others.

• Those sitting at the dinner’s head table include President Obama and his Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Congressional leaders Steny Hoyer, James Clyburn and Louise Slaughter. RTCA dinner chair Heather Dahl will emcee the night and there are, of course, two awards given at this dinner- the David Bloom and Joan Barone Awards.

• If you were lucky enough to score an “absolutely non-transferable” invitation to Phil Griffin‘s MSNBC after-party at the Historical Society of Washington, you might also be lucky enough to get served a drink by guest bartender Rachel Maddow. We hear she’ll be mixing drinks at a special upstairs bar. You can also get a preview of her bartending skills after the jump.

• And just who’s on the guest list for this exclusive after-party? We hear David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Sen. Susan Collins, Eric Holder, Larry Summers, Rep. Aaron Schock and Ken Salazar- all guests of NBC and MSNBC- may make appearances post-dinner.

And NBC and MSNBC-ers Steve Capus, Mark Whitaker, Contessa Brewer, Mika Brzezinski, Savannah Guthrie, Willie Geist, Tamron Hall, Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell, Luke Russert, Joe Scarborough, Ed Schultz, Carlos Watson, Chuck Todd and more.

• While we’re sure NBC snagged plenty of tables for that guest list above, a few other shops in town have really cut back. Tammy Haddad‘s blog White House Correspondents Weekend Insider reports PBS is down to two tables (from 15 in years past) and ABC News just one. PBS was still able to land Gen. Jim Jones as a guest- he’ll be sitting with Judy Woodruff and PBS President CEO Paula Kerger. George Stephanopoulos can’t make it so Jonathan Karl will hold court at RTCA for ABC.

• Didn’t score a ticket, but dying to hear what jokes the other guy from the Mac commercials cracks? Don’t worry- C-SPAN will have live coverage.

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Finally, Someone Chooses The PC Guy

Radio & TV Correspondents Association Chair Heather Dahl, to be exact.

FBDC learned via Twitter this evening that John Hodgman, best known as “the PC guy” in the Mac commercials, will be a part of Friday’s RTCA dinner’s entertainment.

Hodgman, who’s also a “Daily Show” correspondent, announced his performance on his Twitter page today, saying:

I will be speaking AFTER the President (Barack Obama). Which makes sense, as I am the most dynamic public speaker of our times.

The Onion News Network, JibJab and one of Michelle Obama’s favorite bands, Sweet Honey in the Rock, will all also be performing. The annual dinner is this Friday at the Washington Convention Center.

Just Announced: JibJab Obama Satire To Premiere At RTCA Dinner

FBDC has just learned JibJab will be part of this year’s entertainment at the Radio & TV Correspondents Association Dinner on Friday, June 19th at the Washington Convention Center.

According to the JibJab blog: “We are beyond thrilled to announce that our first satire of the Obama administration will premiere in front of the big man himself.”

Two years ago, JibJab debuted “What We Call the News” at this dinner.

RTCA dinner chair Heather Dahl says on the association’s Facebook page that the dinner is “going to be ROCKIN!”

UPDATE: We put in an inquiry with Dahl as to who the rest of the evening’s entertainment may be, but all we could get out of her was “stay tuned…”

Who’s The RTCA Dinner Entertainment?

Well, we don’t know either.

But we do hear that Radio & TV Correspondents Association Chair Heather Dahl plans to announce the top secret entertainment on the association’s Facebook or Twitter pages. RTCA’s email this afternoon said, “Rumor has it word will be leaked into cyberspace at just the right moment…”

We’re ready.

RTCA Dinner Date Changes For President Obama

Breaking now on FBDC: The Radio & TV Correspondents Association will change the date of the 2009 dinner to Friday, June 19th to accommodate President Obama’s schedule. RTCA will announce in an email to members shortly that the President will attend on the 19th.

The 65th annual dinner was previously scheduled for Thursday, June 4th. The dinner will still be held at the Washington Convention Center.

President Heather Dahl promises a “spectacular evening at an exciting new venue.”

Her email to RTCA members after the jump…

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RTCA Award Submission Deadline Approaching

Radio & TV Correspondents’ Association Chair Heather Dahl reminds us this evening that the deadline for submissions for the 2009 Barone and Bloom Awards is this Friday, April 3rd.

All submissions must be hand-delivered to the Senate Radio-TV Gallery and the winners will be announced, as always, at the annual dinner Thursday, June 4th.

The Joan Shorenstein Barone Award is in honor of the former CBS “Face the Nation” executive producer and is presented for excellence in Washington-based reporting of Congressional and political affairs. The David Bloom Award honors the late NBC correspondent and anchor by recognizing excellence and courage in enterprise, investigative or feature reporting.

New Time, New Place, New Price

As previously reported on FishbowlDC, the 65th Annual Radio and TV Correspondents Association Dinner will be Thursday, June 4th. The dinner is unusually late this year and also at a new location- the Washington Convention Center.

In an email to members, RTCA chair Heather Dahl says, “We are excited about hosting the annual dinner at the Convention Center because it offers a fresh, modern and sophisticated atmosphere. The Convention Center’s handsome main ballroom will allow us greater opportunities to turn this first dinner for the new White House Administration and Congressional leaders into a spectacular, unforgettable event.”

But those aren’t the only changes- tickets to the 2009 dinner will increase in price from $140 to $210.

According to Dahl, even if the venue had not changed, ticket prices would still have been hiked. The dinner is not paid for by membership dues, but in the past has been supplemented by the previous year’s surplus, which just isn’t what it was in previous years.

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