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Bowties, Bowling, and Bourbon for BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson

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Photo cred: Mrs. Dayspring

In celebration of BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson‘s 28th birthday, friends gathered for a surprise party yesterday at Pinstripes in Georgetown.

Hosted by CNN’s Matt Dornic and Katelyn Rieley, guests included newlyweds CNN’s Lauren Pratapas and NRSC spokesman Brad Dayspring, WaPo’s Jackie Kucinich, Jared Allen, Chris “Gindy” Gindlesperger, Matt Haller, Andrew Kovalcin, Jacob Wood, Zach Graves, Daily Caller’s Chris Bedford, and Michael Steel.

Guests noshed on black Angus mini burgers, pizza, and flat bread.
Cigars and bourbon were the go-to gift, and selfies, strongly encouraged.
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Kucinich to be Made an Honest Woman

*Photo by the awesomely-talented Tom Williams of Roll Call

An early congratulations to Jackie Kucinich and Jared Allen.  The USA Today national politics writer and her moustachioed (faux) man will tie the knot tomorrow at an intimate ceremony in the District.

A wonky Washington love story, Kucinich and Allen met while covering Congress for The Hill newspaper.  Kucinich left her stag at the rag in 2008 to join Roll Call and eventually USA Today.  Allen remained at The Hill until August of 2010 when FTI Consulting (FD) lured him away from his byline.

The two were fianced on April 19th of this year.  Best wishes to the happy couple and congratulations on no longer living in sin!  #WWJD

Guess Who’s Getting Hitched…

2011 has been one hell of a year for Jackie Kucinich.  Just last month, the pint-sized powerhouse was lured away from Roll Call and her Capitol Hill beat to cover the Republican elections for USA Today.  Not to be outdone by March, April has offered the rambunctious redhead even more excitement…this time in the form of an engagement ring!

Sorry boys, she’s officially off the market.  Jared Allen, Kucinich’s longtime beau and VP at FD Public Affairs, popped the question last night at his family’s home in Houston, Tx.  Jackie and Jared, who met while reporting  for The Hill newspaper, have not yet set a date for their nuptials but we expect she’ll shed that pesky political surname sometime this fall.  Congrats to you both!

Journos to Discuss Transition to the Dark Side

Four public affairs and communications professionals who made the transition from journalism will speak at a panel in the National Press Club’s Bloomberg Room on Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 6-7:30 p.m. The former journalists will discuss how the skills they used as journalists help them in their new profession. They’ll share tips about making a transition, and explain how meeting deadlines, perfecting copy, and relentlessly checking facts are skills that are as useful on one side of a story as the other. The panelists include

Jared Allen, Assistant Vice President, FD Public Affairs, formerly reporter, The Hill
Keith Blackman, Blackman Media Solutions, formerly Director, Media Practice, Burson-Marsteller and White House producer, NBC News
Mary O’Driscoll, Director, Division of Media Relations, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, formerly editor and reporter at E&E Publishing and The Energy Daily.
Rob Doherty, Vice President, The Hatcher Group, formerly Washington bureau chief, Reuters, will serve as moderator

Members and non-members are welcome. This is a free event, but reservations are required – contact professionaldevelopment@press.org.

The Hill’s New Hire and Staff Shuffle

An internal memo from The Hill‘s Editor Hugo Gurdon to staff Wednesday evening reports a new hire, Andrew Villegas, a blogger at Kaiser Health News. In addition, there has been a small staff shuffle since the departure of House reporter Jared Allen. The moves will ensure that the Healthwatch blog doesn’t “miss a beat” – get it?

The memo:

There are a couple of staff changes coming next month.

Mike Lillis will shift from the Healthwatch blog to the slot vacated by Jared Allen covering the House Democrats. Mike has done an excellent job on Healthwatch with Julian Pacquet, and moving him to a new beat was not an easy decision. But he is a very good, adaptable reporter with a taste and flair for political stories of wider scope.

Taking Mike’s place on Healthwatch will be Andrew Villegas, who is currently a reporter/blogger at Kaiser Health News and before that was a political reporter in Colorado. Andrew, who will join the newsroom on October 27, knows the health beat inside out and I am confident that Healthwatch will not miss a beat.

Happy Birthday to…

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Today is ex-Washington Examiner gossip scribe Tara Palmeri‘s birthday. She recently fled to Manhattan, where she’s a reporter for NYP‘s Page Six. But we know she still misses the Washington scene. We wish her a very happy birthday and hope that no publicist feels the need to snap at her today. Happy Birthday to Tara from friends in the Fishbowl. We hear she’s celebrating at Underbar, a lounge under the W, and a new lounge called Travertine.

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In other birthday news… We also offer birthday wishes to Rep. Aaron Schock’s (R-Ill.) flack Dave Natonski, whose birthday is today, and soon-to-be ex-reporter for The Hill Jared Allen. His birthday is Saturday.

> Update: We’ve just learned that today is also The Hill‘s publicist Tricia Barba‘s birthday. All the best to her!

The Hill to ‘Liquid Launch’ Allen Into Next Job

We’ve already reported that The Hill‘s Jared Allen is leaving the publication for a job in PR as Asst. VP at FD. Here are the internal memos – one, a goodbye note from Allen and another, an announcement from Editor Hugo Gurdon.

A goodbye soiree for Allen is set for next week.
We wish him all the best.

Here’s Gurdon’s memo:

“I just wanted to remind you that today is Jared’s last day here. I’m sure everyone at The Hill wishes him well. Please join him at the Post Pub next [week] after work for a liquid launch of his new career in public relations.”

Read Allen’s farewell memo after the jump…

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The Hill’s Allen to FD

jared, jackie.jpg Jared Allen, congressional reporter for The Hill newspaper, is hanging up his journalist hat and trying his hand at public affairs. FishbowlDC has learned that Allen recently accepted a new gig as assistant vice president at FD.

*Photo: Jared Allen with Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich.

A Good Night to be on the Guest List

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The Hill’s Jared Allen and Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich with Sarah Taylor.

Last night, movers and shakers of all ages gathered at the Washington Club in Dupont Circle to toast Washington Life’s annual “Young and the Guest List.”

From the swanky digs and the guests’ stylish threads to the truly superb swag bags (co-sponsored by WL and Moki Media), the event’s “Return to Glamor” theme shined throughout the evening.

In addition to three generations of FishbowlDC – CBS’ Christine Delargy, Politico’s Patrick Gavin, Washingtonian’s Garrett Graff and me, luminaries from every facet of Washington attended the fab fete.

We spotted Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn chatting with White House Chef Sam Kass as well as reality stars Krista Johnson, Katherine Kennedy and Andy Baldwin. The Washington press corps was well-represented by folks such as Tammy Haddad, Angie Goff, Pamela Brown, Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Kiki Ryan, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, CBS News’ Kaylee Hartung, Daily Caller’s Becca Glover, Amy Holmes, Makeda Sackey-Saggau, The Hill’s Jared Allen, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich and UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour with wife, Jayne Sandman.

We also caught up with MTP producer Betsy Fischer (just turned 40) who joked that her date, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, “better make the list next year so [she] could still go to the party.”

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Bachelor of yesteryear Andy Baldwin with CBS News’ Kaylee Hartung.

More party pics and the contents of the swag bag after the jump.

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The Hill’s Jeff Young Bids Farewell and Prepares for Bloomberg

Celebration-Drinks-600.jpg Scribes and friends gathered Tuesday night at Post Pub for The Hill’s health care guru Jeff Young‘s going away party.

A list of those who turned up last night: Young’s brother, Tim, his girlfriend, Sommer Mathis (who writes the DCist). Only co-workers and former co-workers were invited. (Full Disclosure: I worked with Young for many years and was invited to the soiree. So this post is going to be free of snark because I don’t have a bad thing to say about the guy.)

Jim Snyder, Roxana Tiron, Ian Swanson, Alex Bolton, JT Rushing, Jordan Fabian, Kevin Bogardus, Walter Alarkon, Kim Hart, Sean Miller, Emily Goodin, Sam Youngman, and Silla Brush. Representing The Hill’s alumni were Greenwire’s Mike Soraghan and The Atlantic’s Chris Good. Remarked Young: “My once-and-future colleague Patrick O’Connor broke my heart — not for the first time — by failing to show up and there’s a special place reserved in hell for Jared Allen, who brushed it off to go play sports or something.”

Young reflected on his time at the newspaper.
“It’s been a hell of a ride these past five years, capped off the a year-plus of health care reform insanity,” he wrote to FishbowlDC. “Mostly, there are some people I’m going to miss when I’m gone. (On a smaller scale, I’m really going to miss my Mac and will have to suffer Windows for the first time in years.)

“At the same time, there are only two people left in this news room, not counting Hugo [Gurdon] and Bob [Cusack], who’ve been here longer than I have. That alone might be a sign that it’s time to try something new. I’m also very excited about what we’ve got cooking at Bloomberg and I can’t wait to get started.”

We wish Young the best in his new job.

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