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David Morrison: ‘Journo, Junkie, Hero, Pal’

National Security reporter David Morrison lost his job as a columnist for CQ in April. Then he died in his sleep in his Washington apartment on June 5. At 59. “My guess is was just plumb worn out,” wrote Spytalk‘s Jeff Stein in a lengthy memorial column for AND Magazine.

His life was rather dramatic. Writes Stein, “At the time, Morrison was looking for freelance work, the last chapter of a career that once produced some of the smartest, elegantly wrought reporting on national security issues around, even while he was reeling from heroin.”

Morrison left no note. His death was not considered or thought to be a suicide.

The reporter worked at National Journal in the 80s. He graduated from the Columbia School of Journalism. The story that put him on the map, writes Stein, was that of his heroin addiction that ran on  the cover of the Washington City Paper in 1995. The byline reads: “By Anonymous.” NYT David Carr, formerly of WCP, had edited his work. It was Jack Shafer, now at Reuters, who edited his cover story.

In the story, some of his fellow journalists described him as “a talented and lovely soul” and “wise, funny, and grumpy.” Morrison’s brother said he’d been clean from drugs for 19 years and was a recovering member of Narcotics Anonymous.

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Spy Talk’s Stein to National Security Counselors

Veteran journo Jeff Stein has accepted  the position of News Media Counselor at National Security Counselors, a public-interest law firm that specializes in Freedom of Information Act pursuits of national security-related government records and national security employment law.  Best known for his Spy Talk column and blog which began at CQ in 2005 and moved to the Washington Post last year, Stein is a noted author and expert on national security and foreign affairs issues.

Stein will replace James Gordon Meek, former Washington correspondent for the New York Daily News, who is now Senior Counterterrorism Investigator for the House Committee on Homeland Security.  Congrats to Jeff!

Stein and “SpyTalk” Land at WaPo!

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The best news I’ve heard this week! Friend of FishbowlDC Jeff Stein and his popular “SpyTalk” blog will be added to WaPo‘s national security coverage.

Until late last year Stein worked at CQ, where he launched the online CQ/Homeland Security daily, served as National Security editor and created the blog, which drew an impressive, dedicated audience. Stein will report and write about intelligence, defense and foreign policy on “SpyTalk.”

Stein, who served as an Army Intelligence case officer in Vietnam, is a veteran national security reporter and the author of three acclaimed books in this field.

“SpyTalk” will launch March 22 on the Post‘s site. The blog will also be accessible through ForeignPolicy.com

Morning Reading List 11.06.09

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Happy birthday to Leah Kohl and an early shout out to Tino Anthony who will celebrate this Sunday. Good morning FishbowlDC! Here’s what we’re reading over coffee, toast and a little marionberry jam this fine Friday morning…

TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES

TV

According to the NY Times, Glenn Beck is becoming the new Oprah.

TV Newser breaks down the cable coverage of Fort Hood shootings.

DCRTV says that NBC-4 lost control of their cameras during their 11pm broadcast last night.

ONLINE

CNN tests your newser knowledge with the CNN Challenge. The site even lets you pick your fav. CNN journo to quiz you.

Tucker Carlson is hiring for The Daily Caller, his new website. Calderone says that Moira Bagley has signed on as an editor.

MAGAZINES

Spy guy Jeff Stein, may be a little down from the CQ layoffs but he’s not out. He’s keeping his oars in the water by contributing to Foreign Policy.

NEWS NOTES

WaPo’s Reliable Source says that DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is engaged to Kevin Johnson.

AFP reporter Farhad Pouladi will remain in custody at least until the weekend after being arrested on Wednesday while covering an anti-American rally in Tehran.

AWARDS & EVENTS

National Journal Group and Gates Foundation to host “Improving College Completion Rates: The How and Why” panel and breakfast on Thursday November 19th at 8:00 am.

On Wednesday, November 11th Vice President Joseph Biden will be the keynote speaker at The Lab School of Washington’s 25th Anniversary Gala, which will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Media interested in covering should contact Allison@kaminskyputala.com.

Several Stars Up for Grabs After CQ-Roll Call Cuts

Help Wanted? Now’s your chance! FishbowlDC has confirmed that SpyTalk’s Jeff Stein (one of my favorite reads), Chris Lehmann and award-winning reporter Jonathan Allen are all on the market after today’s layoffs at CQ-Roll Call.

Chris Lehmann @lehmannchris tweets:

I am now officially redundant, the Brits who canned me would say. Any jobleads, free drinks, career advice in the DC region warmly welcome

One thing being laid off has taught me: If anyone hugs me in this condition, I WILL cry. Fair notice.

From Jeff Stein:

“I have loved every minute of doing SpyTalk, which has gained a fervently loyal and growing readership, and I hope I can continue to do it somewhere else without missing a day. I have a lot of good stories in the pipeline.”

Our running list…

Jeff Stein
Jon Allen
Chris Lehmann
Derek Wallbank
Darren Harper
David Baumann
Avery Palmer
Amanda Munoz-Temple
Chuck Hoskinson
Thomas Hannett
Matt Speiler
Karoun Demirjian
Jodi Schneider
Vicki Needham
Stephen Langel
Jay Heflin
Adjoa Adofo
Karoun Demirjian
Bart Jansen
Greg McDonald
Adam Graham Silverman
Maureen Conners
Susan Shipp
Rachel Kapochunas
Matt Johnson
Paul Krawzak
Amanda Hirsch
Jessica Coomes
Dan Fowler

Drop us a line to let your future employers know you’re available.

Men Overboard: Nather Leaves CQ, Stein to Follow?

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David Nather is leaving CQ after almost a decade to co-write a book on health care reform with Tom Daschle.

Nather’s exit follows that of ace defense reporter Josh Rogin who took up at Foreign Policy last week, replacing Laura Rozen. Additionally, sources tell FishbowlDC that spy guy Jeff Stein has been spotted meeting with Politico editors Jim Vandehei, Bill Nichols and John Harris. When asked about a possible Politico future, Jeff Stein replied “no comment.”

See Susan Benkelman‘s announcement about Nather’s departure after the jump.

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FishbowlDC Interview: Spy Guy Jeff Stein

stein4.jpg If you don’t read Jeff Stein‘s Spy Talk blog on CQPolitics.com, you’re missing out. It’s chocked full of quick reads about real spies, espionage, the CIA, FBI and Secret Service.

Don’t be scared off by its tag line “Intelligence for Thinking People” — I read it regularly. We caught up with CQ‘s resident spy guy for a FishbowlDC interview that required neither intelligence nor thinking. Here’s what we learned:

What does your morning reading list include? All the major nupes — WaPo, NYT, WSJ — in paper, since I’m allergic to electrons before coffee. In fact, I just started a new policy of not looking at my Blackberry until I’ve finished them.

How did you start writing your beat? SpyTalk, which began as a weekly column in 2005, was the joint idea of me and the top editors here — Bob Merry, David Rapp (both of whom have since left) and Mike Mills (who has just returned).

What was the proudest moment in your career? Maybe the successful 2002 debut of CQ/Homeland Security, which I was hired originally to launch, making money and winning an Online News Association award in its first year.

Have you ever been worried about your personal safety due to the nature of your beat? Only once, when my main source for stories about about U.S.-based anti-Castro Cuban terrorists, was murdered.

Who is your favorite fictional spy and why? Smiley, of course: Stoic, patient, clever and empathetic — to a point.

What’s your favorite spy book? “The Quiet American,” by Graham Greene.

What is the biggest misconception about spies or spying? That it’s anything like James Bond or Jack Bauer.

How many times have you visited the Spy Museum? It’s a great place to meet sources.

What working journalist do you respect the most (excluding CQ/RC)? Walter Pincus, investigative reporting’s Lou Gehrig.

What single person has played the biggest role or has had the biggest influence on your career? The late, great David Halberstam, who opened doors for me with editors in New York.

If you could spy on one person undetected, who would it be? Jane Harman. Just kidding. Osama Bin Laden, of course.

More Q&A after the jump…

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CQ Roasts & Toasts Bob Merry

Thursday wasn’t just another day in the life of CQ CEO Bob Merry whose departure from his home of 22 years is imminent, it was party central.

Part One: Cocktail reception on the rooftop of The Hay Adams with colleagues Mike Riley, Bruce Drake, Ken Sands and Loesje Troglia.

As happens at these events, the tributes were plentiful, but the crowd favorite was from Victoria Monroe of the advertising department. “Actually, I’m very glad Bob could join us tonight. He initially said he couldn’t make it because he was going to be hiking the Appalachian Trail… Before speaking tonight I had two thoughts. First, how do you toast a charismatic, popular, visionary and successful leader? And, second, I am so glad that that is not at all relevant tonight.”

And, “Bob, we were hoping to get President Obama to call in and wish you well. We requested just 5 minutes of the President’s time, but the White House said he couldn’t do it. But Joe Biden did say he’d be glad to call in for about 3 hours,” Monroe went on.

Part Two: Dinner with friends and colleagues at Teatro Goldoni hosted by publicist Janet Donovan, who is also a publicist for CQ.

That portion of the evening was “off the record,” but we managed to snag this one photo from them. In attendance: Al Hunt, Jeff Stein, Craig Crawford, Mort Kondracke, Myra McPherson, David Rapp, Bruce Drake, Margaret Warner, Keith White, Jerome Cramer, and Judy Woodruff.

Former DC Journo Learns First Amendment Limitations the Hard Way

John Dinges, former managing editor for NPR news met with some unexpected turbulence on a trip back to the U.S. from Venezuela and Chile last week. But the turbulence wasn’t due to rough winds or a storm, it was on the ground with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

Dinges, who had also served as a foreign desk editor for WaPo expressed concern that a CBP officer’s questions “crossed a line against First Amendment protections of the press.” The officer’s responses included, “this is the United States, and I can ask you anything I want.”

So what are your rights as press traveling internationally? Are you subject to full disclosure? The answer may surprise you. Find out more about Dinges’ situation and read the response from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesman, Michael Friel by checking out the article by CQ spy guy, Jeff Stein.

Spy v. Spy: Examiner’s Lee Accuses CIA of Career Sabotage

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Stephen Lee, a former CIA operations manager who blogs for The Washington Examiner, suspects the agency’s censors are trying to sabotage his new career.

Lee says that he believes his former employer is “subjecting him to a campaign of low-level harassment.”

His CIA secrecy agreement requires that he submit all his columns to the agency’s Publications Review Board (PRB) for approval but the group seems unwilling or conveniently unable to accommodate his news cycle deadlines.

CQ’s Jeff Stein has the full story.

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