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Baby on Board at WBJ

WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner is back to work after a brief hiatus for maternity leave.  In August the reporter gave birth two her second child, Zachary Thomas Conner.  But time is money when your mom’s a writer for the Washington Business Journal.  So at only 3-months old, little Zachary recently hit the newsroom to learn the ins and outs of publishing from Alex Orfinger and to take some tips from Doug Fruehling.  Congrats to Conner and welcome to Fishbowl, Z!

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Haddad and Fischer Host Luxe Lunch for McCormick

You know you’re one hell of a flack when a flock of journos bust their midday beat to break bread in your honor.  And such is the case of Kelley McCormick,  former partner at Qorvis Communications and Reese Witherspoon lookalike.  McCormick and her new role as Gibraltar Associates COO were toasted yesterday at a swanky lunch hosted by “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer and the one and only Tammy Haddad.

Nearly 40 guests mingled over champagne before sitting down to a three-course wine luncheon of split pea soup with creme fraiche, bacon-garnished crab cake and tasty dessert.  Both Fischer and Haddad shared kind words about their friend before Gibraltar CEO Eric Bovim raised a glass to McCormick, gushing “I can’t imagine doing this without her.”

Attendees of the fancy-pants lunch fete included Politico’s Mike Allen, NBC White House producer Alicia Jennings, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, The Hill’s Kate Oczypok, DC’s Karen Sommer Shalett, Janet Donovan, Cap File’s Kate Bennett and Sarah Schaffer, Huffington Post’s Christina Wilkie, Kiki Ryan, Bloomberg’s Ha Chan, Tracy Sefl, Washingtonian’s Sophie Gilbert, Washington Life‘s Michael Clements, Emily Lenzner, Poshbrood’s Elizabeth Thorp, Twitter’s Adam Sharp, WBJ‘s Jen Nycz-Conner and SELF‘s Marc Adleman.  Congrats to Kelley!

L to R: Betsy Fischer, Mike Allen, Kate Bennett, Halle Mayes, Tammy Haddad, Marc Adelman, Kelley McCormick.

*All photos courtesy of Haddad Media.

Cap File Celebrates 5 Years

The Corcoran Gallery played host to Capitol File‘s fifth anniversary fete last night.   Guarded by a gestapo of magazine interns who seemed excited to turn away would-be crashers (and those who fell victim to a clerical error *see: me), the event featured “Project Runway” host and Cap File cover boy Tim Gunn.  A sensory overload designed by Andre Wells, the soiree boasted a four-foot birthday cake, a deejay and  drive-by appetizers that made their way through the bar on a sushi-style conveyor belt. 

Representing the magazine were new EIC Kate Bennett, Niche Media CEO Jason Binn and Sarah Schaffer, former EIC turned publisher.  Media-types spotted taking in the sights and sounds were WBJ‘s Jen Nycz-Conner, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Roll Call‘s Jackie Kucinich, Stephanie Green, Politico‘s Kiki Ryan, Janet Donovan, CBS’s Christine Delargy, FD’s Mary Kathryn Covert, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin and Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran

Journos Flock to The Week’s Opinion Awards

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The Week held their annual Opinion Awards last night at the W Hotel. This year’s event recognized WaPo wunderkind Ezra Klein, TNR’s Jonathan Chait and The Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Rob Rogers.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel kicked off the night with a little humor, calling the award “the most significant thing to happen to Ezra [Klein] since his bar mitzvah last week.”

“Morning Joe” hosts and the evening’s emcees Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski showed their love with a shout out to MSNBC’s David Shuster who is currently suspended from his job for an indefinite amount of time. Shuster and wife, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman later dodged questions about the suspension from Examiner’s Tara Palmeri, claiming a stomach ache.

In addition to the emcees and honorees, journalists packed the house last night. FishbowlDC spotted NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and Andrea Mitchell, CNN’s Dana Bash, Ed Henry and Jessica Yellin, Politico’s Patrick Gavin, Mike Allen and Anne Schroeder Mullins, CBS’ Christine Delargy, Tammy Haddad, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner, Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger and Jonathan Capehart, MSNBC’s Louis Burgdorf, Slate’s John Dickerson, Politics Daily’s Lynn Sweet, Yahoo’s Michael Calderone and Daily Beast’s Tina Brown and Ronnie Cho.

Also in attendance were Brad Dayspring, Hilary Rosen, Matt Cooper, Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn, Juleanna Glover, as well as “Washington’s own George Clooney,” Kevin Madden (as described by several guests).

To wrap up the evening, The Week Editor-at-Large Sir Harold Evans moderated a panel debate between Senator Amy Klobuchar(D-MN) Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA), Rep.Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Republican strategist Steve Schmidt.

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Examiner’s Tara Palmeri, WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner and award recipient, editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers.

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UrbanDaddy’s Pimp Party

urbantoplessresized.jpgSugar daddies, baby daddies, cool daddies and big daddies all feted the official launch of UrbanDaddy DC at the W Hotel last night. Snowed out on Thursday evening, last night was “take two” for the schwanky shindig and a much needed break from Blizzard-palooza 2010.

Celebrating with Washington editor Jeff Dufour were a roster of over-the-top entertainers like a rockin’ deejay, bad-ass electric violinist, topless (body painted) models, dancers and notable guests such as WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner, Politics Daily’s Emily Miller, Matt Cooper, Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, Winston Lord, Daily Caller’s Becca Glover, Victoria Michael, Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran, Daily Caller’s Moira Bagley, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, MTP’s Betsy Fischer, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, White House heartthrob Jon Favreau, TWT’s John McCaslin, Amy Holmes, Elizabeth Thorp, Equinox restaurant owners Todd and Ellen Gray, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie and the party’s planners – Barbara Martin and Jayne Sandman Dufour of Fingerprint DC.

Despite a heinous hangover, I can vouch that a good time was had by all – especially the ladies of Qorvis who dominated the dance floor.

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WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour and Politics Daily’s Emily Miller

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Daily Caller’s Becca Glover and Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran

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WBJ Announces Newsroom Changes

Just before the WBJ‘s “Book of Lists” bash last night, Editor Douglas Fruehling announced some changes to the Biz Journal‘s newsroom.

“Working the Room” and “Back Page” writer Jen Nycz-Conner will continue that role but has also taken on the role of media strategy manager aka “buzz generator-in-chief.” Associate Editor Tim Burn will become the BizSmarts editor and writer. Commercial real estate staff reporter Melissa Castro is will transition into a new role as senior staff reporter for features and “Inner Loop.” Vandana Sinha who has covered biotech, energy and environment will now focus on Web and evening editing. Staff reporters Tierney Plumb and Sarah Krouse are teaming up to cover all of the commercial real estate in the region.

Though it was not mentioned in Fruehling’s note, FishbowlDC confirmed that technology reporter Darlene Darcy is no longer with WBJ.

The entire staff memo is available after the jump.

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Washington Biz Journal‘s Prom Night

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Washington business leaders packed the National Building Museum last night for WBJ‘s annual “Book of Lists” fete. Dubbed “prom night” by WBJ‘s staffers, the glam, Mardi Gras-themed gala boasted six open bars, catering by Jose Andres, photo booth, and a head spinning number of opportunities to pass a business card.

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WBJ Publisher Alex Orfinger spent most of the evening greeting guests like Mark Ein and Winston Lord at the event’s entrance. Inside, FishbowlDC caught up with editor Doug Fruehling and Jen Nycz-Conner (pictured above) as well as Ann Curry-lookalike, reporter Melissa Castro. And though we didn’t sample the “Listini,” a mix of Smirnoff Cranberry, Chambord, Sierra Mist and cranberries, we’re pretty sure it did the trick for most guests.

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For more on the “Book of Lists,” click of here and check out the WBJ team getting down to business (after party at the Irish Channel) after the jump.

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2010 New Year’s Resolution Roundup

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With only three days left in 2009 (good riddance), time to make your New Year’s resolution is quickly running out. Whether you embrace or reject the annual tradition, it’s tough not to form some sort of secret pact for self-improvement when a new year is just around the corner. Work harder, live healthier, be friendlier…

Setting the goals is simple. It’s keeping up with those pesky promises that proves so difficult. That’s why FishbowlDC salutes the brave journalists who shared their good intentions with us. For better or for worse (ahem…Jake Tapper), the “2010 New Year’s Resolution Roundup” is now live:

“To stop answering yes when people ask me if I also play defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings.”

- Jared Allen, The Hill

“To know every member of congress by name, face and state.”

- Luke Russert, MSNBC

“I’m starting a cliche jar on my desk. Every time I’m busted using a cliche in a story, I have to do five push-ups. Ten if it’s a bad business term. I figure that either my writing will improve, or I’ll get in a better shape. Talk about a win-win… oh, man, well, there’s the first 10…”

- Jen Nycz-Conner, Washington Business Journal

“The first year of the Obama administration was too hectic timewise for me to take my son and Dad to the new Yankee Stadium, but in 2010 it’s the Bronx or bust!”

- Ed Henry, CNN senior WH correspondent

“Read more fiction. Make time to cook. Stop my long-running habit of intentionally sneezing on other journos’ keyboards when they stroll out of the press gallery.”

- Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway / WNYC New York / Public Radio Intl.

“Less time on my blackberry and twitter.”

- Jake Tapper, ABC News WH correspondent

“To be the best husband, father and son I can be. Also, to not yell at so many field hockey referees during Catholic University’s 2010 run to their first NCAA tournament.”

- Chris Cillizza, Washington Post

“Although I don’t actually believe in NY resolutions, I do intend to be the first person in the Capitol press galleries every morning since ’2010′ is my beat and all.”

- Erin McPike, National Journal

“I’m totally corny about these kind of things, so here it goes: I want to think more positively in 2010 and be less critical of others. I’d also like to spend more time talking to friends instead of talking to them, then intermittently looking down at my blackberry during our conversation.”

- Shira Toeplitz, CQ-Roll Call

“To survive the stream of lunatics that visit FishbowlDC’s Anonymous Tip box on a daily basis. To not become one of those crazed D.C. journalists.”

- Betsy Rothstein, FishbowlDC

WBJ‘s Fruehling Interviews NPR’s Schiller

This morning, WBJ Editor Doug Fruehling got a chance to interview NPR CEO Vivian Schiller at a Biz Journal event held at Gensler’s D.C. K Street offices. Video and the story are available here.

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Pictured are Jordan Goldstein of Gensler, Doug Fruehling, Vivian Schiller of NPR and Alex Orfinger of the WBJ. *Thanks to Jen Nycz-Conner for the pic