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Human Events Replaces Group Publisher

Eagle Publishing has named its replacement for Human Events‘s Vice President/Group Publisher. Taking over for Joe Guerriero, who starts as Clarity Media Group’s chief revenue officer on April 29, is Jim deGraffenreid.

deGraffenreid’s LinkedIn profile indicates he is the CEO of EEI Communications, a media training and staffing company based in Hanover, Md. He joins Human Events with a mess to sort out. The conservative weekly recently shut down its print edition, laying off scores of staffers. It is now a strictly online publication with about three people producing and managing its content. It is rumored that Human Events will eventually fold into RedState, a conservative blog also owned by Eagle Publishing.

We’ve requested comment from deGraffenreid and Eagle Publishing President Jeff Carneal.

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Human Events Loses V.P.

One more has flown the coop at the conservative Human Events.

“I have accepted a position with Clarity’s DC Media Group as Chief Revenue Officer,” Joe Guerriero, former V.P. Group Publisher at Human Events, wrote to FishbowlDC Wednesday. “I am extremely excited about the opportunity.”

Human Events recently closed down its weekly print product, with management laying off scores of staffers. It now exists as strictly an online publication with about three people running its editorial department. Its parent company is Eagle Publishing.

“Leaving Eagle was difficult,” Guerriero said, “but this was an opportunity I just could not pass up.” Clarity Media Group is… Read more

Newt Gingrich ‘Sad’ About Human Events

Eagle Publishing, parent company of Human Events, hosted its biennial Congressional Open House champagne celebration last night to welcome the 113th Congress (the Republican members at least).

Unfortunately, the party comes just a week after massive layoffs and the closure of Human Events‘ print product.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich attended with his wife Callista. Asked about Human Events, he said he was “very sad because it was historically a remarkable institution that had a big impact on American history going all the way back to 1944.” He added: “But I also recognize that we live in an age where you’re The Nation magazine or you’re Newsweek or a whole range of institutions — that the pressures of traditional print publication are enormous. And I think that Eagle had to take a serious look at reality in that sense.”

Regarding Conservative Political Action Conference organizers excluding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) as a speaker at their event next week, while inviting Donald Trump, Gingrich said… Read more

How the Chips Fell At Human Events

Higher-ups at Human Events warned staff on Tuesday that there would be a big announcement at a 10:30 a.m. meeting the next day. Many employees had a feeling it would be bad news, possibly more layoffs.

Workers who showed up at the office before the meeting went to their desks and computers as usual. Then they gathered in the conference room where V.P. and Group Publisher Joe Guerriero announced that the last payday for nearly all staff members would be this Friday. After the meeting, employees returned to their computers, only to find they couldn’t use them. While the bad news was delivered, the log-in information had been changed.

Employees were told if they needed to retrieve any personal information from what was now their former computers, management would watch them while they did so. Today will be their last day in the office. Human Events will no longer be available in print. Feb. 18th was their last issue.

Guerriero would not comment on the record for this story.

What happened in the meeting…Despite the somber news, no negative energy was felt inside the conference room, a source who was present for the meeting told FBDC. Read more

Human Events Publisher’s Wife to Groom Dogs

The annual Fashion For Paws benefit is two months away and Joe Guerriero, publisher of Human Events, really wants people to attend. Not for him, but for his wife, who will be primping and prepping the dogs backstage.

“I never do this type of stuff, but as many of you know, my wife Jenn is an avid dog lover and dog trainer,” Guerriero wrote this morning in an email blast to a handful of media types, including FishbowlDC. “Last night she strong-armed me into reaching out to some folks I know in hopes there might be some dog lovers among you.”

Later in the email Guerriero urges recipients and their friends to purchase tickets to the event and explains that until last year, he wasn’t aware “that the show brought out a veritable ‘who’s who’ D.C. crowd.”

Noteworthy names CCd on the email include… Read more

A Little Birdie Tells Us…

Human Events underwent several big changes in the course of the last year: big layoffs, new hires and a redesign. More may be coming.

Earlier today FBDC got wind that Eagle Publishing, parent company of Human Events, may sell the conservative weekly off to the Young America’s Foundation. YAF is a nonprofit that promotes conservatism among high school and college students. It also oversees the National Journalism Center, an internship program for aspiring writers.

Vice President and Group Publisher at Human Events Joe Guerriero didn’t deny the rumor… Read more

Botched Bylines Give Human Events a Blemish

Relaunching a website often comes with growing pains. We recently reported that Human Events had some kinks to work out as it reintroduced its website. Then, it was some coding issues. Today, it’s bylines.

During the switch from Site Manager to WordPress as the website’s administrative system, several stories screwed up who wrote what. For instance, former contributor Steven Robinson‘s name, which appeared as a double byline on a few stories, was deleted from the site. Articles originally bearing his name appeared are now authored by “Main Admin” or by Audrey Hudson, the publication’s congressional correspondent. Robinson recently left Eagle Publishing, which owns Human Events. He now works on the website for the Paul Revere Project, which aims to coordinate messaging among conservative groups in D.C. and nationwide.

As recently as this morning a story co-written by Robinson was changed to only show Hudson’s name. Three days ago, Robinson asked his old employers about it and was told about internal system issues. His byline was not restored until today after FishbowlDC’s inquiry.

Joe Guerriero, VP and Group Publisher of Eagle Publishing, told FBDC by email that the mix up had to do with “transferring a massive number of files to a new system” and the order in which they were sent.

Though Robinson said he thought there might be something more nefarious at hand, Human Events‘ Editor Cathy Taylor said the issue also happened with at least one other author out of the 200 the publication had in its system. “Steve Robinson’s byline was confused with another periodic author’s byline, Ron Robinson. Also, when Steve double-bylined with Audrey Hudson, his name apparently was dropped off,” Taylor said. “The good news is that all data transferred.”

The bad news, however, is that Robinson (the whistle blower) won’t be writing for Human Events anytime soon.

Brunch at Hay Adams Concludes WHCD Sh-tstorm

The weather finally cleared up just in time to finish White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend at the Hay Adams hotel with Thomson Reuters/McLaughlin‘s annual brunch.

Though it was sunny and gorgeous outside, when FBDC hopped on the elevator to head up to the rooftop an attendee asked, “We don’t have to stay the whole time, do we?” We assured her she did not.

The Hill‘s Katy Oczypok was seen snapping photos of guests, and a little later, munching on the brunch fare (sausage, seasoned potatoes, different breads and a tower of fruit). “I think the rain kept a lot of the celebrities in,” she told us with a sigh when asked if she hit up any after parties last night after the WHCD. Cheer up, Oczypok. There’s always next year.

The event was relatively subdued until CBS’ Julie Chen let out a scream. “WE WENT TO USC JOURNALISM SCHOOL TOGETHER!” she said excitedly to her husband as she introduced an apparently long lost college friend.


The loudest TV host in Washington,  John McLaughlin, Editor-in-Chief of Reuters Stephen Adler, Author and ex-MSNBCer Pat Buchanan (pictured above wearing what appear to be goggles), Human Events Group Publisher Joe Guerriero accompanied by his wife, and publicist Janet Donovan.

Fab or Fug: Ed Hardy-inspired dress

Here’s a dark green sack dress with crystal-studded shoulders and a flaming Mercury Lead Sled splashed across the back.

Fug, of course.

Human Events Empanada Giveaway Draws Long Line

To celebrate the relaunch of its paper product, Human Events spent Monday treating hungry people to food from the DC Empanadas food truck.

The line was long when the truck parked for the lunch hours at Farragut Square. Betsy asked me if it was as long as the famed gargantuan Lobster truck lines. I’d say longer.

Human Events‘ Publisher Joe Guerriero, Editor Cathy Taylor, Senior Reporter David Harsanyi and videographer Pat Frank were out to help promote the publication. But while Taylor occasionally worked the line, plugging the paper, most of the promoting was done by the sign on the food truck that said it all: “Human Events, it’s on us.”

VP/Group Publisher Joe Guerriero remarked to FBDC, “Wish I owned the empanada truck.  More than 700 meals today.”

FBDC took a look at the paper’s new design. It’s printed on full-color tabloid and contains more content than before. The editorial content has been moved closer to the back end. Taylor told us her goal is exclusive content by Human Events in every story. A new website for the publication launches in about two weeks, she said.

As an aside, I tried the Mr. Miyagi empanada. Two, actually. (This empanada can loosely be described as chicken and vegetables in a teriyaki sauce “with a kick.”)

Human Events‘ and Jason Mattera: ‘We’re Still Family’

There are as many definitions of “family” as there are, well, families. So cue up Sister Sledge and let’s start dancing! We are family … Get up everybody and sing!

Joe Guerriero, publisher of Human Events, claims that Jason Mattera didn’t get “the axe” from the publication. At least, not exactly. In addition to his radio program on WABC in New York, he will continue to have one foot in the door as he works as a “contributor.” But he’s moving on.

Part of what is pushing Mattera out the door is a clear desire for more of a celebrity status. Guerriero says Mattera expressed more interest in pursuing the “celebrity and author” side of working in media, rather than running a newsroom as an editor.

On Thursday FBDC broke the news that Mattera had been terminated from his role as Editor-at-Large of Human Events. Mattera, who has a new book out, apparently had an agreement with Guerriero to remain employed with the conservative weekly until the publicity tour for the book ended.

When asked if Mattera’s departure could be described as a termination, firing or dismissal… Read more