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Say Hello to Capitol File’s New Editor-in-Chief

Capitol File is finally announcing its new Editor-in-Chief. It’s Elizabeth Thorp. President and COO Katherine Nicholls and Editorial Director Mandi Norwood made the official announcement this morning. Others considered for the position included former Washington Life’s former executive Michael Clements, who is now the “Chief Creative Enabler” of ArtJamz, LLC and Aspen Institute’s Karen Sommer Shalett, former editor of DC Magazine.

“Capitol File is a unique combination of sophistication, urban glamour and high society,” Thorp told FishbowlDC. “As a reader and contributor since its launch 8 years ago, I am thrilled to take the helm as Editor in Chief.”

She said she definitely plans to bring new contributors on board.

Thorp brings more than 21 years of experience in public affairs and editorial to the magazine. She has contributed to HuffPost, National Geographic as well as Capitol File. She also created Poshbrood.com, an award-winning, upscale family travel website. Read more

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10 Hardest Media Names to Spell

There’s something that can absolutely unhinge a person when you spell his or her name wrong. Especially difficult are members of the media who can be quite vocal about it and tell you how dumb you are on Twitter. So today we’ve compiled a list of the hardest names to spell in the journalism business. We just hope and pray we spelled them right.

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DC Magazine Names New Editor-in-Chief

DC Magazine announced Michael McCarthy on Thursday as its new editor-in-chief.

“With Michael’s enthusiasm for the luxury lifestyle and Washington, D.C., we’re thrilled to have him steer DC through what we confidently agree will be its best era,” said Beth Weitzman, editorial vice president of Modern Luxury, which owns DC Magazine. “His citywide expertise—combined with his superior skills as a communicator, editor and writer—will continue to give the magazine insider savvy both in print and online.”

McCarthy replaces former DC editor Karen Sommer Shalett.

He’s a D.C. native and third generation Washingtonian, according to a press release.  His prior experience includes 15 years of lifestyle editing and writing for both national and regional magazines. McCarthy also served as content director and editor-in-chief for several publications under custom publisher McMurry/TMG.

“We are thrilled to have Michael join our growing team. He is the perfect fit to continue our momentum as the local leader in luxury and lifestyle publishing,” said DC publisher Peter Abrahams. “His experience and enthusiasm will be a driving force as we launch Front Desk this spring and new products in the months to follow.” Front Desk is a luxury style magazine already distributed at hotels in Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

McCarthy starts Mar. 4.

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Separated at Birth: Aspen Institute’s Karen Sommer Shalett

Today we’re matching Aspen Institute’s Editor-at-Large Karen Sommer Shalett with actress Jennifer Grey. We also think there’s more than a hint of actress and singer Barbara Stresiand in there. Have a look. Shalett is formerly the Editor-in-Chief for DC magazine, where she will continue to consult and contribute until a new Editor-in-Chief is found.

DC Mag Editor Resigns for Aspen Institute Post

DC Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Karen Sommer Shalett (who has what may be the hardest name to spell in journalism outside of BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kasduhufdjygvkuyoinzinski) has left the magazine to be Editor-at-Large at the Aspen Institute. She will continue her relationship with DC magazine as a contributor, consulting until an Editor-in-Chief is hired.

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DC Mag Hires New Senior Editor

Karen Sommer Shalett, Editor-in-Chief of DC Magazine, hosts a lunch today for her new Senior Editor Sarah Crosland. The lunch will take place in the mezzanine loft of the Park Hyatt.

Previously Crosland was Assoc. Editor at Charlotte Magazine and before that she was Assoc. Editor at Modern Luxury Magazine.

Congratulations to Crosland.

 

 

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.

Oh, Did Someone Mention Those Four Forbidden Words: ‘Hollywood on the Potomac’?

Last week we brought you a legal draft from Publicist Janet Donovan‘s attorney regarding The Daily Beast Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz‘s use of “Hollywood on the Potomac” in a tweet. They let him off easy with Donovan sending him a note asking him politely not to use the phrase that she had copyrighted for her blog by the same name. Kurtz never responded.

But now we have another situation.

This time, the phrase surfaced in DC Magazine. So what can we expect – another lawsuit threat from Donovan? “I spoke to Karen and since magazine already in print, took a pass, but is changing the online,” said Donovan, referring to DC Magazine Editor-in-Chief Karen Sommer Shalett.

See the offending page from the magazine after the jump…

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Fab or Fug?

This beautiful — and yes, fab – bling belongs to Karen Sommer Shalett, Editor of DC Magazine. She wore it to Lanmark Technology Prez Lani Hay‘s steak and goat cheese salad dinner last Thursday night at the Ritz. The bracelet is Alexis Bittar.

DC’s Ultra-Hip Birthday Bash

EIC Karen Sommer Shalett and Publisher Peter Abrahams

The top floor and roof of PNC Place were transformed into a uber-chic lounge last Thursday evening for the fifth anniversary of DC magazine.  Guests such as big-deal businessman and Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, reality stars Rich and Mary Amons and several folks from the Obama Administration joined DC EIC Karen Sommer Shalett and Publisher Peter Abrahams for scenic views, hip tunes, culinary treats by Ridgewells  and a variety of wet bars (FishbowlDC remembers the Jack Daniels and Kettle One bars but everything beyond that is kind of a blur). 

On hand to celebrate were the new owners of the mag’s parent company, Modern Luxury.  Representing Dickey Publishing and Cumulus Broadcasting (the second largest broadcaster in the country) were the company’s president, Michael Dickey and Beth Weitzman, the organization’s Vice President of Editorial.   Media-types spotted include Real Housewives of DC’s Paul Wharton, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, CBS’s Christine Delargy, Tim Burger, Kelly DiNardo and Rosen Group VP Zachary Hooper

DC contributor and author Kelly DiNardo and Christina Sevilla

* Photo of the DC team after the jump.

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