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No Bitching About the ‘Liberal’ Media Please

Jason Grumet‘s Bipartisan Policy Center has managed to bring both parties together for one night in hosting “A Century of Service” to honor the public lives of former Republican Sen. Maj. Leaders and BPC Founders Howard Baker and Bob Dole. The event is Wednesday evening.

Among the VIP attendees: Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Pat Roberts, Sen. Lamar Alexander, former Sens. Tom Daschle, George Mitchell, Bill Frist, Trent Lott and many others will gather at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

As the D’s and R’s come together, hopefully complaining about the elite or liberal media can wane for one evening only.

The invite-only GOP-honored soiree is expected to draw a host of journalists including Ron Brownstein and Ron Fournier of NJ, James Bennett, The Atlantic, Ann Compton and Jonathan Karl, ABC, Peter David, The Economist, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin and Reagan lover James Hohmann, Jim Engel, Fox, , Roll Call‘s Neda Semnani, The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz, Capitol File‘s Sarah Schaffer, The Examiner‘s Paul Bedard and Nikki Schwab, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, and CNN’s Kathleen Koch.

More details can be found on the homepage of the BPC’s website here.

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Party Tonight for a Bunch of Washington Bigwigs, Some Bigger than Others

Tonight the Bipartisan Policy Center hosts a cocktail reception for their new class of senior fellows at the center on Eye Street. The BPC was recently hailed by NJ as “one of Washington’s most attractive destinations for former lawmakers, Cabinet officials and others.” Now we know why…honored tonight will be Sens. Bob Bennett, Byron Dorgan, Bill Frist and Trent Lott, in addition to General Jim Jones (ret.). Remarks are expected from BPC-co-founder and former Sen. Tom Daschle.

Also on the RSVP list are media bigwigs (some bigger than others and some not so big at all, you decide): John Roberts, FOX, Ed Henry, FNC, Peter Baker, NYT, David Jackson, USA Today, Ron Brownstein, NJ, Aaron Lobel, American Abroad Media, Charlie Cook, NJ, Emily Pierce, Roll Call and former CNNer Kathleen Koch.  The BPC recently attracted former MPAA head Dan Glickman, now a BPC Fellow and head of a nutrition & physical activity initiative and former first lady Michelle Obama‘s, Robin Schepper, former executive director of Let’s Move! to join the nutrition project.

Kathleen Koch Mails Hope to Japan

As Kathleen Koch watched the recent tragedies in Japan unfold on television, she decided now was her time to  “pay it forward.”  A former CNN correspondent, Koch covered Hurricane Katrina for the network in 2005– an uncomfortably personal assignment because the storm destroyed her hometown in Mississippi. Recalling the profoundly positive impact that personal letter writing campaigns had on her Gulf Coast friends and family in the wake of Katrina, Koch decided to launch “Words of Hope for Japan.”

“We’re trying to collect a caring letter of support for every man, woman and child in a shelter in Japan,” she explained to FishbowlDC.

Assisted by friends, colleagues, schools, scout troops, churches, and CNN, Koch is well on the way to her goal of 300,000 letters but she could use your help.  If you’re interested in participating in “Words of Hope for Japan,” visit the Facebook page or get more info. after the jump.

Koch with fifth grade letter writers from Centennial Lane Elementary School in Ellicott City

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Koch’s “Rising from Katrina” TB Released in August

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Since CNN correspondent Kathleen Koch signed off in 2008, she’s been busy writing a book about her Mississippi hometown’s recovery from Katrina and her experiences covering it. Entitled “Rising from Katrina,” the book will be released on August 1st and is already performing well online. On Amazon.com, Koch’s book is #4 in Bestsellers on Mississippi, #7 in Bestsellers on Hurricanes and #15 in Bestsellers on Natural Disasters.

For more info, check out her publisher’s site here, her interview with News Channel 8 here, or stop by her book signing at Politics & Prose on August 25th at 7pm.

Toast of the Town: Corke’s Goodbye DC, Hello Miami Party

Former NBC White House correspondent Kevin Corke said adios to DC and hola to South Beach with a Latin-inspired celebration at Lima last night. He’s moving to Miami for a gig as NBC 6/WTVJ’s main anchor.

The party was hosted by Corke’s former NBC colleagues Kerri Forrest, Allison Kaminsky Putala and yours truly, Christine Delargy, and his former ESPN colleague Melissa Jacobs, who’s now blogging at TheFootballGirl.com.

A big contingency from Corke’s NBC days came out, including former NBC Washington bureau chief Wendy Wilkinson, former NBC correspondent Jeannie Ohm, former White House producer Tammy Kupperman Thorp and Sarah Irwin, who’s now at Reuters, as well as plenty of current NBC-ers like Luke Russert and prods Carl Sears and Adam Verdugo.

Some friends from the White House press corps were also in attendance: ABC’s John Hendren, Reuters’ Jon Decker, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Kathleen Koch and Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson, as well as Tony Fratto and Stuart Siciliano from the Bush White House.

Also: Pamela Punch’s Pamela Sorensen (check out her write-up here), Neil Grace, Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis, CBS’ Kaylee Hartung and Frank Thorp, and a strong showing from Corke’s frat brothers!


Corke and party hostesses.

More party pics after the jump…

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Koch, Arena Leave CNN

FishbowlDC has obtained an internal memo from CNN reporter Kathleen Koch:

    2009 will be a year of change for the nation. And it will be a year of change for me. After 18 years with CNN, I am moving on. I am so grateful for the amazing opportunity I’ve had to cover so many disparate and challenging beats, from aviation, to hurricanes, the Pentagon, Capitol Hill. And while I’ve helped out on the White House beat since 1996, I’ve particularly enjoyed being there full-time for the past year. It takes a special breed not only to cover that beat, but to do the people’s work within those gray sandstone walls. I have made friends there in the media and on the staff that I hope will last a lifetime. I am also grateful to CNN for its flexibility during the years when I worked part-time. The opportunity to put my family first while my daughters were young was worth its weight in gold. I have always said the best thing about CNN is the people you work with. And that is what I will miss most. After 18 years, you are my family. I will not begin to try to say thank you. The list would be endless. Just know that it has been an honor and a pleasure to work with you through blizzards, hurricanes, droughts, floods, plane crashes, hearings, press conferences, endless stakeouts… We pulled together and put on stories that illuminated, educated, entertained and sometimes, when we did our job particularly well, changed people lives. You have all enriched my life, and for that I count myself a fortunate woman. As my friends on the Mississippi Gulf Coast always say, I am blessed. Kathleen

We’ve also learned that CNN’s Justice Department/Supreme Court correspondent Kelli Arena is leaving the network.

Related: TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer catches Wolf Blitzer’s farewell to Jamie McIntyre.

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CNN’s Kathleen Koch blogged about the scene at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Tuesday.

    Heard today around the White House –

    A network photographer:

    “Nothing’s happening. Not here, at least.”

    A wire service reporter:

    “It’s boring. Like a morgue around here.”

    A senior administration official:

    “We’re all curled in a fetal position under our desks.”

    A cable news producer:

    “You want me to vacuum? I’m going to do the hallway a little bit…”

    Another cable news producer:

    “I’ll vacuum when _______ does a live shot. Does he have one? No.”

Koch Heads Home

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Yesterday, you may have spotted CNN’s Kathleen Koch (based out of CNN’s DC bureau) in her hometown of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Koch is reporting on the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Kathleen coverage has included two one-hour documentaries, “Saving My Town: The Fight for Bay St. Louis” and “The Town That Fought Back.”