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Washingtonian Wins the Summer with AT&T Best of Washington Party

photo4Last night at the National Building Museum, Washingtonian hosted its annual AT&T Best of Washington party, likely, the best event of the summer in DC. ‘Best of’ was Washingtonian’s first major event under the helm of its new editor, Michael Schaffer.

More than 60 of the magazine’s 100 Very Best Restaurants served samples bites from their menu, including 1789, Ted’s Bulletin, Toki Underground, BLT Steak, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Lyon Hall and STK, alongside libations including Pyrat Rum and Patrón Tequilas, among many, many, others (trust).

The soirée was themed “Madhatter,” and the “publisher’s reception” (aka VIP area) – sponsored by the American Beverage Association – offered guests dozens of costume hats to compliment attire. There was a maze, acrobatic performers and musicians, a BMW i8, and a Qatar Airways lounge featuring two of its fully-flat business class seats along with great music. Read more

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Washington Examiner Adds Gossip Columnist

Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab is now on her third gossip partner in the two years since Tara Palmeri left for the New York Post. First there was Katy Adams. Next up: Jenny Rogers, formerly of TBD, who lasted a year. Now the Examiner has named a new co-columnist — it’s The Hill‘s Alicia Cohn, who contributed to that publication’s gossip column, “In the Know,” and managed content for the social media blog. We hear The Daily Caller‘s pretty aggressive Nick Ballasy was up for the job, but didn’t want to take orders from Schwab so he backed out.

It’s anyone’s guess what kind of co-columnist Cohn will be as her previous appeared in publications such as US WEEKLY and Human Events. She also interned for Christianity Today. She graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois, a Christian college where drinking, smoking, pornography and sex are taboo and where evolutionary biology is now accepted, but this wasn’t always true. Famous graduates include Billy Graham and former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. In 2003 the college eased its ban on dancing. They also let up on drinking and smoking for faculty and grad students only.

In an internal memo just out today, Editor Stephen Smith outlines three new reporters, including Cohn, and the promotion of another. Most of the new hires are recent grads whose experience consists of an array of internships. Read more

Washington Examiner Hires Cinderella

Well that was fast.

Last week the Washington Examiner announced the departure of Yeas & Nays columnist Katy Adams. Yesterday they announced the hire of Jenny Rogers of the distinguished TBD. In her Twitter avatar, she’s inexplicably dressed up as Cinderella. Nothing everything weird about that. She joins Nikki Schwab on the gossip desk.

Though Rogers’ new boss, Stephen Smith, introduced her with an ominous mistake in her internal memo, we’d like to think of it as a premonition of good things to come. He wrote that Jenny graduated from Rhodes College in Florida. That would be Memphis. Smith quickly issued a correction, lamenting that he’d lost street cred in the newsroom. “Rhodes College is in Memphis, not Florida,” he wrote. “Editors can’t get their facts right.” We can only hope this whisper of self-deprecating humor means the column will pick up.

As a culture writer, she learned absolutely nothing a tremendous amount at TBD. In her bio she writes, “As TBD’s most tech-challenged reporter, I’m proud to announce my conversion to Twitter. I hope to understand how to use my smart phone by 2011.” To get an idea of what we might expect from Jenny, we checked out her recent exposé on cupcakes. The headline: “Cupcakes will never go away.” She refers to the cupcakes as “little guys” and brashly tells those who are down on cupcakes to f&@k off: “Well tough cookies, haters. The cupcake trend is no trend.”

Jenny’s tastes vacillate between “The Wire” and “The Bachelor.” She draws, paints and is apparently a pretty mean ping pong player. We’ve already encountered the sharp-tongued Jenny when she bashed FishbowlDC’s Peter Ogburn over a certain Daily Caller reporter’s skimpy TV attire. See the warfare here.

See the internal memo…

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Examiner Loses Gossip Columnist, WaPo Mobile Gains a Designer

After about a year and a half at The Washington Examiner Katy Adams is calling it quits. She joined the newspaper in August of 2010 as a writer for its “Yeas and Nays” gossip column. Before that she worked as a producer at Fox 5.

We received the tip that Adams was leaving the Examiner on Tuesday, but a rumor about her departure has been circling for a couple months. She was seen less and less around town at events that she would otherwise typically cover for Yeas and Nays. We heard she might be looking into grad school or a career change altogether.

We emailed Adams for comment on her departure. Here’s what she said:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the last year and a half as a Yeas & Nays columnist for The Washington Examiner. I’ve compiled a rather diverse resume, hitting multiple angles, levels and viewpoints within the industry. I’m leveraging that work experience and relationships to pursue other opportunities.”

Editor Stephen Smith told FBDC, “Sad to say, Katy is leaving. She has some other things she wants to pursue that made it impossible for her to stay as a Yeas & Nays reporter, which is a full-time job and then some. She’s done a fabulous job for us, so I really regret her departure. The job is easy to fill, but awfully hard to fill well. We’ve got a couple people we’re considering, but please alert us if you know anyone with good Washington sources and a feel for the high life here.”

Meanwhile, Tim Wong is leaving WBJ as its Design Editor for a new position at WaPo. He’ll be joining the digital design team to work on its mobile products.

“The position seemed like a unique opportunity that would give me more exposure to the digital side of the industry,” Wong told FBDC. “This was the right thing to do for my career as a visual journalist. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the job evolves and grows.”

Wong said his last day at WBJ is Jan. 27.

Congratulations to both.

DISCLOSURE: I got got my start in D.C news media as an intern at “Yeas and Nays” under Adams and her co-columnist Nikki Schwab.

Washington Examiner Gets Snookered

Imagine if the NYT reported, “George W. Bush was spotted entering the Oval Office on Monday…” only to find out it wasn’t Bush but someone who looked just like him. They refuse to say “we goofed” and, instead, blame the Bush impersonator.

In essence this is what the Washington Examiner did Monday when they allowed the Yeas & Nays column to explain away their reporting that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Vince Young appeared at L2 Lounge. They wrote, “This was just another appearance by an impostor whose been trying to scam people in D.C. and Philadelphia.”

In other words, the Examiner erred in printing the item. Sure it happens. Even some reporters were fooled by underage “girls” claiming to have had online interactions with ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and we know how horribly that turned out until the NYT unearthed the truth.

As Editor Stephen Smith explains it, the newspaper was fooled back on Sept. 11. “However on Monday it came to our attention that this was just another appearance by an impostor who’s been trying to scam people in D.C. and Philadelphia. It seems to me that we were pretty clear about having been snookered by this guy. Other people who fell for his patter included hospital personnel, assorted women, various celebrities.” He concluded, “All in all, I think the Yeas & Nays team handled the hoax responsibly and forthrightly.” (See Smith’s timeline after jump…)

An explanation of how an impersonator duped them might be interesting in addition to this three-sentence correction: “On Sept. 11, Yeas & Nays reported that Vince Young appeared at the L2 Lounge Saturday night. He was not. It wasn’t him.”

Here we have fake nails. Can you tell the difference between these honkers and au natural?

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Someone Tell Stephanopoulos to Pick Up AARP Card

Nikki Schwab and Katy Adams of the Washington Examiner‘s Yeas & Nays report Tuesday that George Stephanopoulos‘ AARP card was sent to his old house in Dupont Circle. He apparently never told the AARP he was moving to New York, where he now hosts “Good Morning America.”

The company which now calls Stephanopoulos’ “sweet pad” home has tried to reach out via Twitter, but hasn’t had any luck.

If you know George, please tell him to retrieve his card.

Are You On the Guest List? Find Out This Week.

Coverboy Andrew Noyes of Facebook, former National Journal reporter.

It’s that time of year when the city’s  youthful so-and-sos comb carefully through Washington Life‘s latest issue in hopes of spotting their names…Yes, it’s “Young & the Guest List” season and 2011 marks the fifth anniversary of the magazine’s annual list honoring 250 of Washington’s youngest power players with a little press bump, yearlong bragging rights and access to the magazine’s exclusive and lavish YGL fete.

Out on newsstands early next week, this year’s issue recognizes 150 business leaders, 53 White House and Capitol Hill staffers, 11 restaurateurs, seven athletes and three diplomats.   Thirty-five media types round out the group of movers and shakers.

“Media is sport in Washington and the young professionals playing on the press pitch each day serve an important role in defining the city’s DNA,” Washington Life‘s Michael Clements explained to FishbowlDC.  “We set out to strike a good balance between political, social and arts outlets as well as editorial, digital and business sides of the equation,” Clements added.

Journos who made the cut this year include WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, Roll Call‘s Jackie Kucinich, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin and Karin Tanabe, The Daily’s Jon Ward, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie, Emily Miller from Human Events, NBC’s Norah O’Donnell, Examiner‘s Katy Adams, Urban Daddy’s Jeff Dufour and Washingtonian‘s Garrett Graff.

The full feature will go live on the Web this week.  Until then, check out the YGLs of yesteryear on WL‘s website.

UrbanDaddy Holiday Party

WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, Yeas & Nays Nikki Schwab and Katy Adams, HyperLocal’s Lee Brenner, HuffPo’s Peter Cherukuri, Washington Post’s Katherine Boyle and Fiona Zeblin, Express’ Sara Schwartz, Revamp’s Daniel Swartz, Pamela Sorensen, and Hot 99.5′s Samy K are just a few of the media types who joined Jeff Dufour for UrbanDaddy’s holiday party last night.  Held at AGAINN, the group was treated to specialty cocktails, small bites and a sampling of  Johnnie Walker’s entire collection of Scotch.  Party pics below.


Bon Anniversaire to Pamela’s Punch

L to R: Jessica Gibson, Pamela Sorensen, Heather Guay and friend

Pamela Sorensen, founder and editor of lifestyle blog  ”Pamela’s Punch” raised a glass to her website’s fourth birthday last night at the Sofitel in downtown DC.  Guests such as WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, Heather Guay, Mary Kathryn Covert, Glenn Ballard, HuffPo’s Stephanie Green, Examiner’s Katy Adams and Nikki Schwab, CBS’s Christine Delargy, Jessica Gibson, Victoria Michael and Coventry Burke joined the babelicious blogger for a champagne toast at her Parisian-themed party.  Happy birthday to the Punch!

Kiki Ryan and Rebecca Cooper

Get the Dog Already (Part III)

It’s day three of DogBowl 2010. There are no signs of the race for cutest dog in Washington ceasing anytime soon. We go on until the last dog is standing (so to speak).

We’re truly shocked by the sheer number of Washington journalists willing to submit their pooches for public review and the ensuing fierce, competitive nature of the race. Have a dog you think is so cute you can barely stand it? Send in the picture to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or directly to  FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com.

Meet DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan‘s dog, Sandberg. He writes, “I’m attaching a couple pics of my pup. He’s notoriously press shy, but I feel compelled to flack for him anyway.  He’s a Beagle/Cattle dog mix named after Ryne Sandberg, the Hall of Fame second baseman – and now out of work – former Chicago Cub.  He prefers chicken flavored treats more than beef, and is fond of marking his territory.” During the course of the day, FishbowlDC got tied up in other posts. Sevugan wrote in again with a plea, saying, “My pup is getting a lot of shit from all his pup (and one ferret) friends for not making the cut. :( “  Meet Sandberg below. Apologies to him for the delay in showcasing him. The slight wasn’t intentional.

> Update #1: Uh oh. There appears to be a new sheriff in town in this contest and his name is Rudy Walsh, the pup belonging to Brian Walsh, Comm director for the NRSC. He writes in, “As a sign that the campaign between the two parties never ends, we couldn’t let Hari’s submission go unresponded to. The unofficial mascot of the NRSC press office is min-pin Rudy Walsh (named after the former Notre Dame player who was also small but scrappy). While at times, I wish he was more press shy like Sandberg, Rudy comes to the office every day where he spends his day guarding the NRSC’s third floor communications wing and posing for pictures on the desks of co-workers who leave their offices unattended. The political unit did enact a measure of revenge for that though at the end of the cycle by distributing a misleading piece of attack literature on him (see second picture below)– but undeterred, Rudy is still on duty even today, a week after the election.” Meet Rudy below.

More Rudy

> Update #2: Here comes Deacon, another contestant. His proud owner is TBD‘s Senior Community Host Jeff Sonderman. “He’s a shoe-in,” says Sonderman. Meet Deacon below.

> Update #3: Oh my. Julius the poodle is being petitioned into the race via Twitter. So before things get ugly, meet Julius. His owner is Mike Sager, director of New Media for the Voter Activation Network. Julius apparently sometimes hangs out with Henry the Westie, whom we featured yesterday.

> Update #4: The next dog to hit the FishbowlDC runway is Louis Armstrong, the Maltese puppy of Washington Examiner‘s Katy Adams. Meet Armstrong below.

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