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theGrio.com’s Perry Bacon, Jr. Promoted to Senior Political Reporter

perry.jpgAn internal memo distributed to the DC bureau of NBC News today names Perry Bacon, Jr. the network’s newest Senior Political Reporter. Bacon will work closely with Chuck Todd and Mark Murray and lead in coverage of the 2014 and 2016 campaigns.

Bacon most recently was political editor for theGrio.com and contributed to MSNBC. He’s well poised for his new role, having led theGrio’s coverage of the 2012 election and President Obama’s second term. Prior to that, he covered politics for TIME and The Washington Post.

The promotion is effective immediately.

See the full memo, from DC bureau chief Ken Strickland and Todd, after the jump. Read more

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WHCA and GW Host Panel on Diversity in WH Press Corps

20140428_113410On Monday, the White House Correspondents’ Association and GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs hosted a panel to discuss the past, present, and future of minority journalists in the White House press corps. The panel comprised Fusion’s Jim Avila; former WHCA President Ed Chen, currently with the Natural Resources Defense Council; WaPo managing editor Kevin Merida; David Nakamura, White House reporter for The Washington Post; AP’s Sonya Ross; NBC News Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland; and NBC News White House reporter Kristen Welker and was moderated by American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan.

The discussion took place more than 70 years after Harry McAlpin of the Atlanta Daily World became the first black journalist to cover a White House news conference and 100 years after the first White House Correspondents Dinner.

“Some of the traditional ways to get to a place like the White House coverage – those still exist, but there’s other ways,” said Merida, referring to less traditional and often more digital coverage of the White House.

Strickland added, “The reason why it’s important to have diversity for more than just diversity’s sake is that many of the issues covered in Washington largely affect diverse populations…You want those voices at the table, to have the discussion.”

To watch the full panel conversation in entirety, look to GW’s website later in the week.

GW Explores Diversity Among White House Press Corps

correspondents1924-960The Monday before the 2014 White House Correspondents Dinner, the WHCA and GW will examine diversity among the White House press corps, 70 years after the Atlanta Daily World’s Harry McAlpin became the first black journalist to cover a White House news conference. The panel comprising media from The Washington Post, the Associated Press, and NBC News, among others, will explore ”the roles that minority journalists have played in the White House press corps throughout the years, where they are today, and what more must be done to create a press corps that reflects the growing diversity of America.”

Slated for Monday, April 28th at 11am, media interested in attending should contact Nicole Carlotto at nfcarlotto@gwu.edu.

A full list of those participating and event logistics after the jump.

Photo credit: White House Correspondents, 1924. Digitized glass negative, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. (via http://www.whca.net/history.htm).

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3 Press Club Events

The National Press Club has a trio of events coming up that you might find interesting. Check em out:

1) January 11 - James Carville and Mary Matalin – Love & War: 20 Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home

WHAT: James Carville and Mary Matalin discuss their new book LOVE & WAR. Must purchase tickets online ($5.00 members/ $10.00 general).
WHO: James Carville, Mary Matalin, and the National Press Club
WHERE: The National Press Club, Ballroom, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC
WHEN: Saturday, January 11, 2014; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

2) January 13 - Ms. Quote: Why Are Women Missing From the News?

On Monday, Jan. 13, a panel at the National Press Club will explore these issues and strategies for change. Panelists include Matt Winkler, editor-in-chief Bloomberg News, Sally Buzbee, AP Washington bureau chief, Ken Strickland, NBC Washington bureau chief, Ruth Marcus, Washington Post op-ed columnist, Anna Palmer, Politico senior Washington correspondent, and Jill Zuckman, managing director SKDKnickerbocker. Linda Kramer Jenning, Georgetown University journalism instructor and Washington editor of Glamour, will moderate the panel.

WHAT: Expert panel on women in the news. Must purchase tickets online ($10.00).
WHO: Bloomberg News, AP, NBC, Washington Post, Politico, SKDKnickerbocker, Georgetown University, Glamour Magazine
WHERE: The National Press Club, Conference Rooms, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC
WHEN: Monday, January 13, 2014; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

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NBC Names Thorp House Producer

Antoine Sanfuentes and Ken Strickland recently announced that Frank Thorp has been promoted to House producer for NBC News.  Thorp has been working with the network’s Capitol Hill team as an off-air reporter and digital journalist since this summer.  He also contributed to NBC’s coverage of the debt/deficit showdown and their “Inside Congress” special.  Prior to that, Thorp worked as a bureau desk assistant, researcher for Tom Costello, and an all-purpose producer for the network in Haiti after the earthquake there last year.   Congrats to Frank!

WPCF Elects New Officers, Adds Board Members

The Washington Press Club Foundation has announced its 2012 officers:  Medill News Service’s Ellen Shearer will serve as president; David Meyers from CQ Roll Call was elected vice president; The Hill’s Sheila Casey will be treasurer and Bloomberg’s Julie Davis will be secretary. The group also welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors:  Lesley Clark, McClatchy News; Nia-Malika Henderson,Washington Post; Laurie Kellman, Associated Press; Ken Strickland,NBC News.

In addition, the foundation announced that the Annual Congressional Dinner will take place on February 8, 2012.  For more info on the association or dinner, visit www.wpcf.org.

Gruesome Finger Metaphor

An eye for an eye. A finger lopped off for the sake of sacrifice. Ken Strickland, NBC News Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, employed a horror movie metaphor on this morning’s MSNBC “The Daily Rundown.” The topic was the political climate, Congress and tax reform.

Can Congress achieve it?

“It’s going to be really, really tough because these are really at the crux of what each party stands for,” said Strickland. “Republicans don’t want to see any increase in taxes, Democrats are loathe to do anything to entitlements. …So At some point they are going to have to get in the room and quietly work out some type  of agreement, come out of the room and say look, we’ve both lost a finger on each hand, like when they decided to raise the bush tax cuts. That’s kind of what happened. …Both had to sacrifice some things that were very very important to them.”

Like fingers.

Leist Named NBC Senate Producer

The domino effect on promotions at NBC’s Washington bureau continues today as Libby Leist is named Senate Producer for the network.  Leist, a 10-year NBC vet and Senior Producer of “The Daily Rundown” will fill the void left by Ken Strickland who was recently promoted to Deputy Bureau Chief when Antoine Sanfuentes replaced Mark Whitaker as Washington Bureau Chief.  Whitaker, as you might remember, left NBC News to take a gig as Managing Editor for CNN Worldwide earlier this year.

Internal memo announcing Leist’s promotion after the jump.

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NBC News Names Strickland Dep. Washington Bureau Chief

Long-time Senate Producer Ken Strickland has been named Deputy Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News.  The announcement was made this morning by Bureau Chief Antoine Sanfuentes.

In a memo announcing the promotion, Sanfuentes said of Strickland: “Ken knows this town and he knows this business.  I have great faith that his incomparable knowledge, sound editorial judgment, and keen creativity will keep NBC News at the forefront as we continue to evolve and better serve our viewers.”

Strickland has been with NBC News since April 1995, when he joined as an Associate Producer for “Dateline NBC.” He was promoted to White House Producer in 1997 and held that position for six years, before becoming the network’s Senate Producer in 2003.  Before joining NBC News, Ken worked for WKRN-TV in Nashville, WVTM-TV in Birmingham, and CNN in Atlanta. He has been the recipient of a Peabody Award, two regional Emmys, and an award from the National Association of Black Journalists.  Strickland’s first day in his the position is Monday, March 21st.

Congrats to Ken!

Memo from Sanfuentes after the jump.

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Samuel’s “The Upper House” Celebrated

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Roll Call’s Emily Heil and MSNBC’s Ken Strickland.

A slew of journalists gathered at the Tabard Inn last night to raise a glass to Terence Samuel and his new book “The Upper House,” a behind-the-scenes journey with the Senate’s ’06 freshmen class.

Present were Senator Jon Tester and Senator Amy Klobuchar who both recounted amusing stories from working with “Terry.” Klobuchar, who once took Samuels to a butter carving contest in Minnesota was shocked by everything that she had shared and “had forgotten until the articles and book came out.”

Spotted at the event were Roll Call’s Emily Heil, Chicago Sun Times’ Lynn Sweet, David Corn of Mother Jones, WaPo’s Mary Ann Akers, Garance Franke-Ruta and Perry Bacon, Newsweek’s Mike Isikoff, MSNBC’s Ken Strickland, Glenn Simpson, Evan Perez and Mike Crittenden from the WSJ, Tim Burger and CBS’ Christine Delargy.

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L: Sen. Amy Klobuchar R: Terence Samuel

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