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!
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
L: Sen. Amy Klobuchar R: Terence Samuel
FBDC has learned of a few more “ups” at NBC’s Washington Bureau. We told you earlier Antoine Sanfuentes was promoted to Deputy Bureau Chief today.
Albert Oetgen‘s role has been expanded to Managing Editor, senioring both Nightly News and the Today Show, and Meaghan Rady joins him from the NBC LA Bureau as a Coordinating Producer for those shows. Ken Strickland and Jay Blackman have been named Supervising Producers, and Scott Foster a White House producer. In the newsroom, Tony Capra has been named Manager of the News Desk.
Whitaker’s memo to the bureau after the jump.
TVNewser’s Chris Ariens got his hands on an internal NBC email, announcing that Kelly O’Donnell is leaving the White House beat to become a Capitol Hill correspondent. John Yang replaces her at the White House.
She will be joining the producing team of Ken Strickland and Mike Viqueira who continue to provide unparalleled coverage on the Hill. …
O’Donnell replaces Chip Reid who moved to CBS News in August. Back at the White House, David Gregory remains Chief correspondent while new hire Savannah Guthrie picks up Saturday duties covering the President and Kevin Corke is ‘Sunday White House Correspondent.’
Corke is also FishbowlDC’s favorite side-to-side looker.
But Ms. O’Donnell timed her timing perfectly: We spotted her at the White House this morning indulging in all those delicious goodies put out by the First Lady’s office for the media preview of the 2007 holiday decorations and food.