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WTOP Reporter’s Looooong Goodbye

WTOP reporter Mark Segraves, who’s leaving for NBC 4, has written his colleagues one of the longest goodbye notes we’ve seen in awhile. His subject line: “If I had more time I’d write a shorter note.”

Get the tissues. It’s touching and heartfelt.

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WTOP Bids Farewell to ‘Damn Good’ Reporter

WTOP’s Mark Segraves will soon be leaving the building, says an internal memo this afternoon. Segraves is going to work as a reporter for NBC Channel 4.

See the internal memo…

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‘Miss Metro’ Could Be Shoo-In for Bad Girls Club

Not all Metro employees are terrible, but once in a while you get one who takes the cake for behaving badly. We can thank WTOP reporter Mark Segraves for delivering a little justice on this front.

A Metro bus driver has been suspended following an altercation with Segraves in which she gave him the finger and told him to call her “Miss Metro.” He caught most of it on camera. And it’s hilarious. The woman, who instructs the reporter on her “best side” for filming purposes, deserves her own reality show after this — TLC or Oxygen Network are you listening? Bad Girls Club could use some freshening up.

“I don’t think it rises to the level of getting fired,” Segraves told FBDC. “Most people don’t react well when a camera is thrust in their face, so I’m willing to cut her some slack.”

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Protesters pissed at Fox News: “Occupydc protestors upset @foxnews truck is parked illegally.” — WTOP’s Mark Segraves with the accompanying photograph.

Boybander down on J-School: “I feel like $30 million in angel investments in journalism startups would do much more good than $30 million in j-school donations.” — Slate business and economics correspondent Matt Ylgesias.

Producer calls Romney camp inaccessible to media
“One thing I absolutely cannot stand about Romney’s campaign is their inaccessibility to the media. It’s so McCain-like & losing strategy.” — Exec. Producer of Morning Majority at WMAL news Heather Smith.

Words to live by…“Remember: you’re not fully clean unless you’re Zestfully clean.” — C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman.

AnonymASS reaction to Romney sweat poll

“With topics like this is it any wonder why people are turning away from the mainstream media for real news.  Those who think this is news might welcome an investigation on Michelle Obama‘s menstrual cycles and it’s effect on how Obama decides things.” — AnonymASS commenter. The Q: What’s that under Romney’s armpits? Poll results: A shadow – 51.72 percent; Sweat mark – 48.28 percent.

Newt volunteer goes after Townhall editor
“Moron of the Day! >> @KatiePavlich << Townhall editor! This fuck is the biggest moron I’ve ever seen come out against Newt on FOX. #withNewt” — Jeff Rainforth, Gingrich volunteer and former Calif. Gov. and U.S. Congress candidate. Pavlich told FishbowlDC, “It is what it is, calling me a moron, or other choice names, isn’t going to get Obama out of the White House in 2012.”
Journo sports unique hairdo
“D.C. Examiner’s David Freddoso on Fox News. Who did his hair? Charlie Chaplin?!” — The Blaze‘s and FBDC’s Eddie Scarry.

News of the weird…“I have just been informed by the deputy that next week is both national marriage week and national cancer week. Coincidence?” — TWT‘s Anneke Green.

JetBlue reaches out to FNC’s Bret Baier: “Bret Baier have a g8 flight and enjoy the unlimited snacks and Inflight entertainment-maybe you’ll catch yourself on TV” — @JetBlue. Baier replied, “Ha thnx!”

WTOP Blasts Fox 5 for No Attribution

paw_print_clipart_5.gif It happens all too often. Sometimes unintentional, sometimes not. Either way, a publication or TV network gets its paws all over your work as if it was their own and doesn’t credit you. In other words, theft.

In a letter to WTTG Fox 5′s V.P. and News Director Phil Metlin this morning with the subject line “Requesting a professional courtesy”, WTOP’s V.P. of News and Programming Jim Farley accused the network of running news reported by WTOP without attribution. The story was by WTOP’s Mark Segraves, who reported that D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty sought an endorsement from President Obama.

Asked how he knew for certain that Fox 5 had stolen the interview, Farley replied:

A) The Fox reporter admitted it when Mark Segraves called him and confronted him with stealing his story without credit.
B) Fenty aides confirmed to Mark the Mayor talked to no other reporter on the topic.

Read the letter from Farley to Metlin after the jump…

We’ve requested comment from Metlin. He did not immediately reply to our request. So far, Metlin has not replied to Farley, nor has there been bounce-back that shows Metlin is on vacation.

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Power of the Flip Cam

WTOP investigative reporter Mark Segraves was the first to break that story about the FBI raid at the DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer yesterday.

He was in the building as the raid was going on and shot this video on his Flip cam. More video here and Segraves’ story here.

Full Court Press: Journos vs. DC Council

Yesterday at the Verizon Center, the Wizards took some time off to let the DC Council and Team Media go head-to-head. WTOP reports, “Amazingly, no one was hurt.”

Final Score: Media 35, DC Council 25. And besides pride, what was at stake? As a result of journo victory, the council now must declare a “Press Day” in DC.

The rules were simple- half court, one woman from each team on the floor at all times, seven-minute quarters and from Yeas & Nays, above all, no one from the mayor’s office.

Team Media was coached by WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi and the lineup included WTOP’s Mark Plotkin, Mark Segraves, WRC’s Tom Sherwood, Fox’s Wisdom Martin, City Paper’s Mike Debonis and Erik Wemple, Examiner’s Mike Neibauer and Jacque Bland, WaPo’s David Nakamura, Nikita Stewart and Bill Turque, Wash Business Journal’s Jonathan O’Connell and DCist’s Martin Austermuhle.

Wisdom proved to be not only the brains, but the star of the Team Media, scoring 20 of the win’s 35 points.

DC Council was coached by Marion Barry. He told WTOP had he been able to play, that would have made all the difference for the D.C. Council.

The game previewed the annual girls’ and boys’ city championship games and all proceeds benefited the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC).

Video after the jump.

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Bill Cosby, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint, Rep. Maxine Waters and a roundtable with former Rep. David Bonior, Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot, CNBC’s John Harwood, Vanity Fair’s Bethany McLean and McCain economic adviser Mark Zandi.

  • This Week: President-elect Barack Obama and a roundtable with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, and ABC News’ George Will.

  • Face the Nation: House Minority Leader John Boehner, Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen.-designate Roland Burris.

  • Fox News Sunday: President George W. Bush and former President George H.W. Bush and a roundtable with Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated Columnist & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition: Vice President Dick Cheney, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former White House adviser David Gergen, Washington Times’ Tara Wall, Democratic strategist James Carville, CNN’s Gloria Borger and CNN’s Candy Crowley.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC; Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune; Kathleen Parker, Washington Post Writers Group; and Reihan Salam of The Atlantic

  • Reliable Sources: Media analyst Keli Goff, National Review’s Jim Geraghty, Politico’s Roger Simon, Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, CNN’s Frank Sesno, NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard, GWU professor Mark Feldstein and comedian Jessi Klein.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Gov. David Paterson of New York.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Cathy Lanier, Washington DC Police Chief, and Phillip Morse, U.S. Capitol Police Chief will be interviewed by Emily Yahle of Roll Call, and Mark Segraves of WTOP Radio.

  • GPS: Palestinian political activist Hanan Ashwari, Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, author Stephen Walt, author Gilles Kepel and IBM chair/CEO Sam Palmisano.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, The Washington Post’s Colbert King, and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Sherwood: Good At His Job And Good At Being A Pain

    Click here to read Mark Segraves hilarious account of how Channel 4′s Tom Sherwood spent his day.

    Morning Reading List, 12.27.07

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  • Most of you spent more than $400 on holiday presents.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “In the beleaguered newspaper industry, one chief executive has long stood out as the golden boy: Gary Pruitt. He skillfully managed the McClatchy Co. chain and last year engineered the $4.6 billion takeover of Knight Ridder Inc., one of the largest in the history of the business.”

  • Following our item yesterday, FishbowlDC heard from Post ombudsman Deb Howell, who confirmed that she’s staying at the Post for a third year.

  • In case you were wondering, “Fishwrap vs. Fishbowl” — there is no connection.

  • Mike Allen’s Playbook reports, “OOPS: A reporter was kept off Clinton’s press charter today because the reporter didn’t have her ID.”

  • The New York Times reports, Sylvan Fox, the first ‘rewrite man’ to be singled out for a Pulitzer Prize, died on Saturday at New York University Medical Center. Mr. Fox, who also worked as a reporter and editor for The New York Times, was 79 and lived in Manhattan.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Free news online will cost journalism dearly”

  • Check out Omnivoracious’ “Reviewing the Reviewers

  • WTOP’s Mark Segraves will start writing a monthly column for Hill Rag papers, the first one will be in January.

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    TV

  • From DCRTV:

      Yes, that’s DC TV and radio veteran Frank Herzog (right) in the new “National Treasure 2: Book Of Secrets” movie. The current WTOP news anchor, who used to be the radio voice of the Redskins and a sports anchor at Channels 9 and 7, appears with star Nicolas Cage, who is talking to the president, played by Bruce Greenwood, at his birthday party at Mount Vernon. As they are looking at a map at George Washington’s home, Herzog walks up and says: “Happy Birthday, Mr. President,” and the president says: “Thanks, Frank.” Also, Herzog played a dance contest judge in 2006′s “Step Up,” which was filmed in Baltimore…..

  • The Washington Times reports, “The Federal Communications Commission doesn’t need a procedural overhaul, despite criticism from Capitol Hill as well as commission Democrats, Commissioner Robert M. McDowell told reporters last week.”

  • The AP reports, “The Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is disputing Democratic assertions that a new rule loosening restrictions on media ownership is full of loopholes and will lead to a wave of mergers and fewer choices for consumers.”

  • TVNewser reports, “MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is back in Washington for Hardball, but he began his day in New York, guesting on Morning Joe, sans Scarborough. As Willie Geist and Mika Brzezinski were thanking Chris for his appearance he jumped in and gave a classic Matthews yelp. ‘This is the greatest show in the morning. This is better than Imus! Haaaa.’”

  • Inside Cable News is just wondering — is this TMI?

  • A release announced, “Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby daily tracking polls in Iowa kick off today with one of the most competitive presidential elections in modern history just around the corner. This partnership brings together the biggest and the best in the news and polling industries, teaming up Reuters – one of the largest news agencies in the world — with one of the most renowned pollsters in the world, and C-SPAN, the groundbreaking source for news about our federal government.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Romney Takes Break From Bird-Flapping to Call Out Carl Cameron”

  • TVNewser reports, “ABC will be setting aside a Saturday night of entertainment programming next week and will air back-to-back Republican and Democratic candidate debates. Moderated by ABC’s Charles Gibson, the debates will take place in New Hampshire Saturday, Jan. 5 and are being produced in conjunction with Facebook and WMUR-TV. During the debates, Facebook users will be able to participate in groups, which will ‘provide a companion to the televised debates.’”

  • Huffington Post reports,Chris Matthews Imitates Vampires, Flunks Geography”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Talking Points Memo reports, “Bill Clinton Was Kinda Right, Media Is Obsessed With Horse-Race And Is Toughest On Hillary.” (Hat Tip Playbook)

  • Huffington Post’s Jay Rosen writes, “The Hill Restores Armstrong Williams to Legitimacy. Why?”

  • Machinist presents, “The year in technology”

  • A reader writes in, “DUUUUDE!!! That was the most unhappiest of ‘happy hour’ clips of all time. Thanks for sending me into a dark hole of despair for Christmas, Gavin!!” Whoops.

  • The Seattle Times reports, “When Jim Romenesko isn’t running the premier Web page about journalism-industry news, he is monitoring two other subjects: unusual news stories at ObscureStore.com and the world’s largest coffee-shop chain at StarbucksGossip.com.”

  • CBS’ Chip Reid shares, “Five Things I Learned in Ten Days With Edwards”

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    RADIO

  • News Busters reports, “Once again, those class-warring liberals are organizing a luxury cruise. This time, it’s National Public Radio talk show host Diane Rehm.” For more info, click here.

  • WTOP reports, “When President Bush appeared with D.C. firefighters after the fire at the Old Executive Office Building, it wasn’t by chance. Not that anybody thought it was, but it wasn’t orchestrated by the West Wing press office either. It was the brain child of D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Alan Etter.”

  • In the latest installment of Blogs The Famous Media Reads, His Extremeness presents XM’s Rebecca Roberts.

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    JOBS

  • Bisnow on Business is seeking a smart, experienced and energetic editor.

  • The New Republic is looking for reporter-researchers for the 2008-2009 internship program.

  • The Society of American Florists has a great job for a newbie writer-editor.

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