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Jen Bendery, Dannia Hakki, Gindy win Round 2 of FishbowlDC Superlatives

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Round 2 of the FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives came to a close, and with it, who’s been named the Hottest PR Guy/Girl, Biggest Troublemaker, and Best Hair.

 

HuffPost's Jen Bendery

In the category for Biggest Troublemaker, HuffPost’s Jen Bendery took the win with just under 50% of the votes over The Daily Caller’s Betsy Rothstein, former editor of FishbowlDC; POLITICO’s Lauren French; The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin; The Daily Caller’s Patrick Howley; and Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle.

 

Moki Media's Dannia Hakki

Moki Media’s Dannia Hakki wins Best Hair, over Washingtonian’s Kate Bennett, CNN’s Erin McPike, former Fishbowl-er turned Mediaite’s Eddie Scarry, Benny Johnson, and WJLA’s Kris Van Cleave.

 

American Beverage Association's Chris "Gindy" Gindlesperger

And in the most voted for category of 2014 thus far with nearly 6,000 votes, American Beverage Association’s Chris “Gindy” Gindlesperger is the 2014 Hottest PR Person with more than 40% of the votes. Early on, it looked like it could be POLITICO’s Olivia Petersen, or former FishbowlDC editor – CNN’s Matt Dornic. As the competition progressed, Gindy bested Petersen and Dornic, as well as Moki’s Maha Hakki, Story Partner’s Lauren Culberton, and SKDK’s Doug Thornell.

 

Earlier today we announced Round 3 nominees. Voting goes until Friday, August 15, at 6pm. A full list of 2014 FishbowlDC Superlative winners will follow.

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Round 2 Superlatives: HuffPost’s Jen Bendery, Moki’s Dannia Hakki, ABA’s Gindy Leading

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On Tuesday we’ll announce the third and final round nominees in the 2014 FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives, and before we close out round 2, we’re here with an update of where things stand in the final 24.

HuffPost’s Jen Bendery is leading in the Biggest Troublemaker category, with nearly 50% of the votes. Former FishbowlDC editor turned Daily Caller-er Betsy Rothstein is in second, followed by POLITICO’s Lauren French.

Moki Media’s Dannia Hakki is winning in the Best Hair category, besting her bestie Washingtonian’s Kate Bennett. And CNN’s Erin McPike is in 3rd with an even 18%.

And so far the most cut throat category of 2014, for Hottest PR Person, American Beverage Association’s Chris “Gindy” Gindlesperger is in the lead with more than 40% of more than 5,000 votes, followed by POLITICO’s Olivia Petersen, and former FishbowlDC editor – CNN’s Matt Dornic.

Nothing is set in stone, at least until Tuesday, August 12, at 2pm. So vote for your picks while you can. Round 2 winners to be announced tomorrow, as will the nominees of Round 3.

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FishbowlDC Round 1 Superlative Winners: Jake Tapper, Ken Vogel, Kevin Cirilli

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The results of Round 1 of Fishbowl Superlatives are in. Last week, we asked y’all to name the Hottest TV Personality, Most in Need of a Reality Show, and the Future/Former Boy Band Member. Nearly 5,000 votes later, we have your winners.

POLITICO's Ken Vogel

Fresh off the heels of his recent book Big Money, POLITICO’s Ken Vogel took the prize of Most in Need of a Reality Show, against the competition including BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch, ESPN’s Britt McHenry, The Washington Post Reliable Source’s Helena Andrews and Emily Heil, and the man always touting the latest issue of Washington Life, John Arundel.

 
The Hill's Kevin Cirilli

In the category for Future/Former Boy Band MemberThe Hill’s Kevin Cirilli took the win, with 46% of respondents voting in his favor. CNN cutie Peter Morris took second, followed by The Atlantic’s James Hamblin, WJLA’s Scott Thuman, NBC Washington’s David Culver, and WJLA’s Kevin Lewis. Read more

CNN Digital Restructure Underway

cnndigitalOn Wednesday, CNN informed more than a dozen DC-based politics reporters that their positions would soon be eliminated. Fifteen politically-focused digital positions in Washington have also been posted on its careers page, and those as part of the layoff were encouraged to apply. Capital New York reports that, “the number of new positions added will be greater than the number of positions eliminated.”

“The reorganization of CNN Politics is a recognition of the shifting landscape of media, and positions CNN to disrupt rather than be disrupted,” said CNN spokesman Matt Dornic.

The network emphasized that the reorg was not about cost-cutting or downsizing, but rather, about evolving, in its effort to create “a brand new re-imagined digital politics product.”

In June, CNN announced plans to drastically grow its digital political coverage, shortly after hiring NowThis News’ Ed O’Keefe in May as VP of CNNMoney and Politics for CNN Digital.

“What we really need to do now and plan to do in 2016 is hyper-focus on the audience we want to reach…We want the names and the reporting that [are] absolutely essential for the influence makers in Washington,” said O’Keefe in a piece by Erik Wemple for The Washington Post in early June.

Round 2 of FishbowlDC Superlatives: Hottest PR Flack, Best Hair, and Biggest Troublemaker

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We’re back with Round 2 of the 2014 FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives, and today, we present the Hottest PR Guy/Girl, Best Hair, and Biggest Troublemaker categories.

Based on reader suggestions (don’t blame us, blame your colleagues) we have a slew of new nominees, including 6 of the hottest PR flacks that make your heart skip a beat when they reach your inbox, finest heads of hair throughout town, and troublemakers with a capital T.

Voting for Round 1 closes Thursday, so get your votes in while you can, here. Leading for Hottest TV Personality is FOX 5′s Steve CheneveyFuture/Former Boy Band Member is The Hill’s Kevin Cirilli, and Most in Need of a Reality Show is POLITICO’s Big Money author Ken Vogel.

We still have four more categories to announce - Sexiest Radio Voice, Best Writing, Cutest Couple, and Most #basic - so send yours to fishbowlnick@gmail.com.

Voting for Round 2 lasts until 2pm on Tuesday, August 12 so have at it. And we’ll make sure to update you along the way. And stay tuned – Thursday we’ll announce the winners of Round 1.

 

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POLITICO’s Rachel Smolkin to Join CNN as Executive Editor of CNN Politics Digital

Rachel SmolkinAn email to CNN staff this morning announced that POLITICO managing editor for news Rachel Smolkin is headed to the network to serve as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. In this role, she’ll lead CNNPolitics.com across all platforms in an effort to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

In lieu of a press release, CNN lately has been doing a Q&A with new hires. Check it out to hear from Smolkin on the best career advice she’s ever received, what drew her to politics, and the biggest challenge of covering Washington.

Smolkin’s last day at POLITICO is slated for August 8 and will start with CNN in mid-August. Prior to POLITICO, she was an assignment editor at USA Today.

See managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley‘s email to staff after the jump. Read more

Hey, Isn’t That…

10355501_10152425784342789_2065361057743476583_oHey isn’t that former TVNewser editor now host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Brian Stelter and former FishbowlDC editor turned publicist for CNN Worldwide Matt Dornic at yesterday’s closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange? It is!

Stelter and Dornic joined CNN President Jeff Zucker, CNN’s new VP of CNNMoney and Politics Ed O’Keefe, and international business correspondent Richard Quest, among others, to close yesterday’s stock exchange and to commemorate the relaunch of CNNMoney, a now fully-owned CNN Worldwide property following Time Warner’s spinoff of Time Inc.

Way to go!

Click through for CNN’s look behind the scenes. Read more

Bowties, Bowling, and Bourbon for BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson

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Photo cred: Mrs. Dayspring

In celebration of BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson‘s 28th birthday, friends gathered for a surprise party yesterday at Pinstripes in Georgetown.

Hosted by CNN’s Matt Dornic and Katelyn Rieley, guests included newlyweds CNN’s Lauren Pratapas and NRSC spokesman Brad Dayspring, WaPo’s Jackie Kucinich, Jared Allen, Chris “Gindy” Gindlesperger, Matt Haller, Andrew Kovalcin, Jacob Wood, Zach Graves, Daily Caller’s Chris Bedford, and Michael Steel.

Guests noshed on black Angus mini burgers, pizza, and flat bread.
Cigars and bourbon were the go-to gift, and selfies, strongly encouraged.

Jefferson Book Party Toasts Arianna Huffington and Thrive

20140515_190857Last night at The Jefferson, Constance Milstein, Gail MacKinnon and Rachel Pearson hosted Arianna Huffington in celebration of her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.

Huffington wrote Thrive after a fall brought on by exhaustion and a lack of sleep sent her to the hospital.

“The motivation for writing the book was my own burnout, and then looking around and seeing how many millions are burned out. And then, asking the questions that we stop asking after college, ‘What is the good life? What is success?’ And if you think about it, we define success, in search of these two metrics of money and power, and in this town, especially power. And this is like trying to sit on a two legged stool. Sooner or later you fall off. Nothing wrong with these two metrics. It’s just that you need the third leg of the stool.” Read more

TOTeS Fun at Taste of the South

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Cocktail dresses, cowboy boots, bourbon, and bow ties. That was the scene Saturday night at the Washington Hilton, where Hill staffers and press from the dirty South threw down and represented their home states.

TOTS, as the kids call it, is Taste of the South – a black tie-ish, non-profit gala. This year’s fete benefited a school for at-risk youth in Kentucky – the featured state.

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A few folks in a crowd of what seemed like thousands included Buzzfeed’s boy about town – Benny Johnson and CNN’s Matt Dornic who were palling around with Andrew Kovalcin from the US Chamber of Commerce, Matthew Haller, and Chase Hieneman. Also spotted were WaPo’s Cara Kelly, Revamp’s Daniel Swartz, Judd Deere (Sen. Mike Crapo), Eric Wilson (Ed For Senate campaign), Story Partner’s Lauren Culbertson, Tom Brandt (Rep. Lynn Jenkins), Holli Heiles (Rep. Tim Griffin), Mandi Critchfield (US Senate Banking Committee), Scott Cunningham (Rep. Kenny Marchant), and Sarah Fairchild (Chairman of TOTS 2014, Senator Lamar Alexander).

Miles of BBQ, brews for days, and more bourbon than you can shake a stick at? Where do we sign up?

Giddy up!

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