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WHCD: ABC’s Guest List Rocks My World

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I am not star-crazy but consider this your warning, ABC News: “I may act the fool when I see two of your WHCA Dinner guests – Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell from my favorite show, ABC’s Modern Family.”

If you don’t watch Modern Family, you should. Okay, enough of my PSA…on to the rest of ABC’s WHCD guest list.

J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath will attend with George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth. Additionally, ABC has “Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow and “Hurt Locker” screenwriter and producer, Mark Boal.

For Washington guests, ABC snagged Scott Brown, Leon Panetta, Julianna Smoot, Peter Orszag, Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson. Talent attending includes Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Cynthia McFadden, Martin Bashir, Terry Moran and Merriman Smith Award recipient Jake Tapper.

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Cue Ryan Seacrest. WaPo Announces “America’s Next Great Pundit” Winner

Meet Kevin Huffman, winner of WaPo‘s “America’s Next Great Pundit” contest.

His prize? A weekly column for 13 weeks at $200 a piece. And the enormous pressure of living up to David Broder, Eugene Robinson and various other Pulitzer Prize winning Post op-ed writers.

The search began in October with nearly 5,000 contestants, whittled down to ten. After five rounds of punditry challenges, including writing a traditional op-ed column, blogging on tight deadlines on a range of topics, fielding difficult questions from readers and presenting confidence on video, Huffman came out on top. WaPo received 25,000 total votes and thousands of reader comments, according to a release.

Huffman’s a Teach for America executive. You can check out his punditry work here.

Photo from washingtonpost.com.

>>UPDATE: From our friends at Reliable Source… it’s a small, small district. Huffman was married until a couple years ago to D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee.

Morning Reading List 11.06.09

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Happy birthday to Leah Kohl and an early shout out to Tino Anthony who will celebrate this Sunday. Good morning FishbowlDC! Here’s what we’re reading over coffee, toast and a little marionberry jam this fine Friday morning…

TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES

TV

According to the NY Times, Glenn Beck is becoming the new Oprah.

TV Newser breaks down the cable coverage of Fort Hood shootings.

DCRTV says that NBC-4 lost control of their cameras during their 11pm broadcast last night.

ONLINE

CNN tests your newser knowledge with the CNN Challenge. The site even lets you pick your fav. CNN journo to quiz you.

Tucker Carlson is hiring for The Daily Caller, his new website. Calderone says that Moira Bagley has signed on as an editor.

MAGAZINES

Spy guy Jeff Stein, may be a little down from the CQ layoffs but he’s not out. He’s keeping his oars in the water by contributing to Foreign Policy.

NEWS NOTES

WaPo’s Reliable Source says that DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is engaged to Kevin Johnson.

AFP reporter Farhad Pouladi will remain in custody at least until the weekend after being arrested on Wednesday while covering an anti-American rally in Tehran.

AWARDS & EVENTS

National Journal Group and Gates Foundation to host “Improving College Completion Rates: The How and Why” panel and breakfast on Thursday November 19th at 8:00 am.

On Wednesday, November 11th Vice President Joseph Biden will be the keynote speaker at The Lab School of Washington’s 25th Anniversary Gala, which will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Media interested in covering should contact Allison@kaminskyputala.com.

FishbowlDC Exclusive: Meet the New WaPo Mag

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Inclusive. That’s the word I’d select to summarize the Washington Post Magazine‘s recent redesign. The new Sunday supplement doesn’t drop until this weekend but FishbowlDC got our hands on the first copy of the revamped rag to leave the newsroom. Here’s my take…

Editor Debra Leithauser, Art Director Janet Michaud and GM Jenny Abramson hit a home run. Flipping through the fresh but familiar pages of the new WaPo Mag is kind of like sitting down with an old friend for cocktails — only, your friend got really hot since the last time you saw them. The features are fast but fulfilling reads. The tone is personal, not preachy. And the design is sexy yet sensible. The outcome? A truly solid product for Columbia Heights hipsters, McLean mommies and everyone in between.

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Besides the apparent artistic, graphical and brand changes, new features include:

Whatever Happened To: Kind of a “where are they now” update on previously featured Wapo stories that left readers wondering “what ever happened to..”.

Our Town: Insightful illustrations from two Post artists who recount on-the-scene experiences from a variety of destinations in the D.C. Metro area.

Unspun: a more personal than policy interview with a politician.

The Breakdown: photos, graphics, fun facts and quirky details about the parts that make up an object (from monster trucks to walk-in closets).

Trend Report: a weekly take on “real world” fashion and beauty that features local boutiques, services and reader-applicable advice.

Behind the Lens: the story behind a unique or powerful photograph from the Washington Post.
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But fear not, die hard Date Lab readers. Date Lab, First Person Singular, restaurant reviews from food critic Tom Sietsema, Gene Weingarten‘s “Below the Beltway,” Second Glance, Crossword puzzles and the insightful long-form pieces are still alive and well in the new WP Mag.

Want to check in with Michelle Rhee, check out the creative coalition at Gold Leaf Studio or get some guidance to cure your weekend woes before the mag hits newsstands? You can either borrow mine or pick one up this Friday when WaPo will hand out 20,000 standalone copies at a variety of locations (including metro stops) around the city to celebrate the magazine’s revamp.

Taking Out The Trash: Hollywood Edition

What we almost missed today…

Wolf Blitzer, George Stephanopoulos, Cokie Roberts, Candy Crowley, Sam Donaldson and Connie Chung are among celebrity experts on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’s” new “Ask the Expert” lifeline. Tune in tonight to catch Gwen Ifill. (h/t TVNewser)

Oprah has issued her first ever “Power List” in this month’s O Magazine, 20 “remarkable visionaries who are flexing their muscles in business and finance, politics and justice, science and the arts.” And DC’s well repped– Donna Brazile, DC School Chancellor Michelle Rhee and FDIC Chair Sheila Bair all make the list. (h/t Politico)

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony hosted a dinner in Sonia Sotomayor‘s honor at their Long Island home last night, according to a gossip blog.

Morning Reading List, 01.23.09

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Good morning Washington.

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below.

We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 01.05.09

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Good morning Washington.

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below.

We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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