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‘Force of Nature’ Linda Douglass Out at Atlantic Media; Emily Lenzner In

Here’s a bit of a shocker.

This morning we learn that Linda Douglass, Atlantic Media‘s head of communications, is leaving at the end at the month. She will stay on board in an advisory role. “I will miss her very much,” said spokeswoman Natalie Raabe in an email. “But a terrific person will be taking her place: Emily Lenzner.”

Emily Lenzer had her own consulting firm, before that she was managing director at SKDKnickerbocker. And before that she handled publicity for ABC News.

Here in the Fishbowl, this is rough news. We’ve had spirited discussions with Douglass over the past three and a half years and despite the occasional friction that occurs between publicists and journalists (let’s put it this way: if you haven’t been on the receiving end of a stinging Douglass email you haven’t lived) we have enjoyed working with Douglass a great deal and admire her humor, smarts and toughness.

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Ashley Judd Mixes, Mingles With Journos

Actress and pretend Senate hopeful Ashley Judd held court in Atlantic Publisher David Bradley‘s gorgeous kitchen last night at his pre-inaugural bash. The party, dubbed “Downton Bradley” for its hoity-toity guest list, was a who’s who of Washington D.C. where the living room was filled with everyone from TIME‘s Joe Klein, CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett and CBS’s Norah O’Donnell to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan with wife, NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, White House correspondent for ABC News Radio Ann Compton, WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart, Debbie Dingle, wife of Rep. John Dingle (D-Mich.), whose surname persistently comes out “Dungle” on the iPhone, CBS Washington Bureau Chief Chris IshamAtlantic Publisher Justin Smith, Hungarian Amb. Greg Szapry, Comcast Executive V.P. David Cohen, and AOL Co-founder Steve Case.

The dining room, meanwhile, had its own plateful of D.C. V.I.P.’s — former White House Press Sec. Joe Lockhart, former PBS’ Jim Lehrer (yawn), CNN and Newsweek/The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz, BuzzFeed Bureau Chief John Stanton and reporter Rosie Gray, Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani and Warren Rojas, National Journal Publisher Bruce Gottlieb, NJ‘s new spokesman, Ben Fishel (former flack to ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Penistown), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Media Matters), reporter Chris Frates and Atlantic Spokeswoman Natalie Raabe, NJ National Correspondent Ron Fournier, NJ‘s Ron Brownstein and Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt, who described her recent quick bout with the flu despite having a flu shot. Also in the dining room: Lobbyist Heather Podesta.

In the foyer was a male guest with a neck beard (see pictures after the jump), Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and outgoing Sec. of State Hilary Clinton‘s former Chief of Staff Melanne Verveer.

It was the kitchen, however, that was the apparent nerve center of Bradley’s house. With beautiful creamy couches and a blazing fireplace, and the surprisingly down-to-earth Bradley in the corner chatting up guests, it was there where we spied on Judd mingling with D.C. insiders such as HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, who wore a bright pink tie and signature mane of longish silver locks, Bloomberg View‘s Margaret Carlson. Judd was accompanied by an unidentified partially balding man. Also roaming the kitchen was Fineman’s sister, Elizabeth Schroeter, in from Colorado. Asked about her brother, Schroeter said he was a “really good guy.” Judd, with a red flower in her hair, struck various poses throughout the night. Most noteworthy, however, was her stick straight posture, even when sitting, and her ability to stick her chest out when engaged in casual conversation. Let’s just say she was well aware that flashbulbs were capturing her every move.

Out on the enclosed patio were more guests to gawk at and grill.

(Pictured above left: Atlantic Publisher David Bradley)

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Atlantic Cover Story is a Record Breaker

The Atlantic‘s latest cover story by 53-year-old former State Department Official Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” has been wildly popular since going online last Wednesday night – record-breaking, in fact.

So how come reading about women isn’t as intriguing as reading about cats?

More than 775,000 people have read the piece, says data from Omniture, making it their most popular magazine story over a five-day period and putting in on track to easily become the most-read magazine story ever on our site. Other numbers: 126,000 FB likes and counting, the most-like magazine piece ever (by far); 1,525 comments on and counting.

While Slaughter’s is, so far, the second most read story, the first is shockingly this one: “How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy.” But with current readership levels, assures the publicist Natalie Raabe, Slaughter’s piece is on-track to beat the cat story.

For cats everywhere, and Buzzfeed, our condolences.

The Atlantic Gets Martha Stewart for Food Summit

The Atlantic is hosting it’s third annual Food Summit and got a pretty gigantic get for the affair: Martha Stewart. Other guests include chef and restaurateur Mario Batali; Deputy Sec. of Ag Kathleen Merrigan; and Revolution Foods’ Kirsten Tobey.

Expect panel discussions, one-on-one interviews, and keynote addresses. The Summit will explore key themes in food, including the obesity epidemic, childhood nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and the role of government regulation. Hosting the Summit will be Corby Kummer, Atlantic Senior Editor and James Beard award-winning food writer.

Media wishing to attend on May 24, please contact Natalie Raabe at The Atlantic (

The Atlantic to Host Business Forum

The Atlantic is hosting a “high-growth” business forum Wednesday at The Gallup Building in downtown Washington. Featured Speakers Include: Sen. Mary Landrieu, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Karen Mills, Honest Tea’s Seth Goldman, and ideeli’s Paul Hurley.

The forum will address the role small businesses play in the country’s overall economic prosperity. Among the topics the day-long forum plans to explore: “Where are the growth sectors at home and abroad? What are the major challenges facing small business owners and their employees today? And what is the prognosis for the U.S. economy in the short and long term?”

Media wishing to attend, contact Natalie Raabe at
Don’t want to get out of bed? The High-Growth Business Forum will be live streamed here. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter @Atlantic_Live, #AtlanticHighGrowth.

The Atlantic’s Work Summit Attracts Sec. Arne Duncan, Sen. Mark Warner and AOL’s Steve Case

The Atlantic‘s New Work Era Summit on Tuesday is bringing in government and business leaders to discuss challenges facing American workers today and how to best prepare for future workforce trends.

Featured speakers: Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education; Senator Mark Warner (D-VA); and Steve Case, founder of AOL and a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

The event takes place at the Newseum from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To coincide with tomorrow’s summit, The Atlantic and McKinsey & Company are joining forces for “The Great Jobs Debate,” a two-week special report on Beginning Tuesday, July 12, says a release, experts in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors will weigh in on one crucial question: what single thing should the government do to create jobs? Contributors include: Michelle Rhee, former D.C. schools chief; Siemens CEO Eric Spiegel; Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio; Carl Schramm, CEO of the Kauffman Foundation; Matthew Yglesias of Think Progress, and The Atlantic‘s Megan McArdle, among others.

More logistical details about the Work Summit after the jump…

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Politico’s Levi to ABC; ABC’s Raabe to The Atlantic

Like a game of musical flacks… Natalie Raabe has left her post at ABC News to join The Atlantic as a communications director. She’s working out of the New York office for the next month but plans to move to D.C. in mid-April.  In a related move, Politico‘s Michelle Levi is leaving D.C. at the end of the month to work with Jeffrey Schneider and the ABC News communications crew in NYC.