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EXCLUSIVE: Garrett Graff Joins POLITICO Magazine

A source tells us that Garrett Graff, who left Washingtonian in April where he served as editor-in-chief for five years, most recently joined POLITICO Magazine.

Graff told the Washington City Paper at the time of his departure that he didn’t yet have concrete plans on what’s next, but that he is, “looking forward to a new challenge, wherever that may lie,” and that he will probably spend a good part of his time finishing up his third book, a history of the Cold War, for Simon and Schuster.

Washingtonian in June named Michael Schaffer Graff’s replacement as editor.

Graff edited FishbowlDC from January 2005 to May 2006, when Patrick Gavin took over.

UPDATE  (3:52pm): An update from POLITICO confirms that Graff has joined the magazine, official today, as a senior staff writer.

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The Risks and Rewards of DC Gossip Reporting

wpoIn a piece published today in The Washington Post’s Opinion section, former FishbowlDC editor Patrick Gavin, who most recently left POLITICO after 5 years to work on a documentary about the WHCA dinner, assesses the current state of gossip reporting in Washington and its decline over the past several years.

Every outlet is called out – POLITICO Click (for which he wrote) that was disbanded in December 2013, WaPo, U.S. News, The Hill, Roll Call, and FishbowlDC – as Gavin explores the transformation of traditional gossip reporters to the writing of traditional, “more serious,” reporters.

“Readers know what they’re getting when they pick up People magazine vs. the Economist,” writes Gavin. “And while there is room and reason for both hallmark reporters and gossip chroniclers, blurring the line between them is risky. In an effort to satisfy the varied needs of their consumers, many reporters are trying to be all things to all people: Straight and saucy, proper and prattling.”

Check out Gavin’s full take on the rise and fall of DC gossip reporting.

WHCA Dinner Focus of New Documentary by Patrick Gavin

152_7998096993_511_nFormer FishbowlDC-er Patrick Gavin‘s last day at POLITICO was yesterday and the reporter who’s covered nearly 10 years of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner is working on a documentary exploring the annual event.

According to VarietyGavin has “more than 20 hours of footage of interviews with association board members, past headliners, celebrities, event planners, and correspondents” and “will focus on why dozens of celebrities would trek to D.C. at the same time every year to celebrate the White House press corps.”

The project is slated to be named “Nerd Prom: Washington’s Wildest Week.” Think of it like DC’s version of “Girls Gone Wild” and read more about it here.

Ex-Fishbowler Garrett Graff Leaves Washingtonian

Michael Calderone broke the news today that Washingtonian Editor-in-Chief -and more significantly, former FishbowlDC Editor -Garrett Graff is leaving that magazine after 5 years in the top editorial spot.

Graff also told City Paper that he doesn’t yet have concrete plans on what’s next, but that he is “looking forward to a new challenge, wherever that may lie.” He says that he will probably spend a good part of his time finished up his third book -a history of the Cold War -for Simon and Schuster.

Graff edited this blog from January 2005 to May 2006, when Patrick Gavin took over. His life after Fishbowl includes a long-running stint at Georgetown University where he teaches classes on digital media, several published books, and the gig at Washingtonian starting in 2009.

Senior Editors Sherri Dalphonse and Kristin Hinman will serve as co-editors for the mag for now while Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams searches for a new editor.

Read Williams’ memo announcing the news after the jump…

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Birdy Chatter: Meredith Shiner and Patrick Gavin Make Moves

FBDC alum and current Daily Caller gossip maven Betsy Rothstein has some interesting tidbits:

Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner, who recently resigned from the publication, is in serious talks to go to work for Yahoo! News. The deal has not yet been finalized.

Also…per a tweet by Michael Calderone of HuffPost, Patrick Gavin has resigned from Politico. He is moving on to new ventures which he is not yet disclosing. He declined to comment.

We also hear from a little birdy that, after five years, P-Gav’s last day at The Politico will be May 1st. His next moves are’t finalized yet, but should be soon.

Politico Steps Up Their Video Game

Politico is doubling down on their video production efforts with the debut of a new, snazzy “Driving the Day” video series featuring Anna Palmer, Manu Raju, Alex Burns, and Jake Sherman. Much of the Washington-based media, including The Hill, WaPo, USA Today, and Politico have already made forays into digital video -with middling results. Poor audio quality, along with on-screen talent better suited for print have been hallmarks of the online political video genre. But Politico‘s latest venture -complete with theme music and cable net-style intro sequence -is a marked escalation in production values over their competitors.

It’s no surprise that the political media would be eager to put their talent in front of cameras. It’s good business. Indeed, Politico pioneered a web-to-cable strategy that is largely credited with their meteoric rise to prominence. The website is housed in the same Arlington office building as fellow Allbritton Communications property WJLA ABC 7, and was able to take advantage of the station’s satellite hook-up to feed their reporters remotely onto the cable news channels.* The result was an explosion in name recognition for the brand as well as for the stable of reporters who could easily offer analysis on MSNBC or CNN without those networks having to do the work of bringing them in-studio.

Now, all the other DC pubs are following suit and web videos are a part of the strategy -essentially serving as sophisticated cable news audition videos for print talent. But Politico is still at the leading edge. Palmer, Raju, Burns, and Sherman are hardly as television-ready as say, Patrick Gavin -who was one of top contenders to replace Howie Kurtz on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” but Politico clearly believes in them enough to give them a platform to develop their skills.

*Update, 2.19.14, 8:26 PM: It should also be noted that Politico had a partnership early on with “Face the Nation” and CBS News which resulted in John Harris, Jim VandeHei, and other Politico personalities making many appearances on that network prior to and coinciding with appearances on cable channels. 

Whose Shoes Revealed!!

whoseshoesLots of you thought you knew whose shoes we snapped a photo of Wednesday night. Guesses included Luke Russert and Patrick Gavin, neither of which were right.

The only person to answer correctly was Pete Nonis from AAA’s public affairs shop. His pick? Fox News’ Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry! Congrats Pete, you win! You are now the proud owner of a lifetime supply of love and admiration from FBDC.

Henry was among the crowd at a reception Wednesday at the Hay-Adams honoring former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as he joins Building America’s Future as a co-chair.

lahoodBuilding America’s Future Educational Fund describes itself as a “bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to bringing about a new era of U.S. investment in infrastructure that enhances our nation’s prosperity and quality of life.”

LaHood, a Republican who served in President Obama’s administration, was a fitting selection as co-chair. The Fund was founded by fellow political iconoclasts, former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, former California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

This Day in FishbowlDC History

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Come along dear readers, as we go for a ride in the FishbowlDC Time Machine! Today, we travel all the way back to the days of the Bush administration to see what important story graced the pages of this web publication. On December 26, 2006, a young Patrick Gavin had just discovered some exciting news about a new website called The Politico…:

 

Adorable, no? Gavin of course, went on to become the most attractive tallest reporter at The Politico, and Wikipedia now dedicates a whole page to the pub. My how things have changed.

All We Want For Christmas Is…?

Let’s face it, most of you are getting coal for Christmas this year -we know we are. But we asked a bunch of local journos and politicos to pretend they weren’t so naughty this year, and tell us what they’re asking Santa for for Christmas. Here are the responses we have so far. We’ll update them as we get more!

CapFile‘s Elizabeth Thorp: “For schools not to close when there’s a micro-dusting of snow, a ticket to the Vanity Fair WHCD party and a speaking role on ‘House of Cards’ Season 3 as the ruthless but brilliant editor of Capitol File.”

TWT‘s John Solomon: “We’ve been working on this new website night and day for the last six weeks, all I want is a solid 8 hours of sleep on Christmas Eve.”

Ron Bonjean: “Hoping for waist band pants from all the Christmas goodies. Also a PS4 or Xbox One is there are any left. And a comprehensive energy policy for today’s America.”

Sara Bonjean: “A strong national defense.”

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: “I’d take an entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon, the most difficult ticket around.”

Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston: “A new Chi hair straightener. My old one was already on its last leg when it exploded in-use in the Roll Call bathroom as I was getting ready to go out after work in September. Smoke and everything. It’s been a rough – and wavy – autumn for this reporter.”

WJLA’s Kris Van Cleave: “Noise cancelling earbuds, dinner with some of my good friends, and a pony.”

DC “Youth” Get Hammered, Body-painted at WL‘s YGL

If you weren’t one of the hundreds of what’s-his-names and so-and-sos who rolled up to the Carnegie Library in an Uber black car last night, it could mean one of three things.

1) You are old.  We’re not talking John McLaughlin old…just over 40.

2) Your ambitious boozing and party hopping are not worthy of recognition in print.

3) You were recently arrested. (Too soon?)

Otherwise, like FishbowlDC, you were downing as many fine bourbons as your liver would allow at Washington Life’s ”Young and the Guest List” fete.  With countless bars, trippy body painting, and sequins from here to tomorrow, the historic venue played host to WL‘s fave overachievers under 40: 217 business leaders and entrepreneurs, 42 White House and Capitol Hill staffers, 29 media pros, 6 restaurateurs, 8 athletes, 5 diplomats, 10 members of Congress, and 18 artists.

Representing the Fourth Estate were CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Peter Hamby, Lauren Pratapas and Matt Dornic, WaPo’s Jackie Kucinich, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and his much better and more attractive half – Anne Gavin, Nikki Schwab from U.S. News….and others. Yes many, many others who escape our bourbon-laced memory.*

Check out the pics below!

*This post and my hangover brought to you by Washington Life, Nancy Bagley,  Soroush Shehabi, John Arundel, Kevin Chaffee and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.  

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