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For Former Fox 5-er Paul Raphel, Big Risk Equals Big Reward

Many of you may remember him as the boy who made you fall in love with local news, but Paul Raphel isn’t so local anymore. Since the former Fox 5 segment producer and reporter left DC almost two years ago, he’s been with “TMZ Live” and most recently Ora TV’s “PoliticKING” producing his way through LA.

FishbowlDC recently caught up with Raphel to talk about what he’s been up to since relocating to the Hills, what he misses most about DC, and how his perceptions of Washington media have changed since relocating.

FishbowlDC: So what have you been doing since you left DC?
Paul Raphel: I left DC in June 2012 when I moved to California — without a job. I lived on my friend’s couch while searching for work. Professionally, it seemed crazy to leave a perfectly fine, full time job with no real plan but I didn’t want to live with ‘what if’s’ by not taking a chance in Los Angeles – something I always considered doing. A month after moving I was hired at TMZ to be the content producer for “TMZ Live” which, at the time, was their newest show. Our team took the show from two markets to airing on all the major FOX affiliates by September 2013. I have now moved from pop culture to politics and started working for Ora TV in January as a producer on Larry King’s political show PoliticKING. It’s been really exciting to start the year at Ora because it is a very new digital network that airs shows with recognizable names like Larry King and Jesse Ventura.

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W is for Wow! What a Night…

The uber-fab fete for last night’s opening of the W Hotel ranks as one of the most exciting events this year. The old Hotel Washington wore subtle pinstripes and bold lace.

“Everyone thinks of Washington power as pinstripes, but the truth is — the real power is in a lacy negligee,” said Jayne Sandman while explaining the hotel’s decor to Joe Curl and Ed Henry.

Washington media stars were glammed out and grooving to a private concert by John Legend while toasting the super-chic digs with celebs like Emmy Rossum, Johnny Wright and Tatyana Ali.

Also spotted were Wash Life‘s Michael Clements, Politico‘s Kiki Ryan, Pamela Sorensen, Urban Daddy’s Jeff Dufour, Bloomberg’s Tim Burger, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, MTP’s Betsy Fischer, Jack Quinn, Susanna Quinn,Tammy Haddad, FNC’s Bret Baier, Amy Baier, WaPo Reliable Source’s Amy Argetsinger, Jessica Gibson, TWT‘s Joe Curl, CNN’s Ed Henry, Politics Daily’s Emily Miller, Cap File‘s Sarah Schaffer, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, CBS’ Scott McCrary, Fox 5′s Paul Raphel, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Fox 5′s Steve Chenevy and new “Yeas and Nays” columnist Tara Palmeri hanging with Mark Ein.

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White House wonders Joe Curl of TWT and CNN’s Ed Henry

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Hot mamas: Sarah Schaffer, Kiki Ryan, Susanna Quinn, Emily Miller

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Bret and Amy Baier (r)

More pics after the jump.

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