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NYT Taps Coral Davenport for Climate Beat

Coral DavenportWashington-based Coral Davenport will take over the climate and energy beat at The New York Times from John M. Broder. Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt explains in a memo posted on Times columnist Andy Revkin‘s Tumblr. Hat tip to Playbook:

Paul Volpe and Bill Hamilton used to work with her. John Broder competed with her. Carl Hulse knew her as a Hill reporter. I was simply one of her readers, and Elisabeth met her only recently. But we all had the same reaction: Coral Davenport is the perfect person to replace John as our climate-and-energy reporter in Washington. After a lunch interview with her, Elisabeth came back to the bureau and pronounced: “We should hire her immediately.”

Hire her we have.

Coral will start next month, joining us from National Journal, where she has written one great story after another. She writes fast and smart for the Web. She breaks news. She writes enterprise and magazine pieces that you read all the way to the end. Above all, she sees climate as a story about everything – politics, economics, foreign policy, science and, of course, the environment.

Before joining National Journal, Coral worked for Congressional Quarterly, Politico and the Daily Hampshire Gazette, in Massachusetts. She has also spent three years as a journalist in Greece. The daughter of a Foreign Service officer, she grew up in Korea, Japan and Greece. Food Club alert: She is a devoted cook who has written many a restaurant review.

Coral arrives the first week in December.

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QUOTES of the DAY


Hands-down favorite weekend observation

“Why do I get the feeling this guy is actually kind of a loser?” — NJ‘s Susan Davis in a weekend tweet, with the accompanying photograph, above.

Podhoretz has man crush on Borgnine

“Srsly, if you told me 30 yrs ago Ernest Borgnine would be most handsome 94 yr old who ever lived, I would’ve laughed.” — Commentary Magazine Editor John Podhoretz in a weekend tweet. In another tweet, he said, weirdly, “Stories about child abuse and murder have, since fatherhood, literally become physically painful to me, as if I had an abscessed tooth.”

Journo distracts himself with caramel corn

“Have eaten entire bag of caramel corn from fantastic, newly discovered @ackc_cocoabar, but have only written the lede. V long evening ahead.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles in a Sunday tweet.

Kurtz discusses his lack of power

“Just got my power back but Candy Crowley is still without and she is NOT HAPPY. Pepco last local utility to seek aid when snow started.” — The Daily Beast‘s D.C. Bureau Chief and CNN host Howard Kurtz in a weekend tweet. Crowley is a CNN colleague.

What’s wrong with this?

“Exclusive: Yahoo Delivering 1 Million Video Views for Washington Post’s “The Quick Fix” — Could Chris Cizzilla Beat Rachel Maddow?” — Beet. TV’s Andy Plesser in a weekend alert, making the WaPo reporter sound a little too close to Godzilla. (Oh we’re just messing with Plesser. He quickly redeemed himself with a quick correction of his mistaken spelling of Cillizza’s name in an e-mail. Read the story here.)

Guthrie to NYC, Holt gets Cairo

“On my way to nyc to anchor @todayshow tomorrow with Jenna; @LesterHoltNBC is en route Cairo to report for @nbcnews.” — MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” C0-host Savannah Guthrie in a weekend tweet.

Brady calls Volpe departure ‘huge loss’ for TBD

“Thrilled for @pvolpe on his new gig at the @nytimes. Huge loss for @TBD, but there’s no shortage of talent in that newsroom either.” — Former TBD GM and consultant Jim Brady in a weekend tweet after the news broke that TBD Managing Editor Paul Volpe is leaving for NYT. Volpe quit within three months of Brady’s resignation.

Wemple pulls out the pom poms

“@kevin_reiss.@TBD’s lost its Managing Editor & Redskins writer, & still hasn’t found a local news niche. Who feels good about TBD?” –  Self-described online “asshole” Kevin Reiss in a weekend tweet. To which TBD Editor Erik Wemple actually felt the need to respond, “Me.”

Politico scribe could do without winning the air

“In-flight wifi’s gonna make pres campaign trail reporting even more grueling. Wheels up was only break from filing demands (& editors).” — Politico‘s Kenneth Vogel (who, says his bio, “goes by Ken when he’s not in ostentatious reporter mode”)  in a weekend tweet. He covers money, politics and influence.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“After the snow this week, are you ready for spring?” — WUSA9 in a (we hope) rhetorical weekend tweet.

TBD’s Volpe Leaps to NYT

TBD Managing Editor Paul Volpe has accepted a job offer with NYT. He confirmed the news to FishbowlDC in an email tonight.

Volpe has been on his way out of the start-up for several weeks. He went to work  there earlier this year and was previously employed at WaPo. See that story here.

Is TBD’s Volpe Preparing for Departure?

TBD appears to be in disarray as of late. FishbowlDC sources confirm that Managing Editor Paul Volpe is preparing to leave the publication still in its infancy. Volpe, formerly with WaPo, isn’t denying it. Top brass could convince him to stay, but few are banking on it.

Just two months ago, the newbie publication lost its General Manager Jim Brady due to differences of opinion about the direction of the localized site with Publisher Robert Allbritton.

When asked if he is leaving, Volpe offered this polite, non-denial by e-mail:  “Thanks for the note. As a rule, I try not to entertain any speculation about my future. I am enjoying my work and trying to contribute to TBD as we move forward and grow. If my status were to change, I’d be happy to talk to you about it, but for now I really don’t have anything to say. Best, Paul”

We questioned him further. “So what’s your take — do you think someone was making up the information? Is this a completely ridiculous sentiment?”

Volpe replied, “I’m not trying to be difficult, but I really don’t have anything to add. I do appreciate you reaching out.”

Fair enough. Volpe said he’ll happily offer an update if anything changes.

WaPo Editor Plays Favorites; WaPo not Chosen

There is some grumbling in WaPo‘s newsroom over the new innovations editor Mark Luckie (he replaced Paul Volpe who went to TBD). Luckie’s a well-known new media thinker, but this is his first big move into the real world of doing new media at a big paper.

Apparently in the middle of the day on Election Day (which should be go-time at the Post), Luckie took time to post his favorite news site election day front pages on his own old “10,000 words” blog to which he still contributes. And WaPo didn’t make his own cut.

Humility? Or just humiliated?

Find out what sites Luckie chose here.

WaPo Wades into HuffPost Territory

Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab tackles a meaty topic today: WaPo wading into the content-for-exposure (not cash) model, one that looks discernibly more like HuffPo than WaPo‘s traditional upbringing.

Author Laura McGann addresses two projects that she writes look like attempts to take on the start-ups that “would never have been seen as a direct threat just a few years ago.”

McGann talks to WaPo‘s national innovations editor Paul Volpe about the recently launched political blog network that serves as an offshoot of the paper’s The Fix blog by Chris Cillizza. It’s filled with posts from state-based blogs that Cillizza hand picks. McGann observes, “he’s feeding political obsessives’ appetite for news with posts they wouldn’t find on their own.”

Read the full story here.

Allbritton V. Graham V. Bradley

The war is on.

One month after WaPo won the bidding war for Politico’s Nia Malika Henderson, Robert Allbritton has struck back in a way that is allegedly rattling the top brass at 15th and L. FishbowlDC has learned that Paul Volpe, the man who built the new WaPo political site, has been hired away by TBD, Allbritton’s new metro site.

Volpe will be a top editor-innovator for the site. WaPo officials huddled with Volpe several times, pleading with him to stay, according to a source familiar with the WaPo meetings. He joins TBD armed with WaPO’s plan for taking on rival Politico – invaluable information in what is fast-becoming a bitter showdown between the city’s most powerful and rich. David Bradley, who told the NY Observer this week that he wants to take on Politico, wants to be in the battle, but rivals don’t necessarily perceive NJ to be a serious threat.

What’s more, FishbowlDC hears Bradley recently made a run at WaPo’s Chris Cillizza but was turned down. He is aggressively courting other star reporters to run a revamped NJ but having questionable luck.

Bradley did not provide a comment by FishbowlDC press time. Should he respond we will be sure to keep you updated.