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Politico Snags HuffPost’s Cherukuri

Politico has hired Peter Cherukuri away from AOL-HuffPost to be their new SVP of Advertising and Business Development. Cherukuri was VP and GM of the D.C. Bureau. In a Wednesday evening memo, Roy Schwartz announces the news.
He starts on Feb. 11.

Fishbowl Summer Superlatives – THE RESULTS Part Deux

On Thursday, we began rolling out the results of our Summer Superlatives and today, you get to meet the rest of the winners. Thanks for voting.

Today’s results kicks off with the Best Dressed category. This cage match was between Politico’s Ken Vogel and Kate Nocerra, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, RCP’s Erin McPike, and CNN’s Kate Balduan. This contest wasn’t even close. While we had a feeling Capehart would be the clear winner, he was a very distant second to Kate Balduan! Congrats, Kate. Your prize is a $1 gift card to Fashion Bug!

Moving right along, we asked you to name Washington’s Best Writer. Your choices were The Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, NJ’s Major Garrett, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, Ashley Parker and Maureen Dowd, WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty, HuffPost’s Eliot Nelson, and Washingtonian’s Luke Mullins. This one was a close one to call. It was a two-man race between Garrett and Labash, but in the end, Major Garrett came through and was voted the winner. It should be noted that today is Garrett’s birthday.

Which Washington journo is Most In Need of a Salad? We asked you to choose between Politico’s Jonathan Allen and Jonathan Martin, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, HuffPost’s Peter Cherukuri and Jason Linkins, FNC’s Bob Beckel and Bret Baier, and author and former TWTer Rich Miniter. This was another category where it wasn’t even close. The FNC team of Bob Beckel and Bret Baier were the heavy favorites and waddled walked their way to an easy victory.

Next up, we had the category that saw more votes than any other, Sexiest. Your sultry selections were AP‘s Steve Peoples, Atlantic Publisher Justin Smith, Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett, Real Housewives of D.C.’s sassy stylist Paul Wharton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar, NBC4′s Doug Kammerer and Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince. The winner by a slim, sexy (and consenting) majority was Brianna Keilar.

On the other side of the coin, we have Who is Most In Need of a Makeover? Your choices were CQ Roll Call (the entire publication), The Daily Caller’s Matthew Boyle, TWT’s Stephen Dinan, DCRTV’s Dave Hughes and Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher. Once again, this was a two-man race between Christopher and Boyle. While Christopher just looks generally disheveled, the overall train wreck that is Matthew Boyle was voted the winner. Congrats, Matt. We hear that Paul Wharton may be available to help turn you into a beautiful swan.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Best On-Air Personality. The heavy-hitters on this list were ABC’s Jake Tapper, The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, CBS’s Bob Schieffer and Nancy Cordes, HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, and WaPo’s Nia-Malika Henderson. At the end of the day, the experience of Schieffer couldn’t keep up with your winner, Jake Tapper!

Congratulations to all of our winners.

 

AOL/HuffPost Hosts ONA Happy Hour

Ryan Reilly, Sam Stein and Chris Potter

Remember when a rooftop party was more pleasure than pain?  Late last week, before the jaws of hell blew its fiery breath upon our fair city, the Online News Association (ONA) gathered on the roof of AOL/Huffington Post’s downtown office for a meet and greet with the D.C. bureau.  ONA members and guests enjoyed spectacular weather, signature cocktails and panoramic views of the monuments from the Pennsylvania Avenue rooftop.  Those were the days…

Guests included Christian Moritz from the Nat’l Manufacturers Association, Ogilvy’s Imani Greene and Jennifer Mastin, SKDK’s Emily Lenzner, AOL/HuffPo’s Peter CherukuriChris Potter, Sam Stein, Ryan Reilly, Deven Goldfarb and Amanda Whiteman, Edelman’s David Almacy, Mitzi Emrich and Mory Fontanez, Chris Choi of Bully Pulpit Interactive, The Hill’s Jamie Klatell, BPI’s Ben Burke and Mark Skidmore.

Power Players Flock to Kastles Opener

The Kastles flaunted their A-game for an A-list crowd last night, beating Kansas City 21-18, at the team’s season opener.  VIPs such as ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, DC Mayor Vince Gray, DC City Council Chairman Kwame Brown, basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabar, AOL founder Steve Case, AOL-HuffPost VP Peter Cherukuri, and Indonesian Ambassador Dino Djalal all hit the new Southwest Waterfront stadium to help Mark Ein cheer on Venus Williams and Washington’s winning tennis team.

The Kastles’ next match is tomorrow night against the Boston Lobsters.  Only five home games remain after this week so snatch up some tix before July 21st.

*This post is dedicated to the anonym-ass who complained about my Kastles love earlier today.

Cherukuri Gets Expanded Role at AOL HuffPost

Peter Cherukuri is getting a promotion because he’s “gifted” and has an “impressive depth of experience.”

The AOL HuffPost Media Group announced today that Cherukuri, V.P.and GM of HuffPost’s DC Bureau, has been named General Manager, Politics. In this new role, Cherukuri will oversee strategy and revenue for AOL HuffPost Media Group’s political content, including its 2012 election coverage across its destination properties, including Patch.

“Peter has an impressive depth of experience in the DC media market,” said Arianna Huffington,” President and Editor-in-Chief of AOL HuffPost Media Group. “He has a keen understanding of the complex issues involved and is gifted in crafting strategies that differentiate our politics offerings.”

The First Toast

From L to R: Budding Fashion Reporters Jocelyn Luddy and Reilly Folsom.

WHCA President David Jackson (USA Today) and NYT’s Mark Leibovich

What’s a party with Washington’s media elite without bourbon, beer, wine, Food Truck quality mac ‘n cheese and 11-year-old fashionistas to put guests in the hot seat?

The view from the American Gas Association offered guests a perfect shot of the Capitol. The crowd at last night’s WHCD party thrown by QGA and FD blended White House correspondents like CNN’s Ed Henry, Ebony‘s Kevin Chappell, The Hill‘s Sam Youngman and USA Today‘s David Jackson , USA Radio Network’s Connie Lawn, and Politico’s Julie Mason with Fortune‘s Tory Newmyer, Politico‘s Amie Parnes, RealClearPoliticsErin McPike, Roll Call‘s John Stanton and NYT‘s Carl Hulse. Let’s just get one thing straight: NYT‘s Mark Leibovich has heard all the “bcc” jokes out there. And yours will not be special. Welcome to the first party leading into WHCD weekend.

The food was catered by D.C. food trucks of lore CapMac and Sauca and guests were dying over the mac ‘n cheese. Dessert was Good Humor ice cream bars from a cart complete with an umbrella. One partygoer remarked that the party could have been held on an outside corner. But a party outside wouldn’t have allowed for the two-station open bar, where bartenders made unsolicited repeat drinks for many of the journos. One guest called one of the bartenders “the motherf*cking man.”

Other guests in the crowd: QGA’s Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, FD’s Jackson Dunn, Stacey Bowlin, Jared Allen and Mary Kathryn Cover, Terry McAuliffe, QGA and FBDC’s Matt DornicWaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, SELF’s Marc Adelman, Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie and Emily Goodin, CNN Publicist Edie Emery and Megan Grant and TWT’s Emily Miller.

Miller said WHCD week makes her feel like an awkward teenager. “It brings out the worst 16-year-old in me,” Miller said, explaining that her worries go like this: ‘”Why wasn’t I invited to that party?’ or ‘Was I too fat for this dress?’” She adds, “At least I was invited to the pre-pre-pre-pre-pre party.”

The fashionistas at the party were Jocelyn Luddy (daughter to Jack and Susanna) and her friend, Reilly Folsom, who were testing out their journalistic skills by interviewing female party guests and Adelman. They’re trying out for a fashion blog out of San Fran called StyleBistro.com. They asked their subjects questions about what uniform they’d want for work if they had to have one and what styles they missed and didn’t.

The girls in flowered skirts and white T-shirts weren’t amateurs. They had practiced their questions for days. They cajoled by saying funny things like, “Come on, I want all the deets.” As the pair interviewed USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, the whole scene became so focused that photographers like Roll Call‘s Tom Williams began snapping pictures of the interview. Afterwards, Kucinich and Argetsinger (also interviewed by the girls) second-guessed their answers that involved Pappagallo purses and culottes.

Alec Jacob contributed to this report.

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Journos Go Venga!

Lord, Gregory and Zimmerman

Dufour and Cherukuri

A menagerie of metrosexuals and the ladies who love them gathered at Fiola Wednesday evening for the launch of Winston Lord‘s new venture, Venga.  The company, co-founded by Sam von Pollaro,  is the creator of iPhone and Andriod apps that connect Washington D.C. consumers with exclusive offers, specials, happy hours, and music at restaurants, bars and lounges.  Out to show their support for Lord and Von Pollaro’s entrepreneurial efforts were NBC’s David Gregory, ABC’s Jonathan Karl, CNN’s Ed Henry, FNC’s Chris Wallace, UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour, Huffington Post’s Peter Cherukuri, Tammy Haddad, man-about-town Mark Ein, and Politico’s Mike Allen.  Also spotted were Nats player Ryan Zimmerman and Mike Isabella from Top Chef.

Congrats to Winston!  For more information on Venga, visit govenga.com

Something Old, Something New…

Something old:  Peter Cherukuri

Huffington Post’s Peter Cherukuri will celebrate his birthday tonight at Hudson Restaurant.  The aging VP and General Manager of HuffPo’s DC bureau will wave goodbye to his youth while taking in the tunes of the resto-lounges “Sinatra Night.”  The music begins at 7pm and ends at midnight.  But we wouldn’t recommend showing up late – given the birthday boy’s age, we anticipate an early end time.

Something new:  Story Partners’ New Hire Happy Hour

Tomorrow evening Amos Snead and the crew from Story Partners will toast to the new members of their team: Anne Brady, Mary Elizabeth Margolis, Mollie O’Dell and Steven Place.  The happy hour will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM at Bobby Vans Grill on New York Avenue.

Hey, Isn’t That…

Kathy Griffin?  The kooky comic was spotted  at L2 on Friday night.  Griffin, who had just wrapped a performance at the Kennedy Center,  made a surprise appearance at the Georgetown club to wish CNN’s Jessica Yellin a happy 40th birthday and hang with her pals and parents-to-be, CNN’s John King and Dana Bash.  Other guests at Yellin’s birthday bash included NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, TIME’s Jay Newton-Small, Doug Heye, NRSC’s Brian Walsh, Jack and Susanna Quinn, Mark Cuban, Kimball Stroud, Treasury spokesman Mark Paustenbach, CNN’s Brianna Keilar, NYT’s Carl Hulse, HuffPo’s Peter Cherukuri and SKDK’s Emily Lenzner, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and GPG’s Mike Feldman, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, NBC’s Betsy Fischer and Politico’s Jonathan Martin, W.H. Dep. Social Secretary Ebs Burnough and Wolf Blitzer who graciously posed for pictures with a posse of L2 cocktails waitresses.

Polson’s Bash at Panache

A big turnout at Panache last night to send off ABC’s Polson Kanneth. He’s moving from “GMA” in DC to “World News” in NYC!  

Guests at the bash joked that Polson must have promised people Diane Sawyer would attend to get them to turn out - truth is, Qorvis’ Kelley McCormick just knows how to throw a great party!

Spotted at Panache: ABC’s Rick Klein and Amy Walter, Dewey Square’s Courtney Cohen, SKDKnickerbocker’s Emily Lenzner, Kevin Madden, Alex Conant, Michael Steel, Tim Burger, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, CBS’ Christine Delargy and Huffington Post’s Peter Cherukuri.

Congrats to Polson on his new gig.  We’ll miss you!

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