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Atlantic Media’s Ron Brownstein Relocates to LA

Atlantic Media Editorial Director Ron Brownstein is temporarily relocating to LA for two years (and we’re all jealous). There, he’ll continue to oversee the reporting and direction for National Journal‘s integrated reports on the changes remaking America, The Next Economy Project and the Next America project. His move will allow him to do more on the ground reporting in LA and from other parts of the country as well as increase Atlantic Media‘s presence out west.

A memo from National Journal President Bruce Gottlieb to staff outlined Brownstein’s role with Atlantic Media as he prepares for the move next month. See said memo below.

I write today with some exciting news about Ron Brownstein, our editorial director for strategic partnerships at Atlantic Media. Beginning in mid-February, Ron and his wife, Eileen McMenamin, will temporarily relocate to Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, Ron will continue to perform the unique combination of roles he has held for the last seven years. Ron will continue to supervise and provide overall editorial direction for National Journal’s flagship integrated reports on changes remaking America: the Next Economy project, focusing on how average families are navigating the changing economy; the Next America project, examining how growing diversity is changing the national agenda; and the 50 Innovators project, identifying grassroots problem-solvers making progress on the big challenges facing the country. He will also continue to work with our sister publications, Quartz and Atlantic Cities, on their own special projects. Finally, Ron will continue to write his weekly column in National Journal, contribute full-length feature pieces to National Journal and The Atlantic, and provide analysis for Quartz.

From Los Angeles, Ron will lead our efforts in raising Atlantic Media’s presence on the West Coast. Ron will contribute more original reporting to the Next Economy and Next America projects and will look for new partners to help us launch additional integrated reports on other large-scale trends reshaping America. Ron will return to Washington for several days bi-monthly.

When I asked Ron why he wanted to return to California, he told me it seemed a logical outgrowth of his work here atNational Journal and Atlantic Media. “In the past few years, I’ve increasingly devoted my time to studying the underlying economic and demographic trends reshaping American life,” he said. “This move offers a great opportunity to get closer to the impact of those trends on the ground. California embodies all of the promise—and challenge—of our new economic and demographic realities. And it’s also a great jumping off point for spending time across the West, which offers a perspective we often don’t hear clearly enough in Washington. For me this is the best of both worlds: a chance to refresh my understanding of what’s happening in America while continuing to work with great colleagues at Atlantic Media. I’m tremendously grateful to David Bradley and everyone else here for providing me this opportunity.”

Then he added one more thing: “Plus, as the song says, we love LA.”

For Ron, this move will be a homecoming. After serving as National Journal’s White House and political correspondent in the early 1980s (or, as he puts it, sometime in the Jurassic period), he moved to Los Angeles in 1986. There, Ron wrote his bookThe Power and The Glitter, a history of the relationship between Hollywood and Washington.  He then joined the Los Angeles Times and, after a few years, returned to Washington as national political correspondent and columnist. Ultimately, Ron spent 17 years with the Los Angeles Times, twice being named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns. Ron rejoined Atlantic Media in 2007.

Ron’s wife Eileen, whom many of you know, has exciting plans for the move as well. Eileen has spent the past five years as vice president for communications at the Bipartisan Policy Center, building its communications staff, creating a robust events division and raising its visibility in the national debate on issues. In California, Eileen will launch her own media consulting firm, working with public and private organizations to raise their national profile.

Ron and Eileen will spend two years in Los Angeles before returning to Washington in spring, 2016. Ron will cover the 2016 presidential primaries for National Journal and Atlantic Media from his base in Los Angeles (something, he reminded me, he did for the Los Angeles Times in the 1992 campaign, when he wrote some of the path-breaking articles about a long-shot named Bill Clinton). He and Eileen will then be back in Washington for the national conventions and general election.

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Atlantic-NJ Summit to Feature Intelligent-Sounding People We’ve Never Heard Of

Here’s the thing about bigwigs who come to Washington to do important things — you don’t actually have to know who they are to know how important they sound.

On April 25, The Atlantic and National Journal are hosting their first annual “Summit on the State of the Middle Class.” Along with a keynote interview with National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling by National Journal’s Ron Brownstein, the line-up of speakers is as follows:  Noel Anderson National Director of Program YearUp, Carol Thompson Cole, President and CEO Venture Philanthropy Partners, Paula Dwyer, Editor, Bloomberg View, David Madland, Director of the American Worker Project Center for American Progress, Mark Perry a Scholar from American Enterprise Institute and Tom Touchet, CEO of 24×7.

When Hollywood, Washington Collide

As part of the “Sidecar Conversation Series,” Capitol File  and P.J. Clarke’s are inviting a host of politicos and journalists to dinner to chat about the intersection of Hollywood and Washington.

National Journal‘s Ron Brownstein will moderate the event.

The panelists include: Roll Call “HOH” gossip columnist Neda Semnani, “Chasing the Hill” writer Brent Roske, “House of Cards” Exec. Producer Beau Willimon and President and CEO of ONE Michael Elliott.

Asked about the upcoming panel and what it will entail, Semnani told FishbowlDC: “In my opinion, Washington and Hollywood act as a mirror to the other. The interesting part is what each town reflects back at the other. In other words, how
much impact does, or should DC have on Hollywood or vice versa? Is Hollywood responsible for how it portrays Washington, politics and policy? Should it get it right? Likewise, does Washington have a responsibility over how our politicians and journalists interact with and are influenced by the cult of celebrity?”

With the White House Correspondents’ dinner coming up at the end of the month, the questions are timely.

Oddly no one from the site that epitomizes the intersection, Hollywood on the Potomac, is on the panel. No doubt there is no shortage of writers in Washington who are qualified to speak intelligently on the matter.

The dinner takes place on April 17 at Sidecar at P.J. Clarke’s.

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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CNN Producer for Piers Morgan Tonight Brad Parks: “Passing time between live shots at the CNN Grill photo booth.”

Mrs. Ralph Reed to Convention Security: Lighten up!

“When I lived in Iran growing up & we were under martial law…security was not as bad as it is at the @GOPconvention!!! Geez…lighten up!!” — Jo Anne Reed, wife of Ralph Reed.

Taxicab Confessions: Tampa 

“My cabbie in Tampa is singing along to ‘Do That To Me One More Time’ while we sit in traffic. Kinda awkward.” — The Hill‘s Howeesha Kurtz, a.k.a. Judy Kurtz.

Uh oh. Is HuffPost‘s Arthur Delaney okay? “I’m drunk and lonely.” — HuffPost‘s Arthur Delaney. Labor journo for InTheseTimes.com Mike Elk replied, “Call me maybe?” HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel apparently borrowed stole Delaney’s gadget and tweeted the following:  “At a wings place in a Ramada, next to a strip club. Take that, fancy parties.”

Journo gives lip to TODAY Show

“Shut up Today Show.” — The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe to the TODAY Show. On Monday, TODAY ran a segment on mirror fasts. This means, as they explain it, “foregoing looking at yourself in the mirror for a week, a month, even a year.”

Reporter Starstruck by NBC’s David Gregory

“Just walked by @davidgregory#StarStruck Saw that dude on TV yesterday morning.#GOP2012” — D.C. Correspondent for MedPageToday.com David Pittman, who clearly needs to have his head examined. Psst….Pittman, Gregory is not a celebrity. MedPage Today provides medical news for clinician. Is there a clinician in the house?

Questions to Ponder: “When ratings show people tuning out of politics at record levels, why do cable channels think 24-7 convention coverage is a good idea?” — Salon‘s David Sirota. And from Columbia J School’s Emily Bell: “Given there are a lot of journalists covering the #RNC who is actually producing interesting coverage? (serious question)”

Convo Between Actor Rob Lowe and CNN’s Piers Morgan

Lowe: “What does it mean, if anything, that the Fox News crawl is so much slower than CNN?”

Morgan: “Means we’re quicker, smarter.”

Ouch! “Hey @JoeNBC: Any time you want to man up and take control of your own show would be nice. #Coward” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte, showing that it’s not just the MSM that gets whacked by the conservative media outlet.

HuffPost Howard Fineman‘s admission: “I rarely if ever get in shouting matches on TV but did on @hardball_chris just now with former GOP chm Steele about the Romney welfare ad.”

How to Win Friends and Influence People at the RNC: “Convention Coverage Rule #2115: Condescend to other reporters by not admitting to having read ‘their take’ from last night.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

How to irk Politico‘s Ben White: “Whiny Tweets complaining about too many journalists covering too little news in Tampa are not wrong, they are just boring.” He later added, “How do Floridians and other swing-staters tolerate all these political ads? I’d throw my TV out the window.”

Boybander Revelations…“Thing I learned today: Reince Priebus reads the sarcastic things you write about him.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel. And from TPM‘s Brian Beutler: “I wish politicians really would speak in dog whistles so I’d be incapable of hearing their garbage.”

Public Admiration Society: “Great line from @RonBrownstein: ‘Very patriotic convention — the floor is red, the seats are blue, and the delegates are white.’” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza quoting National Journal‘s Ron Brownstein.

 

No Bitching About the ‘Liberal’ Media Please

Jason Grumet‘s Bipartisan Policy Center has managed to bring both parties together for one night in hosting “A Century of Service” to honor the public lives of former Republican Sen. Maj. Leaders and BPC Founders Howard Baker and Bob Dole. The event is Wednesday evening.

Among the VIP attendees: Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Pat Roberts, Sen. Lamar Alexander, former Sens. Tom Daschle, George Mitchell, Bill Frist, Trent Lott and many others will gather at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

As the D’s and R’s come together, hopefully complaining about the elite or liberal media can wane for one evening only.

The invite-only GOP-honored soiree is expected to draw a host of journalists including Ron Brownstein and Ron Fournier of NJ, James Bennett, The Atlantic, Ann Compton and Jonathan Karl, ABC, Peter David, The Economist, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin and Reagan lover James Hohmann, Jim Engel, Fox, , Roll Call‘s Neda Semnani, The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz, Capitol File‘s Sarah Schaffer, The Examiner‘s Paul Bedard and Nikki Schwab, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, and CNN’s Kathleen Koch.

More details can be found on the homepage of the BPC’s website here.

NJ and Politico to Host Twin Debriefings

It’s ugly time once again for NJ and Politico.

On Jan. 25 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. NJ, in conjunction with The Atlantic, will host a State of the Union debriefing at the National Press Club. The description: “Our interlocutors —James Bennet of The Atlantic, Ron Brownstein of National Journal, Jackie Calmes of the New York Times, and Major Garrett of National Journal in addition to our audience — will put Republican and Democratic Hill leadership in the hot seat to dissect the President’s address, assessing how President Obama’s case statement for the year will impact November’s outcomes.”

Meanwhile, on that very morning, Politico is also hosting a State of the Union debriefing. Theirs is being held at the W from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Politico‘s invitation doesn’t list their guests, but we have a feeling Mike Allen will be all over it. UPDATE: We checked in with Politico’s event staff. They’re not releasing their names just yet. Stay tuned…

NJ Magazine’s New Issue

In NJ Magazine this week:

Charlie Cook on President Obama’s approval rating, Ron Brownstein on the flat tax and Jamie Tarabay takes a look at the potential peril of Libyan rebels murdering Qadaffi. These can be read for free here.

Behind the paywall (a sampling):

*Brownstein election analysis

*In-depth look at House races such as Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), governor’s races

*Major Garrett on how 2013 could play out: “Regardless of whether a Republican or Democrat is in the White House in 2012, the reconciliation process will be key to advancing GOP objectives in Congress.”

Atlantic Media Brings on ‘Extreme Talent’

Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley announced today that Andy Sareyan is joining the company as Executive Veep of Atlantic Media Company and President of National Journal Group. In a release they call Sareyan “one of the country’s most accomplished media executives.”

Among his tasks will be to work alongside NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier, Editorial Director Ron Brownstein and Magazine Editor Charles Green to expand the publication’s agenda, which includes “transitioning from a subscription model to a full-service membership model.” He sees potential: “They already have a world-class editorial team that creates products read by some of the most influential people in America. It’s hard to imagine a stronger base for growth.”

Sareyan was most recently President of Consumer Brands at the Meredith Corporation, which publishes Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Parents, Fitness, More, American Baby, Traditional Home, and Midwest Living. Before joining Meredith, he spent 18 years in a number of leadership roles at Time Inc.

Bradley summed up his new hire, saying, “At least by ambition, Atlantic Media recruits for two qualities – force of intellect and a spirit of generosity. With Andy, we get both – and an animating gift of leadership. Andy is extreme talent arriving at the company at an hour of extreme growth. We are at that uncommon moment when every brand is growing rapidly. Andy’s assignment is to grow us faster still.”

Anderson Cooper to Spice Up Tuesday’s Debate

CNN anchor and daytime’s new heartthrob Anderson Cooper will moderate the Tuesday, Oct. 18 debate presented by CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference.

The debate, which will air live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (ET), will broadcast from The Venetian Resort in Vegas. Voters from the 16 states and territories that make up the Western region of the U.S. will be in audience to pose questions directly to the candidates. Let’s hope Newt Gingrich doesn’t give them the Chris Wallace treatment.

Eight presidential contenders will participate in the debate: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

CNN’s live and on-location coverage surrounding the debate will begin with CNN Newsroom on Saturday, Oct. 15 and continue through American Morning on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Programming from Sin City along with Cooper will include Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, John King, T.J. Holmes, and Carol Costello. CNN political contributors and analysts also on hand will include Gloria Borger, Ron Brownstein, Alex Castellanos, Ari Fleischer, David Gergen and Mary Matalin. CNN en Español’s Washington anchor Juan Carlos López will host live analysis on that network before the debate starting at 7:45 p.m. (ET). At 8 p.m., CNN en Español will take the debate live with simultaneous interpretation followed by more analysis with CNN en Español’s team of political contributors. The debate will also be carried live on CNN International.

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