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Cap File Hires Suzy Draddy Jacobs as Publisher

Katherine Nicholls, President and COO of Niche Media, the parent company of Capitol File magazine, announced today that The Week‘s Suzy Draddy Jacobs has been named Publisher of Capitol File. As Publisher, Jacobs will oversee all print and digital sales and marketing functions for the magazine.

Jacobs’s hire, along with that of Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Thorp last year, is meant as a show of dedication to the Capitol File brand, an inside source at Niche says. Both women bring years of experience to their jobs and will oversee an era of redoubled investment in Cap File and the DC market.

Jacobs’s predecessor, Heather Zahn left late last year after a tenure of only a few months. Zahn, a former Cap File Associate Publisher, had been promoted to replace Sarah Schaffer, who, after two years as Publisher, left to pursue other interests. Lou DeLone, an Austin-based Group Publisher for Niche Media has been advising Cap File since Zahn’s departure. He will continue to serve as an adviser to Niche Media.

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Mums the Word on Capitol File’s New Editor

Gotta love publicists. The good ones (for reporters’ purposes) are so fabulous you want to bear hug them daily. The others force you to read between the lines and wait.

Like this three liner from Niche Media’s Lana Bernstein who offered a warm reply to our inquiry concerning who they’ve hired to be the new Editor-in-Chief of Capitol File magazine.

“We received your inquiry and just wanted to let you know that we have not made any announcements about the Editor in Chief position.  We will surely keep you posted when we are ready to release this. Please feel free to reach out to me for any inquiries in the future. Warm regards, Lana.

Thanks Lana! We reached out again to find out when they’ll be announcing the news — Lana says in the next few weeks and again offered her warm regards.

The publication is undoubtedly going through major changes with the recent departure of Publisher Sarah Schaffer and the promotion of Heather Zahn to fill her role. Schaffer apparently “left on a positive note to pursue other interests.”

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Capitol File Names New Publisher

A few weeks back Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Sarah Schaffer up and left her position at Capitol File Magazine. Today Niche Media announced that Capitol File magazine Associate Publisher, Heather Zahn, has been named Publisher of the luxury lifestyle publication.

“Zahn brings a decade of experience in marketing, sales and journalism to her new role as Publisher,” they write. “In her new role Zahn will oversee all business aspects of the magazine including the expansion of Capitol File in the region while leading the brand’s print and digital advertising sales and robust marketing and events platforms.”

Zahn joined the mag in 2012 as Associate Publisher. She has a boatload of sales experience in the Baltimore-New York region and holds a Masters in Arts and magazine journalism from NYU.

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.

A Soiree to Remember…

To celebrate its 5-year anniversary under President Jason Grumet, the Bipartisan Policy Center, which the NJ has called “one of Washington’s most attractive destinations for former lawmakers, Cabinet members, and others”, is hosting an “Open House” tonight. Expected media in attendance…Capitol File‘s Publisher Sarah Schaffer and Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett, Self Magazine’s D.C. Editor Marc Adelman, The Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, Twitter’s Adam Sharp, HtuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie, Bloomberg’s Darin Ohlandt, former CNNer Kathleen Koch, TV Chef Jose Andres, CNN’s Linda Roth, Business Round table’s Kirk Monroe and Susan G. Komen’s Kiki Ryan and former TIME scribe Tim Burger.

Haddad and Fischer Host Luxe Lunch for McCormick

You know you’re one hell of a flack when a flock of journos bust their midday beat to break bread in your honor.  And such is the case of Kelley McCormick,  former partner at Qorvis Communications and Reese Witherspoon lookalike.  McCormick and her new role as Gibraltar Associates COO were toasted yesterday at a swanky lunch hosted by “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer and the one and only Tammy Haddad.

Nearly 40 guests mingled over champagne before sitting down to a three-course wine luncheon of split pea soup with creme fraiche, bacon-garnished crab cake and tasty dessert.  Both Fischer and Haddad shared kind words about their friend before Gibraltar CEO Eric Bovim raised a glass to McCormick, gushing “I can’t imagine doing this without her.”

Attendees of the fancy-pants lunch fete included Politico’s Mike Allen, NBC White House producer Alicia Jennings, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, The Hill’s Kate Oczypok, DC’s Karen Sommer Shalett, Janet Donovan, Cap File’s Kate Bennett and Sarah Schaffer, Huffington Post’s Christina Wilkie, Kiki Ryan, Bloomberg’s Ha Chan, Tracy Sefl, Washingtonian’s Sophie Gilbert, Washington Life‘s Michael Clements, Emily Lenzner, Poshbrood’s Elizabeth Thorp, Twitter’s Adam Sharp, WBJ‘s Jen Nycz-Conner and SELF‘s Marc Adleman.  Congrats to Kelley!

L to R: Betsy Fischer, Mike Allen, Kate Bennett, Halle Mayes, Tammy Haddad, Marc Adelman, Kelley McCormick.

*All photos courtesy of Haddad Media.

WHCD: Cap File Emerges with After Party

And just when we thought MSNBC would go unchallenged in the post-dinner party competition this year, Capitol File emerges with an invitation to their 6th annual After Party.  Niche Media Chairman Jason Binn, Cap File EIC Kate Bennett and Publisher Sarah Schaffer have partnered up with The Creative Coalition and Bing for a festive fete at the Ronald Reagan Building from 10 PM – 2 AM.  The soiree is by invitation only but there’s good news for those who didn’t receive an invite: guests are permitted to bring a “plus one.” Start buttering up your invited friends now and you too could party the night away with Cap File next Saturday.


Cap File Celebrates 5 Years

The Corcoran Gallery played host to Capitol File‘s fifth anniversary fete last night.   Guarded by a gestapo of magazine interns who seemed excited to turn away would-be crashers (and those who fell victim to a clerical error *see: me), the event featured “Project Runway” host and Cap File cover boy Tim Gunn.  A sensory overload designed by Andre Wells, the soiree boasted a four-foot birthday cake, a deejay and  drive-by appetizers that made their way through the bar on a sushi-style conveyor belt. 

Representing the magazine were new EIC Kate Bennett, Niche Media CEO Jason Binn and Sarah Schaffer, former EIC turned publisher.  Media-types spotted taking in the sights and sounds were WBJ‘s Jen Nycz-Conner, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Roll Call‘s Jackie Kucinich, Stephanie Green, Politico‘s Kiki Ryan, Janet Donovan, CBS’s Christine Delargy, FD’s Mary Kathryn Covert, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin and Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran

Tim Gunn Dishes on D.C. With Capitol File

In the new issue of Capitol File, Project Runway’s Tim Gunn rags on the “Real Housewives of D.C.” and Vogue Editor Anna Wintour. On a more serious note, says Publisher Sarah Schaffer, “he talks about his parents, his childhood and some fun memories of DC, plus his awkward youth—a bad stutter, dark moments—and how he taps into those feelings and experiences to help teens and those struggling now.”

Cap File Names Kate Bennett EIC

Kate Bennett.pngKate Bennett, editor-in-chief at Vegas Magazine has been named EIC of Niche Media sister publication, Capitol File. Bennett is replacing Sarah Schaffer who recently accepted the position of publisher at the same magazine.

Prior to her reign at Vegas Mag, Bennett served as Entertainment Reporter for KLAS-TV Channel 8, as a gossip columnist at the Las Vegas Sun and was once an assistant producer for MSNBC’s “Harball with Chris Matthews.”

Bennett will be the magazine’s third EIC in 15 months.

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