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Bloomberg Scribe to Relocate to Hong Kong

Later this week Bloomberg‘s Sophia Yan heads to Hong Kong.

She will stay with Bloomberg and join the company’s Asia First Word team, real time news covering equities. She will focus on energy, and will continue contributing to ‘The Grid,’ the BusinessWeek sustainability blog.

She won’t be taking a breather. “This time next week, I will be setting up my Pez collection on my desk over there and my set of crazy pens will have a new home,” she tells FishbowlDC. “Am certainly sad to leave the great people here in Bloomberg’s Washington bureau, and a wonderful group of friends, but it’s time for a new adventure!”

Sophia has never been to Hong Kong, let alone lived there. “Moving sight unseen!” she tells us. She has visited mainland China and Taiwan, and has lived in Washington for a little over three years.  “Definitely excited, looking forward to it all,” she says. “Seeking tips on good  runs/hikes/yoga studios/places to eat. I do know Mandarin, so that helps some!”

We wish Sophia the best of luck and fully expect updates on her new life. (Send her tips on Hong Kong living to @sophia_yan.)

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The FishbowlDC Interview with Bloomberg’s Sophia Yan

Say hello to Bloomberg‘s Sophia Yan. You won’t find her whistling while she works. And she can’t, for some reason, snap her fingers. She is so modest – when you Google her it says she has won many awards for her magnificent piano playing, such as from the Steinway Society Competition and the New York Piano Competition. Yan didn’t tell us a thing about it because she says it seemed unrelated. Nonetheless she is a famous piano player who has played the likes of Carnegie Hall. She just won another award in June and has two concerts in Washington in August. A word of warning: Be sure to feed Yan the journalist every two hours. Or else.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Izze pomegranate fizzy juice

How often do you Google yourself? Never. Google Alerts do the job.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? Mm. Plead the Fifth.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Kaity Tong. I grew up watching her on the evening news. And Michael Duffy. Because he’s successful, hysterical and humble.

Do you have a favorite word? Any verb that describes eating. Chow, gorge, slurp.

Who would you rather have dinner with – MSNBC’s Chris Matthews or FNC’s Chris Wallace? Why do I need to pick? Can I have dinner with both?

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? Bo’s a cutie.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Nimble Beat

When did you last cry and why? Few days ago. Stubbed my toe.

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NJ Parties Like the Pink Panther

It was Night 4 of NJ‘s flurry of launch parties at the rented space on E St. Thursday night was thought to be the mother of parties so far. The room was packed. So much so, that partygoers periodically slipped out into the cool air when they couldn’t take the crowding. Or, when they hoped to flee the towering wine-drinking man in blue linen who pawed some female guests (he wasn’t with NJ and appeared to be a straggler who wandered in off the street. At least one woman pushed him away).

Guests enjoyed cocktails, fancy hors d’oeuvres and the sounds of a live jazz band. They complained of too few bathrooms and a sweltering indoor temperature.

The dimly-lit warehouse space was enveloped in red velvet curtains. NJ Daily Editor Jason Dick loosely bragged that he had attended party after party and wasn’t tiring of it.”This is how we roll,” he joked. “I take my cues for living from the old Pink Panther movies with the martinis.

“It’s a little bit more fun than I anticipated,” he said, referring to the new web site launch and subsequent parties. “We started this back in February and it was hard to see where it was going. We’re all working as hard as we ever have. There’s a lot more steam in our strides.”

NJ brass did their best to squash talk of a NJ-Politico rivalry. But partygoers chattered about it. “For me, Politico is a start, but I’m not going to get a lot of substance out of it,” said a guest. Others felt the party logo looked too much like Politico. Dick dismissed the so-called feud, saying there much less animosity and more friendship than people know. “I have a lot more friends than enemies at Politico,” he said. He laughed, saying people had tweeted earlier in the week about whether NJ and Politico were going to “meet in a parking lot with knives and guns.”

Fournier said he was “excited” about the launch but just as excited to make it an early night and get home to his wife and child.

Many a journo turned up. Find out who and see more pictures after the jump…

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Sophia Yan Settles In at Bloomberg

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Sophia Yan, formerly a general assignment reporter in Time’s D.C. bureau, began her new position at Bloomberg last week to cover health care for their new venture, Bloomberg Government – known as BGov.

Time Bureau Chief Michael Duffy threw a farewell party for Yan with Clicquot champagne and cupcakes. Yan was touched by the gesture.

Details of her new reporting endeavor are under wraps for now.

Best of luck to Yan.