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A Toast to Howard Yoon

Howard Yoon works the room at Local 16.

The Ross Yoon Agency: Jennifer Manguera, Gail Ross, Anna Sproul, and Howard.

About 120 local writers and journos showed up to Local 16 last night to toast editorial director Howard Yoon’s newly promoted role of partner at the Gail Ross literary agency, including Bitch is the New Black author Helena AndrewsPolitics Daily‘s Bonnie Goldstein; WCP‘s Michael Schaffer; NPR’s Miranda Kennedy, Lisa Shepard, and Madhulika Sikka; Sridhar Pappu; WaPo’s Steve Luxenberg, Rachel Weiner, Ylan Mui, and Alexandra Petri; Roll Call’s Emily Heil; HuffPost‘s Arthur Delaney, and ABC’s Robin Sproul (mother to the agency’s aforementioned Anna Sproul).

The Gail Ross Literary Agency will change names to The Ross Yoon Agency sometime next week, as soon as their new web site is complete.

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WaPo’s Mui Returns to her New Orleans Roots



Today we debut a feature that focuses purely on writing. This gives us a chance to showcase the best of the best out there amongst Washington D.C. and political writers when it comes to writing leads. The goal is for this to become a daily staple of FishbowlDC. There will be no set time to it – when we find what we think is an exceptional lead, we’ll post it. This will not be partisan in nature, although at times we may feature the lead of a column, editorial or story that leans one way or another. Please don’t be shy. Send us your leads or those of your coworkers at or directly to me at

Our first featured lead is by WaPo‘s Ylan Mui, a WaPo business writer who wrote a story for the WP Magazine that ran Sunday:

I bumped into my past one steamy afternoon in June at a snowball stand just outside of New Orleans.

Read the full story here.

Fishbowl’s Finest: Ylan Q. Mui



WaPo‘s Ylan Mui is a unique beauty in Washington’s journalism community. But she’s not a willing participant in Fishbowl’s Finest. When we informed her she had been chosen, Mui replied, “I’m very flattered but I think I’ll take a pass on participating.”

Fortunately for readers, we don’t allow people to turn down their beauty – Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie and Robert Pattinson can’t shun People magazine, and Ylan Mui can’t run from the honor now.

So let’s get down to business. Mui covers the “business of shopping” for WaPo‘s Financial section. She covers big business like Macy’s and Target; she covers small business as well. She first came to the publication in 2002. She teaches beginning journalism at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Story topics she has covered include a first-person account of how her parents rebuilt their lives in New Orleans after the Hurricane Katrina, tofurky, tightwads and Crocs. Find these stories and more of her work here.

On a dark but interesting note, she began her journalism career as an obituary writer and, as she describes it, “glorified phone-answerer and fax-passer” at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where she was born and raised.

Outside of work she enjoys cooking, running and hip-hop.

WaPo Expands Economy and Business Section Online

WaPo launched a new economy and business section front online today. It also features a new blog “Small Change” by Ylan Mui and Nancy Trejos that will focus on “helping people survive the economic downturn.”

WaPo Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli: “In today’s economic climate, with so many critical decisions being made in Washington, The Post is an essential read. This new section will let readers in this city and around the world not only get the latest news but tap into the policy discussions, the analysis, and the insight that set the Post apart.”