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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

Guess Who’s Getting Hitched…

2011 has been one hell of a year for Jackie Kucinich.  Just last month, the pint-sized powerhouse was lured away from Roll Call and her Capitol Hill beat to cover the Republican elections for USA Today.  Not to be outdone by March, April has offered the rambunctious redhead even more excitement…this time in the form of an engagement ring!

Sorry boys, she’s officially off the market.  Jared Allen, Kucinich’s longtime beau and VP at FD Public Affairs, popped the question last night at his family’s home in Houston, Tx.  Jackie and Jared, who met while reporting  for The Hill newspaper, have not yet set a date for their nuptials but we expect she’ll shed that pesky political surname sometime this fall.  Congrats to you both!

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.

CNN’s Pratapas to Cap Hill

Lauren Pratapas, part of  CNN’s “political ticker” blog team, is leaving the network for a job on Capitol Hill.  FishbowlDC has confirmed that Pratapas will join the Majority Whip’s office as a new media director for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

“We are thrilled that Lauren is coming on board and feel very lucky to have her,”  said McCarthy spokeswoman Erica Elliott.

Congrats to Lauren!

Politico’s Levi to ABC; ABC’s Raabe to The Atlantic

Like a game of musical flacks… Natalie Raabe has left her post at ABC News to join The Atlantic as a communications director. She’s working out of the New York office for the next month but plans to move to D.C. in mid-April.  In a related move, Politico‘s Michelle Levi is leaving D.C. at the end of the month to work with Jeffrey Schneider and the ABC News communications crew in NYC.

Examiner’s J.P. Freire to NMS

J.P. Freire, associate editor of the Washington Examiner‘s Commentary section, is leaving his post for a gig at New Media Strategies (NMS).  At NMS Freire will flex his news knowledge as a senior communications strategist.

In an email announcing his departure, Editorial Page Editor Mark Tapscott said, “I especially will miss J.P., as he and I share an appreciation for the much-maligned art of punnery, particularly during our Monday morning staff meetings.”

Freire has held his position with the Examiner for nearly two years.  He was previously the managing editor of the American Spectator magazine. In 2009 J.P. was named ‘journalist of the year’ by the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Freire’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Washington Times. His last day at the Examiner is Friday.

Congrats and good luck, J.P.!

“MTP” Fetes New Press Rep

MTP's Adam Verdugo, Betsy Fischer and Erika Masonhall c/o WHCInsider

A group of Washington’s journos gathered for cordials and cupcakes at the home of “Meet the Press” (MTP) E.P. Betsy Fischer last night.  The cocktail party was held to welcome Erika Masonhall to the MTP team.  Formerly press secretary for Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Masonhall is now the press representative for NBC’s “Nightly News” and “Meet the Press.”

In addition to network bigwigs like Fischer, Washington Bureau Chief Antoine Sanfuentes, David Gregory and NBC News President Steve Capus, some of the District’s top reporters were in the house to raise a glass to MTP’s press rep.  Jeff Zeleny from the New York Times, soon-to-be USA Today reporter Jackie Kucinich, WaPo‘s Paul Kane, Tammy Haddad, Roll Call‘s Jessica Brady and Politico‘s Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Manu Raju, and Keach Hagey all found their way out to Fischer’s Falls Church, Va. maison.

*Unfortunately for FishbowlDC, last night we learned the hard way that you should start a car more than once every three months to prevent its battery from dying.  R.I.P. battery and congrats Erika!

For more photos and info from the Masonhall fete, check out WHCInsider here.

Mike Allen, David Gregory and Antoine Sanfuentes c/o WHCInsider

Qorvis Loses Another Partner; McCormick to Gibraltar Associates

Kelley McCormick

Make that five…  Five partners who have left Qorvis Communications in the past four months.  The latest partner to exit the firm is Kelley McCormick.  It was announced today that she has been named partner and chief operating officer of Gibraltar Associates.

“I am thrilled to join the GA team. It is a fresh, nimble agency that is entering into a period of intense growth and success,” said McCormick in a press release. “I look forward to applying all that I have learned in my 20 years of agency life and putting it towards the continued success of GA.”

With the loss of Kelley, nearly half of Qorvis’s management seats are either vacant or brand new. Don Goldberg, Michael Quint and Jason Siegel recently resigned to start a competitive practice.  Their exits follow that of Maura Corbett who left the firm in November to launch the Glen Echo Group.

Trouble in paradise?


Luntz Pens New Book

Frank Luntz, self-proclaimed “Word Doctor” and FNC contributor, has a new book out this week, WIN: the Key Principles to Take Your Business from Ordinary to Extraordinary.

An e-mail release says Luntz is making public for the first time “the list of the ‘secret’ words and phrases from my two decades of public opinion research that I have used for presidents, prime ministers, CEOs and those in the public spotlight.”

On his list of secret phrases that work:

  • “Imagine,” which Luntz calls “the most powerful word in the English language” because of how inspiring it is.
  • “Believe in better,” which Luntz says was originated by Newscorp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch.
  • “You decide,” which Luntz says is “not paying homage to Fox News. Instead: “The lesson of 2010 is that Americans want control of their lives back and they don’t want Washington or Wall Street making their decisions for them.”
  • “You deserve”: Luntz says this comes from DNC Chairman Tim Kaine.

Fun fact: Luntz was once called America’s “hottest pollster” by The Boston Globe. You decide.

Politico’s Press Sec. Code of Conduct: Hypocritical?

L to R: Reines, Harris, Bardella

Earlier this week, Politico‘s John Harris told FishbowlDC that Kurt Bardella‘s practice of sharing other reporters’ emails with Mark Leibovich of the New York Times was “intolerable” and “improper.”  Bardella, the 27-year-old press secretary for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), has since been fired.  His dismissal was due in large part to a string of stories, published by Politico, about his sharing of information for Leibovich’s new book.

“I do not know if Politico e-mails were shared. Some of what we learned in the course of reporting raised the possibility that they might have been. If so, this would be intolerable to me, as I assume it would be to any editor whose reporters routinely interact with public officials and the people who represent them,” explained Harris.

Curiously, this ‘press secretary code of conduct’ didn’t seem to apply to Philippe Reines in June 2008 when Politico published and mocked an email sent to the spokesman for then-Senator Hillary Clinton, by a reporter from The Hill newspaper:

We hear The Hill wants to know more about Philippe Reines’ hilarious oped in yesterday’s WSJ, where he drums up more inane ways for the airlines to charge its customers.

Specifically, the pub is interested in the answers to these questions:

-Why did you decide to write this piece?

-Is this the first editorial you’ve had published?

-Do you have any other experience — beyond what you state in your piece about your frequent travel during your boss’ presidential campaign — that would qualify you as an expert in the airline industry?

-It’s unusual for a press secretary to state his or her own policy position on an important issue such as aviation. Are you considering a run for office? If not, are you feeling limelight withdrawal?

Limelight withdrawal?

Recall that HRC’s office – for which Reines is a “senior advisor” –  has been having Hill issues as of late and has since cancelled its subscription. And so Reines didn’t trust himself to answer the email without using foul language, so he asked us to answer for him, along with the help of outside experts.

Politico went on to provide faux answers to The Hill‘s list of questions for Reines.  Sure, the reporter’s email didn’t contain any breaking news or confidential information…but doesn’t it seem just the least bit hypocritical?

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