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WTOP To Award $30,000 to Local Non-Profits

WTOP announced today that it will sponsor an online contest called “Click for a Cause” which gives D.C. area non-profit organizations the chance to vie for one of three $10,000 grand prizes. Runners-up will each win $5,000 worth of commercials to advertise their organizations on WTOP.

From the press release:

The prizes will be awarded in three categories, based on an organization’s annual expenses – large (over $13.5 million), medium ($3.5 – $13.5 million) and small (up to $3.5 million).  Winners are based on the highest number of votes (likes) received during the contest…

Voting will take place April 21 through 5 pm on Friday April 25.  Voting is accomplished by visiting the Click for a Cause page at wtop.com/clickforacause, and clicking “like” on the charity you wish to vote for.  Listeners must have a Facebook account to participate and people can vote for as many charities as they wish, but only once per charity.

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Congratulations Savannah!

A big FBDC congrats to Savannah Guthrie who is now both preggers and hitched! That actually sounds terrible to us -but we are hedonistic ne’er-do-wells, so what do we know?

The former NBC WH Correspondent made the announcements today on “Today.” As you can see in the video below, her co-workers at 30 Rock were all quite pleased -with the notable exception of Carson Daly -who was super quiet and awkward. Even more than usual. Mayhaps he was super bummed at not being invited to the wedding? Matt and Al were gloating. Or maybe he was just swallowing his despair upon realizing that his elaborate scheme for stealing Savannah from Mike Feldman (what other reason could there possibly be for him to be on the “Today” Show?????) had finally, truly failed.

Or maybe he was gassy. Gass makes us awkward, too.

Here, you decide:

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Jake Tapper, A Better Human Than You, Adopts a Soldier

Jake Tapper and the crew at “The Lead” have adopted a soldier and are sending him a care package. Makes ya feel warm and fuzzy because there is still some good left in the world / terrible because you will not do this, probably.

The adoptee is an 18 year old (soon to be 19 year old) from Pennsylvania whose tour will be up in November. Tapper says the group Homefront Hugs asked him to adopt the soldier and they “seemed like a cool and heartfelt program” so he agreed.

 

CNN Beats Fox…at Donating Food

CNN may be chronically behind in the ratings, but at least in one area, they’ve managed to best Fox News -and every other DC media organization for that matter: collecting food for the homeless.

Since 2012, Washington media outlets have been participating in an event known as the annual “Feeding Frenzy,” where they compete amongst each other to see who can collect the most food and canned goods to donate to local hunger charity So Others Might Eat (SOME). The past two years, Fox News has dominated. Not so in 2014!

This year, CNN’s Washington bureau proved themselves charitable beyond compare, collecting a whopping  1,291 pounds of food for SOME. That’s compared to Fox News’ 1,014 pounds. CBS, ABC, and WTOP round out the top five food-raisers with 555 lbs, 529 lbs, and 300 lbs respectively.

Ah, victory is sweet. And sometimes savory.

Congrats to the good folks at CNN, and to everyone who donated food this holiday season.

Them’s Fighting Words! Harvey Weinstein to Take on NRA

nraHollywood heavy weight Harvey Weinstein recently announced to host Howard Stern on his radio show that he has plans to make a film to take down the National Rifle Association.

“I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll tell it to you, Howard,” Weinstein said yesterday on The Howard Stern Show. “I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on. And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”

‘I shouldn’t say this?’ Well then why are you on a satellite radio show? Also, that sounds like a threat, and no one likes a bully, especially in 2014.

Of course Washington Times Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller, author of the widely popular Emily Gets Her Gun” column turned book had an opinion about said interview. Read what she had to say here.

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Jake Tapper Resolves to be More Jewish in 2014

We here at FishbowlDC long ago gave up any pretense at self-improvement. But other DC journos aren’t quite as jaded. Lesser-known Bezos property The Express has talked to some local journos about their new year’s resolutions -and the results are revealing. For example: Jake Tapper wants to go to more Hebrew School, question-mark-guy Matthew Lesko has a brand new tattoo, and NBC 4 anchor Aaron Gilchrist doesn’t actually know the city that well. Here are some of the best resolutions from DC media personalities:

Jake Tapper
“Now that my kids are 4 and 6, I want to spend more time getting involved in our spiritual health, in our synagogue — more Sabbath dinners on Friday night, more attendance at Hebrew school, more participation in holidays and, I think, just more discussion of the mysteries of life.” -Jake Tapper, CNN

 
Cokie Roberts“It’s to be more like my mother. She died this summer, and I have been reading the 1,000 letters I have gotten, from people writing about the incredible things she did for them. She, Lindy Boggs, was a member of Congress for nine terms and then U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. She always treated everyone with great love, respect and dignity. As a reminder, I always wear a ring made out of two of her old rings.” -Cokie Roberts, NPR

 

Jummy Olabanji“Mine is to run my first half marathon. I found a training program online; it’s a 20-week program. Another goal of mine is to stick to the training program so I don’t pass out during the race.” - Jummy Olabanji, ABC 7

 

 

 

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Good Deeds

jocelyngeoffHere at FishbowlDC we’re getting in the holiday spirit by promoting the DC media community’s good deeds.

First up is in an event hosted by Jocelyn Quinn (daughter of powerhouse politico couple Jack and Susanna Quinn) and Chef Geoff Tracy (Mr. Norah O’Donnell) to raise money for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which aims to eliminate childhood hunger in America.

The pair of do-gooders is hosting a bake sale outside of Chef Geoff’s upper Georgetown restaurant on Sunday, December 22nd, where Jocelyn will sell home made baked goods and hot chocolate. On top of that, Chef Geoff’s will donate $1 for every desert that is sold to No Kids Hungry. Their goal is to raise $14,000, which is enough to connect kids with 140,000 meals. If you’re in the area, come out and support the cause! You can also donate here.

WHAT: Bake Sale to Support No Kids Hungry Campaign

WHO: Jocelyn Quinn and Chef Geoff Tracy

WHERE: Outside Chef Geoff’s, 3201 New Mexico Ave, Washington, DC

WHEN: Sunday, December 22nd, 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Is your newsroom or organization spreading holiday cheer this year? Send us the info and we just might give your event some Fishbowl love!

DC Journo-Land: It’s Not All Meanness and Backbiting

Tis the season y’all! The holidays bring out the best in everyone (except Uncle Ray, in which case the holidays just bring out conspiracy theories) and DC Journo-Land is no exception. Some of DC’s biggest names -and their families -are shelling out for the latest Share Our Strength culinary event: Cookies! And custard!

Hosts include: Bret Baier, Jake Tapper, Susanna Quinn, Juleanna Glover, Norah O’Donnell and their families.

If you’d like to purchase tickets, ranging from $250 – $2500 per family, RSVP here.