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Yahoo! News’ Bombshell Hire: AFP’s Olivier Knox

Yahoo! News has swooped in and hired Olivier Knox, formerly a congressional correspondent for Agence France-Presse. He is their first White House Correspondent. Knox had been with AFP for more than a decade.

Knox told FishbowlDC: “July would have made it 16 years at AFP,” he wrote in an email. “They hired me right out of SAIS. I’m thrilled, and I guess a little nervous. This is a phenomenal, can’t-turn-it-down opportunity to push myself while working with a team of all-stars. I would be remiss if I didn’t use this opportunity to remember my late mentor, Peter Mackler, to whom I owe all that is good about my reporting (all that’s bad is entirely mine).”

In a early morning release, they explained that Knox has covered “almost every facet of the political story, from presidential campaigns to Congressional drama to the real-world implications of policy decisions at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. As the White House Correspondent, Olivier will bring that broad and deep perspective in his original reporting to the Yahoo! News audience, providing both timely coverage of critical events and a unique perspective on how and why developments in Washington matter for the nation as a whole.”

They cite his keen reporting skills: “Olivier has delivered exclusive takes and scoops and news, including his on-the-scene report of the infamous shoe-throwing incident at former President George W. Bush’s 2008 press conference in Baghdad and the current GOP candidates’ growing calls for ‘covert ops’ directed against Syria. Olivier is also a social media standout, recognized for regularly breaking news on his twitter account.”

The outpouring for Knox on Twitter this morning is what is most striking — if this were a Class President election, or Miss America for that matter, Knox would win hands down — everyone from CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary and former CNNer Campbell Brown to HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery, CBS’s John Dickerson, ReutersSam Youngman, ABC’s Jake Tapper, TPM’s Josh Marshall, PBS’s Christina Bellantoni and The Australian‘s Business Editor Geoff Elliott, all sing his praises.

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Chaggaris to Yahoo! News

Steve Chaggaris, former CBS News Political Director and former management of TBD, has joined Yahoo! News as Executive Producer, Elections. The news was posted on the site this morning.

And yes, they like him.

“With talent like Steve Chaggaris, we’re fast making Yahoo! News a must-read for the latest political coverage and analysis,” said Robertson Barrett, VP of Yahoo! News, in a release. “Having notable U.S. political voices, like Steve, is powering our 2012 election team to flood the zone with original reporting in key primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire; score newsmaking interviews with all the major GOP contenders; co-sponsor high-profile debates; and examine the issues crucial to voters in 2012, from immigration to the economy to income inequality.”

Among Chaggaris’ duties will be to “help oversee and coordinate the production of special events coverage, including major primaries, debates, the conventions, and election night.  He will also work closely with partner ABC News as Yahoo! continues to build on the alliance, coordinating coverage plans for these high profile moments throughout the election cycle.” Based in Washington, he will report to the company’s new D.C. Bureau Chief David Chalian.

Chaggaris begins on Jan. 3.

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Yahoo! News Celebrates Chalian, Campaign Season

Photo L to R: Rick Klein, Robin Sproul, Richard Kaplan, Ross Levinsohn, Jonathan Karl, Amy Walter, Joe Ruffolo.

If you didn’t make it up to the rooftop of 101 Constitution Ave for Yahoo! News’ swanky soiree on Wednesday night, here’s a quick recap of what you missed:  Thrown by event extraordinaire Philip Dufour, the party was held in large part to welcome new DC bureau chief David Chalian.  In addition, the newsgroup used the opportunity to kick off their 2012 campaign coverage plans and to raise a glass to their partnership with ABC News.

Ross Levinsohn, Yahoo! EVP of the Americas  (and American University alum),  spoke about Yahoo! News’ expanding editorial coverage and presence in Washington to a crowd that included many familiar faces from ABC’s DC bureau:  Ann Compton, Jonathan Karl, Rick Klein, Polson Kanneth, Richard Kaplan, Amy Walter and Robin Sproul.  Also in attendance were WaPo‘s Dana Milbank, Neil Patel of the Daily Caller, NJ’s Chris Frates, Jane Mayer from the New Yorker, CNN’s Dan Lothian and Alex Mooney, Politico’s Marty Kady and Keach Hagey, Judy Kurtz of The Hill, NBC’s Adam Verdugo, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, CQ Roll Call’s Mark Walters and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

David Chalian to Yahoo! News

PBS NewsHour’s Political Editor David Chalian has been hired as Yahoo! News‘s Washington Bureau Chief. He begins Nov. 14. Yahoo announced the news on their website at about 2 a.m. this morning.

“We reach more than 150 million voting age adults in the U.S. every month. That’s almost 90 percent of eligible voters and twice the number that actually cast ballots for president in 2008,” said Executive Editor Will Tacy. “With David at the helm, we intend to redefine how political campaigns are covered to make this crucial national decision relevant and interesting to every one of those 150 million Americans.”

Before joining PBS, Chalian was a member of the ABC News political unit for seven years, where he was political director from 2007 until 2010. He’s a Northwestern University graduate. He resides in Washington.

PBS’s Gwen Ifill: ‘Jon Stewart Watches Me’

Gwen Ifill of PBS’ “Newshour” was in Los Angeles Tuesday with Political Editor David Chalian to accept the Walter Cronkite Award for Political Coverage from USC’s prestigious Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

The station was selected by a panel of judges for “through and balanced” political coverage. Ifill and Judy Woodruff were singled out for “focusing on the issues” and avoiding “the horserace component that is so typical in political coverage.” Four pieces in particular, produced by Mary Jo Brooks, Terence Burlij, and Sarah Clune, received awards.

She began her remarks:

It does us all good to see that – no matter what you read, see and hear out there – serious journalism still matters. It’s all I ever wanted to do, and I think I speak for everyone here in saying that we are drawn to journalism for the nobility that can be found in telling untold stories, or in shedding light rather than heat on the over-told ones.

Ifill also set aside time to brag. “When I visit college campuses, students often tell me, ‘I only watch Jon Stewart.’ And I tell them: ‘Jon Stewart watches me.’” She added that Cronkite told her he watched “Newshour” every night.

“If it sounds like I’m boasting, you’re right,” she said. “We are justifiably proud of what we do.”

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers


A lovely political journo sends to FBDC, saying, “Reporters waiting for the time honored tradition of members walking the aisle in Statuary Hall.”

A packed Statuary Hall Tuesday night

Civility comes and goes

“#SOTU civility was fun while it lasted. RT @RepPaulBrounMD: Mr. President, you don’t believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism.” — NJ‘s Susan Davis in a Tuesday night tweet.

Cheesy talk

“My friends think I’m cheesy thank you,” — Former RNC Spokesman Doug Heye to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at 12:26 a.m. Wednesday. Heye was responding to Maddow, who told him he is “the big cheese” of Republicans and she’s glad he returns her phone calls.

Weiner TV

“I felt like I just needed a drink when I was done with Paul Ryan and then Michele Bachmann who is clearly not in touch with the mother ship.” — Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at 12:39 a.m.

Speaking of civility…Olbermann makes fun of congressman’s ears

“Cong. Ryan was selected because he is the House GOP Economic Czar, works out a lot, and can vie with POTUS in an Ear Battle #sotu” — Ex-MSNBCer Keith Olbermann in a Tuesday night live tweet on SOTU. (Note: Olbermann has blocked FBDC on Twitter along with Boy Banders such as Slate’s Dave Weigel and WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. We can, however, still follow his verbose messages.)

Speak of the Devil

“As I was talking to Mark Udall, Anthony Weiner walked by, mocked his “dopey idea” for seating. #SOTU” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Tuesday night tweet.

MTP Producer questions Bachmann’s staging

“Does Michele Bachmann have stage manager that can point her to look at camera?” — NBC MTP Executive Producer Betsy Fischer in a Tuesday night tweet.

Journo offers ‘Cougartown’ shout-out

“We now rejoin Cougartown already in progress.” — ABC News’s Jake Tapper in a Tuesday night tweet.

Computers and a giant hat

“CONFIRMED: Reporters will be allowed to bring computers into the chamber during #SOTU for the first time ever.” – The Daily Caller‘s Chris Moody in a Tuesday night tweet. That’s the logical journo news quote, but we also appreciate this one from Moody: “Rep. Frederica Wilson is saving her seat at SOTU with her giant hat.”

An evening of frustration and cussing

“OK, 12:23 & I’m leaving the office to finish this work at home. Lots of frustration/profanity tonight. May have scared new intern.” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in an early Wednesday morning tweet.

Tie change

“Just like President Obama, @RepPaulRyan changed his tie from earlier today.” — PBS Political Editor David Chalian in a Tuesday night tweet. Chalian, who sent “Twitter photo evidence,” explained to FBDC that while Obama went from purple/lavender in the Oval Office to blue in the evening, Ryan went from gold by day to silver during his SOTU GOP response.

First Lady fashion alert

“For those who have DMed me or tweeted to ask, the first lady was wearing Rachel Roy. #flotusfashion” — Politico‘s Amie Parnes in a Tuesday night tweet.

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein wants guidance

“I need Frank Luntz to tell me what to think.” — HuffPost Senior Political Reporter Sam Stein in a Tuesday night tweet referring to the GOP pollster.

Paul vs. Pawlenty

“Paul Ryan is very Pawlenty-esque.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake in a Tuesday night tweet.

A quick SOTU Separated at Birth

“As a reader points out, Rep. Paul Ryan is dead ringer for Gabe on #theoffice.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese in a Tuesday night tweet.

Look Into Your Crystal Balls

WaPo‘s Outlook section has launched its 15th annual Crystal Ball contest. Top political journalists–including WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, ABC’s Amy Walter, CNN’s Candy Crowley, Politico’s VandeHarris, PBS’s David Chalian, HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington, and many others–predict the results of the 2010 midterm elections.

Will Reid or Angle win the Nevada Senate race? How many seats will Democrats and Republicans each take in the House and Senate?

How does a reader weigh in? Visit here.

ABC’s Chalian to PBS

Longtime ABC News Political Director David Chalian has been picked up by PBS NewsHour as its political editor.

Beginning on July 6th, Chalian will direct the NewsHour’s political coverage across all broadcast and digital platforms, appear in regular political webcasts and develop additional original digital political content.

‘This Week’ Live Tweet Due to Ana Marie Cox

ABC’s Jake Tapper, interim host of “This Week” until Christiane Amanpour takes over in August, is putting his own touches on the show, one of which is now including live tweeting.

In a tweet this weekend, Tapper gives credit to GQ’s Ana Marie Cox for coming up with the idea. “Should point out live-tweet/blog of #ThisWeek was first suggested by @anamariecox,” Tapper said.

David Chalian, ABC’s political director live tweeted the show, with Tapper chiming in before and after.

Tapper hinted in another tweet to expect another new feature within a few weeks. We’ll keep you posted…

Journo Blizzard Videos Part II


ABC correspondents Rick Klein, Jonathan Karl and David Chalian make their snow days productive.

Klein goes for coffee. Watch here. “Come on, don’t let me down,” he says, presumably speaking to a Starbucks shop (blistery snow can make you loopy). He pulls on the door and…(we won’t ruin it for you).

Karl gets in a snowball fight. Watch here and see what happens when he lets his kids take over the show.

Chalian walks to work and gets pounded with snow. Watch here.