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All Sections of Ebony are Open to Pitches

Historically, most journalists writing for Ebony have been black, but it’s not a requirement to score a byline. The pub has recently run stories by writers who aren’t black, and also hopes to reach beyond the black community by tackling key issues from a wide variety of viewpoints.

The magazine is enjoying the fruits of a well-executed redesign spearheaded by editor-in-chief Amy DuBois Barnett, who works with CEO Desiree Rogers and Chairman Linda Johnson Rice. Barnett told NPR she’s working to balance fashion, entertainment and news that is empowering “and also still very rooted in the coverage of social issues and political issues that Ebony has always done so well.”

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Desiree Rogers to the Rescue

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Former White House social secretary, Desiree Rogers, has signed on to Johnson Publishing as a consultant to help save the struggling company, which publishes Ebony and Jet magazines.

The Root broke the news.

Radio and TV Reporters Party at White House

Christmas-Bow-CR-Sm.jpg Politico’s Patrick Gavin reports on last night’s White House Party for TV and Radio reporters.

See the roster, everyone from NBC’s David Gregory and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to CBS’s Bob Schieffer, ABC’s Jake Tapper, Fox News’s Roger Ailes and more.

And what’s a White House party without Social Secetary Desiree Rogers? Yes, she was there, too.

Salahis Latest: Oh, The Plot Thickens

There have been a few developments on State-Dinner-Party-Crashing-Gate that we wanted to fill you in on…

We told you earlier this week that the House Homeland Security Committee plans to hold a hearing tomorrow on the “breakdown of security arrangements” the night of President Obama’s first State Dinner.

While we’re still waiting to hear if the Michaele and Tareq Salahi will testify on the Hill- they were invited, not subpoenaed to testify- White House press secretary Robert Gibbs just confirmed in the daily press briefing that social secretary Desiree Rogers would not be testifying at that hearing. Gibbs called it a separation of powers.

And on last night’s “Nightly News,” NBC White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie reported much more in depth on the email exchange the Salahis eluded to in their earlier “Today” interview with Matt Lauer. Guthrie’s piece here.

Those emails- between the Salahis and the Department of Defense’s Michele Jones- were also reported on by AP and other news outlets and are now available online. Certainly a good read.

The White House continues to refute the Salahis claims that they were invited, saying today that the couple did not receive an invitation.

EARLIER: Salahis on “Today”: “Truth Will Soon Come Out”

More Salahis on “Today”

Prez and First Lady Angered by Party Crasher Incident

“Who Are You Wearing?” and Washington

Reactions are mixed as to whether or not the age-old red carpet question has a place in Washington. “Who are you wearing?” CBS’ Mark Knoller, who has covered a State Dinner or two in his day, tweets:

@markknoller: Seems rude to ask “who are you wearing?” Like asking “how much money do you have on you?”

@markknoller: Does the 5th Amendment cover “who are you wearing?” I’m sorry, on advice of counsel (or personal stylist), I decline to answer.

@markknoller: free advertising for the designer? Then why not plug your toothpaste or brand of deodorant? I’m wearing Crest and Right Guard.

One Washington reporter who has no qualms asking is apparently WaPo‘s Robin Givhan. From tonight’s White House pool report on social secretary Desiree Rogers‘ arrival:

Robin “show off” Givhan, who is standing next to your pooler asked what everyone wanted to ask: “Are you wearing Comme Des Garcons?”

“Of course,” Rogers replied.

The First Lady, for the record, is wearing Indian-born designer Naeem Khan.

Morning Reading List 08.18.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

That’s Rob Thomas above- Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly hosted a concert and Q&A with the musician yesterday at Gibson Guitar Shop in Chinatown.

Happy 21st Birthday to future DC journo Elyssa Dornic! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

TV | ONLINE | WEST WING REPORTAGE | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

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According to the Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll, twenty-somethings aren’t watching cable news. Eighty-two percent of respondents, between the ages of 18 and 29, said they “never” watch Fox, followed by MSNBC (75 percent) and CNN (65 percent). (h/t Calderone)

Daljit Dhaliwal, a former CNN and BBC anchor, will replace Martin Savidge as anchor of the PBS program “Worldfocus” beginning Aug. 31st. Savidge will move to a special correspondent role. “Martin Savidge has been restless to get out in the field,” his EP Marc Rosenwasser said.

ONLINE

Cuts at Salon.

Wikipedia has hit 3 million articles. And still FishbowlDC doesn’t have an entry.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

What is the First Lady reading on her summer vacay? Michelle Obama shares her summer picks for herself and the Obama girls on Oprah.com.

White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers graces the cover this month of her hometown glossy Michigan Avenue.

White House speechwriter Jon Lovett turned 27 aboard Air Force One, Playbook reports this morning: Press Secretary Robert Gibbs led him to the conference room up front. The President and a cake were waiting, and the boss led a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

NEWS NOTES

President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Buzz Aldrin, Nick Clooney (in his son George’s place), Les Moonves, Sean McManus, Bob Schieffer, Katie Couric, Tom Brokaw and Andy Rooney are among those who may speak at the memorial service of Walter Cronkite in September in NY.

Didn’t make the Hill‘s annual 50 Most Beautiful People list? They, the “Fab Fifty’s 50 Most Fabulous People,” feel your pain (via Playbook).

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JOBS after the jump…

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WHCD: Cap File Rises to the Occasion

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Eva Longoria Parker & Meghan McCain

Tight budgets and tiny guest lists at other post-dinner events offered Capitol File/Niche Media an interesting opportunity to make their mark as hosts for the 2009 WHCD weekend must-attend fete.

Luckily for Cap File, the Saturday night soiree lived up to the hype. Journalists, politicos, Hollywood royalty and actual royalty packed the invite-only (crashers of yesteryear were out of luck) party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

FishbowlDC hung with media power couple Mark Whitaker and Alexis Gelber, Yeas & Nays Kiki Ryan and almost off-the-market Jeff Dufour (engaged to Jayne Sandman), WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, HuffPo’s Ryan Grimm, Newsweek’s Mike Isikoff, WaPo’s Mary Ann Akers, Mike Mills and Jackie Kucinich from Roll Call, CNN’s Leslie Sanchez and Suzanne Malveaux, TWT silver fox Joe Curl, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, NJ’s Erin McPike, GMA’s Polson Kanneth and Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran.

We also caught up with FNC’s Greta Van Susteren (who charmed my mom/date at Tammy Haddad‘s brunch earlier in the day) and spotted PBS’ Gwen Ifill, BET’s Debra Lee, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer, Daily Beast’s Rachel Sklar, CNBC’s Jim Kramer and AP/WHCA’s Jennifer Loven.

We reunited with old pal Rachael Leigh Cook (whose youthful beauty seems to defy time) and got to know our Friday night crush; Meghan McCain a little better. Christian Slater, Wanda Sykes, Amber Tamblyn, Chris Tucker, Eva Longoria Parker, John McLaughlin, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Mariska Hargitay, Tim Daly, Kara DioGuardi, Keisha & Forest Whitaker, Owen Wilson, Jason Wu, David Cross, Connie Britton, Padma Lakshmi, Dule Hill, Kai Milla, Matthew Settle all made the fete.

The political scene included Todd Palin and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa while Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and Desiree Rogers represented the White House.

Even HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud was on hand to toast the evening’s event.

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John McLaughlin

The After-Parties: Vanity Fair & Bloomberg

So just who made the cut at the highly exclusive Vanity Fair/Bloomberg after-party at the gorgeous residence of French Ambassador Pierre Vimont? It was impossible to get in if you weren’t on the list- Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford got turned away at first, but we saw him inside shortly after.

No pics allowed so we’ll list the guests for you… Celebs-wise we have Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Rashida Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Owen Wilson, Jason Bateman, Natalie Portman, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Brad Hall, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Dennis Leary, Tim Daly, Kerry Washington, Glenn Close and BJ Novak.

Journos: Katie Couric, Lara Logan, Chuck Todd, Savannah Guthrie, Dana Bash, John King, Charlie Rose, Graydon Carter, Rick Kaplan, Steve Kroft, Steve Chaggaris, Tammy Haddad, Bill Plante, Terry Moran, Jon Meacham, Andrea Mitchell, Richard Stengel, John Dickerson, Al Hunt, Michael Calderone, Roxanne Roberts, Amy Argetsinger, Edie Emery, David Gregory, Betsy Fischer, Maureen Orth, John Harris, Mike Allen, David Shuster, Jim VandeHei, Jake Tapper and Margaret Carlson.

Also Mayor Michael Bloomberg, David Axelrod, Jon Favreau, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Larry Summers, Mark Warner, Eric Holder, Desiree Rogers,

Some Of DC’s Most Influential Party With Time‘s

Time convened some of the most influential people in the world last night at the 6th annual gala celebrating the 100 Most Influential list. The black-tie party was held at Frederick P. Rose Hall in Lincoln Center in NYC.

First Lady Michelle Obama, a Time 100 honoree, made remarks at the gala and sat at a table with Oprah Winfrey, Time managing editor Rick Stengel, Gayle King and Time Inc. Editor-in-Chief John Huey.

Attendees hailing from DC included President Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau, Van Jones (both TIME 100 honorees), plus White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and social secretary Desiree Rogers. And from the media world: Chris Matthews, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Charlie Rose, to name a few.

Photo of Jon Favreau with Oprah courtesy of Wire Image

Time 100 Party Draws DC A-Listers


Photo from The Page and by Getty

Tonight is Time Mag‘s 100 List‘s big night and many are traveling up from DC to NY for the celebration, including, according to The Page: First Lady Michelle Obama, White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Van Jones, Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau, White House social secretary Desiree Rogers, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, former World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle and CNN’s John King.

Be sure to check out our coverage of the party tomorrow.

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