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Chief Copy Editor Extraordinaire (not his real title, but one we and our tipster find fitting) Mike Laws is leaving The Hill after working there for six years.
“Still feels slightly unreal to me, after all this time, though my last day is next Wednesday, so I guess I better get used to the idea,” Laws told FishbowlDC this morning.
The reason for his departure? Laws has been doing a Master of Arts program part-time at Johns Hopkins, and is a little more than halfway through. He wants to concentrate on his studies. He says he’ll be living on the Eastern Shore but traveling back and forth between there and D.C. and Baltimore to meet with his thesis adviser.
We wish Laws all the best. See a few pictures of him, along with a question we asked to allow him to reminisce and reflect on his time at The Hill. Read more
Today we received word from a prankster with an exquisite sense of humor: “Little birdy told me that Kevin Bogardus is leaving The Hill to become a Vice President at the Beef Cattle Institute.”
Funny one, AnonymASS. But straight from the er, horses mouth, it’s not true. Bogardus says he’s not going to the Beef Cattle Institute or anyplace else. Still, he chuckled, “That’s a funny joke.”
Quotes of the Day
“Members of Congress are loyal to themselves. That’s the terrible point and that’s the problem with the country.” — VF contributing editor and former longtime WaPo scribe Carl Bernstein on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning.
Green and Gore (Vidal)
“Just finished Gore Vidal’s Washington, DC, a mid-20th century novel every ‘cave dweller’ should read…who wants to help me write the screenplay?” — Freelancer, former TWT gossip scribe and pearl wearer Stephanie Green.
Headline head scratcher
“If you actually understand this headline from Bloomberg, you are way smarter (and probably way richer) than me: “Asian Stocks Rise From One-Year Low on Europe as New Zealand Dollar Falls.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.
Bio of the Day: The Hill‘s Kevin Bogardus — “Staff Writer, The Hill. Covers lobbying, business, labor and whatever is in between. Loves all things FOIA, FARA, LDA and QPR.” (Only in Washington…)
Goldie schmoozes with male Politico reporters
“Hey @JakeSherman @DanPolitico I’m Jewish & not schvitzing over NY9. I’m doing the horah over the jobs bill. It will help all. #passthebill” — Deb G. a.k.a. “IamGoldie22″ to Politico scribes Jake “Fast Break” (h/t Mike Allen) Sherman and Dan Hirschhorn. The GOP took overtook NY9 this week after GOP candidate Bob Turner won the seat vacated by the Weiner. The seat belonged to Dems since 1923.
Rough Times: A Quick Convo between friends
Susanna Quinn, writer and wife of lobbyist Jack Quinn: “Started to call u today & passed out from 2 root canals. woke up hostile so got on twitter.”
Poshbrood founder and HuffPost travel blogger Elizabeth Thorp: “Texted you – was worried!”
LOL-ing with Roland Martin
“On my way to @CNN. Doing @CNNSitRoom with @wolfblitzercnn. Debating [former Bush-Cheney Strategist] Terry Holt. He better be prepared. I take no prisoners LOL.” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin. The CNN Contributor has an obscene affinity for “LOL.”
Boybander uses herpes to snitch on pals to Arianna
“There’s nothing quite as much fun as trying to be rational with an irrational person. #iseecrazypeople” — Washington Publicist Wendy Gordon.
Journo stars in Little House on the Prairie
“No nap today, & I’m going for a run! Who’s excited about a 7 p.m. bedtime? Living the Laura Ingalls nightlife over here!” — The Daily Caller‘s Mary Katharine Ham.
On March 11, The Hill‘s Kevin Bogardus filed a FOIA request for a FBI file on a death threat against the late NBC “MTP” Host Tim Russert. Some three months later, the publication acquired the file and that report was published today.
Bogardus reports that on March 7, 2001, Russert received a evening threat on his voicemail. The pointed threat, full of expletives, clearly involved his son, Luke Russert, now a congressional reporter for NBC. An excerpt of the graphic threat: “You’re no good, you’re absolutely no good, and nothing would treat me or do me any better than to put a bullet right between your f—king eye.”
Police ultimately tracked down a suspect. No charges were filed. Russert died in 2008 at age 58.
Luke Russert had no comment for The Hill on the threat.
Read the full story here.
Scribes and friends gathered Tuesday night at Post Pub for The Hill’s health care guru Jeff Young‘s going away party.
A list of those who turned up last night: Young’s brother, Tim, his girlfriend, Sommer Mathis (who writes the DCist). Only co-workers and former co-workers were invited. (Full Disclosure: I worked with Young for many years and was invited to the soiree. So this post is going to be free of snark because I don’t have a bad thing to say about the guy.)
Jim Snyder, Roxana Tiron, Ian Swanson, Alex Bolton, JT Rushing, Jordan Fabian, Kevin Bogardus, Walter Alarkon, Kim Hart, Sean Miller, Emily Goodin, Sam Youngman, and Silla Brush. Representing The Hill’s alumni were Greenwire’s Mike Soraghan and The Atlantic’s Chris Good. Remarked Young: “My once-and-future colleague Patrick O’Connor broke my heart — not for the first time — by failing to show up and there’s a special place reserved in hell for Jared Allen, who brushed it off to go play sports or something.”
Young reflected on his time at the newspaper.
“It’s been a hell of a ride these past five years, capped off the a year-plus of health care reform insanity,” he wrote to FishbowlDC. “Mostly, there are some people I’m going to miss when I’m gone. (On a smaller scale, I’m really going to miss my Mac and will have to suffer Windows for the first time in years.)
“At the same time, there are only two people left in this news room, not counting Hugo [Gurdon] and Bob [Cusack], who’ve been here longer than I have. That alone might be a sign that it’s time to try something new. I’m also very excited about what we’ve got cooking at Bloomberg and I can’t wait to get started.”
We wish Young the best in his new job.
Riddle Me This? How did The Hill manage to get a story about The Hill wrong… er, incomplete?
The Hill receives nine journalism awards
By The Hill Staff
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) presented The Hill newspaper with nine journalism awards at the National Press Club on Tuesday night.
The Hill’s Roxana Tiron received first place in the weekly category of business/financial reporting with her article on how Boeing and its congressional supporters used a classified CIA briefing on questionable business practices to discredit a rival.
The Hill’s Kevin Bogardus, who received three awards, nabbed first place in the spot news category for his article on the indictment of former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). Bogardus and Business and Lobbying Editor Jim Snyder won first place in the general news category for their report titled, “Bailout Hurts Charities.”
In 2008, The Hill also received nine SPJ awards.
Okay, let’s tally.
Tiron – 1 award
Bogardus – 2 awards
Bogardus/Snyder – 1 award
Cusack – 1 award
Bolton – 1 award
Young – 1 award
Youngman – 1 award
Total = 8
The headline claiming “nine awards” is accurate however, The Hill managed to overlook their own Jared Allen in the coverage.
That’s why today, FishbowlDC salutes Jared Allen! Jared, you may not be feelin’ the love at work but there’s always a place for you in the fishbowl. We suggest that Hugo and Bob begin planning a cupcake party in your honor.