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Fiscal Times Fete Yields Big Names

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Last night, Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute and Fiscal Times Founder Peter G. Peterson feted the launch of The Fiscal Times with a cocktail soiree at the Newseum.

Joining Fiscal Times EIC Jackie Leo and DC editor Eric Pianin were media power players like NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker, Examiner’s J.P. Freire, HuffPo’s Peter Cherukuri, ABC’s Emily Lenzner and Rick Klein, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson and Al Hunt, Politics Daily & Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet and Norah McAlvanah.

Also spotted mingling and partaking in the open bar were Dan and Meg Reilly, Amos Snead, Ron Bonjean, Michael Steel and media party circuit fixtures Politico’s Kiki Ryan, Tim Burger and CBS News’ Christine Delargy.

Check out the Fiscal Times here.

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Fiscal Times’ Eric Pianin.

Cherukuri Lands at Huffington Post

peter.jpg “Peter’s passion and experience make him absolutely perfect to lead our continued expansion in D.C.,” gushed Arianna Huffington about Huff Post’s new Washington Bureau General Manager Peter Cherukuri.

Cherukuri, former publisher of Roll Call, is one of several new executives recently hired by HuffPo Chief Revenue Officer Greg Coleman to focus on expansion in markets like D.C., New York and Los Angeles. Huffington says the new GM role was established to increase the site’s presence through “events, advertising and advocacy.”

“The Huffington Post has done a great job with technology and editorial,” Greg Coleman told FishbowlDC. “With five years and 17.7 million unique visitors/monthly to our credit, we’re now focusing more attention on business development in key cities. Peter’s role is critical to our growth and recognition in the D.C. market,” added Coleman.

In his new role, Cherukuri joins eighteen Washington bureau staffers in HuffPo’s downtown office.

Quinn, Gillespie & Associates Ring in the Holiday Season in Style


VandeHei, Stoddard, Allen, Quinn and kiddies.

Last night was a big night for holiday parties – the Brunswick Group held court at L2, Scene Bisnow celebrated at Public Bar but the evening’s big ticket event was hosted by Quinn, Gillespie & Associates on the roof of the new W Hotel.

Complete with ice sculptures, a snow machine, a snow globe bar, DJ Chris Burns and a jazz quartet, the party drew big names from the political and media worlds, including Rep. Steny Hoyer and Fox News’ Brit Hume.

Clinton White House counsel and QGA Chairman Jack Quinn welcomed to his scenic bash, a glam bipartisan guest list — Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) mingled with former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) and former Sen. John Warner (R-VA). And hostess with the most-ess Susanna Quinn dazzled in a gold cocktail dress.

Media noteables: Fox News’ Bret Baier and Amy Baier, CNN’s Ed Henry, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, Libby Leist and Betsy Fischer, Tammy Haddad, Politico in full-force- Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Kim Kingsley, Jonathan Martin, Anne Schroeder Mullins, Patrick Gavin and Kiki Ryan, John McCaslin, Google’s Craig Walker, Peter Cherukuri, ABC’s Emily Lenzner, Polson Kanneth and Courtney Cohen, WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, Roll Call‘s Jackie Kucinich, The Hill‘s A.B. Stoddard, Jared Allen and Christina Wilkie, CongressDaily‘s Erin McPike, Chris Brown, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, Politics Daily’s Emily Miller, Yeas and Nays’ Tara Palmeri, Elizabeth Thorp, Jayne Sandman, UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour, Tim Burger, Kimball Stroud and Todd Flournoy.


Quinn does an interview with WashingtonPost.com.

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Pics of Power: Photos from GQ‘s Fete

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Fashion icons and power players, the very GQ Seth Pietras of Qorvis, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and CNN’s Ed Henry.

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Newlyweds Jayne Sandman and Jeff Dufour wore matching power suits…unplanned – in case you were wondering.

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ABC’s Emily Lenzner and power publisher Peter Cherukuri.

Calderone, J-Do, Graff, Yellin and others after the jump.

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CQ-Roll Call Deal Signed, Management Changes Announced

First on FishbowlDC: The ink is still drying on the Roll Call/Congressional Quarterly deal and new management changes are already being announced — one of which involves Peter Cherukuri‘s position as publisher.

Cherukuri, the boy-wonder publisher of Roll Call will be stepping aside because his position “is redundant.” Cherukuri will aid in the transition for the next 30 days.

From Laurie Battaglia‘s memo (obtained by FishbowlDC) this morning:

The changes

Editorial Mike Mills joined Roll Call as editorial director in February of this year. Mike spent more than 11 years at CQ and will now serve as senior vice president and editorial director for CQ-Roll Call Group, overseeing all products and publications. Under Mike, Susan Benkelman (CQ executive editor) becomes executive editor of news for CQ and John Dineen (managing editor, CQ.com) becomes executive editor of publications for CQ. Both Susan and John are veterans of CQ. Charlie Mitchell will continue in his role as editor of Roll Call.

Information Services Keith White, formerly CQ publisher and senior vice president, will head up Information Services as senior vice president and associate director of CQ-Roll Call Group. Keith has been with CQ since 2001 after serving in executive positions at LexisNexis and AOL. Because Information Services include all subscription-based products, Barkley Kern (senior vice president, Capitol Advantage) will report to Keith. Additionally, Jim Gale (vice president of circulation sales, CQ), Greg Hamilton (chief marketing officer, CQ) and Ron Hogan (general manager, State Track) will continue to report to Keith.

Advertising Victoria Lion Monroe, formerly CQ associate publisher and vice president of advertising, will lead the Group’s advertising team as senior vice president. Victoria has been with CQ since July 2008 and brings more than 20 years of advertising experience, including extensive agency experience. Karen Whitman (vice president of advertising) and Cliff McKinney (director of advertising) will now report to Victoria.

Technology Dennis Arndt, who joined Roll Call Group as chief technology officer this past April, will serve as senior vice president and chief technology officer across the CQ-Roll Call Group. Dennis has more than 20 years of technology experience including senior-level positions with JumpTap, Monster Worldwide and Omgeo. Larry Tunks (chief information officer, CQ) will report to Dennis.

Finance Chip Wallen, Roll Call Group’s director of finance since February 2008, will become senior vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for overseeing all finance functions across the businesses. Chip brings a wealth of experience after serving in senior capacities at CQ and more recently, Legal Times.

Strategy and Development Neil Maslansky, formerly CQ chief financial officer, becomes senior vice president for strategy and development. Neil has been with CQ for seven years. Before that, he held management positions with LexisNexis and Congressional Information Service. Neil’s department will play a vital part in our success by continuing to innovate to ensure we stay ahead of the market.

Client Relationships Arnie Thomas, Roll Call Group senior vice president of client relationships will continue in his role across the new CQ-Roll Call Group. Arnie brings vast experience in our market, having held senior positions at LegiSlate. He was also instrumental in the launch of GalleryWatch Federal, which was acquired by Roll Call Group in 2006.

Battaglia’s full memo after the jump.

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It’s Official! Merry Announces CQ Sale to Economist Group

First on FishbowlDC: On June 19th, FishbowlDC broke the news that the Economist Group (parent company of Roll Call) was set to acquire Congressional Quarterly. Now, our sources have confirmed that CQ President Robert Merry will announce to his staff that the publication will indeed be sold to the Economist/Roll Call at 10 a.m. this morning.

The CQ all-staff meeting is being held now at the Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel on Massachusetts Ave. – the location for many of CQ‘s annual meetings and Holiday Party celebrations in recent years.

Meanwhile, at Roll Call, Publisher Peter Cherukuri has called his team to “the 4th floor conference room for an important staff meeting that will begin at 10a.m. this morning.”

UPDATE 10:10 a.m.: Literally while Merry is telling his staff that Roll Call has acquired their publication, Roll Call‘s press release hit the wires. Check it out after the jump.

UPDATE 10:18 a.m.: Merry Moving On – Merry announces that rather than opting for a consulting gig with the new merged organization, he will move on after 22 years with CQ.

UPDATE 10:22 a.m.: Economist Group CEO Andrew Rashbass takes the mic at the CQ meeting.

UPDATE 10:41 a.m.: Rashbass wraps with a “merit over ethnicity, background and gender” message for his vision.

UPDATE 10:52 a.m.: Mills Upped: Mike Mills announced as the new editorial director over the merged group.

UPDATE 10:54 a.m.: Those that will not have a job with Roll Call-CQ have already been informed. “Good news. If you haven’t been told that you do not have a job, then you do.”

Official press release after the jump…

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Roll Call Goes Glam for 21 Years of HOH

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Big names gathered for last night’s uber-glam bash honoring the 21st anniversary of Roll Call’s “Heard on the Hill” and a recent refresh of the RC website. The festivities took place at swanky Coco Sala where guests noshed on an array of chocolate-themed appetizers and cocktails (who knew you could mix chocolate and mojito?).

Maybe it was the chocolate…or maybe the cocktails, but RC Publisher Peter Cherukuri managed to pull Senator John Thune, Senator Trent Lott, Juleanna Glover, Yebbie Watkins, Mike Feldman, Debbie Dingell, Christina Sevilla and Senator John Breaux to help celebrate his pub’s successes.

Representing the media were Former HOHer – The Sleuth’s Mary Ann Akers, Michael Isikoff, C-SPAN’s Greta Brawner, Bloomberg’s Tim Burger,Susan Davis of the WSJ, WaPo’s Paul Kane, MSNBC’s Bob Franken, Chad Pergram of FNC, MySpace’s Lee Brenner, NYT’s Carl Hulse, Emily Lenzner from ABC News and the Examiner’s Kiki Ryan.

Christine and I were on hand to cover it for you…not for the chocolate and cocktails.

It’s Here. Washington Life‘s 2009 The Young & The Guest List

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting with bated breath for… Washington Life Magazine‘s 2009 The Young & the Guest List is here.

The annual collection of 250 of the “most influential Washingtonians under 40″ includes the scene’s well-knowns like NBC’s Luke Russert, Fox’s Bret Baier and CNN’s Jessica Yellin, as well as fresh new faces like MIX 107.3′s Tommy McFly.

Now we can’t divulge the full list here, but we can share these stats:

55% of the individuals on the 2009 Young & The Guest List are new additions to the list this year. (Note: the total number of listees has not increased since 2008)

39 individuals, or approximately 1 in 6, work on Capitol Hill, in the White House, the diplomatic corps, or public service

41 are CEO’s and 67 people, or approximately 1 in 4 have founded a company or non-profit

34% are married

Male 54%/Female 46%

35 people, or 12% are media professionals

The 2009 Y&GL party will be held Thursday, April 16th at an undisclosed location, and the guest list is pretty exclusively these 250 and one guest each.

To see if you’ve made the cut, check out the 35 media professionals after the jump.

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Party Pics: Meet the FT DC

The Financial Times hosted GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt at the Halcyon House in Georgetown last evening. Edward Luce, Tammy Haddad, Chris and Kathleen Matthews, Bob Woodward, Luke Russert, Margaret Carlson, Peter Cherukuri, Eleanor Clift and Charlie Cooke were all in attendance.

We’re The Best! No, We’re The Best!

This whole “We’re the best!” thing is catching on (earlier on FishbowlDC: “WSJ’s Thomson: We’ve Been Extraordinary“).

Roll Call Publisher Peter Cherukuri declared today (via an email blast): “This week on Capitol Hill has been historic. And, Roll Call’s coverage was exceptional. Within the pages of Roll Call newspaper and RollCall.com, our reporters delivered an insider’s look at the complex Congressional maneuvers and breaking news around unprecedented legislation to address the financial crisis.”

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