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Former NPR’s Bob Edwards: Quite a Sex Pot

A good rule of thumb to live by: Never let a jealous fiancé anywhere near a computer. Social media is an obvious no-no. Case in point: WRTI news anchor Windsor Johnston, who apparently seethed with jealousy when adoring female fans of her future husband, Sirius XM Radio host and former NPR Host of “Morning Edition”  Bob Edwards, began complimenting him. Windsor, who didn’t turn into a green-eyed monster, claims it was a friend who shot off nasty emails to a woman in Ohio. Phili.com’s Dan Gross had the scoop Wednesday.

One of the missives that Windsor didn’t write: “Are you unaware that Bob Edwards is engaged to be married? If you EVER post on his page again – well, you’d be smarter than you look.” She also didn’t accuse the woman of being in menopause even though the woman is just a few years older than Windsor, who is 34.

Edwards, 64 and obviously sexy, was NPR’s first host of “Morning Edition.” He held the job from 1979 to 2004. Despite high ratings, in 2004 NPR removed Edwards and brought in Steve Inskeep and Renée Montaigne to replace him. Colleagues like Cokie Roberts were none too pleased.

 

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Quotes of the Day

DOG ATTENDS LUAU: “Is this dog abuse? Duffy spent today at Pet Smart & attended a luau.” — Former TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry, who now works for JRC.

Making sense of Larry Summers’ poor grammar

“In fairness, he may have mistaken them for co-joined twins, in which case they may indeed share one asshole.” – A FBDC commenter named “Lilypad” in response to Wednesday’s story of former Treasury Sec. Larry Summers calling the Winklevoss twins “an asshole” in Aspen.

Reporter talked Bachmann migraines

“I’ll be on WNYC’s The Takeaway at 7:20 a.m. talking about Bachmann’s migraines.” — Politico‘s Molly Ball in a Wednesday tweet. Ball and colleague Kasie Hunt wrote a follow-up story on Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s migraines after The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong broke it.

Journo wanted a fire day

“National Journal’s late editor says Watergate 600 (@thewatergate) is NOT the building on fire. So… work tomorrow for Atlantic Media.” — NJ‘s Ethan Klapper in a Wednesday tweet.

Bugg’s preferences on hamburgers and men

A few days ago we ran a feature displaying the favorite hamburger condiments of Washington journalists for no other reason than CBS Norah O’Donnell‘s husband Cheoff Geoff tweeted the question and then we posed it to journos. We were remiss in not printing Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg‘s response. It’s hot salsa. “I’d probably have something funnier if you asked me for my favorite condiment on men. And yes, I have one.” And yes, we asked. It’s Log Cabin syrup. “That’s not a political statement, because Mrs. Butterworth’s is also acceptable, though the bottle is a bit of a turn-off,” he said.

A special tweet from Current TV’s Keith Olbermann: “Special Guest Thursday on Countdown @Current: Cenk Uygur of @TheYoungTurks” (MSNBC has scrapped Uygur’s show for The Rev. Al Sharpton.)

Bachmann and Jefferson: So much in common

“Thomas Jefferson suffered incapacitating migraines in fact he was laid up 4 weeks b4 he penned Declaration of Independence #Knowyourhistory” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito in a Wednesday tweet.

Want to be an investigative reporter? Well, then you figure it out

Roll Call is hiring an investigative reporter. If you are qualified, you’ll figure out how to let us know — Roll Call reporter/Investigations and Influence Editor Paul Singer in a Wednesday tweet. Today Singer is also The Critic. He wrote Wednesday, “I gotta say – the references to ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Wendi’ (hello @MSNBC) are basically racist. Yes, she’s Asian. Got that.”

Number of Days since we asked WaPo‘s liberal blogger and all around genius Ezra Klein to unblock us on Twitter: 4. Number of Days that he has ignored that request: 4.

Radio reporter vividly describes hot weather

“DC, 345am: air so thick you could cut it into bricks and use it as a building material.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a Thursday morning tweet.

 

 

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QUOTES of the DAYHoliday Weekend Edition


CNN Senior Political Editor Mark Preston: “Just watched 13 and counting fishing boats leave #Hatteras aboard ferry from #Ocracoke.”

Liquid weekend

“Margarita. Sun. Water. Stir. Serve.”– LAT and Chicago Tribune writer James Oliphant in a weekend tweet.

The judge has spoken: Nir Rosen

“How sad to call yourself a journalist and cover a royal wedding.” — Lefty journo Nir Rosen in a weekend tweet. This stellar critique coming from a man who, back in February, promised to get off Twitter after he made admittedly tasteless remarks about CBS’s Lara Logan being sexually assaulted in Egypt. Among other things he wrote, “It would have been funny if it happened to Anderson [Cooper] too.” How soon Rosen forgets saying, “I feel like shrinking now.” What’s he have against royal wedding coverage?

Ezra marvels at Britney’s career trajectory

“Sort of amazed that Britney Spears is still around and making hits. Has anyone done a great ‘Britney Spears: Survivor’ profile?” — WaPo‘s liberal blogger Ezra Klein in a weekend tweet. He then links to an article by the esteemed TV host Carson Daly, who cries about how sad he is that Britney is “crawling back into the womb” of the record industry. Daly’s show, “Last Call,” airs at 1:35 a.m. ET. First Ez expresses that he loves “Ice Loves Coco,” now this. Whatever metamorphosis is happening, we’re just relieved Klein has expanded his reading repertoire from CJR.

Journo has Metro rage

“Hate the DC Metro and I hate it so much I want to strangle it with my bare hands and destroy its evilness. #metrorage #primalscream.” — Roll Call‘s HOH writer Neda Semnani in a weekend tweet.

It was a long and stormy morning…

“#Boom, thought it was an earthquake in DC … Turned on TV …. Not yet? Just thunder/lightning … Ok. Back to bed.” — Human EventsTony Lee in a weekend tweet.

“Was sleeping soundly until this Wrath of God weather came along & woke me. Yes, I think we need the rain, but at 5:45am on Sunday?!?” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in a weekend tweet.

“Either they’re rehearsing the Fourth of July show on the Mall right now, or our independence is nearly over. #Invasion #Explosives” — WCP‘s Mike Madden in a weekend tweet.

Reporter has new pet peeve

“New airline annoyance: people who play computer solitaire with you over your shoulder.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty in a weekend tweet.

Reporter declares nation sexy

“Happy Birthday America. You are still very sexy for a 235 year old.” — TWT‘s Eli Lake in a 4th of July tweet.

Sweating with Roland

“The thing I hate about the end of the Essence Music Fest is packing wet linen. I partied/sweated hard! #emf2011″ — Washington Watch Host Roland Martin in a weekend tweet.

Inskeep gets down with Prince

“Riding taxi through dark while radio plays ‘Kiss’ by Prince makes you feel you’re in a movie w/soundtrack.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a Tuesday morning tweet.

Rough weekend

“Long weekend+3 power outages=kids bouncing off walls.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd in a weekend tweet.

The Observer

“After watching the “Page One” doc, here’s what I noticed: David Carr – a NY Times reporter – wore a Washington City Paper hat. #wemajor” — WCP Music Critic Marcus Moore in a weekend tweet.

The Critic

“You know it’s a bad day for news when half of @mikeallen‘s Playbook is Jon Huntsman news.” — Mediaite‘s Frances Martel in a weekend tweet.

Strange coincidence?

“Well, that was a first. Woman behind the desk at my gym: ”Pethokoukis?’ Is that an Indian name?’ Namaste!” — Reuters’ Politics and Policy writer Jim Pethokoukis in a weekend tweet. He goes on to say, “Also weird: yesterday I went to an Indian restaurant for the first time in my life.” Pethokoukis is Greek.

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QUOTES of the LONG WEEKEND Part II

We’re back with an unusual second edition of quotes. Bear with us while we catch up from the weekend.

Excuses. Excuses.

“It’s hard for me to get interested in things where other dude’s genitalia are involved.” — The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor in a weekend message to me as to why he hadn’t written about Weinergate. Despite’s Poor’s frankly (get it?) poor attitude regarding Weinergate, The Daily Caller has covered the story.

NPR host gets stuck near restroom. Repeatedly.

“Why does United always put me and my wife, with scads of miles, in last row? Think they’ll replace LAVATORY sign w/ SIMONS.” — NPR’s Scott Simon in a weekend tweet.

Howie says he hasn’t drank the Oprah Kool-Aid

“I’m the only one here who’s not on drugs.” — CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Host Howard Kurtz on his Sunday program after two of his guests began gushing about Oprah and admitting their habit. One guest, Baltimore Sun‘s TV and Pop Culture Critic David Zurawik, admitted to drinking the Oprah Kool-Aid during and after he interviewed her. Another acknowledged mainlining Oprah with an IV drip.

Politico journo gets pensive about life

“I’m at the stage in my life when friends are getting dogs. Next they get wives and husbands, then children, right? #alldownhill?” — Politico‘s Byron Tau in a weekend tweet.

Tapper sticks to Memorial Day, eliciting praise from Weiner

“And on a personal note, our family lost my great uncle David Edwin Palmatier in WWII.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in a Monday tweet. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), even amidst a stressful Weinergate, tweeted a compliment at him, saying, “Excellent Memorial Day feed going on over at @jaketapper.”

Inskeep offers drug warning

“Lahore airpt anncment: sweet woman’s voice w/ sax music: ‘Drug trafficking is a serious offense that carries the death penalty’” — NPR “Morning Edition” Host Steve Inskeep in a weekend tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I am in desperate need of a jackfruit bubble drink. Craving solved.” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg in a weekend tweet. Astonishingly, Bugg wins this award twice in one day. He apparently found his bubble drink at the Vietnamese eatery Banh Mi DC Sandwich.

 

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QUOTES of the DAY

“This thunderstorm smells so good from the steps of the National Gallery. Rain on stone.” — The Atlantic‘s Senior Editor Alexis Madrigal in a weekend tweet with this accompanying photograph.

Fake Jim says F–k You to Sports Tweeters

“[Insert unnecessary sports-related tweet on my twitter work account to demonstrate to people that I'm interesting]” — Fake Jim VandeHei in a weekend tweet.

Cute journo kid speaks up

“6 yr old: ‘It’s Mother’s Day, so mom doesn’t have to talk. I will speak for her.’” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a Sunday tweet.

Why Murphy wore Bow Tie on ‘MTP

“Re: bow-tie ?’s 1.) Yes, tied it myself 2.) Wore it in honor of my friend the late Kam Kuwata, who loved MTP, the Dem party, and bow ties.” — GOP Consultant Mike Murphy in a Sunday tweet. On Sunday morning he appeared on NBC’s “MTP” and subsequently got a variety of questions about his bow tie including a remark from host David Gregory that he was wearing it.

Just in case you need this editor…

“My phone is extremely dead while I’m out running errands so I’m on the back up. Try e-mail/facebook if you need me.” — Politico‘s Asst. Editor for “2012 Live” Jedd Rosche in a weekend tweet perhaps to fellow editors who think he may want to sleep, eat, breathe or do laundry on the weekends.

Tschida’s bus complaint

“Love being careless, but when the bus just never arrives it’s ANNOYING!” — ABC7′s Wild Train rider Stephen Tschida in a delicious weekend transportation tweet.

The perfect day: Pedicure and National Review

“Got a pedicure today and read National Review instead of Cosmo - great issue, esp on healthcare, Syria, Libya. Left mag behind for others.” — GOP Pundit and Fox News Contributor Dana Perino in a weekend tweet.

The Observer

“As a Southerner I love my hats, but the ones at the Derby this year seem crazier than usual. I blame the British.” –  NJ “The Hotline’s” Jessica Taylor in a weekend tweet.

A Boy Bander Given

“At a bar in Cleveland Park cultivating a smug sense of superiority.” — Juiceboxer Matt Yglesias, liberal blogger and Center for American Progress fellow, in a weekend tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

On Thursday WUSA9′s DC Community Web Producer Simon Landau writes, “Tomorrow is Friday. After that it will be Saturday!” (Though he may be baiting us with this, we’re giving him the award anyhow. Congratulations Simon on this pointlessness.)

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day II

“It’s a beutlerful day.” — Slate‘s Chris Beam playing off — we can’t fathom why — TPM Brian Beutler‘s name.

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QUOTES of the DAY

The Cherry Blossoms by Washington freelance photographer Patrick Ryan, whose blog is www.snarkinfested.com.

Political director wants spring to meet its deadline

“Dear spring, you are so NOT #winningthefuture” — ABC News’s Amy Walter in a weekend tweet. But Media Matters Communications Associate Tyrone Gale begs to differ this morning, saying, “High in DC rumored to approach 85-90 today, highs of 60 and 70 all week. #SpringHasSprung.”

In a weekend tweet… WaPo columnist Gene Weingarten went on a quest to make new friends by sharing this: “‘Please don’t follow me unless you have at least 500 followers.’ #mostobnoxioustweetever.”

What your DVR says about you

“I think your DVR says a lot about you. For example, I record: The Golden Girls, Murder She Wrote, E! Fashion Police, House Hunters International, Law & Order CI/SVU, Chelsea Lately and Degrassi. Clearly I have TV Bipolar Disorder (not in the DSM IV)” — CNN.com’s Ed Hornick in a weekend Facebook update.

Host gets stopped by stranger

“A lady in Georgetown just stopped me on the street and asked if people who live in DC get to vote. I said ‘For what?’” — Tim Corrimal in a weekend tweet. Corrimal produces a radio show on Tim Corrimal.com MeatFreeRadio.com.

FNC host and anchor hang out in Sin City

“In Vegas. Going to meet Bret Baier with OTR staff.. Bret is here w/ friends so we are meeting.” — FNC “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren in a weekend tweet.

Inskeep getting hooked on Miley

“Five words describe driving 6yr old lately: Miley Cyrus song on ‘repeat.’” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a Monday morning tweet.

Aussi-born reporter is huge Ke$ha fan

“Ke$ha deserves a lifetime achievement award for music that simultaneously works for both time-outs at an NBA game and a strip club #wizards” — WSJ video reporter Neil Hickey in a weekend tweet.

The Prognosticator

“I hear Al Gore will be getting fat this week.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in a weekend tweet.

The Critic

“There is no coherence to a NBC ‘Meet the Press’ roundtable.” — The Daily Caller‘s media writer Jeff Poor in a  weekend tweet.

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QUOTES of the DAY


Dealing with ‘Tinkerbell’

“6 yr old wrote note to Tinkerbell, left by bed: asked Tinkerbell to write back. Somehow, her mom got Tink to do this.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a morning tweet. He added, “Thing is, when a 6 yr old writes to Tinkerbell & gets a reply, she will write again expecting a reply.”

Roll Call‘s Beckwith fills in for Bruno

“My first day on the job as @brunodebbie’s temporary replacement for @rollcall. So far, much less dancing on tables.” — Roll Call‘s Ryan Beckwith in a Monday tweet. Debbie Bruno has left the publication.

Be CAREFUL of all caps

“Typing in all capital letters is perceived to be shouting, so only do it when addressing foreigners or the elderly. #GreatestHits” — Fake AP Stylebook in a Monday tweet. Are you listening HuffPost/AOL’s Jason “I LOVE MY ALL-CAPS PHRASES” Linkins.

FNC’s Perino is talking male hair trends

“Disturbing trend of men’s hair dye. Guys should have a pro do it. Otherwise looks like a fisher price character’s helmet hair.” — Dana Perino, FNC Contributor, and former Press Secretary in President Bush’s White House.

Reporter wants more Zzzz’s

“Getting older: I can do one most-of-the-night vigil w/a sick kid, but two *kicks my butt. #yawn.” — Agence France-Presse’s Olivier Knox in a Tuesday morning tweet.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“I feel zombified this morning.” — Metro Weekly‘s Randy Shulman in a Tuesday morning tweet.

Watch out…

“Weather Alert: A Tornado Watch is in effect for the Washington Region until 10am” — NBC Washington in an early Tuesday morning tweet.

Weather, wildfire outrage

“Ok DC area, I know we have had some crazy weather warnings but this has to be a first for me…severe weather alert warnings for WILDFIRES?” — Kat Aragon, CNN makeup artist, in a Monday night tweet.

Uh oh. Simon wants to move again?

“Superficial but… Two days in Cairo makes me want to return. For a city of 22 mln pple it has charm, and a sense of post-Mubarak optimism.” — WaPo India Bureau Chief Simon Denyer in a Tuesday morning tweet. In January he left Washington for New Delhi after leaving Reuters as D.C. Bureau Chief.

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QUOTES of the DAY


And the Worst-Sounding Breakfast Award goes to…

“Easy Sunday breakfast: Cook and drain some frozen peas. Thickly slice and cook bacon. Toss together with lots of salt and pepper. Done.” — Chef Ezra Klein in a Sunday tweet. Professor. Doctor. Blogger. What’s next? We’re not Food Network experts or anything, but this doesn’t sound so good, Ezzy. Maybe add fresh figs? (FYI: Klein moonlights for a food blog called the Internet Food Association. Last year he revealed that he was adding fresh figs to his diet.)

White House correspondent en route to Paris

“Woke up mid-flight to discover a napkin on my lap on which was scrawled “Kentucky 76-69″ Awesome!!!” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman in a weekend tweet on a flight to Paris.

Heads up GQ‘s Ana Marie Cox: Drinking Game Alert

“Libya drinking game. If Pres O says, “let me be clear,” turn off the tv and drink half-bottle of Jack.” — National Review Online‘s Greg Pollowitz in a Monday morning tweet. President Obama is scheduled to give an address on Libya tonight.

The Critic

“Missing from the NYT profile of Astoria, OR: It was the backdrop for Kindergarten Cop” — Politico Deputy Politics Editor Sara Libby in a Monday morning tweet. Most necessary part: “h/t Jonathan Martin.”  Libby links to the piece here. (We h/t Libby of course…)

Journo loses her mother

“Still, in the wake of my mother’s death- rain feels more like tears than luck. So I went inside.” — TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small in a weekend tweet on the passing of her mother. She also wrote: “Guess it’s lucky. My father proposed to my mother during the monsoon. And I was born in a thunderstorm.” Our condolences to her.

Now this is dedication…

“Ha! I’ve used TBD so much in tweets that my iPhone corrected a typo to tbd. (Was trying to write “the.” Looks like I thumbed “tbe.”)” — TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry in a Monday tweet.

Ever the observer…

“With the recession technically over, the New Yorker profiles Christian Louboutin. It’s a fun piece. Loubi practically profiles himself.” — The Daily Caller‘s “Daily Baller” Mike Riggs in a Monday morning tweet. (We thank Riggs for the excuse to run a photograph of beautiful shoes and note his expertise and ease with Loubi lingo.)

Fake Jim V.  wants to know what the hell happened…

“Juicebox Mafia? James Hohmann still drinks Capri Sun totally non-ironically. Where’s our trend piece?” — FakeJimVandeHei in a Sunday tweet. To return to a dead PoliticoMouse is truly awful. Thank God FakeJimV is alive. Here he (or she) is referring to Politico‘s young whippersnapper James Hohmann, a former WaPo intern, in reaction to NYT‘s incredibly softball Sunday Style section piece on Boy Banders WaPo’s Klein, Slate‘s Dave Weigel etc… (More on the death of PoliticoMouse and that NYT Style story later…)

Why Gibbs shouldn’t take Facebook job….

While the rest of D.C. is commenting on former White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs‘ potential move to Facebook, WUSA’s Angie Goff throws a wet towel on the idea with this Monday morning tweet: “Researchers say Facebook could cause depression.” Goff’s story link hails from Fox News’s website, which runs an AP story today about how Facebook presents a “skewed view” about what’s really going on. Oh the irony…

Slate‘s Shafer makes a request

“Please subscribe to the NYT so I’ll have it to kick around.” — Slate media writer Jack Shafer in a weekend tweet.

D.C. journo mentality

“Actually having a weekend = long Sunday night of work. :( ” — WaPo Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a weekend tweet.

NPR’s Inskeep in Disneyland karaoke hell

“At Disneyland: 6yr old too terrified to visit Haunted Mansion, so we stand in New Orleans hearing jazz band play Back Home Again in Indiana.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a weekend tweet from Disneyland. He continues: “You haven’t lived until you step into House of Blues, adjacent to Disneyland, & discover it’s a karaoke bar with $18 drinks.” And this: “p.s. Karaoke singer now belting out “Dancing with Myself”- it may take between $36 and $54 to make this right.”

F&@# Smoking!

“I quit smoking almost exactly three years ago. It remains one of the best things I’ve done. Ever. Seriously, fuck smoking.” — Journalist, author, and media critic Craig Silverman in a weekend tweet. He writes the “Regret the Error” website and works for PBS Media Shift.

Mika learns a thing or two from “Playbook”

“Thanks to Politico for the reminder that it’s my father’s birthday.” — MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi this morning on “Morning Joe” in a silent shout-out to Mike Allen, who included it in this morning’s “Playbook.” Mika’s father, who often appears on the program, is Zbigniew Brzezinksi, former U.S. National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter.

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QUOTES of the DAY

Rough Hawaiian waters by CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry

Weighty matters

“Well, I just weighed myself post-xmas dinner. I immediately regret this decision.” — Roll Call‘s HOH writer Elizabeth Brotherton in a weekend tweet.

Scribe calls Amtrak ‘a disgrace’

“Amtrak gets the gas face. They are a disgrace. $91 tickets for an overbooked train where me and my girl had to stand.” — TWT‘s Eli Lake in a weekend tweet.

Journo spends leisurely day in bed

“Miami windy and COLD. Just turned on the HEAT. But keep reminding myself it’s still warmer than DC.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a weekend tweet. He left for Miami after Christmas. So far, no travel disasters. Before that, he alluded to his recent train debacle, saying, “So glad NOT traveling today. But feeling holiday fatigue anyway. Yikes, 1PM and still in bed! Gotta rally for tennis.” Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller pleaded with Tschida, saying, “Can’t you just take a short train ride for your fans, Metro even?”

Arianna spends holidays with ex

“Christmas eve dinner w/ my ex (hello huffpost divorce!) our daughters & my sister. Merry Christmas everyone!” — HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington makes the holidays work with her ex, Michael, as described in a weekend tweet. In 2009, the pair traveled together with their daughters for their 12th anniversary from being divorced. They make it a point to celebrate all Christmases and their daughters’ birthdays together.

Writer misses holiday cheer escape

“I miss Tower Records on Xmas Day. It was a great place to escape friends, family, & good will for an hour of mindless browsing.” — Slate‘s media writer Jack Schafer in a weekend tweet.

Catanese knocks MTP guest choice

“The likelihood of Valerie Jarrett making news is incredibly low.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese in a weekend tweet. White House aide Jarrett appeared on NBC’s MTP this past weekend.

Storm — what storm?

“Big NE snowstorm strikes DC-midday accumulations range from 0 cm to 0 inches, depending on location.” — NPR‘s Steve Inskeep in a weekend tweet making fun of D.C. weather forecasters.

Journo gets obscene amount of …

“30 pairs of white athletic socks for Christmas? My life is complete.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Executive Editor Reid Wilson in a weekend tweet.

A break in the buzz

“I love the relative silence of new media world today.” — As usual, National Review Online scribe Kathryn Lopez rather enjoys when journos take a break.

Dangerous Christmas thought

“Literally heading over the river and through the woods to Grandmama’s house. Hope she doesn’t get run over by reindeer before we get there.” — CNN Contributor Erik Erickson in a weekend tweet.

NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ Hits the Ancient Road

gtr1.JPG.jpeg For the next two weeks, NPR News’ “Morning Edition” will travel the Grand Truck Road, which connects some of the world’s great landmarks and some of its worst conflict zones.

The road stretches across South Asia through India to Pakistan, from Calcutta to New Delhi, Lahore to Peshawar and beyond.

A team of NPR correspondents and producers plans to explore the lives of young people along this ancient route in a series of special reports on “Morning Edition” and at NPR.org from May 12-21. During the trip, NPR.org will offer an interactive feature that traces the journalists’ exploration of the road, offering stories and images, plus maps, photo galleries and audio slideshows.

NPR’s reporting team includes foreign correspondents Philip Reeves, from New Delhi, and Julie McCarthy, from Pakistan. Host Steve Inskeep will anchor their coverage, returning to a region he began visiting shortly after 9/11.

“Everyone says this is the hottest, absolutely worst possible time to go to South Asia,” Inskeep said in a release. “I don’t mind. It’s exciting to try to look beyond the headlines in India and Pakistan. We want to find how the news affects the next generation. And we want to do that along a road that holds a special place in the minds of people who know it.”

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