Despite past politics, let’s be real: when it comes to entertaining guests, everyone should be pro-wine. Let’s reach across the friendsgiving table and break some bread, shall we?
We were on Capitol Hill today and came across this Washington Post newspaper box. The paper isn’t being delivered there, for now.
Look at the last Washington Post delivered there recently and its headline story. Eerie.
Meet FamousDC’s newest writing duo, Stefanie Petropoulos and Kelly Cohen. They are constantly inside each other’s heads, collaborating to come up with observations and straight up DC style jokes. We talked to them about their style, inspirations and DC thoughts.
I was non-essential, furloughed, and bereft of a good reason to be drinking in the middle of the day.
You know that feeling you get when you meet someone and know that they’ll be successful and famous one day soon? We mean, like really famous – not just FamousDC. We’re talking about those times when we first met Brent Colburn, Jonathan Martin, Pam Brown, Kevin Madden, Jackie Kucinich, Chris Cillizza and Jaime Harrison.
Washington, D.C. launches famous careers almost daily.
So we decided to ask our contacts on the hill, downtown and some seasoned reporters for their thoughts on DC reporters we should all know. We received a lot of recommendations and narrowed down the list to ten journalists. Below you’ll meet them and learn what folks around town love about the next generation of rock stars. They also answered a few questions regarding their hometowns, just how they got into journalism and other tidbits to help you get to know them a little better.
FamousDC presents: 10 DC Reporters You Should Know
10. Julia Ioffe, The New Republic
What DC is saying: “If you want to know what Americans should be paying attention to on the global stage, look no further than Julia. Her insights are brilliant and a good reminder of the important role the United States serves as a global superpower. Plus, her twitter feed proves that brevity is indeed the soul of wit.”
Hometown? Moscow/Columbia, MD
How did you get into journalism? I was studying for the LSAT my senior year of college, and realized that my brain just doesn’t work the right way for this stuff, so I thought: what am I good at? My answer: writing papers. Luckily, the New Yorker’s fact-checking department was looking for a Russian speaker.
Who is your role model? My mom. She’s a professor of medicine, travels the world giving lectures on gynecologic pathology, is a gourmet chef, oenophile, and a snappy dresser. A professional woman and a bon vivant.
Name one thing that your readers likely don’t know about you. I used to be a flamenco dancer, and I have a potty mouth.
9. Mike Catalini, National Journal
What the newsroom is saying: “Mike would never tell you this because he’s too modest, but he’s a real power center insider the NJ newsroom. His work ethic and smarts have earned him the respect, and ear, of some of the newsroom’s senior leaders.”
“Sure, everyone’s looking to Mike for his political insights – I’m hoping he’s tweeting fantasy football tips this fall…”
Hometown? Bensalem, Pa. (Suburban Philly/PA-08)
How did you get into journalism? I tried out for the newspaper in college at Penn State and got hooked after covering the near-closure of the local hospital.
Who is your role model? Gene Foreman, the former managing editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and a professor of mine in college, is the journalistic voice I hear inside my head when I write and report. Is this accurate, fair, complete, concise?
Name one thing that your readers likely don’t know about you. I’m a decent cook. I have two specialities: homemade bread and homemade pasta.
1. You don’t have to sit through four-hour long committee hearings with the boss. Just get in, snap a picture and roll out.
2. There is a good chance that you will be quoted back in the district newspaper – and your mom will frame that and show all of her friends.
3. You can always get a call back from a reporter – especially if you write BREAKING in all caps in the email subject line.
4. No. Constituent. Letters.
1. You are on the front lines. The first voice people hear when they call the office and the front person there when they walk in.
2. Because you make so much coffee, you’re eligible to opt out of the Starbucks barista test if you decide to change careers.
3. Everyone is forced to know your name or else they don’t get the good office supplies.
4. Nobody uses fax machines anymore.
Meet Matt Croke and Gareth Croke.
Matt and Gareth are one set of the two sets of brothers behind DC’s Boundary Stone, a fun pub known for bringing locals together for good drinks and good times. Colin and Peter McDonough, the other set of owners, weren’t available, but FamousDC had the opportunity to learn about this worthwhile hot spot from the Croke brothers. Read on for more about what the Boundary Stone has to offer patrons.
Meet Philippa Hughes.
Philippa is a well-known art collector and art connector in DC who is famously known for creating the Pink Line Project, a consolidated and searchable calendar of all things cool and creative in DC. FamousDC was lucky enough to chat with Philippa about the DC art scene and what makes our city just as fun as any other. Here is what she had to say about the past and present.
Written by FamousDC contributor Brittany Horowitz.