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Betsy Rothstein
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      Betsy Rothstein

      Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Betsy has been covering and torturing Washington media for the past three years. Early on she studied journalism in England, interviewing punk rockers in Piccadilly Square who stole her notebook and ripped it up. After graduating from Union College with a B.A. in Spanish, she began her journalism career in Cambridge, Mass., working for a Cuban newspaper where she conducted man-on-the-street interviews. She asked Latinos about their love lives. “Do Latinos make better lovers or what?” She soon moved out west to Denver, where she worked for two rival Hispanic weeklies for one year each. Next stop: J-school at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where she earned a master’s degree. In the years following grad school she worked at the Boca Raton News as a business reporter followed by a brief stint as a press secretary for former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.). She spent the next decade on Capitol Hill covering hard news, features and gossip for The Hill Newspaper. In 2009 she quit and moved to Portland, Ore. and wrote about the many long-haired men there who distinctly resemble Jesus. They weren’t all kind (one was fat and confrontational) but she got her story. Prior to joining TheDC, Betsy was the editor of FishbowlDC, a Washington media gossip blog.

New York Press Club Scoffs At De Blasio’s Supposedly Dumb Idea Of Free Speech

3:14 PM 05/28/2015

Reporters are often cordoned off at events. The idea being to keep them controlled and contained. Any journalist who has been to Washington party Nazi Tammy Haddad's garden brunch knows what that's like -- she ropes off reporters in a pen, like zoo animals, before you enter the home. Once inside, everything is supposed to be off the record.

BuzzFeed Or BuzzFake?

1:39 PM 05/26/2015

BuzzFeed has revolutionized the way reporters think. Yeah, there's something depressing about that. But the listicles -- a term that BuzzFeed itself forbids -- are addicting, which is why stories that you may think belong on the site may turn up elsewhere.

Christie Curses Out The NJ Press Corps — For Charity

11:26 AM 05/22/2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie prides himself on ridiculing the media. This is the same guy who once held a two-hour press conference to explain himself in regards to the Bridgegate scandal. He hadn't held a press conference in two months. It was like he was gorging on the media. Who did he think was going to scribble down his every word --- non-reporters?