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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.
Chivalry is officially dead -- at least where Donald Trump is concerned.
If labor reporter Mike Elk was Politico's oddest hire for 2014, GOP operative Brad Dayspring may be an even weirder one for 2015. He is now the publication's Vice President of Communications.
A reporter for The Tennesseean actually wrote a really balanced story on how local lawmakers feel about having Syrian refugees. But somewhere in this journalistic endeavor, things went awry. The Tennessean has some serious IT issues on its hands.
It doesn't come as that much of a shock that Vox Media has a "code of conduct" for its product team.
Friday night was anything but normal for network TV.
As quickly as Politico is losing a wad of its star employees to CNN, it's also losing control of it's PR operation. This week the head of the pub's HR department issued a dictum to employees: Stop conversing with ex-Politico employee Mike Elk. It only encourages him.
As the saying goes, opinions are like bellybuttons.
This is a warning to anyone with a mother on gmail.
Perhaps Breitbart News editor John Nolte really did have an innocent slip of the finger when he recently welcomed a new reporter into the fold.
Labor reporter Mike Elk barely lasted a year in Politico's suburban Virginia newsroom. After he began trying to unionize his colleagues, which, for some, included what felt like a barrage of emails, managers insisted that he stay home. They blamed his PTSD, which he formally acknowledged in a statement.
ABC "Good Morning America" co-host Lara Spencer may just look like she's having a good time sitting on Donald Trump's lap.
Note to anyone offended by this post: If you feel upset in any way about this post, send a really long email to my editor Tucker Carlson. The longer and angrier the better. He enjoys manifestos.
Paradise Marketing, a company out of Vista, Calif., is getting ready for the 2016 presidential race with the one thing political campaigns may actually find useful.
Journalists can be notoriously poor spellers.
What in the world is Ben Smith doing working for the likes of Carly Fiorina?
Girls will be girls.
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has lots of awkward moments in her future. Which is all part of her charm, really.
Please. Make it stop.