The Friday Reporter

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The Friday Reporter was created to better understand the reporter perspective. Lisa Camooso Miller is the host and a public affairs professional who is asking reporters the questions. Learn more

Unusually Intense Coverage of the V.P. - with Noah Bierman
January 28

Noah Bierman with the L.A. Times finds himself covering an historic vice president after covering an historic and busy previous White House.  

His journalism career has brought him to many corners of the country while covering many interesting news beats.  His perspective on journalism, news of the day and Vice President Kamala Harris is super interesting.  We're so lucky to have caught him for this episode.  

Listen in to hear more about Noah and his impressive journalism career!

Resourceful Journalism with Daniel Lippman
January 21

Daniel Lippman is a reporter covering the White House and Washington, D.C. for Politico.  His unconventional way of arriving on the scene -- through the use of copy editing final stories and then contacting the journalists -- endeared him to hundreds of journalists in his early years.  It also introduced him to the highest level of media and secured him a great beat at one of the nation's best news outlets.  

Daniel shares how he transformed that early model into a successful means to maintain and grow his tremendous network of reporters and sources in D.C. and across the country.  

Drop into today's episode for some terrific tips on how to build your own network like a pro. 

In the Center of Politics with Howard Mortman at C-SPAN
January 14

Lisa visits today with Howard Mortman the communications director for C-SPAN.  Howard has a daily bird's eye view of the political process -- from the U.S. House to U.S. Senate to the Administration and all the ways industries aim to influence these bodies of government.  

Howard highlights how C-SPAN's model really changed the way we view elected leaders in their day to day processes -- and influenced the 24 hour news cycle as it exists day -- while strictly maintaining neutrality.  

He also previews some of the new technologies the network is bringing online in 2022, the excitement that the midterm elections promise to bring and how C-SPAN is funded as a non-profit news outlet.  

Give it a listen!

Changing America One Story at a Time - with Brian Howard
December 17

The Hill Newspaper launched a great new brand called "Changing America'' just before March 2020 -- and before the world shut down.  Their reporting is focused in on positive news stories in a variety of policy areas and is truly offering inspiring insight when it is so desperately needed.  

Brian shares perspective on how their "news adjacent" operating style is bringing inspiring pieces to their audience - while assuring that their content is tied to the narratives in the larger media space.  

Brian's perspective on pitches and the importance of "telling him something new," is really great advice for those trying to pitch him and his team. 

Listen in!

Trend Setting in Political Journalism with David Wildstein
December 10

This week's episode is with David Wildstein, editor and founder of the New Jersey Globe.  David talks with Lisa about his early days when he created an insider's must read publication 20 years ago -- PoliticsNJ -- that was truly a ground breaking and news making publication in New Jersey and across the country.  

David's experience as a political operative and his knowledge of political history makes his coverage both new and deeply rooted in historical context.  David covers New Jersey politics, but has great perspective on polling and how what happened in N.J. on Election Day 2021 will translate into what could happen on Election Day 2022.  

Give this one a listen to hear about how reporting in N.J. has changed since Lisa was a campaign manager in 1999 -- along with many other great political perspectives from the great David Wildstein. 

The World of Audio with Joanne Levine from CQ Roll Call
December 3

Joanne Levine is the Executive Producer at CQ Roll Call and was nominated from previous guest Shawn Zeller for whom Joanne is the producer of his podcast. 

Joanne has a full experience in the space of audio and is a content creator for the well known Hill publication CQ Roll Call.  She offers advice and thoughts on podcasting, content creation and the intimacy of audio media.  

She is also an advocate and outspoken member of the D.C. community and found herself editorializing on education during the pandemic in a published piece in the Washington Post.  

Give today's episode a link to get a sense of what it's like to be a storyteller and turning those stories into great sound.  

Independent Journalism Needs Your Support - Meet Josh Kurtz
November 26

On the eve of Giving Tuesday and the holiday season, join The Friday Reporter in making a contribution to a robust media operation -- created by the great Josh Kurtz.  

Josh has nearly 35 years journalism experience, and with his experience he built Maryland Matters which is an online news outlet that covers state government and state politics.  As a non-profit news organization they rely on the support of their readers - and advocates like us - to keep their effort advancing.  

Join me in making a contribution to Josh and his team to show your support.  Up until December 31, up to $1000 in donations will be doubled!

Listen in to learn more.  

Reporting on the Friendly Skies with Oriana Pawlyk
November 19

Today's guest is Oriana Pawlyk from Politico and was nominated by Marcus Weisgerber from Defense One (and also her spouse!).  

Oriana covers commercial aviation for Politico at an interesting time for the industry.  The conversation examines all aspects of the economy that the industry touches -- and how Members of Congress have a clear perspective on the industry she covers. Her background was in the military space and she shares some insight on being a woman in that part of the journalism.  You'll be surprised to hear that many in that beat are women!

Give this one a listen and learn more about this important part of the U.S. economy and a top flight journalist that is keeping them on their toes.  

Where Politics, Reporting and Business Mix -- with Anna Palmer
November 12

This week's episode is with Founder and CEO of Punchbowl News -- Anna Palmer.  

Formerly of  Politico (Playbook &  Influence), Roll Call and a half dozen other remarkable Washington D.C. news sources, Anna has launched a new news-breaking outlet in Punchbowl News with John Bresnahan, Jake Sherman and Rachel Schindler.  And in less than a year, they've make an indelible mark in the Capitol and Inside the Beltway.  

Tune in to learn how Anna got her start and how she's juggling reporting and building a news empire!

Journalism is a Family Affair with Brendan and Matthew Daly
November 5

This is an extra fun episode with twin brothers -- Matthew Daly from the Associated Press and Brendan Daly a former reporter who is now in the public affairs space.  

They come from a long line of reporters from their grandfather who started in 1916. The brothers offer a unique point of view about reporting, communications, covering Capitol Hill and - most importantly, perhaps - being the editors in chief of their family's 100 year old "newspaper."

Join me for a great conversation with Brendan and Matt!

Networking and the Oprah Show -- with Marianne Levine
October 29

Marianne Levine covers the U.S. Senate for Politico and is undoubtedly one of the best networked reporters Lisa has ever met. She is great at connecting with sources - even when there is not a pending story - and knows the value of staying connected.  

Marianne hails from California and tells some terrific stories about how her early experience has led her to show up in order to build trust and understand the dynamics of various government institutes.  

Tune in to hear about how difficult it is to track down old episodes of the Oprah Show -- and how her exceptional reporting uncovered a Washington D.C. scandal that led to the withdrawal of a cabinet secretary nomination.  

The Business of Defense with Marcus Weisgerber
October 22

This week's episode is with the super-talented Marcus Weisgerber from Defense One.  His coverage allows him to explore the business side of defending the nation, along with many other diverse topics in this issues area. He especially enjoys when his coverage turns to Air Force One - because it's a topic that generates an extra level of audience interest.

Marcus and his journalism team at Defense One deliver a publication must-read for inside the Beltway, the Pentagon and the board rooms of all levels of defense contracting.  He's also the proud papa to Brooklyn the Golden - who makes her voice heard toward the end of this fun conversation.  

You won't want to miss it. 

Specialty Media is the Best Training Ground - with Sarah Karlin-Smith
October 15

This week, Lisa visits with Sarah Karlin-Smith from the Pink Sheet -- an over 100 year old publication focused in on the world of pharmaceuticals and health care policy.  

Sarah offers great insight to aspiring journalists -- look to the specialty media outlets for exceptional journalism experience. It's how she got her start and became a force in D.C. as a top health care reporter.  

Tune In!

Catching NYT's Jonathan Martin on Capitol Hill
October 8

What a lucky opportunity to catch Jonathan Martin - national political correspondent for New York Times - on Capitol Hill during the debate on the landmark infrastructure bill in 2021.  

Jonathan's covering national politics and how it plays out in the arena on Capitol Hill -- while also writing a great book about the historic times in which we're living today in 2021.  All tips and insights for this book (due in early 2022) should be directed to  

Audio is a little spotty in times -- stick with it!

Reader Engagement is Part of the Job with Jonathan Tamari
October 1

Today's guest is Jonathan Tamari from the Philadelphia Inquirer.  He rounds out the short series of great reporters covering Lisa's home state of New Jersey -- from Washington, D.C. 

Jonathan's experience as a journalist started early with the lucky opportunity to cover the Olympic Torch's visit to his hometown; launched his career on September 11,  and continues today with the prioritization of smart political reporting for the battleground of Pennsylvania.  

The conversation touches on cheese steaks, the priority of answering reader inquiries and holding integrity up at all costs.  

Give it a listen today!

From Speechwriter & Communicator to Podcast Host - Jean Card
September 24

This week's episode is with Jean Card from Jean Card Ink - a communicator who has gone before Lisa to create Bipodisan Podcast.  

The concept of the podcast is for the hosts (former speechwriters) to elevate issues of the day and share their perspective from a speechwriter's view.  

Listen into this conversation to learn more about Bipodisan and the extraordinary Jean Card!

Jersey, Ethics and the Mets -- Meet Jonathan Salant
September 17

Jonathan Salant from New Jersey Advance Media is a long-time newsman with terrific stories about journalism and wise words for public relations execs.  

Lisa was lucky enough to visit with Jonathan and hear how he translates D.C. for readers in N.J. 

Don't miss this fun conversation with a dynamite journalist.

The Crossroads -- White House & Capitol Hill Reporting with Seung Min Kim
September 10

Always with a desire to be a journalist, Seung Min Kim came to Washington, D.C. after a short stint in the Garden State and has a sky-rocketing career.  

Keep an eye on this extraordinary journalist who covers all the happenings between Capitol Hill and the White House.  Her work is tremendous and often you can find her on the 'tube on Sundays reporting on the latest and greatest.  

Learn more about Seung Min Kim from the Washington Post this week!

Writing "In Trump's Shadow" while Reporting in a Pandemic - with David Drucker
September 3

David Drucker from the Washington Examiner didn't leave college with a dream of being a journalist -- in fact, he began his career as an entrepreneur.  From that experience he has grown a successful career as a journalist -- and now an author.  

Tune in for an engaging conversation about life and living inside the Beltway, while keeping an eye on elections and the future.  

Reporters are Frustrated Rock Stars - with Carl Hulse
August 27

Carl Hulse is the Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, but that isn't nearly the most interesting thing about him.  From writing a book (Confirmation Bias) to playing in a band (Native Makers) to dreaming about becoming a novelist, Carl has a background that is as interesting as the news he covers everyday.  

Listen into today's episode to hear more about what it's like to cover Capitol Hill for the New York Times -- and the world.  

Meet the Washington Free Beacon
August 20

Today's guest is Aaron Harison the president of the Washington Free Beacon -- a conservative news outlet based in Washington, D.C. 

Lisa visits with Aaron about the impetus for forming the publication, the types of stories their reporters seek out, and how it is he came to make a real name for their news outlet inside of Washington, D.C. 

Give it a listen and learn more about their publication. 

Author - Columnist - Mentor -- Meet Jackie Calmes from L.A. Times
August 13

Jackie Calmes left home in Chicago and began her career in a small town of Abilene, TX.  Her career has found reporting for some of the most impressive media outlets in the U.S. 

Today, Jackie proudly shares her career move to columnist and author, to which both have Lisa and the FR audience looking very much forward.  Don't miss reading her newest book, Dissent, which follows the Kavanaugh life cycle and and how it so closely aligns with the changes in today's Republican Party.  

Her first opinion column for the L.A. Times is on track for later this month - so don't miss that either. Tune into today's episode to learn more!

Behind the Lens with Tom Williams
August 6

Today Lisa visits with Tom Williams fro CQ Roll Call about what it's like to be a photo journalist in the U.S. Capitol Building.  From 9/11 to January 6, Tom has had a front row seat for history and has captured it in the beautiful photography he produces.  

Lisa is especially proud to have been with Tom at his first-ever Bruce Springsteen concert. Come for the Jersey references, stay for the reflections on what it was like to be in the Capitol on Jan. 6.  

Energy and Environmental Politics with Emma Dumain
July 30

Today's episode is with Emma Dumain from E&E News -- a Washington, D.C. -- based publication focused specifically on energy and the environment -- that holds no punches while covering Congress.  

Emma's career covering the Congress helped her navigate the pandemic while also changing jobs, raising a little one, and meeting daily challenges with tremendous grace.
She also shares some great stories about the camaraderie that is the Capitol Hill press corps and how they worked together to deliver breaking news during 2020/2021.  

Don't miss this fun convo!

From Capitol Hill to CrossFit Media -- Meet Justin LoFranco
July 23

This week on Friday Reporter, Lisa visits with Justin LoFranco, a former Hill communicator turned premium content-creator and founder of The Morning Chalk-Up.  

Justin took his experience leveraging digital messages for the highest elected officials in Congress and turned it into a wildly-successful news platform covering a multinational fitness revolution.  

Just on the eve of the CrossFit Games -- the Super Bowl of CrossFit athletes -- Justin visits with Lisa about the impact 2020 had on the industry and a variety of other topics.  

If you're a communicator looking to build a media brand -- don't miss this one!

Heard in the White House Briefing Room -- with Alex Gangitano
July 16

Today's guest is Alex Gangitano from The Hill Newspaper, who started her career covering Congress, moved to the lobbying beat and is now a White House Correspondent. 

Her career path literally moved down Pennsylvania Avenue, but in the ways of Washington, D.C., so did her sources.  

Alex also started a foundation in memory of her good friend Kelli Holbrook and is spending her spare time raising money and helping those affected by childhood cancers. 

Give this one a listen!

Following Trends and Predicting Political Outcomes with Amy Walter
July 9

On today's episode, Lisa visits with Amy Walter from the Cook Political Report.  Amy is also a contributor to the PBS NewsHour and has a long and impressive list of accomplishments in the national media space.  

Amy's objective and insightful political analysis is a resource to her colleagues in the media, as well as a force of market change inside political campaigns.  

Lisa and Amy visit on the challenges facing the polling industry, the value in analysis and the importance of considering history when considering the current political environment.  

Give it a listen!

Meet the First Reporter I Ever Pitched
July 2

This week's episode is with Herb Jackson, who is now with CQ Roll Call covering elections all across the country from inside Washington, D.C.  

His earlier career was in the State House bureau in Trenton, N.J. where Lisa started her career.  From the political nature of New Jersey's everything to covering Washington, D.C. and elections during a pandemic, this episode was a fun "walk to Washington," if you will.  

Listen In!

Covering the Largest Criminal Investigation in U.S. History
June 25

This week's episode is with Scott MacFarlane from NBC4 in Washington, D.C. 

Scott has a fascinating background from journalism to Capitol Hill and then back to journalism -- and is now covering everything January 6 Capitol insurrection.  His work is getting tremendous coverage -- and growing his audience every single day.  

His perspective in today's episode is especially relevant to communicators because he's sat on both sides of the microphone -- and he offers some terrific advice.  

Don't miss this episode!

Affordable Care, Politics and Pottery with Jennifer Haberkorn
June 18

This week's episode is with Jennifer Haberkorn from the L.A. Times and such a fun conversation.  Jennifer covered the Affordable Care Act when it was in its infancy and now covers Congress for the folks of Los Angeles, California.  

Her perspective on the parallels is terrific and her ability to disconnect from the busy life of reporting is also super appreciated and advised!

Listen In!

Forecast Sunshine with Janice Dean
June 11

In this week's episode, Lisa visits with Fox News meteorologist and all-time positive content creator Janice Dean.  They discuss how she came to be forecasting weather on a political news station and how it contributes to her success as an author of numerous best-selling books.  

Her latest book is titled, "Make Your Own Sunshine" is a wonderful read of heart-warming stories.  Be sure to check out this episode and Janice's latest book!

Changes in Power Dynamics Make News w Susan Davis
June 4

This week Lisa visits with Susan Davis from National Public Radio -- and they get into the most important and fun times to cover news in Washington, D.C.

Sue's career has been a great one to follow and moving into broadcast has been a great transition for her.  Don't miss this episode!

Drinking the Punch with John Bresnahan
May 28

In this week's episode Lisa visits with John Bresnahan with Punchbowl News -- a new and groundbreaking news outlet in Washington, D.C.  His path to journalism is not the traditional path, but it has led to a successful and remarkable career.  

Give it a listen! 

Transactions are Currency in Washington, D.C. with Brody Mullins
May 21

In today's episode, Lisa visits with Brody Mullins from the Wall Street Journal.  Their conversation covers Washington, D.C. and the business community, the value of cultivating relationships and the importance of balancing work life with coaching baseball.  

Give it a listen!

Under the Dome on January 6 with Paul Kane
May 14

In today's episode, Lisa visits with Paul Kane from the Washington Post.  Paul's coverage of New Jersey politics qualifies him for a masters degree, but his first-hand account of how the situation unfolded in the Capitol on January 6 is unlike any other account you've yet heard.  

This is a must listen. 

When Politics and Soap Operas Intersect - with Abby Livingston
May 7

In today's episode, Lisa visits with Abby Livingston - the Washington Bureau chief for the Texas Tribune.  Abby tells a great tale of how her dream to write soap operas turned into a career in political journalism.  Springsteen and New Jersey love is strong in this episode.  

Give it a listen!

Loving the Switch from Print to Radio with Julie Mason
April 30

Lisa visits in today's episode with Julie Mason from Sirius XM where they talk about how music lured Julie to DC and made her a radio star.  

This might be the most fun interview yet. Don't miss it!

Under the Golden Dome with Mike Catalini
April 23

This week, Lisa visits with Mike Catalini from the Trenton, NJ bureau of the Associated Press.  Lisa gets to reminisce about storming press row with old school paper releases, and Mike catches her up on all things Garden State.  

Note: in the convo we mention the Capitol Police officer that was lost in the January 6 event at the Capitol was from Saddle River -- CORRECTION: it was South River.  

This is a convo you won't want to miss. 

At the Intersection of Politics and Business -- Kate Ackley
April 16

In today's episode, Lisa visits with Kate Ackley from CQ Roll Call.  They discuss the impact politics has on business, how managing a busy life has been during the quarantine, and how much media has changed over the course of the time they've known one another.  

Tune In!!

From Stand-up Comedy to Vaccine Hunting with Elahe Izadi
April 9

On this week's episode, Lisa visits with Elahe Izadi from the Washington Post.  Elahe covers media for the Post, does stand-up comedy (when there isn't a global pandemic) and has recently found a second hobby in vaccine hunting. 

Tune In!

Rapport and Good Timing Are Key to Shawn Zeller
April 2

In today's episode, Shawn Zeller from CQ/Roll Call talks with Lisa about the importance of flaks having a rapport with writers.  His column and other writing relies on resources on Capitol Hill and the best coverage comes with good timing. 

The Story needs Real People for Kate Sheppard
March 26

On this week's episode, Lisa chats with Kate Sheppard from The Huffington Post about avoiding news fatigue and developing stories that are directly relevant to actual readers.  

Never Lie to Joey Bunch
March 19

In today's episode, Lisa takes Chris Frates' recommendation and goes outside the beltway to visit with Joey Bunch from -- and what a great storyteller he is!  

His most important lesson?  Don't lie to a reporter.  You'll never get that credibility back.  

Surf the News with Chris Frates
March 19

In today's episode, Lisa chats with Chris Frates of the Storyline Company.  Former reporter turned flak, Frates give a rundown on the differences on both sides of the business.  And offers some insight on how to be successful. 

News That Isn't Medicine with Jackie Kucinich
March 12

On today's episode, Lisa visits with Jackie Kucinich from the Daily Beast.  From best practices for virtual media hits to leveraging your network for media success, this interview is a must-listen. 

Trends and Target with Emily Singer
March 8

In a shorter interview with fellow Jersey girl Emily Singer from the American Independent, Lisa asks how she juggles a busy work schedule, an 18 month old and a busy life -- all while maintaining her sense of humor.  

When Given a Choice, Choose Journalism -- Chris Stirewalt
March 5

On today's episode of the Friday Reporter, Lisa talks with Chris Stirewalt (formerly of FOX News) now with the Dispatch about how he got into journalism and how the pandemic has changed the pace of life. 

Relationships Matter with Reid Wilson from The Hill
February 19

In today's episode, Lisa visits with Reid Wilson from The Hill newspaper.  Wilson offers great insight into how public affairs execs can land stories, what works today, and how it is to write a book about a pandemic before a pandemic hits. 


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