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Paying it back.. at work

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”

~ Chinese Proverb

Deanna and Me in downtown Silver Spring after shooting her standup

Today I invited intern Deanna Reid out with me for a shoot. I remember what it was like sitting around the newsroom as an intern. Scared to touch anything. Nervous to answer the phone because I knew whoever it was.. a viewer, an employee, someone from network .. was gonna need something I had no idea how to get. I remember shaking, sitting in the news car riding along with a reporter who I was for sure certain was annoyed to have me as a shadow on deadline. But then I remember my mentors. The people who I reached out to… people who surprised me. They didn’t act like they didn’t have time. In fact, they made time to teach me.  It’s why now… I enjoy paying it back. I enjoy it because I know that I wouldn’t have made it in this crazy world of news if I didn’t have people I looked up to, believe in me.

Now for some fun updates: After working with me for months I sent intern Rachel DeMita off to LA to work with my first mentor, Mark Steines at Entertainment Tonight. Mark has a local news background and is the one who gave me my first job in TV. Rachel interned for him this past summer. She’s now in LA making strides with a hosting and modeling career.

Sasha Horne was my first intern and she left some HUGE shoes to fill. I was so proud of her. She went on to help produce at CNN and landed an on-air gig in North Carolina. Now she’s on TV and radio covering politics in Atlanta.

Intern Juan Carlos helped me tremendously through my pregnancy and always kept me laughing– especially when he would  thank me for “responding to my email” after EVERY email I responded to. He’s now pursuing work in TV and film.

Oh this was a dangerous duo! Just kidding. I’ve never met such eager learners. Britt Wright and Yoni Lee were intern all-stars. Both have finished school at George Mason and are working to land their first on-air job in a small market.

It's not what you think! The radio station we were shooting in was mega small so we all couldn't fit. They know I love them.

She use to help keep DC up to speed here on OMG covering events and helping produce my morning news segment. Former intern Erica Moody now writes for TheSceneBisnow. I have so many others who I loved working with too and I try to keep up with all of them! Former interns– if you’re reading this (i’ll be impressed now that it’s not required ha!) let me know what you’re up to!


Pink Jams: 14 Survivors Strut Their Stuff

There’s no show like it in DC! Honestly it was one of the most beautiful I’ve attended. Pink Jams hosted it’s annual Pink Fashion Rocks with the fabulous Christian Siriano headlining. Maggy Francois produced the show.

MORE: Pink Jams 2011 Photos

The big stars of the night? The 14 young surivors who strutted their stuff. Shout out to my friends who have at such a young age battled breast cancer… Jen Kwiatek, Jane Roser, Jennifer Harlow and Stef Woods we love you!

Congratulaions to Christa Foresca founder of Pink Jams who was able to present the Capital Breast Care Center with a $30,000 check! CBCC provides free mammograms and breast health services to local women who can’t afford it. Official photos by Moshe Zusman.

My sorority sister and breast cancer survivor Jennifer Kwiatek– diagnosed at the age of 26

Siriano’s finale

$30,000 is granted to CBCC in DC

Pinked Out with Maurisa Potts

Survivor Stef Woods was a show stopper!

My former intern Rachel DeMita is model perfect

Siriano met with reporters earlier in the day. Video by Yoni Lee


Japan Relief Fundraiser at Policy

Join Metromix DC tomorrow night at Policy Restaurant & Lounge to raise funds for the Red Cross’ Japan relief efforts. See flyer below for details! Purchase tickets HERE!

Nicki Minaj paints DC pink

Hip-hop queen Nicki Minaj shut down DC’s The Park at Fourteenth for ‘Pink Sunday‘ – the exclusive after party for the I am Still Music Tour concert, held at the Verizon Center.  Nicki and her crew hit-up the invitation-only party to celebrate with local and international celebrities.


VIP guests included professional athletes like  Washington Capitals Nicklas Bastrom and Mike Green; Wizards Nick Young, Javale Mcgee, and Andray Blatche; and NFL players from the Dolphins, 49ers, Vikings and Cardinals.  Local celebrities like stylist/ TV personality Paul Wharton, K Street Kate’s Kate Michael, and stylist/ photographer duo James Cornwell and Tim Coburn also joined the party. ‘Pink Sunday’ was presented by Dave & Ray Ent. and The Standard Events.   By Rachel DeMita

Photo credit: Jim Folliard, Gearshift.TV Photography

Trina Turk comes to town

Lifestyle designer Trina Turk stopped in DC to showcase her Spring/Summer 2011 Collection. At the trunk show, held at Donovan House guests sipped champagne and shopped the California Coastline styles. Turk even gave some one-on-one style sessions! By Rachel DeMita

Watch Coverage on WUSA9 Below:


Join NICKI MINAJ for DC's Pink Sunday!

Mark your calendars for an exclusive INVITATION ONLY event with Nicki Minaj on April 3rd. Join the hip-hop phenom at The Park at Fourteenth , as she paints the city pink. Request your personal invitation HERE!

For tables, email; for media inquiries, email

Presented by The Standard Events and Dave & Ray Ent.

Lauren Bush celebrates 'The Collection'

Capitol File Magazine’s newest cover model, Lauren Bush, was the featured guest at the 5th Anniversary Celebration of the Collection at Chevy Chase. The former President’s niece joined the party to spread word of FEED – a program that is feeding the world… one bag at a time. Check out photos from the Wisconsin Ave party!  By Rachel DeMita

Click to watch Angie’s coverage on WUSA9



Dean Foundation deals giving hand

It was a ‘full house’ at DC’s Cities Restaurant and Lounge for the first ever M.C. Dean Foundation Charity Poker Tournament & Wine Tasting.  Men came for the poker and women for the wine, but all gathered to help raise money for Lama Tenzin’s Girls Institute for Technology and orphanage in India – a group which helps disadvantaged and disabled girls develop computer and business skills. Bill Dean’s M.C. Dean Foundation dealt a giving hand by matching up to $10 thousand in contributions, with the event raising an impressive $50 thousand. By Rachel DeMita

Siriano, Wharton headline 'Chic' Affair

A panel of wedding pros gave advice, tips and how-to’s at ‘A Chic Affair’ to prepare Washington’s brides-to-be for their special day. The experts included Project Runway winner & bridal designer Christian Siriano, TV personality and style guru Paul Wharton, the Dandelion Patch’s Heidi Kallett, and award-winning event designer Jaime Greenwald. Brides brought along husbands, mothers and friends to The Historical Society of Washington DC to mingle with top wedding vendors of the area – featuring jewelry, stationary, honeymoon planning, cakes & confections, and more. Guests were also treated to complementary tastings, a catering demo by Chef Jacques Haeriner, and a high-fashion briday runway show. A Chic Affair was produced by RGI Events. By Rachel DeMita

Check out Angie’s report on WUSA9 Below

Diana Ross rocks LLS Ball

Diana Ross in the house! This legendary singing-sensation was the highlight of a supreme evening of philanthropy when she took the stage at the 24th Annual Leukemia Ball.


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