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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- By the third time in the station, I picked up on the routine, get there at 3:00 p.m., bug Manny and ask him a million questions about the TV industry, the newsroom and life. Then, at 3:30 p.m. sharp, go to the news meeting to pitch ideas and find stories to go out hunting for.

I love having an excuse to be on Twitter. That's where so many story ideas come from. Voyager 1 was trending, and I thought it'd be awesome to cover the first human craft that had left our solar system...finally, after 36 years. But, NASA had already had its press conference, so there was no where to actually go and report.

Jan Jeffcoat joins WUSA9's news team

WASHINGTON, DC - WUSA 9 announced on Monday that Emmy & Murrow award winning news anchor Jan Jeffcoat is the newest member of the on-air team. 

Jeffcoat comes to DC from the nationally syndicated news-talk show "The List," where she served as co-host. Prior to that Jan spent 5 years anchoring Good Day Chicago and Fox Chicago News at noon at WFLD in Chicago.

"As we work to construct the best possible news team to follow the #1 rated prime-time on CBS, Jan brings a vital energy, curiosity and passion to our newscasts. The fact that she longed to return to daily local news with a focus on the viewer through digital and social outreach platforms makes this the perfect fit," said WUSA 9's President and General Manager Mark Burdett.

According to Jan: "I'm excited to be coming home to family and the place where my husband grew up and I'm honored to join WUSA 9, one of the premier local television stations in the country!"

OCCASIONALLY CAKE RAISES MORE THAN $1,100 for MARCH OF DIMES

OCCASIONALLY CAKE RAISES MORE THAN $1,100 for MARCH OF DIMES

 

Occasionally Cake of Alexandria, Va. raised more than $1, 100 for the March of Dimes during their four-year anniversary, day-long celebration, while giving away more than 1, 500 cupcakes. For more information, visit www.occasionallycake.com or call 703.647.9638.

“Thank you to the community for helping us celebrate and giving back to the March of Dimes, an organization that is doing so much for moms and babies,” said Sabrina Campbell, owner of Occasionally Cake in Old Town Alexandria, Va.

WUSA9 to try drone camera

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Phantom is one of a handful of radio controlled rotor aircraft designed to act as miniature flying camera platforms.

WUSA has experimented, with limited success, other popular models. One model we tried flew well as long as there was no wind-but the method for downloading the video was not simple enough for our workflow-which always requires speed, reliability and ease of use.

The Phantom is a quad motor, rotor type aircraft that has a GoPro camera slung underneath for shooting video and still pictures. The GoPro is usually tough and reliable so it makes a nice choice for shooting aerial footage this way.

Rieder: 'Washington Post' sale a shocker

(USA TODAY) -- It is a stunning separation.

For years, The Washington Post and the Graham family have been as deeply intertwined as it is possible for a news outlet and its owners to be.

In fact, the storied newspaper almost seemed like part of the Graham family. Generation after generation served as its steward. The Grahams flat-out loved that paper.

And so the news late Monday afternoon that the paper was being sold to Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos came as a shock. It must have been a deeply painful decision for Post Co. CEO Donald Graham.

But despite its legendary history, its courageous and inspirational role in publishing the Pentagon Papers and exposing Watergate secrets, its continuing if diminished commitment to quality journalism, the paper is hardly immune to the profoundly disruptive impact of the digital era.

Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Design Army creates Louis at 14th Dog Contest via Facebook event

In celebration of Washington DC's MidCity Dog Days Summer Sidewalk Festival last weekend, Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, https://www.facebook.com/MidCityDogDays, @MidCityDogDays, along 14th Street NW in the U Street Corridor, Louis at 14th has launched a nationwide Dog Contest via its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/551444418224193/, with more than 130 dogs entered to date.

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