Dannia Hakki is a DC-based PR guru and co-owner of the entertainment, hospitality, design and fashion PR agency Moki Media.

I first met lobbyist and hospitality entrepreneur, Vinoda Basnayake, in 2009. I had just moved back to my hometown of Washington, D.C. after cutting my teeth in NYC at a high profile boutique lifestyle PR agency. I had some great experience as a publicist in NYC, but at just 25 years old, I had just taken an entrepreneurial leap to start my own PR agency, MoKi Media. DC was a new market for me, and I needed clients.

I remember walking into Vinoda’s downtown rooftop lounge, Eden, and feeling like I was back in NYC. I had experience with nightlife accounts. I knew what to do, and how to do it. I needed to meet the owner of this place and introduce myself. The connection was instant. He went to Gonzaga High School. I went to Georgetown Day School & The Field School. He went to Georgetown. I went to George Washington University. He was a political lobbyist by day – with a JD/MBA from Wharton Business School – and nightlife entrepreneur by night. I was definitely going to be his publicist.

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When you work on the Hill, certain tasks can take over the time you spend at the job. We polled our press secretary and former press secretary friends to ask how their time is or was spent at work. This week, we have how a Capitol Hill press secretary’s day can sometimes be divided.

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The news is serious business. All day, influencers, lawmakers and everyday citizens follow DC reporters on Twitter to get the latest on what’s happening not only in DC but nationally. We have to be honest – sometimes we just follow them for the jokes.

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Meet Brandon Byrd. He started a vintage mobile eatery paying homage to the Rock & Roll era, serving turtle pecan sundaes, rootbeer floats, doughnut sandwiches, and other amazing treats to District Citizens out of a restored 1952 step van. Named one of the best food trucks in DC, Goodies is now also a stand at National Harbor. We caught up with him about work and life in DC.

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The Red Sweater Project collaborates with developing communities to create affordable, accessible and advanced educational opportunities for children in rural Tanzania.

This is not the traditional aid model. Red Sweater Project brings together global resources and skills to create sustainable solutions locally. A community donates their own land, their own resources, and their energy, and the Red Sweater Project helps with the rest.

Sounds awesome, right? But how can you help when Tanzania is 7,665 mi away? You can go to this classy charity fundraiser for the organization at Bobby Van’s on Wednesday, April 22nd from 6-8PM. They’re currently accepting RSVPs through Jessica Mandel at (202) 626-3304 or jessica.mandel@credit-suisse.com.

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When you work on the Hill, certain tasks can take over the time you spend at the job. We polled all of the LCs and former LCs we could get in touch with to ask how their time is spent at work. This week, we have how a legislative correspondent’s day can be divided.

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Famous 5

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David Drucker

Meet David Drucker. He’s currently Senior Congressional Correspondent at the Washington Examiner. He tackles serious issues and is a major source for up to the minute information in this town. We caught up with him briefly to talk more about his work, how he got started and where he hangs out.

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All right all you big-time editors (looking at you, Ryan Grim, Susan Glasser, Jon Allen, Rachael Smolkin, Gabriel Snyder, Karey Van Hall, and Rachel Van Dongen) – we’re helping you find the next generation of talent. We reached out to our sources and  compiled a list of 5 political reporters to watch.

Juana_Summers

Juana Summers, NPR
https://twitter.com/jmsummers

She dominated the defense coverage beat at Politico. She moved to NPR and owns the political beat with her unique stories.

Dana Liebelson

Dana Liebelson, Huffington Post
https://twitter.com/dliebelson

Dana has to be among the most deceptively tenacious journalists in Washington. AND she is in a punk band that is actually very good.

Alicia Amling

Alicia Amling, CBS News, Producer
https://twitter.com/AmlingAM

Hey, she doesn’t read our emails but that didn’t stop us from adding her to the list. Numerous sources confirmed that you can’t out hustle Alicia. She will be a key player behind the scenes as 2016 coverage heats up.

Lauren French

Lauren French, Politico
https://twitter.com/laurennfrench

French is leading the Politico homepage almost more than Hillary these days. Key part of Politico’s Congress team.

Megan Wilson

Megan Wilson, The Hill
https://twitter.com/misswilson

Megan is developing quite a Rolodex on K Street and her lobbying coverage drives beltway conversations.

 

Who did we miss? Hit us up at FamousDC@gmail.com and we’ll include in the post. 

 

More Political Reporters to Watch

Daniel Newhauser
https://twitter.com/dnewhauser

Emily Cahn
https://twitter.com/CahnEmily

Gabriel Debenedetti
https://twitter.com/gdebenedetti

Alex Moe
https://twitter.com/AlexNBCNews