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Meet Dan Cohen. Dan is a six-time Emmy Award winning veteran journalist and documentary filmmaker as well as a native Washingtonian. His recent documentary, “Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope” has achieved mass distribution, airing on PBS stations across the country. FamousDC had the chance to speak with Dan about the incredible story he tells in his film. About the film: In 2003, Space Shuttle Columbia carried a remarkable and diverse crew, which included Israel’s first astronaut, Colonel Ilan Ramon who was the son of Holocaust survivors; however, the shuttle exploded on its’ return. Dan’s new documentary tells the untold story of Colonel Ramon and his crewmates as well as the story of a small Torah scroll from the Holocaust that was on the Shuttle. It is a story of hope that will connect with audiences of any background. The documentary will be on: Sunday February 17th, 2013 at 5:00 PM ET – WETA Saturday February 23rd, 2013 at 7:00 PM ET – MPT/WMPT

Shout out to Ericka Anderson for making Washingtonian’s list of top fitness bloggers in DC. Erika Anderson loves running so much, she switched her blog’s focus from politics to living healthfully. She’s run a bunch of marathons and is an avid CrossFitter. We especially like her helpful post called “CrossFit …

Meet Shane Harris. Shane is a writer for the Washingtonian covering national security. Last week, he started Dead Drop, a new blog on Washingtonian’s site dedicated to snippets of national security news and pop culture. FamousDC was lucky enough to chat with Shane about his work and the new site.

Meet Elahe Izadi. Influence Alley reporter by day, stand-up comedian by night, Elahe Izadi wend to the University of Maryland and got her start in the District covering local news. Eventually she made her way to Capitol Hill. FamousDC was lucky enough to catch up with Izadi for a few …

Meet Alma Katsu. Alma is a successful writer whose debut novel was a top pick by the American Library Association in 2011. She originally worked as a career Intel analyst for almost 30 years, and FamousDC had the opportunity to hear about her writing and learn about how she was able to make such a drastic career switch. Here is what she had to say about following her dreams.

Meet Clay Broga and Dan Hayes. Clay and Dan are the creative minds behind the film Honor Flight – one of DC’s most talked about documentaries. Honor Flight is a documentary about four World War II veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a …

Meet Holly Thomas & Krista Haywood. Holly and Krista are the founders of Butler & Claypool, a retail and design collective in DC. Holly’s full-time gig is DC editor for Refinery29, and Krista is a government contractor. FamousDC had the chance to chat with the two about thrifting, pop-up shops and all things fashion. Here is what they had to say.

Meet Matt Croke and Gareth Croke. Matt and Gareth are one set of the two sets of brothers behind DC’s Boundary Stone, a fun pub known for bringing locals together for good drinks and good times. Colin and Peter McDonough, the other set of owners, weren’t available, but FamousDC had the opportunity to learn about this worthwhile hot spot from the Croke brothers. Read on for more about what the Boundary Stone has to offer patrons.

Meet Katie Harbath. Meet Mindy Finn. Katie is an Associate Manager at Facebook and Mindy works for Twitter. Two of social media’s leading ladies, Harbath and Finn have been proven industry experts for years. They’re also a couple of the nicest people you’ll meet in DC. Before their work at Facebook and Twitter, Katie and Mindy worked together at the RNC. Afterwards, they went their separate ways, each to head up digital operations for top presidential contenders. Katie worked for Mayor Rudy Giuliani while Mindy headed to Team Romney. Years later, they’re still on different teams, but have enormous respect for each other. With Facebook and Twitter at full-force this election cycle, we figured we’d reunite the two for a social media showdown.

Meet Shira Toeplitz. Roll Call reporter Shira Toeplitz has been burning some rubber while covering some of the hotly contested Rust Belt races happening this election cycle. A seasoned election reporter, Toeplitz worked at POLITICO and National Journal before her tenure at Roll Call covering the redistricting and campaign trail. Luckily, Shira had time to catch up with FamousDC in between her coverage to give us a little insight to her newest project, Roll Call on the Road.

Meet Philippa Hughes. Philippa is a well-known art collector and art connector in DC who is famously known for creating the Pink Line Project, a consolidated and searchable calendar of all things cool and creative in DC. FamousDC was lucky enough to chat with Philippa about the DC art scene and what makes our city just as fun as any other. Here is what she had to say about the past and present.   Written by FamousDC contributor Brittany Horowitz

Meet Scott Ableman. A long time Nats fan and NoVa resident, Scott Ableman started the now internationally famous Let Teddy Win blog in 2007. With Teddy’s historic first win at the Oct. 3 presidents race, FamousDC was curious about what we can expect from the great fan site in the future and was lucky enough to catch up with Ableman for a few minutes.

Teddy finally won the president’s race at Nationals stadium on October 3, 2012. We asked FamousDC readers where they were on this historic day for the district and incredible run for the Nationals. Remember 10/3/12. Read all of the responses here.

Meet Emily Miller. Miller is the Senior Editor for Opinion at the Washington Times. Over the past 15 years she has made her way through the ranks of Washington DC as a public affairs consultant, press secretary on Capitol Hill and former deputy to both Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. Most recently, Miller has gained popularity for her gun rights column that explores the hoops District residents must jump through in order to legally own a gun in DC.

Meet Nick Liaromatis. Nick is a proud Trojan, member of the Fighting Illini, and one of the co-founders of Dating in Groups, a new social site ready to change the way young professionals interact in D.C.