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1105 GovInfo’s Nancy Ferris to retire

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The DorobekInsider has learned that 1105 GovInfo’s Nancy Ferris has announced that she is going to retire.

Of course, we told you earlier that 1105 GovInfo recently hired a new editorial director, David Rapp.  Another editorial change, albeit unrelated — 1105 GovInfo is losing a distinguished journalist in Ferris who I have had the pleasure of working with for most of my DC career.

Ferris has an amazing journalistic career — in the government market, and elsewhere. She worked at the former Washington Star newspaper. I met Ferris when she was the managing editor at Government Computer News and I was a mere reporter. She worked at Government Executive for a time and eventually joined PlanetGov, which was a dot-com start-up in the late 1990s featuring Mike Causey, who has just made the jump from the Washington Post. (I now get to work with the legendary Mike Causey again here at Federal News Radio 1500 AM.) In DC, you may remember Causey’s face all over buses around town. When both of were jobless after the dot-com was dot-gone, I eventually ended up at Federal Computer Week. Later, I was thrilled to hire Ferris to work on the burgeoning Government Health IT publication.

She has notified 1105 Media that she will be retiring.

Government Health IT editor Paul McCloskey, in a note sent to staff, called her a “real pro,” and I couldn’t agree more.

Her husband retired a few years ago — they do some of the most amazing adventures. Personally, I wish her all the best and publicly thank her for all the help that she provided me over the years.

Read McCloskey’s note after the break:
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Written by cdorobek

December 17, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Posted in press

Federal News Radio — the next generation

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wfed-studio-1So starting this afternoon, Federal News Radio 1500 AM starts broadcasting from our new studios.

For a former print guy, this is a bit daunting. When I started here, I didn’t have radio experience, so I’ve been learning all sorts of new technology — the magic of radio.

We have been in a… well, not the greatest studio, to be honest. But starting this afternoon, we move to very fancy — and very daunting — new digs.

Why daunting? This is the “board,” as they call it in radio… and while we don’t use all of these buttons regularly… it is still a whole lot of buttons. We then also have to use the computers on either side.

wfed-studio-buttons

More photos of Federal News Radio’s new digs — and you can see our old digs — after the break…
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Written by cdorobek

December 17, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Posted in Federal News Radio