It seemed like nearly every media beat reporter and columnist was at the CBS News holiday party last night held on the 35th floor of “Black Rock,” to mingle with execs and talent from the network. Upon entering we bumped in to 60 Minutes Correspondent Steve Kroft…waiting for his name tag. Other talent on hand included Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez from The Early Show, and Maurice DeBois from WCBS.
We caught up with as many reporters as possible and spotted many others including Ken Li from Reuters, Stuart Elliot & Brian Stelter from the Times, Carol Story, Early Show, Michael Learmonth, Silicon Alley Insider, Joshua Chaffin, Financial Times, Seth Sutel, AP, Brian Steinberg, AdAge, Aaron Barnhart, Kansas City Star, Matthew Flamm, Crain’s NY, Jon Friedman, Marketwatch, ex-Journal reporter Joe Flint, now Director of the Paley Center for Media, and the most prolific cover story writer working today, Jerry Adler from Newsweek (150? He says he lost count).
PR folk on hand included Stuart Zakim from Showtime, Danielle Perissi, VP of Comm for Time Inc’s financial pubs, and Freud CEO Matthew Hiltzik (Katie Couric’s PR man).
I also enjoyed a chatty group from CBS made up of a photo editor, the photographer on Survior, and the widget guru from CBS.com. Proving NY media is truly a fishbowl, the editor spoke of the NPH phenomenon, not realizing I wrote the piece.