1. Charon Hines
Muriel Bowser’s director of community affairs has an innocuous title that belies her out-size power as the DC mayor’s schoolmate and friend.
2. Eric Nuzum
We hear the popularity of podcasts such as Serial is drawing listeners from plain-vanilla public radio. We’ll ask NPR’s vice president for programming how his employer plans to keep up.
3. Callie Harris
We want Valentine’s Day tips from the “dating concierge” at Three Day Rule, the area’s non-digital matchmaking service. But not for us—honest!
4. José R. Cabañas
We’re dying to hear what Cuba’s chief diplomat in DC has to say about the US now that American officialdom actually feels free to have him to dinner. (We’ll also wrangle an invite for mojitos at the Cuban Interests Section’s famed bar.)
5. Elise Stefanik
The youngest congresswoman ever, the 30-year-old Republican from northern New York joins a growing coterie of millennials on the Hill. Wait—will Snapchat spell the end of congressional sexting scandals?
6. Mike Wise
Told “You don’t get it—you’re white” after sounding off about athletes’ use of the N-word, the Washington Post columnist is joining ESPN’s fledgling “black Grantland” website. Now we don’t get it, but we’ll toast him all the same.
Disinvited! Kirby Delauter
In response to a report that the Frederick County Council member was complaining about parking spots at city hall, he threatened to sue the local paper for using his name. That’s D-e-l-a-u-t-e-r.
This article appears in the February 2015 issue of Washingtonian.