By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster.
The streets of Borderstan are rich with journalistic talent – and we’ve got you covered for insider scoop; from our January interview with Julie Mason of Politico (formerly of Washington Examiner) to our June interview with Harry Jaffe of the Washington Examiner and Washingtonian….we get you the work story, personal story, Borderstan story and everything in between.
… And now, I’m pleased to welcome our latest addition: Mike DeBonis, Washington Post reporter who covers local politics and government (DeBonis came from Washington City Paper.) DeBonis’ unbiased coverage of local politics and the inner-workings of the City Council over the past four years has earned him the reputation as the tough but fair reporter who leaves no stone unturned.
In addition to his day-to-day Post deadlines, DeBonis blogs on all things D.C. You can check out his breaking news and musings at District of DeBonis. As you’ll read below, DeBonis has strong ties to his current job, local journalism, the streets of Borderstan and the glory that is Fast Gourmet.
Profiles like DeBonis’ are part of our ongoing series featuring “Borderstan-grown” people of interest. For others we have featured, check out interviews with featured personality Shi-Queeta-Lee and novelist Joe Flood.
Borderstan: Thanks for agreeing to be the one who answers the questions instead of asking them. Tell us about your move to D.C. — when did you arrive and what brought you here?
DeBonis: I will have lived in D.C. 11 years later this month. I moved here in 2000 to attend Georgetown University. At the time, I thought I was going to be big into politics. Then, I realized I didn’t really care for my fellow students who were also going big into politics. I ended up a Russian major, but mostly I worked on the weekly newspaper. I started freelancing for Washington City Paper while a student and when they offered me a job just before my last semester, I decided to graduate early and take it because it was the only thing I was qualified to do anyway.
Approximately 150 people turned out for DC Mayor Adrian Fenty’s LGBT Pride Month celebration Wednesday night at Mova on P Street NW.
The meet-and-greet on the last night of Pride Month was to celebrate the accomplishments of the lesbian and gay community, including the passage of same sex marriage rights earlier this year in DC.
Mike DeBonis at The Washington Post has a good write up of the event, which was billed as a non-campaign event for Fenty. But, Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colorado) spoke at the event–and he endorsed Fenty for re-election. Polis is one of three openly gay members of Congress.
In his column, Debonis (he moved to the Post from the City Paper a few months ago) talks about Fenty’s tough re-election campaign against Council Chairman Vincent Gray. He gives a good overview of some of the recent criticism by some in the gay community. DeBonis’ column is a good read; check it out.
In addition, DeBonis has a story in Friday’s Post about Fenty, his campaign, his governing style–and why the polls show him in trouble in his re-election bid.