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The Friday Reporter was created to better understand the news process from a journalist's point of view. After nearly three years, the guest list has expanded to include newsmakers, policymakers and image makers. It's a show about public affairs and the contours of how business is done. Lisa Camooso Miller is the host and a D.C.-based public affairs professional who is asking the questions.


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The Friday Reporter was created to better understand the news process from a journalist's point of view. After nearly three years, the guest list has expanded to include newsmakers, policymakers and image makers. It's a show about public affairs and the contours of how business is done. Lisa Camooso Miller is the host and a D.C.-based public affairs professional who is asking the questions.




Everyone Can Be Right

Jade Davis is the co-founder and chief strategy officer for Thornton Buckeye Group in Cleveland, OH. He started the firm with his wife Crystal nearly a decade ago - and has turned his attention to growing this business that is connecting people in state and across the country. As senior vice president at the Port of Cleveland, Jade oversaw public affairs and energy policy while witnessing record economic growth at this important trade port in the U.S. Though a lifetime of hard work and tremendous experience, Jade was proud to bring prosperity back to his hometown community. Jade shares how he got his start in politics from a very young age -- thanks to his parent's commitment to civics and community - worked on super high-level campaigns, the Ohio state house, and landed in D.C. on a critical issue campaign. That's where he saw 39 states and his career path crossed with Lisa's to forge a lifelong friendship. Listen in today to meet Jade Davis and hear more about the exiting things happening in Cleveland, OH and at Thornton Buckeye Group. ( Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Special Episode on Warrior Call Day -- with Frank Larkin

Frank Larkin is a national advocate for veterans suicide prevention and traumatic brain injury research. As a former Navy Seal himself with a long and decorated career in the U.S. Secret Service and as U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms, Frank joins Lisa today to raise awareness for an organization near and dear to his heart. Frank shares his own personal story about the loss of his own son, Ryan, and how the efforts of families affected like his are truly making a difference in how we continue to honor and serve our veterans after their service has concluded. Warrior Call Day is every year on November 12, reminding us all that reaching out and making connections with our friends and family that have served could truly make a difference. Join me for this special episode today -- and learn more about Frank's efforts at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Global Insights on American Politics

After several years overseas covering OPEC, landing impossible-to-get guests and breaking news, Annmarie Hordern returned to D.C. for Bloomberg to cover the White House. Her easy and brilliant approach to news coverage is the envy of many of her colleagues and sources. Annmarie's point of view on the difference between international and U.S. news, along with the importance of having a worldview, is an important conversation in today's environment. Tune into today's conversation with the hardest working woman in media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Bowties and Raising Boys

Jeff Nelligan is a senior exec at the U.S. FDA, but that's not nearly all that keeps him busy. He's the proud author of two great books -- "Four Lessons from My Three Sons, How to Raise Resilient Kids" & "Your Kid's Rebound from Pandemic Lockdowns." With a 7 year old start at politics, donning a clip-on bowtie to campaign for his mom, Jeff prides himself on his careful and considerate approach to parenting and all things political communications. He had an early stint at journalism before taking some tremendous posts in government -- both Administration and Capitol Hill. Dive in today to learn more about Jeff's common sense approach to raising resilient kids and how his political background informed it all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Recovered Journalist turned Messaging Guru & Author

Brad Todd is the co-founder of On Message and co-author of The Great Revolt, but he confessed today that he's also a recovering journalist. Heard weekly on TV and radio, he's offering keen insight into political mindset and voter dispositions. Brad's point of view is sought from both elected and private sector clients alike. He shares his projections on '24, the challenges facing traditional polling and how to make an impact outside of politics -- through philanthropy. His Coach to Cure MD charity is making tremendous strides for Duchenne muscular dystrophy though partnerships with college football coaches. Tune in to hear Brad's point of view on politics, journalism and the importance of giving back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Uncomfortable Conversations

This week's guest is podcast host and superstar Corey Nathan -- host of Talkin' Politics and Religion Without Killing Each Other. At a time when polarization is at an all-time high, Corey launched and continues to host a super successful podcast with some of the most intriguing and compelling hosts in the U.S. today. His own amazing personal story inspired the concept and it's grown exponentially since then. Tune in to get some great insight about how to talk these tough topics with friends and family, without having to call your lawyer after. Corey is a gem and a new friend and I'm thrilled to share him with you today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Makeup is a Must to Avoid Distraction

Brooke lee Smith is a beauty creative and makeup artist in the D.C. area, but that doesn't confine her to one coast. Brooke's remarkable work can be seen on the faces of so many media hosts, politicians and D.C. elite -- but also has earned her credits on some of the best known entertainment spaces, as well. Today's conversation focuses on the importance of makeup for public appearances, but homes in on the origins of the craft and why it is imperative. If for no other reason, to avoid any distractions from the message you hope to convey. Brooke is actively working on a book about the psychology of makeup and can be found at Don't miss this fun conversation for tips and tricks to looking flawless. For women and MEN! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


The First Draft of History

Wendy Benjaminson is senior editor at Bloomberg News and shares that journalism is truly a family business. With an impressive pedigree from University of Maryland, Wendy's career has taken her to so many remarkable and interesting news outlets. She shares some of the favorite stories she's covered, the infrastructure of Bloomberg News in D.C., the changes that have come to the newsroom and what it's like to write "the first draft of history." Don't miss this fun episode with a remarkable D.C. journalist -- in the first-ever in studio production. Tune in! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


So NOW What Do We Wear?

Margo Lilly is a D.C.-based stylist with a clientele that spans the globe. Her childhood love of dressing-up has become a booming business of styling her clients. After three years of joggers and slippers the business world is struggling to figure what it is we should wear. Margo goes through the new rules for women and men (minute 14) so that we can more easily get up and out daily. With a world that is so dominated by images and online personas, it's good to get some insight from someone who knows. (spoiler alert: break out your penny loafers!) Tune in to meet my friend Margo from! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


The Friday Reporter is Growing!

Friday Reporter by the Numbers 125 episodes 12K downloads Partnered with PR Daily Part of The Big Whig Podcast Network So many new pitches in, guests will continue to be journalists, the news-adjacent and other newsmakers! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Climate Science & Trends to Follow

Today's guest is a journalist that has been a pioneer in the reporting of climate in America and across the globe. Coral Davenport is the energy and environment policy correspondent for the New York Times and over her career she has seen and advocated for the expansion of this important news coverage. She shares her early interest in journalism -- from travel to possibly foreign correspondent -- to several well-known D.C. publications -- and finally landing at the New York Times. She was once among just a few, but is now joined by nearly 15 journalists that cover the many contours of possibly one of the most important issues of our time. Listen in today to meet Coral and her unique perspectives on climate and energy exploration, while she also offers some hopeful storylines that we ought to follow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


What's for Lunch?

Some deals get made on the golf course, while lots of others get made over a great meal. My public affairs pro friend and colleague Shelley Hymes has seized on the concept and has turned lunch into a podcast. How delicious! With a long and robust career in politics and public affairs, Shelley Hymes delights her podcast guests with a thoughtful set of questions, while also enjoying some of the most amazing meals in Washington, D.C. Hosting a successful podcast of her own, we decided it would be fun to trade hosting and guest opportunities with one another. Listen in today to hear more about Shelley and her fantastic show ! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Back to School Edition -- College Admissions -- with Chris Hammer

If you've been around me in the last few weeks, you know I'm helping my first kid with college applications. And by help, I mean recruit every single friend and resource I can to figure this out. It's not like when we did this all those years ago. So today is a special edition -- back to school style -- with my friend and counselor Chris Hammer. As the CEO, President and Chief of CMH Tutoring and Consulting, Chris Hammer preps his clients for the SAT, helps them write a killer essay, and (if you're lucky) he also gives you great food recipes and recommendations. If you find yourself in the same college prep predicament, check out my friend Chris' biz at And for those of you that are looking for journo and comms content - regular programming resumes next week! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Spelling, Grammar and Lobbying 101

Jennifer Johnson joins Lisa today for a fresh conversation about lobbying, Capitol Hill and the importance of spelling and grammar - above all else. Jennifer's remarkable dedication to her clients and her causes has delivered a rare legislative win in a divided government - and a tumultuous political environment - and she counts her good reputation and her best practices for that victory. Listen in today to hear more about the behind the scenes of a lobbyist's work and why loyalty to your home state can lead to some of the most remarkable experiences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Battleground '24, Politics and Philly Foods - with Chris Brennan

Chris Brennan is a political writer and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, authoring his gossipy-style Clout newsletter and breaking down all the news from the Commonwealth. Hat tip to Jonathan Tamari for nominating him! With a long family lineage that heralds from the City of Brotherly Love, Chris Brennan breaks down the nuances of Pennsylvania politics with Lisa for today's episode. With all reports that the road to the White House will run through his state, this political journalism legend is keeping very busy. Luckily, he found thirty minutes to talk about his career, his killer network of pols and his all-time favorite Philadelphia sandwich. Spoiler alert -- it's NOT the cheesesteak. Tune in! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Take Us on a Field Trip - with Lillian Cunningham

Quite possibly my favorite podcast host, creator and journalist is out with another "must listen" show. The Washington Post's Lillian Cunningham has hosted Presidential (44 episodes a week about each of the U.S. Presidents); Constitutional (timely because we all needed a reminder), Moonrise (about the race to the moon) and now Field Trip (about the National Parks). With 13 years at the Washington Post, Lillian pitched her first show at a time when audio was not nearly as prevalent (making her a quick study on how-to) to a time now when she is joined by a remarkable team of experts in the field of audio production. She tells us today about how Field Trip is a full experience that will deliver you to the beautiful U.S. locations she is featuring. Listen in today to find out more about Lillian Cunningham, her remarkable new podcast that has launched this week! (June 28, 2023), and her career path to podcast magic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


News Focused on Audience Experience

Joe Ruffolo is the senior vice president and general manager for The Hill and NewsNation and after a whole month of meeting his team, our conversation reflects on his vision for their future. With a remarkable career in the news and media business, Joe is focused on the audience and the value their content delivers. Join in today to hear more about his background, his vision for the future and his commitment to this great team of journalists. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Access Unmatched with The Hill's Mychael Schnell

Mychael Schnell is a Congressional staff writer for The Hill -- and the fourth episode of the monthly Hill / NewsNation takeover. With just a year under her belt at the publication, Mychael reports that access to sources is "unmatched" on Capitol Hill. From the coverage of the overturning of Roe v Wade to the Speaker election to the debate on the debt ceiling - Mychael Schnell has had a front row seat to history in just a short period of time. With an early interest in journalism, she describes her initial path toward sports journalism as a solid foundation for what is similar in the reporting on politics and policy. Mychael Schnell is already crushing this beat and she's only just begun. Tune in to meet this remarkable journalist! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Finding Strength at the Border - with Ali Bradley

Ali Bradley is the National Correspondent for NewsNation reporting everyday from the southern border of the U.S. Her early career story is not dissimilar to others in the broadcast space, but the strength she draws from her faith is what guides and grounds her in likely one of the most challenging in the continental U.S. Ali shares the perspective of a border wall -- as a beacon of hope for those coming -- and a symbol of trespass for those guarding. It's a fun and lively conversation with a journalist that is passionate about her work. Listen in today to meet Ali Bradley -- the third of five The Hill / NewsNation June podcast takeovers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Become Human to Them - with Brian Entin

Brian Entin is NewsNation's senior congressional correspondent -- and to hear him tell his story, it's an incredibly busy and meaningful experience. Brian spends much of his weeks traveling from city to city and covering some of the biggest stories in the news. He prides himself on following up on stories after they've broken to continue to follow the impacts. From the murders in Iowa, to the Surfside residential building collapse, to hurricanes and mass shootings -- Brian Entin is covering some of the most emotional and personal stories in the U.S. Tune in today to hear how he approaches these stories, greets naysayers and brings the most important stories of our lifetime into our homes with a style and grace that is unmatched. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit