For the past seven years ABC's Sam Donaldson has relied on the help of
someone with solid liberal credentials: Mari Hope, his assistant at the
Washington bureau correspondents desk. An October Washington Times
profile of Donaldson referred to Hope as "a former legislative
assistant." Asked about this, she eagerly volunteered that
"the L-word" describes her views. Hope explained she carried
the title of Deputy Administrative Assistant to U.S. Rep. Ron Wyden when
she helped "set up his office" just after the liberal Oregon
Democrat was first elected in 1982. Hope also worked for the 1980
NPR to Capitol Hill.
Keith Morrison, Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Thomas
Foglietta since April and a former National Public Radio (NPR) staffer,
has been promoted to Legislative Director for the Pennsylvania Democrat.
In early 1984 NPR hired him as Los Angeles bureau researcher. He moved
to Washington a few months later where he put in a stint on the
assignment desk at NPR headquarters until May 1985.
A Progressive Move.
Judith Miller, the Washington reporter in the mid-1970's for The
Progressive, a far-left monthly magazine, will soon begin a new
editing assignment for The New York Times. Since early 1987
Miller's held the number two position in the Times Washington
bureau as News Editor. Just after election day, however, she went on
leave to complete a book about World War II. On February 1 Miller moves
to New York to oversee media company news for the "Business
Bush Connection. MacNeil-Lehrer
NewsHour off-air Capitol Hill reporter Susan Morrison, Deputy
Communications Director for the 1980 George Bush for President
Committee, has resigned from the PBS show. She has not announced any new
plans. Her decision to join the Bush campaign came as quite a surprise
in 1979 given her position at the time: Director of Communications for
the Democratic National Committee. In 1976 she served as Field Director
for the presidential effort launched the late Senator Frank Church.
After the demise of the Bush campaign,
Morrison landed an assignment editor slot with the ABC News Washington
bureau. CBS News hired her away in 1984, making her Assignment Manager,
replacing Anne Edwards who quit to become scheduler for Mondale-Ferraro.
The Washington position allowed Morrison to work near Martin Plissner,
Executive Political Editor for CBS News, and her husband.
So which side of the political spectrum
holds her allegiance? In 1980 a Washington Post Magazine
staffer wrote: "There are moments, however, when Morrison is
clearly troubled by the ideological tenor of the Bush campaign. After a
speech in Concord, N.H., in which Bush waxed particulary Reaganesque,
Morrison confessed, 'I started thinking about the issues today. I got
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