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DorobekINSIDER: Federal News Radio’s Amy Morris leave to join new all-news station

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Amy MorrisAmy Morris, one of the stalwarts of Washington, DC’s Federal News Radio DC, is leaving the station, the DorobekINSIDER has learned. (I’m predicting that I’ll hear from Amy for calling her a “stalwart,” but it’s a good thing — really!)

We hear she is joining the all-news radio station being launched by CBS Radio, insiders say.

The departure leaves big shoes to fill on WFED’s morning show. Morris anchored the morning show with Tom Temin, the former editor of Government Computer News. Morris also served as WFED’s executive editor.

A personal note: Amy and I were paired on Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program when I first started at the station. She taught me everything I know about radio. For that, she will always have a special place in my heart. Beyond that, she is a consummate professional — and she is passionate about journalism.

And that voice: I always said — only half joking — that I could listen to her read the phone book… and I would continue to listen.

Read Morris’ bio… after the break…

Amy Morris
Executive Editor/Anchor, Federal Drive
On Twitter: @amorrisWFED

Amy Morris is an award-winning journalist, specializing in federal news. She is the co-host of The Federal Drive on Federal News Radio, which airs weekdays from 6-10 a.m.

She arrived in Washington in 1999 and hit the ground running with WTOP covering the Elian Gonzales conflict. She’s also covered the saga of missing intern Chandra Levy, the September 11th attacks, and the sniper shootings in October 2002, for which she won a National Murrow Award.

Before coming to Washington, Amy lived in Illinois where she worked for several radio and television stations. Her claim to fame in the Midwest was an investigative report that helped uncover a scandal in the Illinois Secretary of State’s office and subsequent gubernatorial race. Former Illinois Governor George Ryan was convicted of taking cash, gifts and trips in exchange for state contracts.

In 2006 Amy was named executive editor and anchor at Federal News Radio. She is also a frequent guest analyst on NewsChannel 8 and a regular contributor on WTOP.

Today, Amy’s job is to keep a close eye on the federal government. She focuses on progress being made on the smart grid, how the government is going green, whether transparency is working, implementation of open government initiatives, and other major innovations that impact federal managers and their agencies.

Amy ran – and finished – the Marine Corps Marathon in 2009. It was her second successful marathon…and probably her last. These days she spends her free time practicing Yoga, running, and strength training. She especially enjoys live music.

A small-town girl at heart, Amy grew up in a tiny rural town in South Carolina where much of her extended family still lives. She is a proud University of South Carolina graduate and a passionate Gamecock supporter.

Never, ever, ever disturb her when “her boys” are playing football. Seriously.

Follow her on Twitter: @amorris_wfed.

“…and whether or not it is clear to you, the Universe is unfolding as it should.”

Written by cdorobek

December 13, 2011 at 1:09 PM

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