B*tch is the New…Reliable Source

Less than 24 hours before Helena Andrews (author of B*tch is the New Black) spilled that she’s (technically) the newest Reliable Source reporter — taking over from Roxanne Roberts who decided to step down after her partner in crime Amy Argetsinger announced she was pursuing other endeavors — Emily Heil was feted for snagging that title (newest Reliable Source) at a Dine & Dish hosted by Janet Donovan of Hollywood on the Potomac.

Now the two will work together, as did the devilish duo before them, to chip away at worthy Washingtonian’s secrets.

Some 20 lifestyle writers (most of them “gossip” columnists in their own right — and a few who had been Reliable Sources!) came together over cuts of salmon and veal ravioli at Look Supper Club to offer advice, share personal war stories, and grill Heil on her own take on the new job.  Who will be the focus?  How does she plan to cultivate sources?  And just what does make a Washington celebrity?

“Our celebrities are not necessarily the most glamorous or even the most powerful,” Heil admitted.  “[One definition is that] they are well-known and influential.   But there are a lot of ways to be a celebrity, and there are a lot more of them out there than we are currently writing about.”

Whether to the already applauded or just announced, to both newbies — best of luck revamping old Reliable!

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