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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Class of 2000

This is pretty far afield from Georgetown basketball, but since all of us graduated from Georgetown in 2000, I thought it was appopriate to recognize the accomplishments of some of our classmates. FishbowlDC is reporting that three of them are basically taking over at ABC News's politics division. Now, if they could only get Miles O'Brien (College '81) back on on the air after CNN pulled him and Soledad from American Morning, altering my a.m. television habits....

Davis, Travers, O'Keefe Step It Up At ABC News

ABC News today announced two Deputy Political Directors and an Senior Political Editor. Teddy Davis and Karen Travers will both serve as Deputy Political Directors and report to David Chalian who was promoted to ABC News Political Director in March 2007. Ed O'Keefe will serve as the Senior Political Editor of Teddy Davis is covering his third election cycle for ABC News. Before being promoted to Deputy Political Director, he covered the 2006 Democratic takeover of Congress and the 2004 re-election of President Bush. Throughout his time at the network, Mr. Davis has provided guidance on political coverage to ABC News' broadcasts, on-camera political analysis to ABC News' webcasts, and political writing to He also has been a regular contributor to The Note. A graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, he earned his law degree from The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law.

Karen Travers joined ABC News in 2000. Before being promoted to Deputy Political Director, she was a White House producer since December 2004. Prior to the White House, she covered the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign and was a researcher for Ted Koppel at Nightline. Ms. Travers graduated in 2000 from Georgetown University with a degree in American Government. She served as editor-in-chief of The Hoya. Ms. Travers earned a Masters' degree in Liberal Studies from Georgetown in 2003.

As Deputy Political Directors, Travers and Davis will provide editorial guidance and work with all ABC News platforms and correspondents on story development and reporting, as well as filing political content for ABC News Digital Media. Mr. Davis and Ms. Travers will also play a key role in planning for Vote 2008 coverage across the news division for the Iowa caucuses, New Hampshire primary, Super Tuesday, conventions, debates, and election night.

Ed O'Keefe joined ABC News in 2000. Prior to serving as's Senior Political Editor, he was a producer at "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" and "World News with Charles Gibson". He traveled as a reporter covering John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2003-2004 and, prior to that time, worked as a field producer on Capitol Hill. Mr. O'Keefe graduated from Georgetown University in 2000, studying Government, Psychology and English. As Senior Political Editor of Mr. O'Keefe will oversee all political content for and he will play a key role in planning for Vote 2008 coverage across the digital spectrum for the news division.

Fun fact: Davis, O'Keefe and Travers were all in the same class in college (Georgetown, 2000). The Hoyas are slowly taking over...

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