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Lunching with Washington's "Newsbabes"

At lunch at Westend Bistro: Front row, Angie Goff and Anita Brikman. Back row: Lindsay Czarniak, Eun Yang, Shawn Yancy, Laura Evans, Lesli Foster, Sue Palka, Pamela Brown. (Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post)

Fox5's Laura Evans was covering the dig-out from Snowpocalypse 10 days ago when she started having contractions on the set. Her baby wasn't due for three weeks, so the news anchor ignored the pain and kept working until colleague Shawn Yancy persuaded her to head to the hospital.

Son Lucas arrived just six hours later.

Six days after that, the mother of three surprised everyone by making an appearance at a bimonthly lunch for her fellow "newsbabes" (they chose the nickname -- don't yell at us!) at Westend Bistro in Northwest Washington. "She had the baby Saturday!" squealed NBC4's Eun Yang, who jumped from her chair to hug a beaming Evans.

Lindsay Czarniak and Eun Yang. (Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post)

Washington's local newswomen are a surprisingly tightknit bunch who genuinely seem to like each other, if last Friday's lunch is any indication. "In other cities I've worked it's more competitive," Yancy said. "It's such a shame because we're like women with similar interests and similar challenges."

The informal sorority was founded by former ABC 7 anchor Kathleen Matthews, now a top Marriott executive, who asked local newswomen to model for a charity fashion show last year.

The newsbabes had a blast exchanging war stories, and vowed to get together more often. They teamed up at fundraisers for heart disease, breast cancer and women reentering the workforce. And they started meeting for private lunches to share career advice and tips -- how to manage bosses, husbands and child care; how to survive the crazy hours; how to adapt their makeup for the HDTV era. "I think it's unusual," said WUSA9's Anita Brikman. "I was thrilled when I got to D.C."

Friday's topics included snow coverage, Pamela Brown's new hair color (the former blonde got the thumbs-up for going light brown) and Twitter lessons for NBC4 sports anchor Lindsay Czarniak from WUSA9's Lesli Foster and Angie Goff.

"I feel like someone's aunt who crashed the party," joked weather forecaster Sue Palka, who has juggled marriage and child-rearing with broadcasting since joining Fox5 in 1985. "I've never been happier. I've weathered the storm."

By The Reliable Source  |  February 22, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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And not a journalist in the bunch, a gaggle of "Happy Talk News" harpies, how charming!

Posted by: SoCali | February 22, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

If they expect to be taken seriously they should give themselves another name. Using that name, to describe themselves, is not clever it's insulting.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 22, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Lesli Foster is the HOTTEST one out of all of them!!! Lesli, you got my phone number, call me sometime, boo!!!!

Posted by: Libel278 | February 22, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

We can only assume Alison Starling was too hot to hang with this crowd.

Posted by: RiverOtis | February 24, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

You're missing Norma Montenegro (Univision WMDO)

Posted by: arhutch | February 24, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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