Best Flak

Leah Gurowitz
She took it in 2008. She takes it again in 2011. The voice of D.C. Superior Court and the D.C. Court of Appeals, Leah Gurowitz, pretty much never forgets to return a call. While certain District flaks can be notoriously difficult to get a hold of, Gurowitz doesn’t dodge the 10 or so media calls she gets bombarded with each day. Her secret may be natural ability. “My mother thinks I have the perfect job because I get paid to talk on the phone all day,” says Gurowitz, recalling that as a gabby teenager she held her family’s phone line hostage. But I’ve watched Gurowitz, who’s been at her job almost 10 years now, do more than talk on the phone. When a big case is going, reporters can get persnickety about everything from recently filed charging documents to a reserved courtroom seat. And Gurowitz salves the reporter’s ego like no one else. As if dealing with the press wasn’t bad enough, Gurowitz also fields questions from demanding government types on the D.C. Council and in Congress.
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