Posts Tagged ‘russ ptacek’

The Needle: Celebs, They’re Just Like Us

Celebrity Bikeshare: The Bulls' guard Derrick Rose is too injured to play against the Wizards in the first-round playoff series, but he was spotted touring the District on a Capital Bikeshare bike today. Great use of public transportation, but next time, wear a helmet! +3

Photo Leak: Earlier this week, WUSA9's Russ Ptacek chronicled on Twitter his [...]

Russ Ptacek Spent Tuesday Waiting for Muriel Bowser

WUSA9 investigative reporter Russ Ptacek and a cameraman sat outside Ward 4 D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser's office at the Wilson Building for two and a half hours Tuesday, waiting to snag an interview with the Democratic mayoral nominee. But Bowser never came, and Ptacek, whom Washington City Paper dubbed D.C.'s most excitable newsman in a 2013 cover story, [...]

D.C. Cab Commission on Discrimination Allegations: “We’re Confident in Our Performance”

D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells called on the D.C. Office of Human Rights this week to investigate racism allegations surrounding the D.C. Taxicab Commission and taxi drivers, who have been accused of not picking up prospective customers because of their race or disability.
Wells, who is running for mayor and previously oversaw the Transportation Committee on the [...]

The Needle: All My Single Fellas

D.C. Sex Appeal: Voting is open for Inside Edition's D.C. hottest bachelor contest. Check out the hunks here, and may we encourage a vote for D.C. media man Russ Ptacek, whom City Paper already officially dubbed D.C.'s "most excitable local newsman." +3
Sealed: The Georgetown University seal that determines who will and won't graduate has been inexplicably painted over ahead [...]

Taxi Sting Reveals Cabbies Ignoring Nearly Half of Disabled Passengers

Local TV sting-meister Russ Ptacek returned to the taxi discrimination beat yesterday, and he still doesn't like what he sees.
This time, instead of testing how many drivers passed up black passengers, Ptacek saw how they reacted to people with disabilities. The results were ugly—48 percent of the cabs Ptacek and his crew tested wouldn't pick [...]

Chatter: The King of Sting

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We are not, it turns out, the only fans of Russ Ptacek, the WUSA9 investigative reporter whose bombastic stings of racist cab drivers and health-code violators have enlivened D.C’s TV news landscape over the last year. Commenting on Will Sommer’s profile of Ptacek, I watch news [...]

District Line Daily: Stay Classy, D.C.

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This week's cover story, out now in print: Meet TV reporter Russ Ptacek, ardent opponent of [...]

Georgetown Dean & DeLuca Closed for Mice Poop By the Cheese, Live Birds

Update, 7:00 p.m.: statement from Dean & DeLuca added below.
Looks like Washington's birds and rats have turned to class war. WUSA9's Russ Ptacek reports that Georgetown's boutique Dean & DeLuca grocery store was closed yesterday after health inspectors found that, among other things, it had mice droppings right by the cheese display:
Live birds, rat droppings [...]

Reporter Goes To Catch A Predator on Racist Cab Drivers

Washington's full of journalists, but it's sadly lacking in a certain kind of media type: the histrionic local TV news "I-Team" reporter. D.C. has the requisite corrupt politicians, so why can't we get somebody to ambush them with a microphone and camera crew?
Maybe we're about to. When I first heard that WUSA9 reporter and Anderson [...]

Is Anderson Cooper This D.C. Reporter’s Doppelgänger?

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WUSA 9 reporter Russ Ptacek hates dirty restaurants. Hates them. His excitable reports for the station teem with disgust at business owners who neglect to have a licensed food manager. As I write this, he's on something called an "undercover #foodalert investigation." Such freezer-diving might be less prestigious than his last [...]