Sommer Mathis works out of her row house on Q Street in the up-and-coming Shaw neighborhood here or the occasional coffee shop on the city's hipster-heavy U Street. She wears jeans to work, and she's not obsessed with politics.
In May, Ms. Mathis became the first paid, full-time editor of Gothamist's DCist blog, finding her way into a profession that has carved out a niche in Washington, D.C., as a haven for young, smart professionals who aren't necessarily interested in more traditional media or political positions.
"I didn't move here to become a blogger, but I moved here and became a blogger," says Ms. Mathis over an iced-coffee and tuna sandwich at U Street's Mocha Hut." The 27-year-old originally came here from Los Angeles to make documentaries. "Maybe that's what this city does to you," she muses.