As "The CBS Morning News" continues beefing up its competitive team, there is an awareness that the Washington presence needs to be expanded. Looking for a "high-profile" Washington correspondent, network executives are talking with Terence Smith, editor of The New York Times' Washington Talk page. He is said to be their first choice. Smith, son of the legendary sportswriter Red Smith, has appeared three times in recent weeks on "The CBS Morning News" as a guest reporter. He has also appeared frequently on PBS' "Washington Week in Review." Smith was not available for comment yesterday . . .
Washington Weekly publisher Joan Bingham was in Boston recently for talks with executives at the Boston Phoenix weekly newspaper, to see if they might be interested in investing in her newspaper. Bingham said the Weekly has been paying the Phoenix a "very small retainer" for consulting since the Weekly started up, and is looking for additional investors . . .
That was James Brooks, the brilliant writer-director of "Terms of Endearment," at Wednesday's Washington Journalism Review awards party. He has been in town interviewing TV news people for his forthcoming movie about media and politics. He hasn't said if the movie will be a drama or a farce . . .
One final note on the WJR party. The original cofounders of the magazine, Roger Kranz and Valerie McGhee, were not invited. They were, however, at the National Journal party a few blocks away at the F Street Club . . .
Sen. Jake Garn yesterday received his flight assignment from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration: He will be a payload specialist on a Challenger space shuttle flight scheduled for launch Feb. 20 . . .
Joanna Carson, the estranged wife of "Tonight" show host Johnny Carson, is having a tough time making it on $35,000 a month in temporary support payments. She has filed court papers seeking an additional $6,000 monthly to help her make monthly expenses of $54,000. A problem we can all relate to . . .