About Us


Desperate in DC is the hilarious blog-book creation of Cherie Morris and Penelope Bell, two Washington, DC moms wrestling in very different ways with the issues of motherhood, money and marriage. Writing under the pen names Crystal Walker (Morris) and Phoebe Thompson (Bell), the ladies gleefully skewer the privileged and powerful in the nation’s capital, while simultaneously tackling their own life challenges.

The dynamic duo have dished on dozens of leading media outlets from coast-to-coast, commenting on pop culture, family and parenting issues including Fox News with Gretchen Carlson, Washington Life, The Glenn Beck Show, Hollywood on the Potomac, WABC New York, WTOP Washington, One America News Network, Sirius/XM Radio, WJR Detroit, WLW Cincinnati, WBAL Baltimore, WTAM Cleveland, CJAD Montreal, WPHD Philadelphia, KDKA Pittsburgh and dozens more.

Contact the authors at info@desperateindc.com. Desperate in DC is represented by Allen Media Strategies; For reviewer copies or to request author interviews, please contact Burke Allen at (703) 589-8960 or burke@allenmediastrategies.com.


Phoebe Thompson Phoebe Thompson hails from Mother England, but has happily embraced not just the USA, but DC in particular, especially the politics, prestige and pisco sours. She is mother to two girls, wife to darling husband, Brad (otherwise known as the oldballandchain), and best friend to Crystal. In her previous life (before marriage and children), she was an accomplished journalist, and now she is an extremely busy PAHM (part-time at home mother) working in journalism, a sacrifice she made in order to ensure her girls have the best possible support system as they grow (as long as it doesn’t get in the way of her tennis lessons at the Club). Aside from tennis, Phoebe’s other passions include fashion, yoga, and plotting her revenge against the snobby Villagers who have snubbed her over the years.
Crystal Walker Crystal Walker is a DC-based lawyer, wife, and mother of four, who arrived from the glorious midwest. When she’s not busy juggling her work and children, she enjoys blogging about her family’s adventures in the Nation’s Capital, shopping for bargains, and searching for nirvana via yoga and the *occasional* (really!) cocktail. Of course her favorite pastime is gleefully skewering the privileged and powerful DC elites with her BFF, Phoebe Thompson.