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ABC’s Stephanopoulos Gets First Interview With Darren Wilson

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ABC’s George Stephanopoulos has apparently landed the first interview with officer Darren Wilson following news that he will not be indicted.

The chief anchor and political correspondent for ABC was among many news hosts vying for the first televised interview with Wilson. Stephanopoulos was the rumored frontrunner in the interview sweepstakes, however, he has now confirmed via Twitter that the hourlong sit-down has already been taped.

No word yet on when the interview will air.

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MSNBC’s Karen Finney To Join Media Matters

7c923c012a044aa0b63973cfce8aca8eAccording to Dylan Byers of POLITICO, Karen Finney, former DNC spokesperson and MSNBC commentator, will join Media Matters For America as a senior fellow and consultant. The liberal watchdog group told POLITICO that Finney, “will write regular commentary pieces for Media Matters in addition to continuing her independent consultancy and other projects.”

Finney, who left MSNBC earlier this month, said, ”Media Matters does indispensable work exposing lies, misinformation, and vitriol from conservative media. I’m thrilled to be working with them.”

Finney previously worked in the Clinton White House as well as Hillary Clinton‘s first New York Senate race. She was also the first African-American spokeswoman for the DNC and has been an MSNBC commentator and guest host since 2009.

NYT Scoops Up Former NPR Exec Kinsey Wilson

NPR’s former vice president and and chief content officer, Kinsey Wilson, who was ousted in October, will be the first ever editor for innovation and strategy at The New York Times. Wilson, who has served in top roles at other major national media publications like USA Today, Newsday and Congressional Quarterly, will take on a newly created position that focuses on expanding the Times’ mobile and digital strategy. He starts his new role in February.

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 12.15.18 PM ”He will be the newsroom’s main liaison on digital matters to the business side of The Times Company,” the Times said in a statement. 

Wilson, who led and transformed NPR’s digital strategy over the last six years, was let go last month as part of a major reorganization at the organization.

“Over the past 20 years Kinsey has been a pioneer in digital journalism and directed news organizations at the highest level. During his time at NPR he oversaw the network’s worldwide news-gathering, programming and digital operations,” Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times wrote in a memo obtained by CapitalNewYork. He drove the development of the NPR One mobile app, which pioneered a new, personalized digital listening experience. Before joining NPR, Kinsey led USA Today’s digital news strategy and, as executive editor, helped oversee its daily news operations. Before that — starting in the mid-1990s — he played a lead role in developing Congressional Quarterly’s early online strategy. Kinsey was also a reporter for seven years at Newsday. On a personal note, I’ve known Kinsey for more than a decade, and he will be a wonderful colleague.”

Brian Weiss Leaves WaPo to Join The Justice Network

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 11.50.50 AMThe Washington Post’s Brian Weiss is leaving D.C. to join a new Atlanta-based television network startup dedicated to criminal justice and true crime investigations. The Justice Network bills itself as the “first-of-its-kind-public-service-iniative” where viewers will be enlisted to “track down criminals and missing children.”

According to its website, the network will feature true crime stories with the intent of making communities safer  ”by empowering viewers to take action.”  The Justice Network is partnering with Gannet Broadcasting to air its programs across nearly one third of the country beginning in January.

Weiss, who has served as The Post’s manager of business development and content partnerships for more than two years, and held similar roles at Bloomberg, will be going back to his roots in television production. At The Justice Network, he’ll be the director of distribution and business development, as well as leading the network’s digital strategy.

He will be joined by a team of some of the industry’s top executives like CEO Steve Shiffman, the former president of National Geographic Channels, the head of distribution, Barry Wallach, former president of NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution; and head of programming John Ford,  former president of the Discovery Channel.  

“Recognizing that by 2013, half of the top 50-rated prime shows on television were justice-oriented programming, our management team saw the need to satisfy America’s obsession with justice,” Schiffman said in a statement. “We are proud to be a part of this unique multicast network’s efforts to make a difference in people’s lives, fight crime and to keep communities safer.”

Reps Gabbard, Schock Introduce Resolution For #GivingTuesday

givingtuesdayA bipartisan resolution was introduced by Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Aaron Schock (R-IL) last week that would recognize a national day of giving and volunteerism.

#GivingTuesday, now in its third year, takes place on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, intended to follow the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, #GivingTuesday will take place on December 2.

The worldwide movement has over 17,000 U.S.-based partners, including Microsoft, JC Penny, Discover, Toys “R” Us, Ebay, Boys and Girls Club of the USA, MSNBC, Ronald McDonald House, USA for UNHCR, Nothing But Nets and the United Methodist Church. Celebrity supporters include Fran DrescherJessica AlbaJohn Bon JoviHugh Jackman, and Queen Latifah

“There are too many things that cause divisions within our communities, but one thing that can bring us together toward a common goal is that of giving to others, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said Congresswoman Gabbard. “We should always be looking for opportunities to serve others and give generously of our time and resources to worthy causes. ‘Giving Tuesday’ is a great way to raise awareness of our responsibility to serve others before ourselves, and give back to our communities. I encourage everyone to embrace these values and the spirit of Giving Tuesday.”

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Twitter Reacts to Ferguson Decision

Twitter_logo_blueBy Midnight, more than 3.5 million tweets had been sent following the decision in #Ferguson to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. The peak came at 9:29pmET with 52,114 tweets per minute. (AP bulletin was at 9:25 p.m.)  Geotagged tweets mentioning “Ferguson” or #Ferguson increased over the course of the night and exploded as the verdict was read.

Check out animated map via POLITICO.

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What’s Happening

— Sen. Charles Schumer to Diagnose What Went Wrong for Democrats in 2014, What Lies Ahead for 2016 at the National Press Club, 10 a.m.

— Second Life of Political Leaders: A Case Study of Adolf Hitler’s Image in American Pop Culture at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, noon

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POLITICO Hires Katy Theranger As Talent Recruiter

katyPOLITICO has snagged Katy Theranger as a new talent recruiter. Katy has worked in three other recruitment positions before joining POLITICO in October.

On her LinkedIn profile, she writes, “POLITICO was created with a simple promise: to prove there’s a robust and profitable future for tough, fair and fun coverage of politics and government. To do this, we cling to a simple principle: always hire the most talented editors, reporters and newsroom staff and then set them loose on many platforms for modern media consumption: print, online, mobile, video and events. Hiring for positions across the organization!”

Good luck from FishbowlDC, Katy!

Watch: President Obama Presents Medal of Freedom to Tom Brokaw, Stevie Wonder, Meryl Streep, and 16 Others (LIVE)

PBS NewsHourPresident Barack Obama will present the nation’s highest civilian honor to 19 journalists, artists, public servants and activists this afternoon.

Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom will include legendary NBC anchor, Tom BrokawEthel Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, actress Meryl Streep and composer Stephen Sondheim.

Watch the award presentations live via PBS at 2:15 p.m. ET. Read more

Meet the Press Salutes Marion Barry

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On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd remembered former DC mayor, Marion Barry, who passed away over the weekend.

“Marion Barry died overnight after a brief stay in a Washington D.C. hospital,” said Todd, “Barry rose to national prominence as mayor of Washington D.C.  He was a commanding presence for decades.  He served four terms as mayor and one term in prison.  Marion was a civil rights leader who became mayor, a symbol of self governance for African Americans who put many blacks in positions previously reserved for whites.”

Todd continued, “but he also struggled with addiction and famously was arrested in a sting operation in a Washington hotel.  He had been lured there by a former lover.  And while that arrest is what many Americans outside Washington remember, for Washingtonians, at least for some of them, they forgive him because of his days as a civil rights leader.  Marion Barry was 78.”

Video Courtesy of NBC’s Meet the Press.

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