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Chris Matthews Reflects on the Sunday Morning Shows with The Hollywood Reporter

204_chris_wallaceIn a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul Bond, FOX News’ Chris Matthews reflects on his 50 year career in the media industry.

“I have the best job of my career,” Matthews said of his hosting duties of “FOX News Sunday.”

On the role of the Sunday public affairs programming, Matthews said, “There are about 10 million who watch them, and these are people who could be doing a lot of other stuff — going to church, reading the paper, relaxing with family — and instead they want to watch a serious news show in which there is detailed analysis and interviews about policy. So they have a big role to play, but I’m a little concerned that the in-depth interview has gone the way of the dodo bird. That’s a big mistake. This is the one platform in the TV landscape where you can get the thoroughly researched, carefully prepared interview of a top policymaker.

For the full Q&A including the start of his career, media bias, and FOX and its competitors recent coverage from Ferguson, click on over to The Hollywood Reporter.

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‘Meet the Press’ Makeover Continues with New Acting Executive Producer

Meet the Press - Season 67NBC News SVP Alex Wallace announced today that John Reiss will join NBC’s “Meet the Press” as acting executive producer, replacing Rob Yarin, who assumed the same role in August 2013 with David Gregory as moderator. TVNewser was first to report that Reiss joins as Chuck Todd prepares to take over as host of the world’s longest running television program this Sunday, September 7.

Reiss for the past seven years served as EP of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and prior to that was an EP for “NBC Nightly News” and “Dateline” producer.

Wallace writes that Yarin, who will continue in a new role with “MTP,” will “be integral to establishing a 24/7 editorial presence and ramping up our digital strategy.”

On Friday, FishbowlDC reported that 23-year NBC News veteran – 11 as “MTP” EP – Betsy Fischer Martin would depart the peacock network that day.

See Wallace’s full note to staff, after the jump. Read more

Afternoon Lede Check – 9.2.14

Islamic State claims to behead 2nd American (The Washington Post). Cantor’s New Gig Will Pay More Than $1M Per Year (Roll Call). Jury Begins Deliberations in Ex-Governor Trial (NBC4).

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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Washington Business Journal Publisher Alex Orfinger Named EVP of Parent Company

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 16.34.43The Washington Business Journal today announced a new role for it’s publisher Alex Orfinger, who’s served in that capacity for 18 years.

Orfinger, and Mike Olivieri, chief revenue officer of WBJ’s parent company American City Business Journals (ACBJ), have both been named executive vice president of ACBJ. The two will each oversee half of ACBJ’s 43 market-specific business journals. Read more

Josh Earnest Learns During WH Press Briefing of Reports that Steve Sotloff was Beheaded

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 14.44.15During today’s White House press briefing with Josh Earnest and moments after initial reports that American journalist Steve Sotloff was beheaded by ISIS, TIME’s Zeke Miller asked Earnest about the reports or for reaction, which the White House press secretary had yet to learn or see.

“This is something that the administration has obviously been watching very carefully since this threat against Mr. Sotloff’s life was originally made a few weeks ago,” said Earnest this afternoon. “Our thoughts and prayers, first and foremost, are with Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Sotloff’s family, and those who worked with him. The United States, as you know, has dedicated significant time and resources to trying and rescue Mr. Sotloff.” Read more

Stratacomm’s Emily Kuhn Joins CNN Digital as Publicist

image.pngDC publicists take note, another Tuesday announcement out of CNN’s Washington bureau to be put on your radar. Stratacomm’s Emily Kuhn has joined CNN Digital as a publicist.

An email sent out by former FishbowlDC editor turned CNN-er Matt Dornic announced Kuhn’s hire. Kuhn interned for Dornic at 3 Dog Agency, a media relations boutique he founded in 2007, and in her new role will focus her initial attention on CNNMoney and CNNPolitics.com.

Kuhn is the recipient of Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil and Bronze Anvil awards, a PR Daily Social Media Award and a National Association of Government Communicators Award.

See Dornic’s welcome to staff after the jump. Read more

Slate’s David Weigel Headed to Bloomberg Politics

WeigelIn a post to Slate Tuesday afternoon, political reporter David Weigel announced his September 19 departure for Bloomberg Politics, days ahead of the expected October 6 launch of the Bloomberg Politics site, to feature a daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

“This is still my favorite magazine and I’m only leaving it because Bloomberg’s putting together — I will try to avoid corporate-speak — an ambitious political magazine run by the sort of geniuses who made Bloomberg Businessweek into a great print mag, and New York‘s political coverage a daily must-read,” wrote Weigel. Read more

Zach Wolf Named Managing Editor of CNN Politics Digital

rRRQ0XAqCNN executive director of Politics Digital Rachel Smolkin today announced to staff that Zach Wolf will join her as managing editor of CNN’s digital political endeavors. Smolkin joined CNN in August from POLITICO where she served as managing editor for news.

“As we launch an innovative new era for our political coverage, Zach brings a very special blend of talents: a keen eye for news, a deep knowledge of video journalism in both the broadcast and digital spaces, and a sophisticated understanding of the Washington bureau’s awesome news-gathering operation,” wrote Smolkin in an email to to the DC bureau.

Wolf joined CNN in July 2013 as a senior planning editor. Prior to that he was the deputy political director for ABC News.

See Smolkin’s full note to staff after the jump. Read more

Two New Hires for Morning Consult, Tech Vertical to Launch this Month

8y4hMLAdThe Morning Consult announced today that Marissa Evans and Davis Burroughs will join the digital media company that in the past six months has grown to cover health, energy, and finance policy.

Evans joins the Consult as health editor after a fellowship at Kaiser Health News, replacing Jonathan Easley who later this month will launch its new tech vertical. Evans is the founder and editor-in-chief of InHue Magazine, a digital health publication for women of color.

Burroughs joins Morning Consult as an editorial assistant and will manage its columns section.

FOX News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz Passed Away at 51

f2672570abd6d9f0e311a2c08904942aMike Majchrowitz, White House correspondent for FOX News Radio, passed away Sunday at the age of 51 after a long battle with cancer.

“Mike was an original – a solidly tenacious reporter, a thoughtful anchor and a good man,” said Mitch David, FOX News Radio VP. “He earned the respect of his colleagues for many things, not the least of which was his kindness. From our earliest days he helped Fox News Radio grow into what we are now. His voice was unique, as was his courage. Throughout his struggle, he remained positive and was an inspiration to us all. We will miss him.”

Majchrowitz joined FNR in 2005 to serve as a Congressional correspondent until 2010 when he switched to the White House beat. In 2012, he returned to cover the presidential campaign while battling cancer.

Funeral arrangements to follow. Click here as FOX News Radio remembers Majchrowitz.

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