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Ross Levitt to Lead CNN’s National Security Team In Washington

07356131ded962f5e9bc393135297662Ross Levitt will be joining CNN’s Washington bureau to lead their National Security team, announced managing editor of the bureau, Adam Levine (no, not that one), on Twitter.

Ross, who has been with CNN since 2006, most recently worked as a field producer at their New York bureau, covering national security and law enforcement related stories. Deputy bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, and Levine announced the move in a staff memo.

We are thrilled to announce that Ross Levitt is joining the Washington bureau to be the supervising producer for the national security team, working with Jim Sciutto, Barbara Starr, Elise Labott and our incredible producing team.

Ross has been a standout producer out of the New York bureau for years where he has been a big contributor on national security and law enforcement coverage.  He has covered every major stateside terror investigation, helping CNN get exclusive information and video on the Times Square bomber, Boston marathon bombings and Najibullah Zazi, as well as Read more

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CBS News’ Margaret Brennan Covers Iraqi Air Force Training In Arizona

vUiq_Y0TWith the Iraqi Air Force currently training with US forces in Arizona, CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan traveled to Tucson for a report that aired on “CBS This Morning.”

The DC-based foreign policy reporter sat down with several individuals involved in the program, including Iraqi fighter pilot, Mohammed Hama. ”Meet the next top gun of the Iraqi Air Force,” Brennan began the segment, referring to Hama.

Head of his class at one of the US’s premier schools for fighter pilots, run by the Air National Guard in Tucson, Hama is learning how to fly F-16s – a $60 million, American-made fighter jet with speeds over 1,500 miles per hour. ”Being up there is, I mean, I can’t describe it to you. You’ve got to be up there so you can feel the rush,” Captain Hama told Brennan.

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Jonanthan Capehart Makes Mediaite’s ‘Top 9 Rising Stars of Cable News’

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 1.14.33 PMMediaite released a list of its ‘Top 9 Rising Stars of Cable News” today, comprised of the three major cable news networks (CNN, Fox and MSNBC).

Although the Washington contingent was scant, one DC-based journalist was able to make the cut — MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart. An opinion writer for The Washington Post and MSNBC contributor, Capehart recently had a major interview with Attorney General Eric Holder “that elicited some frank language about the situation in Ferguson.”

So, a big Fishbowl congrats to Jonathan for representing DC media well!

Hambycast Season One: Saying Goodbye To The ‘Mayor for Life’

Hambycast Logo.jpgCNN’s Peter Hamby wrapped up Season One of his hugely successful “Hambycast” series today by going where few DC reporters are willing to travel – DC’s Ward 8.

CNN kicked off the digital series in September tailgating with Rick Perry, and closed by reminding Washingtonians why Marion Barry is DC’s Mayor for Life. Hamby joined the Mayor’s funeral procession (aka block party) where attendees “boogied in the streets” and reminisced on their favorite memories – beyond the infamous “B*tch set me up!” incident.

Binge watch Season One on CNN.com, and keep your eyes peeled for Season Two in 2015. Between Hambycast Season Two and House of Cards, you’ll be all set for those inevitable snow days.

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Watch Live: CIA Director Brennan Reacts To Torture Report – 1:30p ET

CIA Director John Brennan will comment on and take questions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the torture tactics implemented by the CIA at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Watch Live via NBC News.

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CNN Films’ ‘Life Itself’ Honored By Washington DC Area Film Critics Association

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 12.09.37 PMLife Itself, the CNN film depicting the life and career of Roger Ebert, was honored yesterday by the Washington Area DC Film Critics’ Association.

The film, directed by Steve James, was named ”Best Documentary” of 2014 by the DC based organization.

The documentary, which is in contention for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, chronicles his lifework as a film critic, his mentoring of filmmakers, and his tumultuous relationship with Gene Siskel.

Life Itself will premiere January 4th at 9 PM and 11 PM ET.

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Wolf Is ‘All About That Bass’

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“No treble” for CNN’s Wolf Blitzer? Last evening during CNN Heroes, the television special honoring the humanitarian contributions of individuals around the globe, Anderson Cooper introduced a video clip of some of Wolf’s private moments in studio.

Cooper: ”This is what Wolf Blitzer does in the Situation Room when he thinks no one is looking.”

To the tune of Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass,” Wolf busted out some two-step swaying action and finger waggin’.

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CNN Prepares For Digital ‘Reboot’

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CNN.com will be getting a facelift come January, Capital New York reports. Although the redesign is not finalized, one addition that is certain is a live “ticker” on the site with scrolling headlines, much like the one already on CNN TV.

“The real difference in our approach has been to get a television operation to think digital first,” O’Keefe tells Capital. “We have this enormous audience, we reach just about everyone you could potentially want to reach. But if CNN is going to make the full-scale transition to digital in general, not just CNN Politics or CNN Money, you have got to think about where the audience is, rather than constantly trying to drive them back to you.”

The site is also taking the lead of the popular politically-focused “Hambycast” for other digital series. Reports Capital:

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Special Report with Bret Baier Tops Several Evening Newscasts

New Bret HeadshotAccording to Nielsen, FOX News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier surpassed ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir in five key markets across the country in household viewers including Baltimore, Jacksonville, Ft. Myers, Providence and St. Louis. As a cable news program, this is quite an impressive feat for Special Report, as its rival World News Tonight is a broadcast program.

With more than a double-digit advantage over Muir, Special Report easily beats World News Tonight. Baier also outperforms the broadcast program CBS’ Evening News with Scott Pelley in both Atlanta and Austin in household viewers.

In cable news, Baier ranks #1 in the 6PM/ET hour, beating CNN, MSNBC, and HLN combined in both demo and total viewers. Averaging more nearly 2.5 million in total viewers, Special Reports ranks #3 with P2+ only behind primetime shows The O’Reilly Factor and The Kelly File.

Special Report with Bret Baier will continue its new series on Thursday with “The Contenders – 2016.” The series profiles nearly two dozens potential presidential candidates and will examine a broad range of possible contenders including familiar faces like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Governor Scott Walker, along with potential nominees like Senators Rand Paul and Elizabeth Warren. This Thursday’s segment will include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as well.

Meet the Press Rated DC’s #1 Sunday Show Again

04AbiJGzOnce again, Meet the Press with Chuck Todd was the number one rated Sunday show last week (November 23rd) in terms of both total viewers and demographics in the Washington, DC market.

The show beat the competition (CBS News’ Face The Nation, ABC News’ This Week, Fox News Sunday) combined by 20,000 viewers.

The edition featured interviews with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on immigration; a discussion on Ferguson with Rudy Giuliani, Former New York City Mayor, Michael Eric Dyson, Professor at Georgetown University & Anthony Gray, Attorney, The Michael Brown Family; a discussion on Keystone with John Hofmeister, Fmr. Chief Executive Officer, Shell Oil, & Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, “The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money & Power”. Plus a political panel with Joe Scarborough, MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart, The Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter and Fmr. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM).

 

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