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Candy Crowley to Leave CNN After 27 Years

CandyCrowley304After 27 years at CNN, veteran political correspondent and “State of the Union” host, Candy Crowley, is leaving the network.

“[I]t is with mixed emotions, that I wanted to let you know that Candy has let us know that she has made the decision to move on, so she can embark on the next chapter of her already prolific career,” CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote in a staff memo first obtained by TVNewser. “As difficult as it is for us to imagine CNN without Candy, we know that she comes to this decision thoughtfully, and she has our full support.”

Crowley’s career at CNN began in 1987 as a political correspondent, where she covered a handful of successful and unsuccessful presidential campaigns including those of Pat Buchanan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney, among others.  In 2012, she became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate. Read more

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Former CNN International’s Peter Bale to Lead the Center for Public Integrity

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 4.45.43 PMPeter Bale, former vice president and general manager of digital operations at CNN International, will take over as chief executive officer for the Center for Public Integrity, the award-winning investigative journalism nonprofit organization.

Bale, 52, helped run CNN.com and was in charge of other CNN International digital products since 2011. Before that, he was the executive producer of MSN UK. He was also a reporter for Reuters and founded FTMarketWatch.com.

“We are thrilled to have Peter Bale join the Center for Public Integrity as our new Chief Executive Officer,” Bruce Finzen, the Center’s Board Chair, said in a statement on the organization’s website. ”Peter brings more than three decades of experience as a distinguished reporter, editor, manager and digital leader to the Center. He has exactly the experience and passion for great journalism that is necessary to lead the Center on a continued upward path, and assure that the vital multimedia investigative reporting that the Center is known for will reach an ever expanding audience.”

He’s scheduled to take over for his predecessor, William Buzenberg, in January. Meanwhile, Buzenberg, who has been at the Center’s helm since 2007, will be heading to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in Boston for a fellowship at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

PR News Names This Year’s Top Women in the Biz

PR News Online just released the first-ever list of women named to its new Top Women in PR Awards program–and most of the names won’t surprise you.

Women who made the cut for this inaugural awards program span across all areas of the industry—from representing major media networks like CNN, to behemoth contracting firms like Lockheed Martin, as well as running smaller PR shops with big-name clients.

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 11.37.25 AM“Women have long been at the forefront of public relations, creating communications strategies for brands, nonprofits and government agencies—managing crises, developing brand messages, protecting and building brand reputations and creating content for digital platforms PR News’ Top Women in PR Awards will celebrate those women who have made bold advances in these areas in the last year for their own organizations or for clients,” PR News said in a statement on its website. Read more

Cable Networks, PBS, Telelmundo, and Univision Broadcasting Obama Address Live

PBS NewsHourWith the major networks apparently too busy tonight with The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy and The Biggest Loser, only PBS, Telemundo, Univision and the cable networks (CNN, MSNBC and Fox News) will be broadcasting President Barack Obama‘s speech on immigration live at 8 pm ET.

In addition to a special 8 pm broadcast of the President’s primetime address, PBS NewsHour will livestream the speech with commentary from New York Times columnist David Brooks and The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne.

Watch live in the box below. Enjoy.


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CNN Asks Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill About ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

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In an interview today with Robert O’Neill, former Navy SEAL who claims to have killed Bin Laden, CNN asked ”But what about Zero Dark Thirty?” (1:15).

“It was a good movie,” said O’Neill, “I anticipated it. I enjoyed watching it. I’ve seen it more than once. I liked how they portrayed the CIA. I like how strong the woman was. She was.. She is, to this day, one of the strongest women I’ve ever met. As far as the SEALs, I thought they could’ve done a better job with the tactics and the actors, but that’s just me. I’m being nit-picky because that’s my former job. And I think that the mission on the movie might have last longer than the mission.”

I guess O’Neill was looking for someone more along the lines of Brad Pitt to play him.

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CNN’s Don Lemon Demonstrates How Not to Interview Someone About Sexual Assault

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 10.56.37 AMLast night, CNN’s Don Lemon sat down for what turned into a super uncomfortable interview with Joan Tarshis, the woman who recently accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her 45 years ago.

The moment got weird when Lemon awkwardly asked why she hadn’t thought to stop the alleged sexual assault from happening by biting the comedian.

“You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it,” Lemon said.

Hmm, okay… Thanks for the advice, Don!

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CNN Renews ‘Parts Unknown’ and Two Others Shows

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Now, I know that this isn’t a DC story, or even a political one. However, as a huge fan of the man and the show (as I am sure many of you are), I am thrilled to be the 3,823,159th person to announce that CNN has picked up its original program “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” for a fifth season.

From Russia to Iran, Bourdain has taken his audience to places some of us only dream, or fear, to go. His adventures have helped bridge gaps between cultures, and opened our eyes to a world much more complex than we often believe.

Good luck in your new adventures, Tony, we’ll be watching. Oh, and the more Zamir Gotta, the better.

“This is Life with Lisa Ling,” and “Somebody’s Gotta Do it with Mike Rowe were also picked up by the network, but I don’t watch those yet. Sue me.

Next episode: Jamaica. Sunday, November 16 at 9pm ET/PT

Jake Tapper to GOP Senator on Climate Change: ‘What are you talking about?’

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On his show Wednesday night, CNN’s Jake Tapper discussed the new deal struck between the U.S. and China to reduce carbon emissions with Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). Inhofe, the likely new chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, unsurprisingly bashed the agreement.

Jake started off by asking the senator, “You say you’re against this plan because you think China is getting off too easy and because you simply don’t believe China will do enough to reduce its carbon footprint. But is that really your issue with the deal? I thought you didn’t think carbon emissions were a problem?”

“No, I don’t think so. In fact, science has totally changed since 2001,” responded Inhofe, not citing the science that had ‘changed,’ “Back then, everything was global warming and we’re all going to die and all that, and then as we realized, Jake, what the cost was going to be.”

Later, Tapper would redirect the discussion back to climate change itself, ”Without getting into remedies, let’s just talk about manmade climate change itself.  There is a scientific consensus overwhelming that climate change is real, that at least partly manmade, that some action must be taken. You’ve called it a conspiracy. What are you talking about?”

Inhofe replied that the notion that the “science is settled and the overwhelming scientific analysis comes to that conclusion” is “just not correct.” The senator went on to claim that there were “not hundreds, but thousands of scientists” who disagree.

Tapper would eventually move on, but not before reiterating, ”Well, the overwhelming majority of scientists disagree with you, but I do want to move on to one other topic in the news.”

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CNN Digital Politics Hires Metzler from U.S. News

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The digital hiring spree in CNN’s Washington bureau continues today with news that Rebekah Metzler will exit U.S. News & World Report for a gig at CNN. Currently a senior news editor, Metzler will take the role of breaking news editor for CNN Digital Politics.

For those of you counting, Metzler is CNN Digital Politics’ 200,698th hire in the past two months. I kid. But it seems that way, no?

Since poaching Politico‘s Rachel Smolkin and naming her executive editor this summer, the network has really been bulking up their digital team. You may recall that in addition to Smolkin, CNN snagged three more from Politico – Steven SloanJedd Rosche and Eric Bradner.  They also made big name hires like Chris Moody from Yahoo!, Ashley Codianni from Mashable and Stephen Collinson from AFP, as well as reporters and digital producers from WaPo, The Hill and C-SPAN.

Three Execs Upped at CNN

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Jeff Zucker shared with the network today news of a new leadership structure for CNN Digital — arguably the fastest growing division of the global media organization.  It seems Andrew Morse — the feisty former Bloomberg exec who joined the network last summer — will add to his full plate GM responsibilities for CNN Digital, globally.  Morse already oversees all domestic newsgathering – including CNN Digital editorial, as well as programming out of the Washington bureau.  This move solidifies Morse’s spot at the top of the network totem pole.

Meredith Artley is also getting a big bump, moving from managing editor of CNN.com to Editor-in-chief of CNN Digital.  The promotion will make Artley the worldwide edit lead for CNN’s web, mobile and  social products and platforms.  Joining Artley and Morse at the top of the Digital org chart is Alex Wellen.  The former DC bureau producer has made great strides since making the long move to Atlanta. Currently a VP in the network’s digital shop and the brains behind CNNgo – the tricked out app that launched earlier this year, Wellen has been named Chief Product Officer – the network’s first.

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