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Ian Cameron: An Update

As we reported last week, Ian Cameron has been tapped as executive producer for ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

That prompted lots of readers to bring this to our attention: Cameron’s wife is Susan Rice, an Obama advisor and top candidate for Secretary of State should the Illinois senator win the White House.

ALSO: We hear that Hardball EP John Reiss applied for the gig and that ABC approached Janet Leissner, the former CBS News DC bureau chief, who took a pass.

>UPDATE: A reader writes in:

    Re: Ian Cameron and Susan Rice — why is it more pertinent now than when he was the senior producer in Washington for World News? Same “issues” still exist — they’ve never made a secret of it, and no one’s complained about his ability to cover Obama before, have they? She was an adviser to John Kerry too.

Fair point. And to be clear: We’re not editorializing on whether it matters. We’re just adding information to the story.

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Farewell Tom

From an internal email sent by CBS’ Sean McManus, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    I’d like to take a moment to let anyone know who may not that Tom Mattesky is retiring from CBS News today. Tom has chalked up more than 33 years of reporting experience in his long and successful career.

    He has been Deputy Washington Bureau Chief for CBS News since September 1995, the critically important “second-in-command” to our bureau chiefs — first Al Ortiz and then Janet Leissner. Tom was involved in all aspects of the newsgathering and management of that bureau, our largest, and represented CBS News to and with the other networks for all Network pool activities.

    He was a producer for the “Eye on America” segments of the CBS EVENING NEWS (1993-95). Beginning in 1989 when he moved to Washington, Tom was CBS News’ chief White House producer. He also was a lead producer for the network’s presidential campaign coverage in 1992.

    Before that, Tom was based in the CBS News Atlanta bureau, covering, among other stories, the network’s space and aviation beats. His first assignment at CBS News was as a Southeast regional producer for Newsnet (now NEWSPATH). He joined CBS News in 1985.

    Tom was a reporter, producer and news executive at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte, N.C. (1979-85) and a reporter at WDBJ, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Va. (1975-79).

    His journalism career began as a reporter at his hometown newspaper, The Evening Sentinel in Carlisle, Pa. (1974-75).

    Among Tom’s many awards is an Emmy for investigative reporting for a series of reports about problems with the nation’s medical helicopter fleet.

    He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

    Please join me in appreciating a truly fine career in journalism and in wishing Tom the very best as he begins the next chapter of his life.

There is a happy hour tonight in Tom’s honor.

Isham: The Announcement

From CBS’ Sean McManus:

    After more than 20 years of outstanding work at CBS News, our D.C. bureau chief, Janet Leissner, has decided to retire. It is with sadness that I make the announcement today of Janet’s decision, as we are losing a great colleague and one of the finest journalists on our team.

    Janet came to me several months ago to discuss the possibility of lessening her workload so she could start to transition into the next phase of her life. Janet’s commitment and service to this news organization speaks for itself. While she will be retiring, the integral role Janet played throughout her career at CBS News will not be forgotten and her list of accomplishments is long. She has been crucial to the success of the Network’s political reporting and coverage, has played a major role in election coverage and has been instrumental in landing many presidential interviews. I hope that Janet will continue to have a role at CBS News in the future.

    Janet will be succeeded by Chris Isham, the Chief of Investigative Projects for ABC News. Chris is an extraordinary journalist and uniquely qualified to succeed Janet as bureau chief. I’m very much looking forward to working with him and having the benefit of his vast experience and knowledge in Washington, D.C. Chris’ appointment is effective September 4.

    Chris has built an extraordinary investigative unit that is widely recognized as one of the most successful of its kind in television news. Under his leadership, the ABC News Investigative Unit broke many exclusive reports on a wide range of topics from terrorism to political corruption. Chris has produced programming for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms and he organized the first major network interview with Osama bin Laden in May 1998. Chris and his unit have been recognized with all of the major awards in the broadcast industry.

    Chris joined ABC News as an associate producer in 1978, and before that he worked in the documentary unit at NBC News. He graduated Yale College in 1976 and Groton School in 1971. He was born in Berlin and has lived in Moscow, Hong Kong, Paris, Haiti and Washington D.C.

    I know you join me in expressing deep appreciation for Janet’s remarkable contributions to CBS News and wish her all the best.

    At the same time, please welcome Chris to the Division.

Isham Named CBS DC Bureau Chief

From the Post:

    People familiar with the situation said yesterday that Christopher Isham, ABC’s chief of investigative projects, has accepted the job and that an announcement is planned soon. Isham succeeds Janet Leissner, who asked for a reassignment several months ago and will assume a consulting role at CBS, with an emphasis on politics. Spokesmen for both networks would not comment. …

    CBS’s choice suggests the network wants a different kind of bureau chief, one with a deep Rolodex and a natural instinct for tackling tough stories. But some at the network are questioning the decision to bring in a producer from another network with no Washington experience on the eve of a high-interest presidential campaign.

Read the full piece here.