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Media to Honor Kotb at Komen Gala

This Friday at the Kennedy Center Susan G. Komen will host its annual “Honoring the Promise” gala.  In addition to the swanky affair, the organization’s Women in Media Committee will hold a special VIP reception to honor NBC Today co-host  Hoda Kotb.  Now in its second year, the reception highlights a woman in the media who has courageously and publicly shared her personal battle with breast cancer by recognizing her with the Rebecca Lipkin Award – named in honor of the late ABC News producer who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009.

This year’s committee is chaired by Jen Griffin of Fox News and includes  CNN foreign affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty, political commentator Laura Ingraham, ABC’s Robin Roberts, Reuters correspondent Deborah Thomas, NBC’s Anne Thompson, NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell and  W*USA-TV news anchor Andrea Roane.  The reception will take place in the Kennedy Center’s Jazz Club from 6.30-7.30 pm.

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The National Press Club: Beat the Deadline 5K

The National Press Club goes on the record with its annual Beat the Deadline 5K, Saturday, July 17, in the heart of the nations capitol.

The race salutes journalists and their news sources, attracting national news personalities, media professionals, politicians, and pundits. Among this year’s lineup are CNN’s Jill Dougherty, Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein, Washington Post Misfits Vick Hallett and Lenny Bernstein, and ABC/WJLA’s Courtney Robinson. Race proceeds go to NPC’s non-profit Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library to benefit training and scholarships for journalism. For complete race details and online registration, visit www.press.org/5K.

Wolf Well-Done: CNN Toasts to 20 Years of Blitzer

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Last week, thirty-nine of Wolf Blitzer‘s closest colleagues including David Bohrman, Candy Crowley, Jill Dougherty and John King toasted to Wolf’s twenty years and solid ratings at CNN. The dinner, held at Cafe Milano was kicked off with remarks by CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein and wrapped when Wolf’s wife Lynn shared personal reflections of Wolf’s time at the network.

A bright spot for the network, The Situation Room’s ratings are up year-over-year, beating MSNBC in both the 5 and 6 PM hours.

Well done, Wolf.

Coverage Plans: President Obama’s Afghanistan Address Tonight

President Obama will address the nation from West Point at 8pmET on his Afghanistan plans. TVNewser reported yesterday that all networks will carry Obama’s primetime address. As far as we know so far, here’s how the nets and cablers will cover…

CBS: Katie Couric will anchor CBS’ live broadcast at 8pmET with White House correspondent Chip Reid at West Point and Bob Schieffer, Lara Logan and David Martin in DC.

ABC: Charlie Gibson will anchor ABC’s live coverage. He will be joined by George Stephanopoulos, Jake Tapper, Martha Raddatz, senior foreign correspondent Jim Sciutto in Kabul and ABC News consultant Ret. General Jack Keane. Terry Moran will anchor “Nightline” from West Point beginning at 11:35pmET. Also at 8pmET, political director David Chalian and senior political reporter Rick Klein will anchor ABC News NOW’s live coverage on abcnews.com. Aaron Katersky, Ann Compton and Steve Roberts will cover it on radio.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown and Anderson Cooper will anchor CNN’s live coverage beginning at 8pmET from NY. John King, Christiane Amanpour, Fareed Zakaria, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Candy Crowley, Michael Ware, Pentagon correspondents Chris Lawrence and Barbara Starr, foreign affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty, and Ed Henry from the West Point, as well as senior political analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen will contribute.

A special edition of “CNN Tonight” anchored by John Roberts will air at 7pmET, “360″ will air live at 10pmET and “Larry King Live” will air live at midnight. Senior international correspondent Nic Robertson and international correspondents Atia Abawi and Frederik Pleitgen will report live all night from Kabul. Correspondents Deborah Feyerick, David Mattingly and Mary Snow will report on reactions from civilians and troops at US military bases, including Ft. Hood, Ft. Bragg, 29 Palms and others. CNN Radio correspondent Bob Costantini will anchor live coverage from Washington. CNN iReport and the blog “Afghanistan Crossroads” will also have live coverage online.

MSNBC: Coverage of the President’s speech on MSNBC will be followed by a special live editions of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” at 9pmET, “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 10pmET, “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 11pmET and “The Ed Show” at 12amET.

C-SPAN: Live coverage begins at 8pmET, likely on C-SPAN2 (if Senate is done for the day), plus coverage on C-SPAN Radio and live-streaming on C-SPAN.org.

We’ll continue to update.

Is that a Blitzer in your pocket…

Or are you just happy to see me? After an evening of [John] “King Royales” and “Blitzer Spritzers,” I got creative with the Wolf bookmarks, one of the gifts in the CNN swag bags from last night’s “New Guard” cocktail party at the St. Regis Hotel. The event was hosted by CNN to help their bookers and producers meet some fresh faces — “one of the challenges in cable news,” expressed by CNN Bureau Chief David Bohrman.

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A wide range of guests turned out for the crowded cocktail. FishbowlDC bumped into Johns Hopkins’ Dr. Marty Makary and Embassy of Syria Press Secretary Ahmed Salkini as well as journalists like Reliable Source’s Amy Argetsinger, Tammy Haddad and Politico’s Kiki Ryan. While CNN producers and bookers hustled to make the rounds at the cocktail, the rest of the party hustled get a handshake or wink (Christine) in with the hunky yet humble Congressman Aaron Schock.

On-air talent like Wolf Blitzer, Jessica Yellin and Jill Dougherty were also spotted mixing and mingling in the crowd.

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Team Larry King: Eleanor Spektor McManus, Hunter Waters and Lisa Marie Thompson

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Abby Livingston, Ashley Parker and Michael Falcone

News Notes: O’Brien, Dougherty, Kerry & “White House Wire”

Soledad O’Brien fared far better than her CNN colleague Wolf Blitzer on “Celebrity Jeopardy.” Last night, O’Brien won $6,200 and $25,000 was donated to a charity of her choice, even though she didn’t finish first. Earlier: “Blitzer in Quite a Situation on “Celebrity Jeopardy.”

• CNN foreign affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty sat down with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today. The interview covered Afghanistan, Pakistan and even health care.

• Senator John Kerry will make his appearances on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and CNN’s “State of the Union” this Sunday from Kabul, Afghanistan.

• The White House has launched an e-magazine, “White House Wire,” focused on the black community. The first edition went out this week and included stories on UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s speech at Howard University Law School, Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s trip to Chicago to address youth violence and the nomination of a black woman as a judge for the First Circuit Court of Appeals, according to the Root.

Dougherty Doing Double-Duty In Moscow

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Last week, we profiled CNN’s Jill Dougherty in anticipation for her trip to Moscow to cover the historic summit between Presidents Obama and Medvedev.

Jill’s days as CNN’s Moscow bureau chief have already been put to good use by some of her colleagues. We hear she’s doing double-duty as a tour guide and most recently provided a walking tour of Red Square. Here’s Jill during a liveshot overlooking St. Basil’s Cathedral.

FishbowlDC Interview: An “Affair” to Remember w/ CNN’s Jill Dougherty

APPROVED JILL.bmp In honor of President Obama’s trip to Moscow next week, we decided to interview someone who knows a thing or two about Russia and foreign policy. So who better than CNN’s Jill Dougherty? Dougherty is CNN’s foreign affairs correspondent and former Moscow bureau chief. We were able to snag a few minutes with Jill just in time — she leaves Washington for Moscow tomorrow and will be reporting on-the-ground throughout the president’s trip.

What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in your career? The biggest challenge was having faith in myself. It took a long time. What helped was concentrating on the people who want – and need – the information I was giving them and not concentrating on myself and how I came across.

Any regrets? Absolutely no regrets about the work, although I wish the day were longer than 24 hours so I could spend more time with the people I love.

You’ve held positions for CNN all over the world. What was your favorite and why? Moscow – hands down. It’s a country with amazing people and a strong and beautiful culture that attracted me from the first day I started studying it and the Russian language.

What single person has played the biggest role or has had the biggest influence on your career? There have been several. But I think back to my college teacher, Sister Kathleen Dierdre Guerin, who taught me to love words and how to write.

What is the biggest challenge that Hillary Clinton will face in her new role? Making her case to President Obama on issues she cares about and has opinions about…with which he might not agree. If Mr. Obama decides to do the opposite of what she thinks is right, she still will have to find a way to publicly support that policy — that’s not easy.

Has being a female journalist helped or hindered your ability to get “access” while reporting internationally? In some countries men do not take women seriously. But I find that if you keep at it, those men sometimes come around. The hardest part is not reacting to the initial encounter by calling them “idiots.”

What one living person would qualify as your “dream” interview? It would be too easy to name someone famous. I’m more interested in regular people whom fate throws in your way, who tell me about their lives and they find meaning and faith, sometimes in the most difficult circumstances.

What does your morning reading list include? CNN.com first thing in the morning (as well as throughout the day), then a short email version prepared by CNN of all the important articles from a number of publications, then Washington Post, Financial Times and New York Times on line. Plus listening to NPR and checking out some international sites, including Russian and Brazilian ones.

How would you spend a “perfect weekend?”
If I could travel, it would be to Rio de Janeiro for a weekend of jogging on the beach, drinking coconut water, listening to music, dancing and talking with friends. If it’s staying in the U.S., it’s sleeping in, jogging, biking, going to a play or catching some music, and meeting friends.

Who is your favorite active journalist (excluding CNN)? I actually have quite a few I like for different reasons. The one I really respect is Bob Schieffer of CBS. He defines the word “fair.”

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CNN’s Dougherty Joins Women’s Health Celebration on Hill


CNN correspondent Jill Dougherty is interviewed at an event celebrating advances in women’s health on the Hill yesterday.

CNN State Department correspondent Jill Dougherty was one of many who celebrated 10 years of advances in women’s health and prevention on Capitol Hill yesterday.

The event was hosted by Women’s Policy, Inc. and the Office on Women’s Health at HHS to commemorate HHS’ “The Healthy Woman” book. Dougherty wrote the forward of that book and spoke yesterday about her own successful battle with breast cancer while working in the network’s Moscow bureau.

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and a roundtable with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, NBC’s Chuck Todd and PBS’ Judy Woodruff.

  • Face the Nation: McCain Victory Chair Carly Fiorina and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.

  • This Week: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former PA Gov. Tom Ridge (R), and a roundtable with George Will, Donna Brazile, Jake Tapper and former White House adviser David Gergen.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD). The “Power Player” is Ashley Judd.

  • Late Edition: Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Jim Glassman, Obama economic adviser Laura Tyson, McCain economic adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer, Major General Mark Hertling, and a roundtable with CNN’s Bill Schneider, Joe Johns and Gloria Borger.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Joe Klein, Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, New York Times’ Elisabeth Bumiller and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

  • GPS: Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author Jessica Stern, Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens, former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda and former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld on POTUS ’08: Highlights of The Post’s Libby Copeland‘s interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and The Post’s David Broder.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Minority Whip Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) will be interviewed by Mary Ann Akers, Washington Post, Correspondent & Sean Lengell, Washington Times, Congressional Correspondent

  • This Is America with Dennis Wholey: Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA)

  • Reliable Sources: A.B. Stoddard, associate editor, The Hill, Roger Simon, chief political columnist, The Politico, Matthew Felling, media commentator, Deroy Murdock, syndicated columnist, Scripps Howard News Service, Ana Marie Cox, Washington editor, TIME.com, Melinda Liu, Beijing bureau chief, Newsweek, Jill Dougherty, U.S. affairs editor, CNN International

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senator Jack Reed (D-RI).

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Abe Amoros, Political and Communications Director, Pennsylvania Democratic Party; Renee Amoore, Republican Strategist and President, the Amoore Group; and David Drucker and Emily Heil of Roll Call.