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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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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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Jim Sciutto: The Hot Dad

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Washingtonian MOM came out with its winter edition this week, and guess who got the nod for their “The Hot Dad” segment? None other than CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent and father of two boys, Jim Sciutto.

FishbowlDC asked his wife and ABC News’ Asia correspondent, Gloria Riviera, what do you think of Jim being a “hot dad”?

“I think it’s super fun! In a lighthearted way it captures the juxtaposition so many working fathers are living everywhere. It may be more extreme in a place like DC, but fundamentally it’s the same all over. By day, a father spends his work day furrowing his eyebrows and holding forth. When off the clock, he’s at the beck and call of the latest Lego project. I also simply love that a magazine devoted to moms takes a moment to celebrate the dads as well.”

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CNN White House Correspondent Michelle Kosinski Marries Kimbell Rush Duncan

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CNN White House correspondent Michelle Kosinski wed retired investment banker turned philanthropist Kimbell Rush Duncan Saturday at the Anderson House in Washington.

Kosinski donned a floral crown – designed by a milliner in Krakow – a Polish tradition reflecting her heritage. Female guests were all given their own floral crowns to wear throughout the night and men were greeted with their own boutonnieres.

The menu consisted of a salad of avocado and hearts of palm; Chilean sea bass with sweet corn, chanterelles, asparagus, purple sticky rice and lemongrass broth; and wedding cake with vanilla buttercream and fresh berries.

In attendance: CNN DC bureau chief Sam FeistWolf Blitzer and wife Lynn Blitzer, CNN’s Dana Bash and boyfriend actor Spencer Garrett, CNN’s Jim Sciutto and wife Gloria Riviera; Fox News’ Ed Henry and wife CNN’s Shirley Henry; CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Kevin Sheridan; CNN’s Lauren Pratapas and husband Brad Dayspring, NRSC strategist; CNN’s Gloria BorgerJim AcostaEdie EmeryLaura BernardiniDavid ChalianJay ShaylorFederico Quadrani, and Becky Brittain; and NBC’s Kristen Welker.

CNN Hires Chief National Security Correspondent

CNN has hired Jim Sciutto to be their Chief National Security Correspondent. According to a release dispatched this morning, Sciutto “will report and provide analysis on all aspects of U.S. national security, including foreign policy, the military, terrorism, and the intelligence community.”

Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist made the announcement this morning.

Sciutto was ABC’s senior foreign correspondent and was based in London. In that role, he traveled to and reported from some 50 countries. Most recently, he was chief of staff and senior advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary Locke.

The Yale grad began his journalism career at PBS, where he was moderator and producer of a public affairs show.

Coverage Plans: President Obama’s Tuesday Address

President Obama will address the nation from West Point 8pmET tomorrow on his Afghanistan plans. TVNewser reports that all networks will carry Obama’s primetime address. And we’re beginning to hear just how the nets and cable will cover…

CBS: Katie Couric will anchor CBS’ live broadcast at 8pmET.

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, joined by CNN’s Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper, John King, Christiane Amanpour, Fareed Zakaria and senior political analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen, will anchor the cabler’s live coverage beginning at 8pmET. “360″ will air live at 10pmET and “Larry King Live” will air live at midnight.

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.

Morning Reading List 09.11.09

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Happy Birthday to Becky Lee and tomorrow to Karen Leigh and Jill Jackson!

Today is, of course, the anniversary of Sept. 11th. The networks will have special coverage- on ABC tonight, Jim Sciutto will have special reports on NYPD’s counter-terrorism unit on “World News” and on “Nightline,” Bob Woodruff will interview author Jon Krakauer about his upcoming Pat Tillman book. On CBS, Katie Couric will explore some remaining questions from the tragedy on the “Evening News.” And on NBC, “Nightly News” will have a special “Making a Difference” segment on national service along with their coverage of the day’s news.

On cable today- MSNBC began airing “9/11/01: The Today Show,” a three-hour program showing how the events unfolded live. In the evening, MSNBC will show a two-hour “9/11: As It Happened” special chronicling NBC’s coverage that day with limited editing. On CNN later today, Anderson Cooper will do a special edition of “AC360″ from Afghanistan, as he has all week. And on Fox News, at 10pmET, “Fox News Reporting, 9/11: Timeline of Terror” will air, which includes interviews with Ari Fleisher, Dick Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice. Jon Scott, who was anchoring for FNC on 9/11/01, will anchor “Happening Now” from Ground Zero. Bret Baier will host “Special Report” from Pentagon Memorial Park at 6pmET. (h/t TVNewser)

What know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

E&P: The Washington Post‘s foreign staff plans to boost Middle East coverage, while also focusing more on enterprise and in-depth stories over breaking news in coming months. The 14-person overseas staff is not expected to increase, but may see some transferring to increase the presence in the Middle East and Far East.

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21.2 million total viewers watched President Obama’s address to congress on the networks Wednesday night, ranking NBC, ABC and CBS.

Another 9.5 million watched on the three cable news networks, ranking Fox, MSNBC, CNN.

Mark your calendars… Jenna Bush Hager will make her debut as an NBC “Today Show” correspondent one week from today. For her first piece to air Sept. 18th, the former first daughter will profile Dalton Sherman, an 11-year-old motivational speaker from Dallas who made headlines across the country last year after giving an inspiring speech at his school’s pep rally.

Is Fran Drescher heading to cable news? Washington Whispers hears that the actress, who was once speculated to run for office too, is in talks with Fox and MSNBC. There is that 11am hour open at MSNBC…

John Stossel leaves ABC for Fox News and Fox Business Network.

ONLINE

Has Drudge lost his touch?

Former mediabistro-er Rebecca Fox joined the Morning Media Menu today to talk about the newly launched Sexy Beast, the entertainment and fashion section of The Daily Beast.

NEWS NOTES

It’s Media Matters vs. WaPo‘s Dana Milbank.

And on a lighter note this morning, the 17 best news bloopers ever, courtesy of HuffPost.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

President Obama penned this op-ed in the NY Daily News to mark the 9/11 anniversary. “Every year on this day, we are all New Yorkers.”

Why Mediaite thinks President Obama should go on “The Factor” with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, Daniel Lippman

Morning Reading List 06.25.09

During his press conference yesterday afternoon, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford was identified as (D) on Fox News. The incorrect (D) on the lower third banner appeared for about 7 seconds.

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What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

The State newspaper in South Carolina had copies of emails between Gov. Sanford and a woman named Maria for six months before they printed them yesterday. NYT has a look at this unique story here.

TV

THR: Fox News is on track to have its most-watched year ever, showing significant ratings growth despite having just come off a high-flying election year. With the second quarter coming to a close, Fox News averaged about the same number of viewers as the top three other cable news networks combined.

TVNewser has a round-up from Variety of what TV journos have to say about Iran. ABC’s Jim Sciutto: “A few times we had people come up and say, ‘We’ve seen plainclothesmen looking at you, making phone calls,’ and then we’d have to move again.”

Speaking of Iran, the LATimes criticized MSNBC for not breaking into taped programming this weekend to cover Iran.

A must-see clip from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Poor Mika.

ONLINE

Facebook keeps getting more like Twitter.

NEWS NOTES

Bob Schieffer‘s younger brother has officially kicked off his run for governor of Texas. Tom Schieffer, a Democrat and a former ambassador to Australia and Japan during the administration of President George W. Bush, announced his candidacy in Fort Worth this morning, as reported by TVNewser.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

And if you haven’t had enough of this story… NYT has more on HuffPost’s question at President Obama’s news conference here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 10.15.08

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Good morning Washington.

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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