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Couric Makes Cut for State Dinner

FishbowlDC hears that CBS’ Katie Couric is at the White House today…and also on the guest list for tonight’s State Dinner.

>>MORE: TVNewser adds ABC’s Robin Roberts and NBC’s Brian Williams to the list. There have also been rumors of a surprise Oprah appearance…

>>And even MORE: MSNBC just dropped CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta‘s name on the guest list.

Morning Reading List 09.24.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to Sara DuBois and former DC-er turned NY-er Sarah Rosefeldt! check out our Fishbowl-er to the North Amanda Ernst on mediabistro’s Morning Media Menu today. It could be a tough day for some at CQ-Roll Call. What know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

TV | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES

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A run-down of interviews with world leaders with the UN General Assembly meeting, courtesy of TVNewser. And also on TVNewser, the 2008-2009 evening news ratings- NBC’s “Nightly News” wins the seasons, CBS and ABC both had decreases in total viewers.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is recovering from swine flu.

Fox News is the most and the least trusted news source. A national Sacred Heart University survey found only one-quarter of news consumers say they believe all or most of news media reporting- 30% say Fox News is the most-trusted and a comparable 26.2% says it is the least-trusted. (Poynter)

MAGAZINES

The latest Capitol File mag hits newsstands today- we’ll have some dets on the issue on the blog later.

NEWS NOTES

The Fix is looking for your recommendations for the best political reporters from each state. “One of the Fix’s pleasures in life — yes, we know we are weird — is reading the work of the best political reporters from across the country to get a on-the-ground sense for what’s happening in the states.”

RTNDA (Radio & TV News Directors Association) will soon be known as RTDNA – The Radio, TV, Digital News Association, effective Oct. 13th. From the website: “RTDNA will still do what it does best — protect journalists and allow them to provide unencumbered coverage, offer training in the best practices for all digital journalists, and recognize excellence within the field of journalism. We’ll just do it with a renewed sense of purpose, a more inclusive spirit and a new name.”

USA Today: The FBI destroyed its files on former CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite two years ago under a policy that has been criticized by researchers for allowing potentially valuable records to be wiped out. Cronkite’s death in July made any FBI files about him available for release under the federal law.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Anderson to Afghanistan

Anderson Cooper will head to Afghanistan to anchor “AC360″ next week for the anniversary of September 11th. Dr. Sanjay Gupta will also be embedded to deliver reports on field trauma surgery. Cooper will be joined by analyst Peter Bergen and “AC360″ will have field reports from correspondent Michael Ware.

On a related note… after the jump, check out moving video from CBS’ Lara Logan and Don Lee shot on a recent trip to Afghanistan, while embedded with troops. The CBS webcast “Washington Unplugged” also included an update from CBS radio’s Harvey Nagler on the condition of Cami McCormick, recently injured in Afghanistan.

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Anderson Lands Interview With President In Ghana

CNN’s Anderson Cooper will be in Ghana with President Obama for an interview and a visit to Cape Coast Castle, the site of a dungeon where slaves were held before they were shipped west. Cooper’s interview will air Monday and Tuesday on 360. He’ll also anchor a special called “President Obama’s African Journey” Saturday and Sunday at 8 and 11pmET.

Cooper’s coverage will be joined by Dr. Sanjay Gupta from Haiti, where he’ll be reporting on the slave trade.

‘Kumar’ Leaves Hollywood Behind for DC’s White Castle

Actor Kal Penn is leaving the show “House” to take a job under Valerie Jarrett with the Asian-American and arts communities, according to a White House spokesman (via Sun Times). Penn was active on Obama’s presidential campaign.

Entertainment Weekly has the scoop:

I understand it was your decision to leave House. True?

KAL PENN: Yes. I was incredibly honored a couple of months ago to get the opportunity to go work in the White House. I got to know the President and some of the staff during the campaign and had expressed interest in working there, so I’m going to be the associate director in the White House office of public liaison. They do outreach with the American public and with different organizations. They’re basically the front door of the White House. They take out all of the red tape that falls between the general public and the White House. It’s similar to what I was doing on the campaign.

Will you actually be working in the White House?

PENN: This particular office is in the executive building. The White House has two buildings: the actual White House and an old Navy building called the Old Executive Office.

Are you there as long as Obama’s in office?

PENN: A lot of that stuff is up in the air. This is a relatively recent development.

Safe to say you’re taking a huge pay cut?

PENN: Oh, yeah. There’s not a lot of financial reward in these jobs. But, obviously, the opportunity to serve in a capacity like this is an incredible honor.

How long has this been in the works?

PENN: I’ve been thinking about [moving into politics] for a while. I love what I do as an actor. I couldn’t love it more. But probably from the time I was a kid, I really enjoyed that balance between the arts and public service. I went to a performing arts high school, but I still took a bunch of those dorky political science classes. It’s probably because of the value system my grandparents instilled in me. They marched with Gandhi in the Indian independence movement, and that was always in the back of my head. So the past couple of years I thought about it a little more. And in ’06 I started this international studies program at Stanford, where they actually let you do most of the course work online. So it was something I could do while I was acting. And I thought this might be the right time to go off and do something else. The ultimate irony, of course, is that I love being on House. There’s not a smarter group of people that I’ve been surrounded by in television. So I thought about it for a very long time before I went and talked to David and Katie.

What was that conversation like?

PENN: We had a very long discussion. And I remember David saying, “Are you telling me that you’re unhappy with the show and that you want to leave so you can go off and do a different show?” And I was like, “Not at all. I’m actually saying the exact opposite, which is I’m having an incredible time, but there’s something aching in me to do something completely different and take a break from the acting thing for a while.” And with their blessing, we were able to work it out.

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