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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.

Morning Reading List, 04.03.07

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  • Lots and lots and lots of coverage of the recent Tribune deal. (Hat Tip: Romenesko)

  • Almost no one got busted by an April Fools joke. Are you too smart or no fun?

  • Jack Hurley, “deputy director/senior VP, broadcasting, for the Newseum and its backer, the Freedom Forum” talks to B&C’s John Eggerton.

  • At AFI Silver, an Arch Look at ‘Broadcast News’

  • We’re At War; That’s Front-Page News Every Day

  • E&P reports, “While newspaper circulation continues to slide, readership is growing, especially with younger readers — when taking online newspaper sites into consideration. According to the latest data from the Newspaper Association of America, newspaper Web sites contributed a 13.7% increase in total newspaper audience for adults 25-to-34.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “, the No. 2-ranked news Web site behind Yahoo News, is starting its first branding ad campaign this week.”

  • Are journalists predisposed to substance abuse? Tell us what you think.

  • Slate gives us this: “The WP takes a moment to explain why President Bush opting not to throw out the first pitch at a ballgame isn’t news. TP is just as confused as you are.”

  • Washington Whispers reports that Daryn Kagan “has found a new outlet for her special style of reporting: PBS. Come June, she airs Breaking the Curse, a documentary about a mom who dealt with her daughter’s death by helping Indians with leprosy.” More here.

  • CQ reports, “Baseball’s New TV Deal Draws Hill Scrutiny.” It is also drawing scrutiny from Virginians.

  • Chris Wallace torches Keith Olbermann.

  • Washington Business Journal reports, “American Capital Strategies and an affiliate have invested $160 million in Geosign Group Holdings and Geosign Corp., collectively known as Geosign, an online publishing company
  • Business Week explores the question, “Is Google Too Powerful?”

  • Bloomberg reports, “McClatchy is in talks to form advertising partnerships with Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to grab a greater share of Internet spending, says CEO Gary Pruitt.”

  • Reuters reports, “Time Warner’s AOL says its unit will manage advertising sold on a new online video venture being built by News Corp. and NBC Universal. will also manage ads inserted into an embedded media player to be used by the venture’s distribution partners.”

  • New York Daily News reports, “Should New York mayor Mike Bloomberg run for president of the United States, he will have a major ally in Rupert Murdoch.”

  • Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Comcast chief Brian Roberts received about $27.8 million in compensation last year, according to a statement the company filed with federal regulators.

  • Reuters reports, “The New York Times’s new Classic Crossword Widget gives users the ability to personalize their Google home page with the newspaper’s crossword puzzle.”

  • Beet TV reports, “The Washington Post is revamping its home page to make video more prominent. A new, sleek, black media player, spanning nearly the entire width of the page, displays three windows with featured videos. The player can be ‘pushed’ to the right to present more multimedia offerings.”

  • M V Kamath, chairman of Prasar Bharati, India’s national public broadcaster, predicts a gloomy future for newspapers.”

  • Radar reports, “The Huffington Post, the left-leaning opinion collective and news aggregator that bears her name, is adding hundreds of new diarists in time for its two-year anniversary on May 9.”

  • Drudge reports, “During a live press conference in Baghdad, Senators McCain and Graham were heckled by CNN reporter Michael Ware.”

  • TVNewser tells us, “Greenfield May Be On CBS Within Month.” CBS News President Sean McManus said, “Jeff’s writing, reporting and analytical skills are second to none.” Greenfield’s start date is May 1.

  • Washington Business Journal reports, “Discovery Communications says it has agreed to buy Cox Communications’ 25 percent stake in the company for $1.28 billion.”

  • Gawker took “a little gander” at some of Salon’s recent filings with the SEC.

  • TVNewser has highlights from Newsday’s profile on Sean Hannity.

  • FOX News Channel tells us they were the first cable news network to break today’s tragic news of the shooting in Seattle at the University of Washington.

  • Yesterday from Reporters Without Borders: “Reporters Without Borders today voiced its serious concern about the continued detention in the Gaza Strip of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reporter Alan Johnston and appealed to the Palestinian Authority president and prime minister to take a tougher line with his kidnappers to obtain his release.”

  • Politico’s Ryan Grim takes “A Jab at JibJab.”

  • Mark Lasswell thinks George Stephanopoulos “knows more than he lets on about firing U.S. attorneys.”

  • Slate is fixing up The Fray “with the help of our users.”

  • Last night was the first night of “World News’” special series — “Key to the World” — that is taking ABC’s Bill Weir to remote places that are examples of the major challenges of our time. Last night was from Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean. Check out the report.

  • A reader writes in, “It’s been my experience that people who comment online tend to be obsessive trolls whose opinions should be taken with a grain of salt (and yes, I realize that I am currently commenting on a blog). is still the best news website around. And it looks clean and articulate. Just like Barry O. And no, I don’t work for WaPo.”