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Birthday “Blitz!” CNN’s Situation Room Celebrates 4 Years

birthday4.jpg Happy 4th birthday to CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer! Wolf toasted his anniversary on air today…only to get jabbed by fellow CNN anchor Jack Cafferty who said to Blitzer, “You know what I find remarkable? I look pretty much the same, but you’ve aged a lot.”

Blitzer teased, “I know I have. That’s what The Situation Room has done to me. Time flies when you’re having fun.”

And fun he’s having. Last week, thousands of callers got a chance to weigh-in on the President’s performance via “Wolfline,” Blitzer’s pre-recorded CNN telephone poll and tomorrow, the CNN star will hit the phone again.

This time, Wolf will be dishing, not taking the feedback as helpline “expert” for The View’s Sherri Shepherd, one celebrity contestant from the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” 10th Anniversary special two-week event.

But Blitzer’s not alone on the “Millionaire” circuit. Recent ratings victor, George Stephanopoulos is on-call for Vanessa Williams tonight, CNN’s Candy Crowley will be Olympian Shawn Johnson‘s lifeline on Thursday and Gwen Ifill will back up country music star Wynonna on the 18th.

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Morning Reading List, 02.05.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Jeff Zucker to take top spot at NBC Universal

  • In Memoriam: Cody Pfanstiehl.

  • From DCRTV: “DCRTV hears that starting Monday, 2/5, Allbritton-owned Channel 7/WJLA will become the exclusive weather provider for Bonneville’s all-news WTOP radio. No more forecasts from Atlanta’s The Weather Channel. You’ll hear more of top weathercaster Doug Hill (left), who already does WTOP’s drivetime forecasts, and 7′s other meteorologists on 103.5 FM and 820 AM, including some new hires…..”

  • Andrew Beaujon also received a nomination from for his piece, “Body Piercing Saved My Life.” (Earlier)

  • Kurtz, on “The Press, Turning Up Its Nose at Lame Duck” and WJLA v. The Hatchet.

  • Don’t forget to vote in our latest photo caption contest.

  • Rising Star” nominations announced tomorrow.

  • Charles E. Scripps, 87, Who Led Media Group, Dies

  • Deb Howell on “Dissatisfaction on the Marches.”

  • Mark Leibovich says “Titillating or Not, Washington Gossip Blossoms

  • Vanessa Williams works at the Post (but not that Vanessa Williams).

  • Gene Weingarten says “Financial pressures aren’t affecting quality of journalism.”

  • Greta Is The Leader, But Cooper Has Some Momentum In 25-54 Demo

  • Schieffer Shills For Super Bowl XLI

  • In response to our question last week, “What was Jill Carroll doing in the Post newsroom this week?”, a reader writes in:

      she was visiting friends. she has a lot of friends at the Post, former baghdad alumni. she was in iraq soon after the 2003 invasion and even did some stringing for the Post and got to know a lot of the Post baghdad correspondents really well. it had nada to do with a job at the Post; she’s already employed.

  • Says a tipster:

      Does John Edwards only own one tie? On Meet the Press today he is wearing the same tie as in the footage of him at the DNC Winter Meeting on Friday. Then cut to Edwards in a Russert interview two years ago — same tie. Maybe time to take that baby out of circulation?

  • The Extreme-ness weighs in on Casa de DeParle.

  • From a tipster (regarding this):

      The Hill remains Capitol Hill’s biiggest circulation paper until independent audit figures show it isn’t. It’s pretty simple.

  • Do you need a Scooter Libby Trial Primer? The Daily Show has got it for you.

  • Vanessa Williams To Become Assistant Metro Editor

    From the release:

      We are delighted to announce that Vanessa Williams, currently a senior editor on the Continuous News desk, will become Assistant Metro Editor with responsibility for overseeing the section’s coverage for

      This is an important step in the evolution of Metro’s commitment to extend its coverage on the Web and other multimedia platforms. Continuous News will still have an important role in overseeing and providing coverage for the Web, especially on weekday mornings. For most of the rest of the time, however, Metro, under Vanessa’s leadership, will take the initiative itself to ensure that is provided with timely, thorough reports of major breaking local news stories. Vanessa will be Metro’s principal liaison with, and will oversee the section’s collaborations on multimedia enterprise stories and projects. She will be a member of Metro’s senior editing group, with responsibilities for coverage in the paper as well as on the Web.

      In 11 years at The Post, Vanessa has established a strong record as an editor and writer. On Continuous News, she edited stories from writers throughout the newsroom. She also was one of the key liaisons between the newspaper and the Web site. Previously, she did a year-long reporting stint for National during the 2004 election, when she spent much of her time chronicling John Edwards’s vice presidential campaign. Before that, she worked on the District desk for 3½ years as an assistant city editor overseeing government and politics. She came to the paper as a reporter covering D.C. government and politics. We especially welcome her passionate commitment to local news, her experience and her independent thinking. Vanessa will begin her new assignment later this month.