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These Minutes, Stahl and Kroft Would Like to Have Back

GuilfordCollegeLogoSteve Kroft was initially scheduled to close out the 2013-14 season of Guilford College’s Bryan Series in Greensboro, NC alongside Lara Logan. But in the wake of Logan’s leave of absence, it was up to 60 Minutes colleague Lesley Stahl to take up the anecdotal slack last night.

Per a summary in the Times  & Record, both correspondents talked frankly about some of their least favorite interview assignments. For Kroft, it was the very mean French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. For Stahl, there was also a Frenchman in the mix:

One was with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (“I don’t speak French, but he said something vulgar,” Stahl said). The other was with late Russian president Boris Yeltsin (“He was absolutely in his cups. He was embarrassing,” Stahl said.)

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Richard Quest Recalls Dad’s Spot-On Career Advice

CNN’s coverage of the Malaysian airliner disappearance has once again thrust Richard Quest to the fore. Quest divides his time between New York and London, but for a recent interview with youthful Malaysian writer Kenneth Chaw, the location was Kuala Lumpur, where the CNN vet logged the latest episode of monthly series Business Traveller.

Chaw notes that Quest, ever the consummate broadcast journalist, had a key piece of advice for his interviewer right off the bat. Quest also shared this great memory:

Quest’s illustrious career in journalism got its start in law. “I had to have a career if it all went horribly wrong. My late father told me to get a decent job. He always said, ‘If you’re a journalist, you would have the best dinner party stories and the smallest car parked outside.’ And he was right,” said Quest, who read law in the University of Leeds and was called to the Bar.

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Meet the NYC Journalist with a Byline That’s Hard to Beat

In Variety slanguage,” the term “legit” refers to professional live theater. However, given the questionable credentials of many of today’s entertainment journalists, Gordon Cox‘s byline – each time we see it at least – conjures up a second, comical meaning.

GordonCoxBylineCox’s latest item is about the delayed search for New York City’s next film czar. And right there, at the top of the page, it says once again that the article is by ‘Gordon Cox, Legit Editor.’

Imagine the possibilities if the Cox-slanguage byline was carried through to other non-theatrical online realms. All of a sudden, we could be browsing through articles by John Doe, Semi-Legit Blogger and Jane Doe, Anything-But-Legit Gossip Columnist.

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Capital New York Journo: If You’re Good at Your Job, People Quickly Forget About the Hijab

Richard Tedesco, a reporter with Long Island weekly newspaper the New Hyde Park Herald Courier, recently spoke with local resident turned Capital New York reporter Johana Bhuiyan. His article delivers fascinating info about her early aspirations to be a journalist, her current rotating shifts for the Web publication and more.

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Bhuiyan grew up in Long Island with three older brothers. Her father, Abdul Aziz Bhuiyan, is currently president of the Hillside Islamic Center and she told Tedesco that although some people are sometimes a little surprised when they first see her traditional Muslim head scarf, the acceptance otherwise has been stellar:

“I’ve definitely seen my share of first glances, people seeing a girl in a head scarf,” she said. “I haven’t experienced anything negative from wearing a head scarf or being a Muslim. If you’re good at your job all that fades away.”

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Two Things We *Really* Didn’t Know About Toni Senecal

ToniSenecalSo far this year, about-town TV chronicler Toni Senecal has reported on everything from the ultimate slice of New York pizza to the vegan oxymoron of a meatless meatball heroes sandwich. It’s all part of her weekly program Toni On!, which airs Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and midnight on WLNY TV/55 and Sundays on CBS 2 at 5:30 a.m.

Westchester Journal News reporter Barbara Livingston Nackman recently caught up with Senecal, who lives in an historic Cortland, NY home with former CNN-journo husband Tracy Shea and their two children. Nackman eases into a list of “Ten Things You Might Not Know About Senecal” and consider us delighted and surprised by items #4 and #10:

4. As a New York University student she was a showroom model for French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

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Times, Chronicle Celebrate Rise of Vietnamese Immigrant News Anchor

Over the weekend, Bay Area TV news anchor Thuy Vu had both U.S. coasts media-covered. Deservedly. Not only is she a journalist who recently took over on KQED for a local PBS legend (Belva Davis), but the story of how her family sacrificed in order to provide Vu and her siblings with a better life is replete with American Dream detail.

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For example, to help make ends meet, Vu as a teenager passed on to her family all monies earned from a summer job soldering components onto motherboards at a San Jose computer company. From this weekend’s San Francisco Chronicle feature-interview by Peter Hartlaub:

Vu’s family fled Vietnam when Saigon fell to the communists in 1975. She was elementary-school-age and the second-youngest of eight children. The family was so large they couldn’t leave together, so some left by plane and others by cargo ship. Their only money was some gold sewn into the lining of her mother’s skirt. Nobody spoke English.

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Pam Oliver Revisits Her Meme-rable Hair Day

Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter Jenice Armstrong has today what for many will be an essential piece of Super Bowl lead-up reading. A chat with Fox News sideline reporter Pam Oliver about the reaction to the latter’s now infamous NFC Championship hair.

JeniceArmstrongLogoArmstrong blogged, the day after the Seahawks-49ers contest, about the social media brouhaha that resulted from Oliver’s loud do. From FishbowlNY’s perspective, the TV reporter should be thankful that on Sunday January 19, the owner-operator of the Twitter account most logically positioned to take advantage of it all – @Chewbacca – was dormant.

From Armstrong’s item, cheekily headlined “Pam Oliver Brushes Off Criticism:”

“It’s the psychology of it that I want to understand,” Oliver told me during a phone conversation Monday afternoon. “It’s comical. This whole thing is just comical…”

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NYT Vet Clyde Haberman Recalls a Few Jerusalem Highlights

ChemiShavelLogoChemi Shalev, New York-based U.S. editor for Haaretz, has a fun interview with Clyde Haberman, a reporter who very recently wrapped up 36 years of stalwart service with the New York Times. When you’ve had as long and varied a career as Haberman, the lede for a third-party article pretty much writes itself:

Haberman recounts the time a member of Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations – “A president of something or other,” as he puts it – got up and said: “Every morning when I read you, I get sick to my stomach.”

“Your health is everything,” the veteran New York Times journalist responded. “You should stop reading.”

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NYFCC Verdicts: Armond White Expelled; Lou Lumenick Suspended

ArmondWhiteTwitterAvatarThe craziest film-journalist group kerfuffle this side of a Hollywood Foreign Press Association rumble has been brought to a swift and resolute close.

At a special emergency meeting today of the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC), it was decided that Armond White is to be expelled for his miscreant behavior at the organization’s recent annual awards gala. White continues to adamantly deny the accusations, even though there is corroborating audio and no one else has come forward to take ownership of the muttered comments about the filmmaker who accepted last night’s Best Drama Golden Globe.

Here’s the NYFCC statement issued today, via THR:

“The New York Film Critics Circle deeply regrets any embarrassment caused its guests or honorees by any member’s recent actions,” said Stephen Whitty, critic for the Star-Ledger and the group’s new chair. “Sadly, disciplinary measures had to be taken, to prevent any re-occurrence. We apologize again to our guests and look forward to the rest of 2014 and our 80th anniversary.”

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No Happy Ending for Gannett Reporters Past or Present

We all know what would have happened if a BuzzFeed staffer had been the one purchasing a legal ounce of “Blue Dream” in Colorado. We would today be watching a split, comparative video contrasting the high effects of legal vs. illegal marijuana.

Instead, Trevor Hughes of the Fort Collins Coloradoan nonsensically purchases $27 worth of legal Colorado weed and then, as agreed with his reimbursing boss, takes it straight to a local sheriff’s office to be destroyed. That’s just Cheech and wrong.

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