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Bonnie Bernstein Takes Over Oprah’s Studio

Back in the day, Oprah Winfrey would give away new cars from her Harpo Studios in Chicago. Well, part of the iconic studio has turned a corner and was recently taken over by CampusInsiders.com, a site devoted to college sports. The face of the venture is Bonnie Bernstein, the veteran CBS Sports and ESPN reporter. Beginning next week, she’ll host a new daily show from Harpo Studios.

How will this sports show be different from everything else out there? In part II of our Media Beat interview, Bernstein tells us it’s all about the insiders.

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Sports Reporter Bonnie Bernstein’s Double Play

A gymnast throughout her youth, sports journalist Bonnie Bernstein has a new balancing act.

The veteran CBS Sports and ESPN reporter joined CampusInsiders.com earlier this year, but not as just a host. She’s also VP of Content and Brand Development for the site, which places insiders on campuses across the country, reporting on college athletics. Bernstein’s half-hour daily show launches next week — from Oprah Winfrey‘s Harpo Studios, no less. She tells mediabistro how this new-style sports gig won her over.

Media Beat: Jeremy Scahill, ‘No One’s an Objective Journalist’

Jeremy Scahill, National Security Correspondent for The Nation and New York Times bestselling author, recently sat down with 10,000 words contributor Mona Zhang to talk about his new film Dirty Wars, which is based on the book of the same name.

Scahill tells mediabistroTV about what he sees as a war on journalists in the US and whether he thinks anyone can be an objective journalist.

  • Part II, Wednesday: The gruesome discovery that sparked the “Dirty Wars” movie.

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Media Beat: How Brian Stelter Almost Became A Network TV Campaign Embed

How did an 18-year-old college student in Maryland gain the trust of and get access to TV executives and anchors in New York? “By posting 10 or 15 posts a day meant that the industry knew it was a reliable consistent source,” says Brian Stelter, creator of our sister site TVNewser and now a media reporter for the New York Times and author of the just released book “Top of the Morning.”

As he neared graduation, Stelter had to make a choice: work in TV news, or cover it.

Media Beat: Work in TV or Cover It, How Brian Stelter Had to Choose

How did an 18-year-old college student in Maryland gain the trust of and get access to TV executives and anchors in New York? “By posting 10 or 15 posts a day meant that the industry knew it was a reliable consistent source,” says Brian Stelter, creator of our sister site TVNewser and now a media reporter for the New York Times and author of the just released book “Top of the Morning.”

As he neared graduation, Stelter had to make a choice: work in TV news, or cover it.

Media Beat: Brian Stelter on Being Matt Lauer’s Nemesis

Brian Stelter, who launched TVNewser almost 10 years ago, is now a published author. “Top of the Morning,” out today, lays bare a tumultuous year for network morning news shows which saw one anchor pack her bags, another face a serious health issue, a ratings leader fall — and lose a quarter of its audience — and an entirely new show launch.

In his first interview for the book, Stelter tells us about the secrecy behind “Top of the Morning,” the access he got, and what he thinks about being called Matt Lauer‘s nemesis.

  • Part II, tomorrow: What happens when Brian Stelter Tweets something he shouldn’t?

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Media Beat: Brian Stelter on Being Matt Lauer’s Nemesis

Brian Stelter, who launched TVNewser almost 10 years ago, is now a published author. “Top of the Morning,” out today, lays bare a tumultuous year for network morning news shows which saw one anchor pack her bags, another face a serious health issue, a ratings leader fall — and lose a quarter of its audience — and an entirely new show launch.

In his first interview for the book, Stelter tells us about the secrecy behind “Top of the Morning,” the access he got, and what he thinks about being called Matt Lauer‘s nemesis.

  • Part II, tomorrow: What happens when Brian Stelter Tweets something he shouldn’t?

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

NY Times Prints Op-Ed By Gitmo Prisoner

Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel is an 11-year inmate at Guantanamo Bay. Now, he is also a New York Times op-ed contributor.

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The inmate at the military’s most infamous prison described the daily despair and degradation he and other hunger strikers suffer in an op-ed titled, “Gitmo Is Killing Me.

“I’ve been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds,” he wrote. “I will not eat until they restore my dignity.”

The article, published late Sunday night online, drew swift criticisms from both poles of the political spectrum.

On one side, the ever-pugnacious Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian (and formerly Slate) columnist and an ardent human rights crusader, offered rare praise.

“Kudos to the NYT for publishing one of the most powerful Op-Eds ever,” he tweeted.

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HLN’s Kyra Phillips on Striking a Balance Between Career and Family

Work in the TV news business long enough and eventually you may have to choose between having a family or having a career.

HLN anchor Kyra Phillips recently sat down with TVNewser managing editor Chris Ariens to talk about how she views the choices she made along her career path and shares one of the frustrations of being a role model for those who want to follow in her footsteps.

Also, be sure to check out our first interview with Phillips.

>Media Beat Part One: Kyra Phillips Talks About the Challenge of Holding on to Viewers After the Jodi Arias Trial is Over

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

HLN’s Kyra Phillips on Striking a Balance Between Career and Family

Work in the TV news business long enough and eventually you may have to choose between having a family or having a career.

HLN anchor Kyra Phillips recently sat down with TVNewser managing editor Chris Ariens to talk about how she views the choices she made along her career path and shares one of the frustrations of being a role model for those who want to follow in her footsteps.

Also, be sure to check out our first interview with Phillips.

>Media Beat Part One: Kyra Phillips Talks About the Challenge of Holding on to Viewers After the Jodi Arias Trial is Over

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

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