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Jose Antonio Vargas Released From Federal Custody in Texas (TVNewser)
Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was the focus of the recent CNN documentary Documented, was released from the custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents Tuesday evening. FishbowlDC Vargas was detained in McAllen, Texas Tuesday, days after speculating that he may be stuck in the border town. On Friday, Vargas wrote an essay for Politico, where he described his visit to a children’s shelter for Central American refugees. FishbowlNY Vargas was leaving the town to go to a screening of his film in Los Angeles when he was arrested. He was brought to a border patrol station for questioning. Supporters and members of the media gathered across the street, and were warned that if they approached the station any closer, they would also be arrested. HuffPost Vargas flew to the border last week to interview and film undocumented immigrants who have fled their home countries in Central America due to escalating violence. A TSA agent at the McAllen-Miller Airport initially cleared Vargas’ Philippines-issued passport when he attempted to board a flight Tuesday morning. He was placed into custody soon after, however, when he couldn’t produce a U.S. visa at the request of a border patrol agent. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Vargas, who won a Pulitzer as part of a Washington Post team in 2008, has become an outspoken advocate for undocumented immigrants after “coming out” as undocumented in a New York Times story in 2011.

Greta Van Susteren, Katie Couric to Sit Down With Ousted New York Times Editor Jill Abramson (TVNewser)
FNC’s Greta Van Susteren will sit down with ousted New York Times editor Jill Abramson for a live interview Wednesday on her show On The Record. It’s Abramson’s first television interview since being fired in May. Mediaite Previously, Yahoo! News announced that Abramson would be sitting down for her first post-firing interview with Katie Couric on Thursday, a booking that has been effectively scooped by Fox. THR / The Live Feed During the Yahoo! interview, Couric and Abramson “will discuss life at The New York Times, challenges facing women in the workplace and the changing media landscape,” a Yahoo! spokesperson said. Couric’s interview is currently scheduled to run on the Yahoo! homepage on Thursday afternoon. Capital New York On Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby’s afternoon radio show on 77 WABC, Abramson said that she had “few regrets and only good feelings” about the nearly two decades she spent working for the paper of record. “I look back on it with a lot of pride because I had a wonderful career at The New York Times, and I loved being a reporter and editor there,” Abramson said Tuesday. Shortly before her WABC spot, which appears to be her first broadcast interview since being fired, Cosmopolitan published a wide-ranging interview with Abramson that will appear in its September issue.

NPR’s Margaret Low Smith Named President of AtlanticLIVE (FishbowlDC)
NPR’s Margaret Low Smith was named VP of The Atlantic and president of AtlanticLIVE, its events division. In this role, she’ll oversee all aspects of AtlanticLIVE and lead Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic and head of LIVE content, and Emily Akhtarzandi, the LIVE sales team’s managing director of business development. FishbowlNY Smith, who first came to NPR in 1982, most recently served as its senior VP of news; a role she held since 2011. Poynter / MediaWire At The Atlantic, Smith will replace Elizabeth Baker Keffer, who founded AtlanticLIVE. Baker Keffer left the company early this year to join an investment firm in Chicago. Among the events AtlanticLIVE produces is the Aspen Ideas Festival. NYT Smith’s departure comes just two weeks after the arrival of NPR’s newest chief executive, Jarl Mohn, and leaves him with a major post to fill. As senior vice president for news, Smith has overseen a division of nearly 400 journalists. Previously, she oversaw all NPR programming, after working her way up from her first job at NPR, as an overnight production assistant for the newsmagazine Morning Edition.

PBS Leads News And Documentary Emmy Nominees (TVNewser)
PBS leads the way with 43 News and Documentary Emmy nominations. CBS News follows close behind with 42. Announced Tuesday, the 35th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center. Variety PBS’ 43 bids were driven by 11 for Frontline. CBS’ 42 were powered by 27 bids for 60 Minutes. ABC took in 19 nominations, led by 10 for Nightline. FishbowlDC Former CBS Washington bureau chief William J. Small is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Small served as CBS’s D.C. bureau chief from 1962-1974, later serving as president of NBC News.

Rupert Murdoch Said to Have Made Offer for Time Warner (NYT / DealBook)
Twenty-First Century Fox, the media empire run by Rupert Murdoch, made an $80 billion takeover bid in recent weeks for Time Warner but was rebuffed, people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. The bold approach could put Time Warner in play and might again ignite a reshaping of the media industry, prompting a new spate of mega-mergers among the nation’s largest entertainment companies. HuffPost Murdoch’s interest in Time Warner has been rumored for some weeks now. A merger of any Murdoch company with Time Warner would create a super-sized property, with humongous stakes in the news and entertainment fields. Murdoch would almost certainly have to divest himself of some key properties in order to avoid anti-trust concerns.

Hallie Jackson Joins NBC News (TVNewser)
Hallie Jackson has joined NBC News as a correspondent, SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi announced Tuesday. She comes to NBC from Hearst Television, where she has been a national correspondent based in D.C. for two years. FishbowlDC Jackson covered political and national events in Washington, D.C. for 26 Hearst affiliates since 2012. Verdi highlighted Jackson’s ability to work in digitally integrated environments across platforms in his memo to staff announcing the hire. TVSpy Jackson will begin reporting from NBC’s Los Angeles bureau later this month and rotate through several bureaus before she gets a permanent assignment. Before Hearst, she worked at WFSB in Hartford and WBOC in Salisbury, Md.

Eamonn Store Named CEO of Guardian US (FishbowlNY)
The Guardian has named Eamonn Store CEO of Guardian US, its New York-based digital division. Store comes to The Guardian from the media agency MEC, where he most recently served as president, agency development. He had been with MEC since 2005. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media He starts on Sept. 2, the same day as incoming editor-in-chief Katharine Viner who succeeds Janine Gibson, now executive editor of digital for the entire Guardian online operation. Store replaces Michael Bloom as CEO, who left the company in January.

FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comment Period After ‘Overwhelming Surge’ of Responses Crashes Its Site (Deadline Hollywood)
Tuesday was supposed to be the deadline for people to respond to the FCC’s proposed open Internet rules. But the agency extended the comment period to midnight on Friday after “an overwhelming surge in traffic on [its] website” made it “difficult for many people to file comments” on the FCC’s electronic filing system, it said Tuesday. NYT As of Tuesday, there were about 780,000 comments, far more than for any previous rule-making proceeding before the Federal Communications Commission. The agency is fine-tuning its rules to secure an open Internet, after a federal-court decision in January said it had to rethink its approach.

Tribune Co. Sets Spinoff Date for Aug. 4 (HuffPost / AP)
The Tribune Co. has set Aug. 4 as the date for the expected spinoff of its newspaper publishing business. It first announced plans to separate its television and print businesses a year ago. Variety The media conglomerate’s board of directors approved final details of the split, paving the way for the separation of the two companies after years of failed sales and institutional uncertainty. The publishing company will consist of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and a half-dozen regional papers.

The Atlantic Announces Record Growth for Newsstand Sales, Website Traffic (FishbowlDC)
Atlantic president and editor-in-chief James Bennet and president and COO Bob Cohn Monday announced record growth for newsstand sales and website traffic for The Atlantic. Two of this year’s issues have more than doubled corresponding 2013 sales while five issues are up 25 percent.

WGN Reporter Ana Belaval Gets Tryout With The View (TVSpy)
Monday, Ana Belaval, reporter for the WGN Morning News in Chicago, took a seat with the hosts of The View. The ABC talk show has been auditioning talent from across the country as it seeks to fill chairs around the table after the departures of Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd.

Kara Swisher Is Silicon Valley’s Most Feared And Well-Liked Journalist — How Does That Work? (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
Technology journalist Kara Swisher likes to call herself Sherlock Homo, but on a spring evening in Austin, where she’d come for the SXSW Interactive conference, she wasn’t following any particular trail of clues. Padding through the crowd on the second floor of Perry’s Steakhouse, where a venture-capital firm and a money-management firm were throwing a party, she’d chatted briefly with Steve Case, founder of AOL, who greeted her with the wary intimacy one might show a pit bull of uncertain loyalty. (Swisher’s two books about AOL chronicled first its pioneering success and then its disastrous merger with Time Warner.) It wasn’t until she ran into an investor named Tony Conrad that she scented blood. FishbowlNY There are also, in Benjamin Wallace’s NY Mag piece, bits of valuable info for other journalists. We couldn’t agree more, for example, when Swisher says that she makes a concerted effort to keep in touch with contacts and sources as much when she is not doing a story. “Most reporters are so transactional, rather than strategic,” she says.

Center for Investigative Reporting to Launch Public Radio Show (10,000 Words)
Thanks to the Reva and David Logan Foundation, along with the Ford Foundation, the Center for Investigative Reporting has garnered $3.5 million in support to launch an investigative public radio show and podcast called Reveal. CIR’s Lisa Cohen says the nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism outfit will co-produce the show with the Public Radio Exchange, highlighting some of CIR’s ongoing investigations, as well as the watchdog journalism of other initiatives, in their one-hour radio show.

Iran Continues Facebook Crackdown, Sentences Users to 127 Years (Mashable)
Iran’s diplomats are pretty into social media — one recently Instagrammed U.S. secretary of state John Kerry during a top-level meeting. For the rest of Iranians, however, using social media can be a crime. On Sunday, the official IRNA news agency reported that eight Facebook users were sentenced to a combined 127 years in prison for actions counter to the country’s national security, propaganda and insults against Islam and state officials.

Laura Ingraham to Campaign for Carr (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Laura Ingraham, the “anti-amnesty” conservative who is backing Tennessee Senate hopeful Joe Carr, has announced that she will attend a rally for the insurgent candidate in Nashville next week. The announcement comes one day after Ingraham, a radio host and Fox News contributor, pledged her support for Carr in his bid to unseat the Republican incumbent, Lamar Alexander.

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