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Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff Named Co-Anchors of PBS NewsHour
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At the Television Critics Association Summer Press tour in Beverly Hills Tuesday afternoon, PBS named Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff as the co-anchors and managing editors of the PBS NewsHour, making them the first all-female co-anchor team in broadcast news. NYT The appointments are another milestone for women on television and in journalism, seven years after Katie Couric became the first female solo anchor of a network nightly newscast. The co-anchor arrangement harks back to the 1970s, when Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil founded the nightly newscast that was later named The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. TheWrap / Report From The TCA PBS president Paula Kerger said at a Television Critics Association panel Tuesday that she was surprised it’s taken so long for two women to co-anchor a broadcast. “I was thinking about this announcement — I almost paused in drawing attention to the fact that it’s two women,” she said. “We chose two people we thought would be the strongest anchors… and they just happened to be two women.” HuffPost Ifill and Woodruff have co-anchored together before. During the 2012 election, they were the first all-female team to host coverage of the conventions, and also co-hosted on election night. “The true accomplishment will be when we stop making ‘firsts,’” Ifill said last August.

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TVNewser: Gwen Ifill and Judy Wodruff are about to make PBS Newshour the best thing on PBS since Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

GalleyCat: Jason Priestley writing a memoir. The first three chapters will be dedicated to convincing readers that he really could dominate all those sports he played during 90210.

PRNewser: Hanes wants you to talk about your sexy underwear. That marks the first time “Hanes” and “sexy underwear” have ever been used in the same sentence.

Guardian Editor Wins Journalism Award

Photo: David Levene for the Guardian

Winning stuff is always a nice thing.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has been selected by the Harvard Kennedy School to receive the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Rusbridger, who has been editor of the Guardian since 1995, is being recognized for his leadership in the paper’s five-year investigation and exposure of phone hacking by employees of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. He led the negotiations with Julian Assange and subsequent publication of WikiLeaks documents. Rusbridger has also been instrumental in the paper’s “digital-first” business strategy.

Rusbridger will accept his award and deliver a speech at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on March 6.

Past recipients of the Goldsmith Career Award include Frank Rich, Seymour Hersh, Christiane Amanpour, Peter Jennings, Gwen Ifill, David Fanning and Daniel Schorr. The awards also include a major prize for investigative reporting and two book prizes.

What Were Journalists Doing When the Osama bin Laden News Broke?

The death of Osama bin Laden is major news — and media outlets won’t let you forget it. “What were you doing when Bin Laden was killed?” is now replacing “What were you doing when Kennedy was assasinated?” in the media.

At National Journal, Gwen Ifill writes that:

My flight from Seattle had just touched down at Reagan Washington National Airport late on Sunday night when I turned on my BlackBerry. It immediately began buzzing with an alarming stream of e-mails and tweets.

She also puts together what other major journalists were doing when the news broke. Here are a few of the stories:

Washington Week regular Jeff Zeleny was watching The King’s Speech on pay per view at home. Helene Cooper was watching a DVR of the royal wedding. (Lots of anglophiles in the media!)

Another Times reporter David Sanger was in Brussels for a NATO story. NPR’s Tom Gjelten was on a late-night run to the drug store. Our favorite: James Kitfield of National Journal was in a Houston hotel room sipping from a glass of brandy. Coincidentally, so was FishbowlNY.

Just kidding. We were watching the Royal Wedding on DVR, too. We’re not that cool.

Update: Dylan Byers reports on what the top CNN journalists were doing when the news broke for Adweek: it turns out that they are some serious hockey fans. Wolf Blitzer was watching the Washington Capitals playoffs on TV when the story broke, and John King and Ed Henry were at the game. Apparently “Ed Henry went to the White House and had to borrow a jacket from someone.”

CBS News Snags Two duPont Awards For Broadcast Journalism

duPont.jpgCBS News and six local television stations will be among the recipients of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards honoring outstanding work in broadcast journalism at a ceremony later this month.

Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced the winners of the 2010 duPont Awards, which include a first ever prize for Web-based production, awarded to MediaStorm, a multimedia production studio.

CBS News will take home two awards, one recognizing Katie Couric‘s interviews with Sarah Palin and a second honoring the network’s report “Children of the Recession.” NPR, HBO and American Radioworks are also among the winners, along with several local television stations — the highest number ever to win duPont awards in more than two decades.

The winners will receive their prizes, gold or silver batons, at an award ceremony on January 21 at Columbia, hosted by PBS’ Gwen Ifill. NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel will also be on hand to help present the awards.

A full list of the winners, after the jump

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The Atlantic Celebrates Gwen Ifill’s The Breakthrough

100_3615.JPGLast night at his home Atlantic publisher David Bradley hosted a well-attended party to celebrate the publication of Gwen Ifill‘s new book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the age of Obama. Spotted among the D.C. heavy-hitters in attendence were David Brooks, Jim Lehrer, David Broder, Judy Woodruff, Tom Brokaw, and (time-less) Maureen Dowd.

Ifill, whose brother, sister, and pastor were all in attendance, remarked that when it came to the book “timing was everything.” When she had first taken the idea to her publishers their first reaction was “‘A black president? Yeah, whatever…’” And with regards to the controversy that surrounded her book after it was announced she would moderate the Vice_Presidential debate: “Of course, there was the moment when everyone decided they knew what the book was about before I had even finished writing it. I thought, ‘Well that’s fine. Truth will out. I will just survive it.’ And I did.”

Little bit of trivia: The Bradley’s home is located on Embassy Row and despite rumors floating around that it had once belonged to the Cuban Embassy, however host Katherine Bradley told us that its former occupant was in fact the last U.S. ambassador to Cuba. More pics after the jump.

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Who Will Be the Next Tim Russert?

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The final event of the first day was “Insights and Analysis: Leading National Political Reporters Discuss the Campaign” panel. And yes, all panel’s names were also long descriptions. It was, after all “ELECTION 2008: Obama vs. McCain: What Happened and What Comes Next?” conference that we will call EOVMWHAWCNCon for short.

You can watch all the panels here.

The final panel had Mark Halperin of Time, John Heilemann of New York Magazine, Mark Barabak or LAT, Mike Allen, John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei all of Politico.

During the Q&A the question was floated who would be the next Tim Russert. Who will be the next television journalist to vet future candidates?

Mike Allen said the names John King of CNN, Gwen Ifill and Chuck Todd. John Harris offered up Chris Matthews. Then Mike Allen noted that NY Observer had also mentioned John Harris as a possible replacement.

The Debate Round Up: Debating the Debate

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VP Debates are like NASCAR races. Everyone watches to see the car crashes. If there aren’t any…well then it was just a night of seeing cars drive around in circles.

  • LAT James Rainey thinks Gwen Ifill is the one that won.
  • LAT Peter Wallsten used the word ‘grizzled’ for Joe Biden. The dude that got choked up and emotional when talking about his wife and children being in a car accident. Yeah, weird.
  • John Dickerson wrote that John McCain was the loser last night.
  • NYT editorial says Palin met the lowest expectations of any vice presidential candidate ever ‘mostly repeating cliches and tired attack lines’. Doggone it!
  • We like John F. Harris and Mike Allan‘s piece on Politico. It gave a decent rundown of the event.
  • Mike Madden, Salon’s Washington corespondent wrote,”Joe Biden was debating John McCain. And Sarah Palin was debating Sarah Palin…”

    Basically the folks writing about the debate – their general consensus was that Sarah Palin got a gold medal in the Special Olympics, but unfortunately she’s been recruited for the majors.

  • Palination: A Morning After Round-Up

    bidenpalinscottolsongetty.jpgWe took a stroll around the Internets this morning to see what Joe Klein, Peggy Noonan, Andrew Sullivan and other powers that be were saying about last night’s debate. The general consensus? Palin exceeded her extremely low expectations. Also? SNL got lots of new material.

    Peggy Noonan (WSJ): As far as Mrs. Palin was concerned, Gwen Ifill was not there, and Joe Biden was not there. Sarah and the camera were there. This was classic “talk over the heads of the media straight to the people,” and it is a long time since I’ve seen it done so well, though so transparently. There were moments when she seemed to be doing an infomercial pitch for charm in politics. But it was an effective infomercial.

    David Brooks (NYT): When nervous, Palin has a tendency to over-enunciate her words like a graduate of the George W. Bush School of Oratory, but Thursday night she spoke like a normal person. It took her about 15 seconds to define her persona — the straight-talking mom from regular America — and it was immediately clear that the night would be filled with tales of soccer moms, hockey moms, Joe Sixpacks, main-streeters, “you betchas” and “darn rights.” Somewhere in heaven Norman Rockwell is smiling.

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    NYT: What Would You Ask the VP Candidates Tonight?

    shouggting.jpgShould Gwen Ifill suddenly find herself at a loss for questions tonight the NYT and friends are here to help! The Times has rounded up the punditry troops and asked them what they would like to hear from Palin and Biden tonight. There’s some good and practical questions, some of which will hopefully get addressed tonight. But these are our two favorites:

    Per Andrew Sullivan: Governor Palin, since you were selected as a vice presidential candidate, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has given more press conferences to American reporters than you have. Why do you have less confidence in the American press and people than the president of Iran does? And when will you dare to face the press for real?

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