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Norah O’Donnell: ‘Those Tapes Will Never See the Light of Day’

NorahODonnellCBSCBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell made headlines this week thanks to a rare interview with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. But she was also part of a fun little item by Reuters NYC correspondent Chris Taylor.

Taylor, after recently asking some finance gurus about their first jobs, decided to pose the same question to high-profile journalists. O’Donnell’s answer is hard to beat. At age 10, with her father stationed with the military in Seoul, South Korea, she agreed to help create some English-language learning tapes to help her fellow students meet a middle school requirement:

“That rolled into doing a TV program for the Korean equivalent of PBS. It was 30 minutes every week, I sat in the middle of a Korean woman and an American guy, and we would do little skits in English and Korean.”

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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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EXCLUSIVE: BBC Legend Kate Adie Juggles Work with IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award

Since flying into Los Angeles earlier this week, famed BBC foreign correspondent Kate Adie has been busy. On Thursday, the 66-year-old journalist was commenting for BBC radio and other international outlets about the capture and killing of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. Today, from the BBC’s LA offices, she will tape the latest edition of her twice-weekly Radio 4 program From Our Own Correspondent.

That show incidentally has been on the air continuously since 1950. Adie took over hosting duties about eleven years ago and for her incredibly storied, globetrotting reporting career, she will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from DC’s International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) at a ceremony in Los Angeles October 24 and again in New York on October 27. If anyone deserves to twice be honored by the same organization for “Courage in Journalism,” it is Adie.

“I’ve lost count of the times I have been in so-called danger,” Adie tells FishbowlLA via telephone from LA. “Over nearly 30 years, I have found that each place has its own dangers and risks. To me, I didn’t ever rate ‘my danger.’ It’s just one of the elements you might encounter, and I have never sought out a dangerous life.”

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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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Denver ’08: Sunday Morning Talkers at the Shorenstein Brunch

100_2835.JPGThe Shorenstein brunch is underway (thus far free wireless signals appear to be rather easy to come by in Denver…hooray the future). The brunch opened with a tribute to Tim Russert and Joan Shorenstein (the Center was established in her memory). Judy Woodruff is moderating the panel, which includes the current Rushmore of Sunday morning television faces: Tom Brokaw, Bob Schieffer, and George Stephanopoulos. The three are discussing “The Press and the Election.” This is good stuff (and not just because the food and drinks are free), it’s too bad someone hasn’t thought to either televise this, or organize a similar event for television. Thus far Brokaw appears to fall on the side of “the media could have done a better job”: “the coverage was robust, sprawling, but uneven.” Shieffer says that the “coverage reflects the campaign” and generally it has “been very good, however, this time, there’s just so much more of it.” Stephanopolous is the most defensive of the three in terms of the job the press has done, he also notes that the current election season is “an entirely different process than the ones I worked on in ’88, ’92, and ’96.”

Brokaw also remarks on the fact the moderators of the upcoming presidential debates are all white men of a “certain age” (Brokaw, Shieffer, and Jim Leher).

I have suggested that we put up our social security records and have the candidates review them.
Says Brokaw: This has been a three act season. Act one was the primaries, act two is the conventions, and act three will start in September and be a sprint to the finish.”

Arianna In Our In Box

ariannahp.jpgIt’s a rare thing for the HuffPo to pimp one of their columns to us. Rarer, still, for it to be one of Arianna’s own. But this one takes the media to task. And what better place to do that than on mediabistro.com?

Her column, with its post-modern headline, The Mainstream Media’s Take on Iraq: Right, Left… And Dead Wrong, suggests that the media are too busy trying to frame the Iraq war in terms of partisan politics. Her premise is that journalists believe anti-war sentiment is just the stuff of Prius-driving, sea-turtle lovers, while everyone who spent the morning in church yesterday wants to kill A-rabs with their teeth.

“Divorced from the reality of what’s going on in Iraq. Wedded to a deluded perception of the war. Unwilling to acknowledge widespread and irrefutable evidence to the contrary. Sound like anyone you know? No, I’m not talking about President Bush — though it’s certainly true of him as well. I’m talking about the mainstream media, and their relentless depiction of the Iraq war as a left/right issue, even as the facts give lie to this hoary framing.”

Huffington goes after big game: Howard Fineman, Candy Crowley and Judy Woodruff.

Seriously? You’re surprised that the media are unraveling the very fabric of democracy out of sheer laziness and an unyielding adherence to manufactured story lines? Isn’t that why you started a blog?

Either you’re playing coy or you’re the one divorced from reality.