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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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David Remnick is Syracuse University’s 160th Commencement Speaker

Over the years, a number of top-rank journalists have delivered the keynote at Syracuse University’s commencement. This group includes “First Lady of American Journalism” Dorothy Thompson Lewis (1937), Walter Cronkite (1968), Dan Rather (1984), Steve Kroft (1996) and Ted Koppel (2000).

On May 11 in the Carrier Dome, New Yorker EIC David Remnick will add his name to this list and receive as well an honorary degree. From the university announcement:

“As an author and journalist, David is one of the most insightful chroniclers of world events and the people who shape them,” says SU Chancellor and President Kent Syverud. “He excels at recognizing a great story and knowing how to tell it well, whether the subject is the fall of the Soviet Empire or the rise of Barack Obama.”

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Jay Leno Gives Jimmy Fallon a Couple of Great Pointers

When Howard Stern recently appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he warned that there needs to be a very different kind of opening monologue once the talk show host takes over The Tonight Show. Via The Hollywood Reporter, in a second interview to go along with this weekend’s 60 Minutes report, Jay Leno concurs.

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From Leno’s Q&A with Lacey Rose:

“The [11:30 p.m.] late-night shows that have failed are the ones where the monologue was weak – two, three minutes. We do 14 minutes every night, which is almost a sitcom. It’s a lot of jokes, but for a lot of people it’s how they get their news.”

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Jay Leno Explains Himself Via 60 Minutes

Late night TV industry watchers have applauded Jimmy Fallon for choosing, from the very beginning of his transition to The Tonight Show, to keep in regular, friendly contact with the man he is succeeding, Jay Leno. That politically astute methodology will ring even 20/20 wiser once the masses have had a chance this weekend to watch Leno’s 60 Minutes interview.

JayLeno60MinutesThe exiting host obviously waited until he was on his way out to give his first in-depth interview about the Conan O’Brien debacle. Still, it’s a coup for Steve Kroft and no doubt a piece that will generate renewed discussion of a very sorry 2009 NBC episode. From the CBS News release:

“I was blindsided… [NBC executives said] ‘You’re out…’ and I went ‘Okay.’” Leno says he never asked NBC why, but the news hurt him like a romantic break-up. “You know, you have a girl [who] says, ‘I don’t want to see you anymore.’ Why? You know, she doesn’t want to see you anymore, okay?”

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CBS News Vet Adapts 9/11 Experiences for the Stage

BikemanTheatricalExpPreviews of Bikeman: The 9/11 Theatrical Experience begin Sunday January 26 at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, with 7.5% of every ticket after mandated deductions going to the 9/11 Memorial. The official opening is set for February 18, with Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark) in the lead role.

The one-hour show is based on a book of the same name by Thomas F. Flynn. At the time of the 9/11 attacks, Flynn was a writer-producer with the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. From the starting point that fateful morning of his Greenwich Village home, Flynn headed to the scene on his bicycle after the first plane hit and quickly became much more than a mere reporter.

Flynn, a part-time resident of Cape Cod, still does some writing today for the CBS Evening News, though he contributes mainly to former boss Rather’s HDNet show. From an article in the Cape Cod Times:

Flynn says he believes Bikeman is “everyone’s story” because what happened on September 11 “was the most watched event in the history of the earth…”

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A Full Week of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger

On Sunday November 24, 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft revisited the Boston gangster’s undercover life and capture in Santa Monica, although his report very strangely skipped over any specific mention of Anna Bjornsdottir (a.k.a. Anna Bjorn), the former Miss Iceland (1974) whose tip led to Bulger’s capture and her pocketing the $2.1 million reward.

MDCBrooklynOn Tuesday, Bulger was quietly moved from a facility in Norfolk, MA to one in Brooklyn. So quietly in fact that hometown reports like this one in the Boston Herald surfaced only two days later.

Finally, on Friday, Boston Globe reporter Shelley Murphy revealed that authorities hope to auction off Bulger’s personal possessions (minus the guns) to benefit families of his victims. Despite the headline appended to her article and several other reports with a similar theme, the auction will not be happening in time for Christmas. The event must first be sanctioned by a court, after which it generally takes 30 to 60 days for it to be scheduled.

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John Catsimatidis and the Next Stop on Dave Zinczenko’s World-Domination Tour

Lunch At MichaelsWe’ve met plenty of driven, multitasking folks in Michael’s dining room over the years — like this week’s man of the hour David Zinczenkowho continues his quest for (media) world domination with his new book (read on). He was front and center at Table One today celebrating the completion of the first of his books to be published as part of his headline-making deal earlier this year with Random House. And, of course, there is no end to the list of type-A power lunchers (fill in the name of your favorite here) whose burning ambition is to see their name in print every time they ink a deal.

Then there’s Ross Elliswho I met in this very room a while back. Ross started out in public relations and marketing and has toiled for several Fortune 500 firms. For the past eight years, she’s worked as a residential real estate broker for Halstead Property LLC. Since then, she has become a widely recognized expert on the Manhattan marketplace, quoted in the New York Daily News and CBS MarketWatch, among other outlets. While that would be enough for even the most ambitious Gothamite, Ross somehow found the time — and energy — to launch STOMP Out Bullying, an extraordinary non-profit whose mission is to eradicate bullying, the true scourge of the modern age. While Ross has developed many fundraising initiatives to fund the organization’s initiatives, many of them involving celebrities who also believe passionately in the charity’s mission, she also donates a portion of her commissions from her real estate sales to the charity.

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Ross Ellis and Diane Clehane

Somehow, between finding luxurious lairs for Manhattan’s movers and shakers, Ross, drawing very little attention to herself — instead, insisting the spotlight be focused on her cause — has built STOMP Out Bullying into the nation’s leading national anti-bullying and cyber-bullying organization for kids and teens in the United States. Not too coincidentally, October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, so our talk today was particularly timely. Ross told me STOMP came out of her first not-for-profit, Love Our Children, which she founded in 1999; its mission was to prevent child abuse and all forms of violence and neglect against children. “I knew this was something that deserved a lot more attention than it was getting at that time,” she says. “Bullying was the signature issue at Love Our Children, and I wanted to do more.” Read more

2012 Gerald Loeb Award Winners Announced

Below are the 2012 Gerald Loeb Award winners, via Talking Biz News. The Loeb’s are given for excellence in business journalism. Congrats to all.

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Medium & Small Newspapers

Magazines

Commentary

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Vanity Fair Memorializes Christopher Hitchens

On Friday afternoon, Vanity Fair and a slew of guests gathered to celebrate the late and great Christopher Hitchens. According to WWD, a few of those in attendance included Graydon CarterAnna Wintour, Salman Rushdie, Sean Penn, David Remnick, Tina Brown, Stephen Fry and Steve Kroft.

Excerpts from Hitchens’ works were read by many, but Fry probably had the quote of the afternoon. According to Fry, Hitchens thought that “The four most overrated things in life are Champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics.” Fry then added, “Three out of four isn’t bad.”

For more about the celebration, click through.

Hollywood Reporter’s ‘New York Issue’ Lists 35 Most Powerful People in Media

The Hollywood Reporter is getting its New York fix with its Spring issue. Inside, the magazine lists the “35 Most Powerful People in The Media,” which is always a fun thing to check out. THR’s list spans the usual suspects, but is heavy on those in TV.

For your enjoyment, we’ve provided a partial list below. They’re in no particular order, either, so don’t start bragging. THR’s “New York Issue” is available today.

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