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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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Happy Times | Party Animal | Rock Solid

FishbowlLA: Congrats to super agent Leigh Steinberg (the inspiration for Jerry Maguire) celebrating three years of sobriety.

GalleyCat: An author has challenged people to see how many books they can hold at once. Let your crazy weekend begin!

TVNewser: Ted Koppel thinks Rock Center with Brian Williams is great even if you don’t.

Students Camp Out for Team Dave+Oprah

While Twilight fans were busy camping out in downtown Los Angeles this weekend for tonight’s Breaking Dawn – Part 2 premiere, another overnight line-up sprung up Friday-Saturday in Muncie, Indiana. It was for a different kind of sequel: the November 26 installment of Ball State’s David Letterman Lecture Series featuring very special guest Oprah Winfrey.

Per a report in the Ball State Daily News:

Some students had spent more than 15 hours outside for the tickets. For the overnight stay, students brought everything from a tent to a dog…

This event is once in a lifetime, Kyle Williams, a junior fashion merchandising major said. “Twenty years from now, I will be able to say I got a free ticket in college to see Oprah,” Williams said.

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Argo’s 1980 Full-Page Variety Ad

Earlier this week, Ted Koppel told The Hollywood Reporter the only time he ever killed a legitimate news story during his illustrious career was when he chose not to report about the half-dozen Americans hiding out at the Canadian embassy in Tehran. Now comes a reminder of some even more explicit  Argo media subterfuge.

Variety film reporter Jeff Sneider notes that on January 15, 1980, his publication shared a paragraph about the fictitious movie as if it were a real project:

Variety published the following news brief in its Pix, People, Pickups roundup: “Studio Six Prods. has announced that sci-fi thriller, ‘Argo,’ will begin filming in March on various locations in Asia and Europe. Indie is keeping mum on any plot and cast details until just before pic is released.”

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Koppel Maybe Prepping For ‘Meet the Press’ Russert Role

tedkoppel.jpgTed Koppel, possibly angling to get back into the news game by taking the late Tim Russert’s role on “Meet the Press,” has formally dissolved his ties to Discovery Communication.

Koppel had six months left on his contract, but sources said he’s better off if he’s disentangled from any network or cable contract.

Koppel had not made any formal statement about the Russert slot, but TV sources said it’s a well-known desire for the former host of “Nightline” for 25 years. Koppel signed a three-year deal with Discovery right after he left “Nightline.”

A number of internal NBC candidates are up for the job as well.

Variety reported that The Koppel Group had produced 15 hours of documentary programming for Discovery under the “Koppel on Discovery” label. This year’s projects included the four-part China profile “The People’s Republic of Capitalism” and October’s “The Last Lynching.”

The parting of ways was described as “amicable,” but Koppel in a statement made no bones about the reason for the split.

“Producing our kind of news-related programs is an expensive proposition,” Koppel said. “It has long been clear that neither of us is interested in an extension of the current contract. Discovery and I worked on terminating the contract a few months early under terms that both sides found acceptable.”

E! Names Ken Baker Executive News Editor

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More on this breaking story. For now, here’s the press release:

Baker Joins E! From Us Weekly, Where He Most Recently Served as Editorial Director for the Magazine’s Web Site, Usmagazine.com

Los Angeles, CA, February 4, 2008 — E! Entertainment, the global leader for entertainment and celebrity news, has hired industry news veteran Ken Baker as Executive News Editor. In this role, Baker is charged with obtaining and reporting entertainment and celebrity news and information for E!’s various news outlets, including E! News, Daily 10, Eonline and E! News Now. The announcement was made today by Jeff Shore, Senior Vice President, Production for E! and Suzanne Kolb, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications for E! and Style, to whom Baker will report.

“Ken’s outstanding relationships within the entertainment industry and track record for exceptional reporting make him the perfect addition to our news organization,” said Jeff Shore. “E! is the leader in entertainment news and Ken will play a key role in ensuring we continue to deliver the most reliable, up-to-the-minute entertainment news and information across our E! Everywhere platform 24/7.”

Baker, who holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, got his start as a newsdesk assistant for David Brinkley, Ted Koppel and Sam Donaldson at ABC News in Washington, D.C. After working as a newspaper reporter, Baker entered celebrity journalism as a staff correspondent for People magazine. The author of three books, including his Oprah Winfrey featured memoir Man Made, Baker in 2000 joined Us Weekly, holding the title of Senior Writer, Bureau Chief, West Coast Executive Editor and, most recently, Editorial Director of the magazine’s web site.

Discovery Downsizes 200/Announces New Season

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Discovery laid off some 200 employees, mainly from the Silver Spring HQ. Hardest hit was the US Networks group, including the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, and other positions in the production, corporate communications and technological services divisions.

Discovery Channel’s new season includes:

Last Man Standing
Six young Western athletes travel the world to compete against remote tribesmen on their own turf. Headhunters disqualified.

Josh Bernstein’s Adventure
Remeber when Jewish guys were bookish?

Chasing Dummies
Nothing to do with The Girls Next Door. Anthropologists discover ancient cultures through mummification rituals.

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Jack Shafer Rips Ted Koppel: ‘Is There A More Pompous Egomaniac Purring On The Airwaves Today?’

shafer_koppel.jpgSlate‘s media man Jack Shafer listened to Ted Koppel‘s NPR piece on the British sailor hostage thing. Then ye Wrath of Shafer was unleashed:

Is there a more pompous egomaniac purring on the airwaves today than Ted Koppel?

Two days ago, the bouffanted one filed a commentary piece on NPR pegged to the seizure of 15 British sailors and marines by the Iranians. For self-obsessives like Koppel, all journalism is autobiography, so the story doesn’t seem new to him. Instead, it echoes the hostage-taking of American diplomats 28 years ago in Tehran because, as Koppel doesn’t have to remind listeners, it was the news event that started the show America Held Hostage that became Nightline and made his career!

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