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David Muir Begins Run as Anchor of ‘World News Tonight’

“World News Tonight” anchor David Muir kicked off a new era of the ABC News flagship broadcast with a personal message to viewers and to his predecessor Diane Sawyer. “It is an honor to begin this journey with you,” Muir said at the beginning of the show. Signing off, he thanked Sawyer, who sent midway through the show, adding, “Thank you friend, for everything.”

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Fox News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz Dies

MacMike Majchrowitz, Fox News Radio’s White House Correspondent, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 51.

Majchrowitz joined FNC Radio during its early days in 2005. Called “Mac” by colleagues, he traveled the world covering presidential trips and also anchored FNC Radio’s coverage of elections, conventions, and debates. Majchrowitz covered the 2012 presidential campaign and election while battling cancer.

“Mike was an original – a solidly tenacious reporter, a thoughtful anchor and a good man,” Mitch Davis, VP of Fox News Radio, said in a statement.  ”He earned the respect of his colleagues for many things, not the least of which was his kindness. From our earliest days he helped Fox News Radio grow into what we are now. His voice was unique, as was his courage. Throughout his struggle, he remained positive and was an inspiration to us all. We will miss him.”

Majchrowitz started his career in the mid 1980s as a local radio anchor and reporter, shifting over to the political beat in the 1990s as a Washington Correspondent at Conus TV and Cox Television. Majchrowitz is survived by his wife and three children. Funeral arrangements are currently being made. Here’s a montage of Mac’s reporting on Fox News Radio.

MSNBC Host Alex Wagner Marries Sam Kass, With Obama Family Attending

KassWagnerMSNBC daytime host Alex Wagner married Sam Kass Saturday in the hamlet of Pocantico Hills, north of New York City. Kass is the personal chef for the Obama family and executive director of the “Let’s Move” campaign. The Obama family was in attendance. From the AP report:

Obama wore a dark suit, and Mrs. Obama and their daughters each wore sleeveless black dresses. The first family spent about six hours at the wedding. Obama had no known role, other than to give his best to the bride and groom.

The union of Kass, 34, and Wagner, 36, also served to highlight what some contend is too much togetherness between the media and the people they report on. Naturally, the guest list was expected to include staff from both the White House and the liberal-leaning cable news outlet, with people from both sides breaking bread at the same dinner table.

It Took Four People to Produce This Labor Day Cable News Special

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 10.47.17 AMIn what may be the least labor-intensive Labor Day special, Greta Van Susteren travels to Alaska with wounded veterans and their spouses as a part of Operation Heal Our Patriots.

It’s not that those who worked on it didn’t do a lot of work, it’s because it took just four people to put together the one-hour special airing tonight at 7pmET. Van Susteren and Griff Jenkins shot the entire special — there are no two-camera shoots, no special lighting, just two reporters with hand-held cameras. Van Susteren and Jenkins then brought their camera cards back to Fox News, handed them to one producer and one editor, and from that work, got their special. We’re told the editor was able to cover up the shakey camera work.

The special was shot over the July 4th weekend in conjunction with Samaritan’s Purse which helps military couples reconnect and strengthen their relationships after overseas deployments. Some of these couples share their stories with Van Susteren in the Alaskan wilderness.

Who Is Chuck Todd Anyway?

This morning, “Meet the Press” introduced viewers to Chuck Todd, with reflections from his mother, his wife, Tom Brokaw from Montana and Brian Williams at the Jersey Shore. Todd and substitute host Andrea Mitchell discussed the legacy of the show and the coverage of politics today. Todd then got the signature last word, “If it’s Sunday. It’s Meet the Press.” Todd takes over as host next Sunday.

Arwa Damon Returns to Reporting for CNN

After nearly a month away, Arwa Damon has returned to reporting for CNN. The network’s senior international correspondent found herself in the news earlier this month when she was sued by two EMTs in Baghdad who claimed she bit them “in a drunken rage” at the U.S. Embassy.

“I am apologizing and extending my thanks to all that were involved in ensuring that I am, thankfully, in the end, taken care of and physically at least OK,” Damon wrote in an email following the incident. “Everyone was extremely professional and courteous in the face of my unjustified behavior.”

For her first on-air story, Damon reported from a morgue in Baghdad.

The Sunday Ticker: Viva, Border, NFL

  • The “Today” show and sister network Telemundo are teaming up for “Viva TODAY.” The series, beginning tomorrow, celebrates National Hispanic Heritage month. “Viva Today” will highlight the positive impact Hispanic and Latino Americans have on society.

  • Tonight on Fusion, Mexican actor Demian Bichir follows several at-risk, low-income Hispanic students as they attempt to become the first in their family to go to college. “The Last Border” airs as part of Fusion’s “Documental” series, which airs every Sunday night at 8pmET.

  • The 2014 NFL season begins and ends on NBC. The kickoff is this Thursday when the Green Bay Packers take on the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. The season ends on NBC with Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015.

Rachel Maddow on Ferguson: ‘It Doesn’t Make Sense’

Like her MSNBC colleagues, Rachel Maddow has covered the shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent protests in Ferguson extensively. Earlier this week, she told David Letterman her thoughts on the story.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” Maddow said regarding the militarization of the police force many have cited when talking about Ferguson. “Even small town police departments have mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles that were developed for use in Kandahar.”

Ice Bucket Challenges You May Have Missed: Doocy Sings Kenny, Foreman Goes Psycho

On this Labor Day weekend, allow us to share a couple ice bucket challenges you may have missed, including “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy who got doused while singing Kenny Rogers‘ hit “The Gambler.” Doocy, who was challenged by Rogers, didn’t know when to walk away, or when to run.


The award for most creative in 37 seconds goes to CNN’s Tom Foreman, who went totally psycho for his challenge.

For reference, we started posting ice bucket drenchings 35 days ago, when Shepard Smith took up the challenge.

Aneesh Raman, from CNN to OZY

Aneesh-Headshot-239x300From covering earthquakes and war for CNN to writing  speeches for President Obama, Aneesh Raman‘s career has run the gamut.

In Mediabistro’s “So What Do You Do?” series, Raman tells us about his new gig: senior editor focusing on public relations and marketing for the daily news and culture site OZY.

You’ve had such a diverse career. How did the skills and experiences you gained from each role contribute to the next?

“The way it all makes sense to me is that in every role I have had to explain complex things simply, whether it was reporting from Iraq as the war unraveled or from Iran as the nuclear dispute grew, whether it was speechwriting at the Treasury or at the White House about the economic situation. No matter the job, it was about taking a really complicated situation, finding the story and explaining it simply to as wide an audience as possible. So, yeah, I think if I thought back to the career path I’ve taken, that’s the one thing that seems to thread it all together.”

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