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Jake Tapper Honored With 2014 Patriot Award

Jake-Tapper-CNN-2CNN’s Jake Tapper is among the recipients of 2014 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Patriot Awards.

Other honorees are Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, CBS Golf Commentator David Feherty, and actor Mark Wahlberg.

“As a convention committee, we nominated all awardees last year and are thrilled they have been approved by the Society’s board of directors for their outstanding achievements within their fields and for their commitments to the US military,” said Joe Thompson, co-chairman of the Knoxville Medal of Honor Convention Committee.

Tapper will be honored with a “Tex” McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism, with special recognition for his book “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” which tells the story of a deadly American battle in Afghanistan.

The awards will be handed out in September at a convention in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Charlie Rose on ‘CBS This Morning’: ‘We Have the Things That Matter’

CBS This Morning's Charlie RoseCharlie Rose thinks “CBS This Morning” has the right ingredients to continue its momentum among the morning shows.

“We have the things that matter,” Rose told TVNewser at yesterday’s Peabody Awards ceremony, where he was awarded for his 2013 interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“We have a great production team, we’ve got things that the audience likes, in terms of the ‘Eye Opener,’ in terms of the way the set works.”

Rose also highlighted other important aspects of the show’s success, starting with his co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell.

“I sit next to two very bright and smart women, and the chemistry between all three of us is very good. And we’ve been able to take advantage of all of the capacity of CBS News as an organization, and as individuals, for great storytelling.”

“All of that, I think, has given us the kind of momentum we have,” Rose added.

Anthony Bourdain’s Peabody Award for Making ‘Some Pretty Strange and Fun Television’

BrokawPeabodyAnthony Bourdain is grateful for the Peabody Award which was presented to his CNN show “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” today. But he tells TVNewser he leaves the programming, ratings and other network matters to others.

“I’m grateful that, for whatever reason, CNN has chosen to allow us the budget, the resources, and the support to go out and make some pretty strange and fun television,” Bourdain told TVNewser on the red carpet of the 73rd annual ceremony this afternoon. “Who’s watching it, whether males, 25-30, I frankly just don’t much give a f*ck.”

“I make the show. I’m glad that anyone’s looking at it,” said Bourdain, who is among several hosts taking over CNN’s 9pm timeslot starting tonight.

“CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose also took home a Peabody Award for his interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“This was the height of a very big story,” Rose said about his September interview which took place two weeks after a deadly chemical weapons attack in Damascus. “This was a man who thought at anytime, the Americans, along with their allies, might make a decision to attack.”

Tom Brokaw, who also spoke with us about his battle with cancer, accepted his personal Peabody on behalf of hundreds of others over the years who’ve helped him report meaningful TV from around the world. “I had wonderful colleagues, some of who are no longer with us unfortunately,” Brokaw told us. “You don’t do this on your own. You get to where you are when

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Tom Brokaw on Cancer: ‘I’ve Approached It Both in Human Terms and As a Journalist’

BrokawRoseTom Brokaw is a journalist through and through, even as he undergoes treatment for bone marrow cancer.

“I think I’m going to be okay,” Brokaw told TVNewser this afternoon at the Peabody Awards ceremony in New York City, where he was honored with a Personal Peabody Award. “I’ve approached it [dealing with cancer] both in human terms, and as a journalist.” He’s researched as much as he can about the cancer he’s being treated for — multiple myeloma — and about how other cancers. Brokaw continues to report for “Today,” and “NBC Nightly News,” and will be doing special pieces for the upcoming 70th anniversary of D-Day, all while undergoing treatment. Brokaw led NBC’s coverage of the 60th anniversary of D-Day from Normandy, France.

This afternoon, he took time to catch up with fellow Peabody Award recipient, “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose. (More on the awards, later)

“There’s a larger light at the end of the tunnel,” Brokaw says. While there are “no guarantees,” the NBC Newsman says he’s fortunate to have access to the type of medical treatment he needs.

Arwa Damon To Receive Courage in Journalism Award

ArwaDamonSyriaFirstLook.cnn.640x360CNN’s senior international correspondent Arwa Damon has been named a recipient of the 2014 Courage in Journalism Award. by the International Women’s Media Foundation. Damon,  who started at CNN in 2004 as a freelance producer in the network’s Baghdad bureau, is being honored for her “persistence, strength, and focus” in her war reporting.

“As a journalist working for an international news network like CNN, the gender bias has largely been broken. Such is not the case for others – both men and women – in the field who have to chart their own course while facing threats at home without the protection of a major news network,” said Damon.

Other recipients also include Brankica Stanković a Serbian TV reporter and Solange Lusiku Nsimire editor-in-chief of a publication in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Damon’s reporting has taken her to Syria, Libya, South Sudan, Congo, Egypt, Kenya and most recently Ukraine’s Donetsk region. She has won a number of awards including the IRE Medal award for her reporting on the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi.

The awards ceremony takes place October 22 in New York.

Barbara Walters on ‘Paving the Way’ for Women: ‘That’s My Legacy’

DIANE SAWYER, BARBARA WALTERS and ROBIN ROBERTSIt was a celebratory atmosphere tonight at ABC News Headquarters when the network’s Upper West Side New York City building was officially renamed the “Barbara Walters Building.”

“It’s not the interviews with presidents, nor heads of state, nor celebrities, nor even the Sterlings,” Walters said about her career legacy. “I hope that I played a small role in paving the way for so many of you fabulous women who are here tonight,” she continued, adding how pleased she is when women approach her about their achievements. “That’s my legacy” she said to a rousing applause.

Standing beside many ABC News colleagues, including Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Lara Spencer; along with Walt Disney Company Chairman Bob Iger, Disney/ABC TV President Ben Sherwood, and ABC News President James Goldston, Walters joked about having a building named after her in a city where Kennedy Airport and the Lincoln Tunnel reside: ”It may not be a landmark, but a couple of pigeons have already staked it out.”

“It makes me feel wonderful,” Walters told TVNewser after the ceremony in response to taglines that say, “she didn’t just report history, she made history.”

“The fact that my career turned out this way, it’s still an amazement to me,” she told us, highlighting her start as a writer at NBC’s “Today” which wasn’t clamoring to “put me on [air].” When she started out in the business, there “were almost none [women in TV news],” Walters told us.

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TV Newsers Nominated for Daytime Emmys

EmmysThe 41st Daytime Emmy Award nominations are out, and there are TV newsers up for honors.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta is nominated in the outstanding special class series category for “Sanjay Gupta, MD.” The folks from Fusion hope to be singing by night’s end–they’re nominated for outstanding original song for “We’re Fusion.” (Here’s the video).

“CBS Sunday Morning” is nominated for three awards: outstanding multiple camera editing, outstanding directing, and outstanding morning show; for the latter category, they’re up against fellow CBS morning show “CBS This Morning,” also NBC’s “Today,” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“GMA” and “Today” are both up for one other award: outstanding technical team and outstanding live and direct to tape sound mixing, respectively.

The awards show will be held on June 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. HLN had aired the awards ceremony for the last couple years. As of now, there is no broadcast partner for the telecast.

TVNewsers Honored at TIME 100 Gala

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Barbara Walters and Charlie Rose at the TIME 100 Gala. (Getty Images)

TVNewsers turned up last night to celebrate TIME’s 100 most-influential people. This year, CBS’s Charlie Rose and FNC’s Megyn Kelly made this list. Former honorees Rupert Murdoch, Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Mehmet Oz and Barbara Walters made an appearance at last night’s event to mingle with the eclectic crowd of politicians, activists, scientists and entrepreneurs.

“Feels great, [I'm] honored, I love it,” Rose told us about his appearance as an Icon in this year’s TIME 100. However, he wasn’t quite sure if “Icon” was the appropriate designation: “It sounds like a lifetime achievement thing, and I think I’m in mid-career,” he quipped. Read more

TVNewsers on Gotham, Variety Power Lists

Gotham and Variety were both out this week with power lists featuring female television personalities and executives.

In Variety‘s “Power of Women” issue, the “New York Impact” list featured Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo, NBC Universal News Group chairman Pat Fili-Krushel, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Al Jazeera America president Kate O’Brian, ABC’s Robin Roberts and CAA television agent Olivia Metzger.

Bartiromo and Roberts are also on Gotham’s “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” list, along with NBC’s Deborah Turness and Savannah Guthrie, CBS’ Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell and ABC’s Diane Sawyer.

Megyn Kelly, Charlie Rose on TIME 100

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 7.53.04 AMTIME magazine is out with its annual TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

Megyn Kelly, the anchor of Fox News Channel’s 9pm hour, is a Pioneer on the list while Charlie Rose, the co-host of “CBS This Morning,” is listed as an Icon. The list runs the gamut: from Pres. Obama to Edward Snowden; from Pope Francis to Miley Cyrus. Seth Myers, Jeff Bezos and both Koch brothers are also on it.

Brit Hume, who gets some of the credit for Kelly’s success, writes in TIME, “Ten years ago, my wife Kim, then Fox News’ Washington bureau chief, walked into my office carrying a videocassette. ‘You have got to see this,’ Kim said. It was the audition tape of a local TV reporter then named Megyn Kendall.

About Rose, Michael Bloomberg writes, “Over the years, political commentary on television — from both the left and the right — has grown more and more shrill. Both sides talk past each other in an endless repetition of poll-tested sound bites. And that’s why Charlie Rose matters more than ever.”

Who did TIME overlook? Let us know in the comments…

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