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CBS News is the news division of television network CBS, a division of CBS Corp. Jeff Fager is the chairman of the division and is also the executive producer of “60 Minutes.” David Rhodes is the president of CBS News. Other programs include “CBS This Morning,” the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” CBS News “Sunday Morning,” “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” and “48 Hours.”

A Day in the Life of Charlie Rose

A local North Carolina station tracked a day in the life of one of their own recently, following “CBS This Morning’s” Charlie Rose on one of his average 17-hour days.

“The only question is, why does anyone want to do a day in my life?” Rose asked WBTV’s Kristen Miranda. Co-anchor Gayle King asked if Charlie was aware of the video shoot. “When they said there was a crew here coming to cover Charlie, I said, ‘Does Charlie Know?’” adding he never agrees to these types of personal profiles.

“CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht reveals how Rose motivates him: “He’s just a great person, and he has this zest and love of life and news and curiosity that I feed off of.”

And a day in the life of Charlie Rose doesn’t stop at his TV news colleagues–even Oprah got in on the action.

CBS Dedicates Emmy to Woman Who Died During Filming of Story

Christy60Minutes“60 Minutes Sports” won its first Emmy last night for a heart wrenching story about Kayaking on the Potomac River. The main character of the story, Shannon Christy died while being videotaped for the story. CBS News’s David Martin accepted the Emmy and dedicated it to Christy.

23-year-old Christy, who hailed from South Carolina, was one of the most experienced  Kayakers in the world. She was drawn to the “Great Falls” event in Virginia last summer, just as “60 Minutes” was planning to cover the sport.

Producers videotaped her first run on July 9. On a practice run two days later, Christy disappeared. Her accident was seen by a tourist who alerted others. Her empty orange kayak was picked up by “60 Minutes” cameras at the bottom of the falls.

Correspondent David Martin spoke to Christy at Great Falls two days before she died. “I kayak because I love the sport. Kayaking takes you to places that most of society will never see. I love the act of Kayaking for what it is.”

Steve Capus Named Executive Producer of ‘CBS Evening News’

CapusSteve11Former NBC News president Steve Capus is joining CBS News as the executive producer of “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and executive editor of the news division. He will begin in his new role in July.

Capus was president of NBC News for eight years, from 2005 to 2013. Before that he was executive producer of “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” and later Brian Williams from May 2001 to June 2005.  At CBS, he replaces Patrica Shevlin who is joining “60 Minutes.”

“The Evening News is an excellent broadcast, and we believe under Steve’s leadership it will get even better,” Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman said in a statement. “He is a real pro with an extraordinary record, and we are fortunate to have him joining us at CBS News.”

Capus will be the third “Evening News” EP in three years. Shevlin oversaw the show when Pelley joined as anchor in 2011. Before that, Rick Kaplan was EP of the show for four years, when it was the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” A few years earlier, Kaplan worked for Capus at NBC News when Kaplan was president of MSNBC. And in a further show of how small the TV news world really is, Kaplan replaced Rome Hartman as EP of “Evening News.” Hartman was later hired by Capus at NBC News to launch “Rock Center.”

Capus will now be competing head-to-head against his friend and former NBC colleague Brian Williams. Capus also produced Williams’ MSNBC show in the late 1990s before moving up the ranks at NBC News.

As Executive Editor Capus joins the CBS News management team “as a resource for colleagues around the Broadcast Center and a strategist on coverage of ongoing stories,” says David Rhodes, CBS News president.

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‘The Proverbial Perfect Storm’ of Lara Logan’s Benghazi Report

LaraLogan304In an in-depth report for New York magazine, Joe Hagan pieces together “the proverbial perfect storm” that led to Lara Logan‘s now-infamous Benghazi report on “60 Minutes” last year. The piece focuses on Jeff Fager‘s leadership of “60 Minutes,” as well as Logan’s rapid rise at CBS News, reportedly orchestrated in part because CBS chairman Les Moonves saw her “steely eyes, breathless delivery, and exotic accent as the raw material of a future star.”

Logan “delivered the kind of muscular reports that inoculated CBS against charges of a leftist agenda following the Rather incident, especially valuable in the patriotic climate after 9/11,” Hagan writes:

As Logan rose, however, Fager was left to manage the risk inherent in Moonves’s asset. Logan had a zealousness that could cross the line into recklessness, a confidence that could come off as arrogance. A common view among current and former colleagues (keeping in mind that not-for-attribution backbiting and Schadenfreude are a stock-in-trade of TV news) is that Logan’s star power blinded her superiors to her flaws. “She got everything she wanted, always, even when she was wrong, and that’s been going on since the beginning,” says a former CBS News producer who worked with her.  Read more

The Interview Scott Pelley Will Never Forget

In a “60 Minutes Overtime” piece last night, Scott Pelley reveals the interview he’ll never forget.

“Of all the interviews that I have done at ’60 Minutes’ over all of these years, that was one that I will never forget,” Pelley said about his 2010 interview with Mike Williams, who was an oil rig worker who survived the Deepwater Horizon explosion. “My goodness…he was about the best storyteller I’d ever met.”

Pelley went on to note how his interview with Williams led to congressional action in the aftermath of the BP oil spill.

TVNewser’s 2014 Guide To Graduation Speakers

Class-of-2014. jpgAs is TVNewser tradition, here now is our seventh annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at the nation’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

CNBC’s Guy AdamiQuinnipiac University (CT), May 10

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication (NC), May 11

ABC’s Richard Besser: University of Michigan School of Public Health (MI), May 1

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: Cansius College  (NY), May 17

Bloomberg’s Michael Bloomberg: Harvard University (MA), May 29… Williams College (MA), June 8

CNN’s Gloria Borger: Colgate University (NY), May 18

FNC’s Dr. Ben CarsonRegent University (VA), May 3

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Clarissa Ward and Crew Detained in Ukraine

WardUkraineCBS News Correspondent Clarissa Ward, her producer Erin Lyall, and two other CBS News employees were held for several hours this morning by pro-Russian militants. They were stopped at a checkpoint near the eastern city of Horlivka detained, blindfolded and driven to another location about an hour away.

“We were blindfolded with cloth and masking tape really quite tightly around our heads so we couldn’t see anything at all,” Ward calmly explained on “CBS This Morning.”

We had to stand against the wall with our hands like this while all of our belongings were stripped from us and taken from us. Nobody was really explaining to us why we were being held or what we had done wrong. The women, myself and producer Erin Lyall were taken to one area and the men were taken elsewhere and one crew member was beaten. Thankfully other commanders came in and cooler heads prevailed, so they let us go.

Gayle King asked if Ward would be coming home. “Soon,” she said.

Jane Pauley Talks Faith with Mitch Albom

Jane Pauley‘s first “CBS Sunday Morning” story airs tomorrow. In this preview clip, the former “Today” show co-host talks with author Mitch Albom about faith, or the lack of it, in the discussion that was the basis for the book he’s best known for: “Tuesdays with Morrie.”

‘With All the Trash on TV These Days the Quality of War Coverage is Astonishing’

bobsimonIn his 47 years at CBS News, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon has covered 35 overseas conflicts: from Vietnam to Iraq. In 1991, he was held captive by Iraqi forces for 40 days during the first Persian Gulf War. With 25 Emmys and four Peabodys, he’s the most honored American foreign correspondent. And tonight he adds one more honor to the shelf: the Overseas Press Club’s highest honor, the President’s Award. Simon talked with Newsday’s Verne Gay about the honor, and a career full of fighting.

Why a career in battlefield reporting?
Simon: “A sort of pathology. A lot of it becomes an adrenalin addiction. That’s why so many people, when they retire, drop dead…”

What do you think of the coverage now?
Simon: “The people going out there were as good and as suicidal as we ever were. And look even at the networks or news organizations that tend to be extremist when they’re covering this country, they’re a lot better [covering international crises.] With all the trash that’s on TV these days … the quality and courage of people doing the war coverage is astonishing. I think Syria is more dangerous than anything I ever covered. The people who go into cover that are really taking their lives into their own hands. I was never scared being shot at as I was taken hostage, but that happens all the time in Syria.

Ever cover another war?
Simon: “No, because I have a grandson now.”

When do you plan to hang it up, if ever?
Simon: “When I can no longer remember my name…”

Robin Roberts Tells David Letterman: ‘I’m Healthier and Happier Than I’ve Ever Been’

RobinLettermanRobin Roberts will be signing copies of her new book “Everybody’s Got Something” at Barnes & Noble on 46th Street and 5th Avenue in New York City today at 12:30pm. Stop by if you can.

Last night the ABC News anchor traveled a few blocks up Broadway and appeared on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” telling Dave, “I’m healthier and happier than I’ve even been.” While Roberts has re-signed with “Good Morning America,” the show tweeted Roberts’ farewell to Letterman who will be leaving “Late Show” next year.

Also on last night’s show, Letterman’s replacement Stephen Colbert who brought a Top 10 list he’d submitted 17 years ago when he applied to be a writer on the show.

Watch both clips after the jump…

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