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NBC News is the news division of NBC, a division of NBCUniversal LLC, a Comcast company. Programs include “Today,” “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” and “Dateline.” “Meet the Press with David Gregory” is the longest-running television series in American broadcasting history, debuting on November 6, 1947. Deborah Turness is the president of NBC News.

NBC News Crew on Mt. Everest As Avalanche Hits

EverestTodayNBC News had a crew in place at a Mt. Everest base camp this morning when an avalanche struck killing at least 13 Sherpas who guide climbers to the summit of the world’s highest peak.

Jonathan Fierro is a producer with NBC’s Peacock Productions and Ed Wardle is a cameraman with the group. They are working on next month’s Everest Jump Live that will air on Discovery Channel, but is being produced by Peacock, and hosted by Willie Geist.

“It’s a pretty regular occurrence here, nobody was shocked by that,” Wardle told Savannah Guthrie on “Today,” adding, “When radio reports started coming off the mountain that people were stuck in the avalanche, everybody came out and started getting organized for the rescue.” Guthrie reports that the rest of the NBC News team there preparing for Everest Jump Live is okay. (The interview is after the jump.)

Over on the Weather Channel, anchor Sam Champion spoke with his former colleague, WABC anchor and avid mountaineer, Diana Williams, who was live in Katmandu. Williams had just descended from Mt. Everest after reaching base camp. The rest of her climbing group was still up on the mountain.

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Natalie Morales: ‘Mind Over Matter’ During Boston Marathon

natalie moralesWith three days to go until the Boston Marathon, Natalie Morales — who is running the race as part of the “Today” show’s “Shine a Light” campaign — is dealing with a strained hamstring, the New York Daily News reports:

“It is literally a pain in my butt,” says Morales, who is running the 26.2 miles to raise money for The One Fund and the Challenged Athletes Foundation charities to benefit victims. “It really is painful, but I’m hoping that with all of the adrenaline and the support of the crowd, that it will be mind over matter.”

On “Today” this morning, Morales showed off the shoes she will wear while she runs — custom-made Adidas with inspirational quotes on them.

‘MTP’ Covers Anniversary of Boston Bombings Without Adrianne Haslet-Davis

The “Meet the Press” panel on the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings aired yesterday with former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and several first responders — but no survivor of the attack — after Adrianne Haslet-Davis canceled her scheduled appearance over whether the bombers would be identified by name.

Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost one foot in the bombings, says she asked the show not to identify the bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, by name. Haslet-Davis left before the panel discussion began taping; an NBC News spokesperson said on Friday that the show couldn’t guarantee that the name wouldn’t be used and the network regretted “any distress caused by this miscommunication.”

As it turns out, Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name was said during the panel discussion. “MTP” host David Gregory identified him by name while posing a question to Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey about whether red flags were missed. Watch (at about the 17 minute mark):

Haslet-Davis was also profiled for a CNN special that premiered last week. In an appearance on “CBS This Morning” with Anderson Cooper to promote the special, Haslet-Davis discussed why she won’t say Tsarnaev’s name and what she would like to see happen to him: “I think he did a terrible thing and I support them seeking the death penalty for this case.” Watch after the jump. Read more

Savannah Guthrie on Pregnancy: ‘Honestly Didn’t Know If I’d Ever Get This Chance’

“Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie is expecting her first child with husband Mike Feldman this summer, and announced today she’ll be delivering updates about her pregnancy through a new blog, ”Savannah’s Maternity Musings.”

“I’m 42 years old, and I honestly didn’t know if I’d ever get this chance,” Guthrie writes in her first blog post. “I’ve never been more thankful, or felt more blessed from above. I know how lucky I am. For a long time, I think I was afraid to even let myself think about how much I hoped to one day have a baby.”

And on “Today,” Guthrie previewed more lighthearted content coming up on the blog, like the joys of pregnancy jeans and her quest to remain in the dark about the sex of her baby.

After Losing Her Suitcase, Savannah Guthrie Secures a New Outfit in 16 Minutes

Savannah Guthrie ran into a small snafu on her way to the “Make a Difference Day” awards lunch this week: due to a lost suitcase, she arrived in D.C. without her clothes for the event. So what’s a “Today” show anchor to do?

“I went with Megan, one of our employees here at NBC, and Jenna Bush Hager. We fanned out across the department store. Jenna went to the shoe department, Megan and I went to the dresses. You were timing us — thanks for the extra pressure,” Guthrie said to Matt Lauer on “Today” afterwards. “Bought a dress, got the shoes, got in the car, 16 minutes. And we made it on time to the event.” Watch:

Boston Marathon Victim Leaves Taping of ‘Meet the Press’ in Tears

A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings — Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who was also the subject of a CNN profile earlier this week — left a taping “Meet the Press” in tears today.

In a series of tweets, Haslet-Davis said she “politely” asked the show not to use the bomber’s name in the pre-taped interview.

>Update: “Adrianne Haslet-Davis is an inspiring survivor with an important story to share. She was due to take part in a roundtable discussion for Meet the Press with three other participants. She requested that the alleged bombers’ name not be used in the entire program, but given the nature of the discussion we couldn’t make that guarantee,” an NBC News spokesperson tells TVNewser. “We regret any distress caused by this miscommunication.”

An NBC News source tells us Deborah Turness, the network’s president, personally called Haslet-Davis to apologize.

“MTP” host David Gregory responded to Haslet-Davis on Twitter, saying the segment was intended to be “a celebration of Boston w smaller focus on whether clues were missed that could have stopped the bombers.” Read more

Michael Isikoff Out at NBC News

IsikoffFirst on TVNewser: This is Michael Isikoff‘s last day at NBC News, TVNewser has learned.

Isikoff joined NBC News in 2010 as a Washington, DC-based investigative correspondent, after 16 years with Newsweek.  The news comes three months after fellow NBC News investigative reporter Lisa Myers left the network, and just two weeks after NBC hired Cynthia McFadden away from ABC, naming her senior legal and investigative correspondent.

“Michael has done terrific work for NBC News on stories ranging from revealing which government official leaked the US Stuxnet virus attack on Iran’s nuclear program to a groundbreaking examination of the Obama Administration drone strike program,” Richard Esposito, senior EP for NBC News’ Investigative Unit, tells TVNewser. “We’re grateful for all he’s done and wish him the very best.”

Chuck Todd Wanted to be an NBA Point Guard

chuck todd white houseHere’s something you may not know about Chuck Todd: in sixth grade, he had aspirations to be a point guard in the NBA. In a Q+A with The Hill, Todd — “a point guard for NBC News” — looks back at the greatest opportunity in his career and shares another little-known fact about himself:

A turning point in your career: The decision to leave The Hotline for NBC.  I actually hesitated to make the jump and even passed up an interview the first time. But a lesson in life is don’t be too comfortable, and I was simply passing up the NBC opportunity because I was comfortable. So I rolled the dice.

Something that few know about you: I love musicals and show tunes. As a high school and college French horn player, my favorite gigs were playing in pit orchestras for musicals and learning the words to every song in the show. To this day, I think, with just a rehearsal, I could sing the lead (probably not well) to “Brigadoon.”

Heather Childers Isn’t the First Anchor to Mix Up the NCAA and the NAACP

This morning the “Today” show played a clip of Fox News anchor Heather Childers who mistakenly called the UConn Huskies “the 2014 NAACP national champs.” Of course, they’re the NCAA champions. Childers corrected herself on air, and on Twitter wrote, “Just misspoke. Fuel 4 late night comics ;)

“I guess you guys don’t beleive in karma,” Savannah Guthrie said after the clip. “It’s happened to all of us,” Matt Lauer chimed in. WATCH:

On Twitter, Childers also pointed out she isn’t the first news anchor to mix up the NAACP and the NCAA. Look who else did:

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NBC News Toasts Cheryl Gould: ‘She Came to the Newsroom With a Fresh Perspective’

NUP_163612_0024.JPGCurrent and former NBC News talent, executives and producers gathered at 30 Rock last night to celebrate Cheryl Gould, who is retiring after 37 years at the network.

Gould was toasted by Tom Brokaw, former NBC News presidents Steve Capus and Bill Wheatley, and Andrea Mitchell, who called Gould a “pioneer” and “role model” for women in journalism. Among many other roles at NBC, Gould was the first female executive producer of “Nightly News.”

“She came to the newsroom with a fresh perspective — the idea that we can constantly raise the bar, that we’ve got to be reaching for the heights in terms of our obligation to our audience on a daily basis,” Brokaw said. “…She knew what she had to do was to change the DNA of news so that it had a wider lens attached to it.”

Also in attendance: Deborah Turness, Brian Williams, Matt Lauer, Bob Hager, Alexandra Wallace, David Corvo, Patrick Burkey, Don Nash, Ken Strickland, Liz Cole and Mark Whitaker, along with Gould’s fiancé and longtime partner, attorney Reid Weingarten.

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