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Correspondent David Mattingly Leaving CNN

david_mattingly_cnn_h_2012CNN national correspondent David Mattingly has announced he is leaving the network at the end of the year. In a post on Facebook, Mattingly said he will be “walking out of the building a better journalist and better person than when I walked in.”

Mattingly, who has been with CNN since 1992–and, as he pointed out, traveled to 30 countries and all fifty states–said of his next step only that he will be leaving CNN “to try my hand at something new (more on that later).”

Read Mattingly’s message in full, after the jump. Read more

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Bob Orr Retiring from TV News

BobOrrBob Orr, the Justice and Homeland Security correspondent for CBS News, is retiring from the network in February.

Orr, who joined CBS News in 1993, covers law enforcement issues ranging from global and domestic terror to school shootings to organized crime. “Please join me in congratulating Bob on his extraordinary career at CBS and in broadcast journalism and on his well-earned retirement,” writes DC bureau chief Chris Isham in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

Before CBS, Orr was a reporter and anchor for WBNS-TV, in Columbus, OH and WCAU in Philadelphia. He began his career at WTRF in Wheeling, WV.

Newsblues, which first reported the story, says Jeff Pegues, who joined CBS News in May, 2013 is expected to take over coverage of justice and security issues.

Isham’s full note after the jump…

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Janelle Rodriguez Bolts CNN for NBC News

janelle rodriguez cnnJanelle Rodriguez, who has been been VP of Programming at CNN for the last three years, is joining NBC News as SVP of Editorial, reporting to NBC News president Deborah Turness.

Rodriguez will coordinate enterprise and original storytelling and breaking news coverage. She will oversee the Investigations and Medical units as well as the Booking team and lead the division-wide editorial planning meetings.

“In this role her job is to focus on one thing – journalism – and to bring together the great talent, assets and experience at NBC News to better serve the entire organization,” writes Turness in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

Early next year, NBC News will unveil an integrated digital and broadcast newsgathering Hub. Rodriguez, who joins next month, will play a central role at the Hub.

“To know Janelle is to see her deep passion for news, and her keen ability to find the sharpest angle in every story,” writes Turness. “It’s that sensibility, along with her experience bringing together various platforms to best tell those stories, that will position her for success here.”

Turness says she’s been searching for the right candidate for six months. The news division is still looking to hire an SVP of the “Today” show following the disastrous hiring/dismissal of Jamie Horowitz last month.

Kevin Corke Joins Fox News Channel

Corke_12.4Former NBC News White House correspondent Kevin Corke is returning to the beat and joining Fox News Channel as a Washington DC correspondent, TVNewser confirms.

Corke last covered the White House six years ago, departing NBC in Dec. 2008. Ten months later he rejoined NBC and was named news anchor for Miami station WTVJ, where he remained for two years.

Corke’s joining FNC, which was first reported by FTVLive, comes as the network bids farewell to two longtime Washington, D.C. correspondents. Last week, Wendell Goler and Jim Angle both announced they were retiring from TV news.

Corke starts at Fox News January 5.

Another CNN Original Departs

AndyParsonsAnother CNN original is leaving the network, as the company finalizes an 8% workforce reduction, or about 300 positions. Andy Parsons, currently director of technical projects, has been with the network since before it went on the air in 1980.

Parsons, based in Atlanta, accepted the company’s buyout package. His last day is Dec 19. After Parsons’ departure, there will be four original CNN employees left on staff.

Candy Crowley Leaving CNN

candy_crowley_defends_her_debate_moderation_october_17_2012Candy Crowley, a 27-year CNN veteran, is leaving the network. TVNewser just obtained an email about the departure from CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. “[I]t is with mixed emotions, that I wanted to let you know that Candy has let us know that she has made the decision to move on, so she can embark on the next chapter of her already prolific career,” Zucker writes.

Crowley joined CNN in 1987, covering politics and politicians. She’s covered the presidential campaigns of the last five presidents, and many candidates who wanted to be president: Pat Buchanan, Hillary Clinton, Bob Dole, and Jesse Jackson among them.

In 2012 she became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years.

For the last four years she has anchored “State of the Union,” which is CNN’s Sunday public affairs program.

Says Crowley: “My mixed emotions are these:  I am leaving colleagues and viewers who over many years have become dear friends and faithful fans …but I have for sometime wanted to try something new in someplace new.  I have several weeks for good-byes, which are sad, but I am eager and excited to begin what comes next.  More later. ”

“There will be more time in the weeks ahead for all of you who have been lucky enough to work with Candy to share your own thanks for all she has done,” Zucker writes. “But for now, on behalf of everyone at CNN, I want to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation.”

Zucker’s note to staff after the jump…

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Jim Angle Retiring from Fox News

JimAngleFor the second time in a matter of days, a Fox News original is leaving the network.

Jim Angle, who is chief national correspondent based in the Washington bureau, is retiring from TV news. “You are all a joy to work with and I will remember you and my time here fondly,” Angle wrote in a note to DC and New York colleagues, obtained by TVNewser.

Angle is a Fox News original having joined in 1996 as senior White House correspondent. Before Fox, Angle was a correspondent at CNN. In his note to colleagues, Angle says he almost stayed with CNN.

“I came to Fox a week before we went on the air at the behest of Brit Hume and it has been the most rewarding part of my career. I was about to sign with CNN when Brit called and said ‘don’t sign anything’ — Roger [Ailes] is going to call you. I was on the road with the Bob Dole campaign  at the time. Roger did call and it has been my pleasure to be here since October of 1996 as Roger has built a powerhouse.”

Before CNN, Angle reported for ABC News. He’s also a past anchor of “Marketplace,” the nationally syndicated money and business show on public radio.

“I covered 4 Presidents and it was a thrill. I saw the Cold War come to an end, and the Berlin wall come down, which was particularly touching for me since I had given tours of it while stationed in Berlin in the Army,” Angle writes.

Wendell Goler Leaving Fox News

WendellGoler1Wendell Goler, a Fox News original, is leaving the network.

Goler, who has been a DC bureau correspondent since 2011, joined FNC as a foreign affairs correspondent in 1996.

TVNewser obtained a note Goler sent to the New York and Washington bureaus in which he writes, “The time has come, to taste the joys of retirement. My thanks to [Fox News Chairman] Roger [Ailes] for giving me the opportunity to join this endeavor at the start. Thanks to Brit [Hume] for teaching me the power of words.”

Before joining FNC, Goler was a White House correspondent for the AP. He’s also been a reporter at WJLA and WRC in Washington.

“Over my 28 years at the White House I’ve covered 5 presidents, talked with 7 and helped the nation say goodbye to 2 of them,” Goler writes. “It’s been a great ride. I believe I enjoyed a golden age of broadcasting during that time, but I’m now a dinosaur and I go to join other dinosaurs.”

Goler’s last day is today. He’s off to the Caribbean.

FNC’s Shepard Smith gave Goler a send-off on his show today, which included a mention from White House press secretary Josh Earnest. Video after the jump…

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Rachel Racusen Leaves White House for MSNBC

Rachel-MSNBCPRNewser reports Rachel Racusen has been named VP of Communications for MSNBC.

Racusen joins the network from the White House where she has been Associate Communications Director. Prior to that, Racusen was Deputy Communications Director for Pres. Obama’s re-election campaign. Racusen takes over for Lauren Skowronski who was promoted to VP of Corporate Communications for NBCUniversal.

“I’m thrilled to add Rachel to our senior team,” says MSNBC president Phil Griffin. “She has great experience, she’s creative, strategic and passionate about our brand.”

Jeff Fager Stepping Down as Chairman of CBS News, Returns Fulltime to ’60 Minutes’

FagerJeff Fager is leaving his role as chairman of CBS News and turning his “full attention” to “60 Minutes.”

“It is hard to believe that it has been four years since Les asked me to take the job, but we agreed that when the time was right I would be able to return to ’60 Minutes’ full time,” Fager writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

Fager has been at the helm of CBS News since February, 2011. At that time, Sean McManus left his dual role has head of CBS News and CBS Sports, and returned to CBS Sports fulltime. At the same time, David Rhodes joined as CBS News president. Rhodes had been head of Bloomberg TV and, before that, spent 12 years at Fox News.

“I hired [Rhodes] almost four years ago with this moment in mind, and he has exceeded all expectations,” Fager writes. Rhodes, 40, takes on sole leadership of the news division.

“60 Miuntes” has seen its share of bumps in the last year. An internal investigation into a 2013 Lara Logan report found the story “deficient in several respects.” In a more minor error, earlier this year the show apologized for selective audio editing in a story about Tesla.

Fager’s note after the jump…

More: Fager’s CBS News contract has been extended through 2019. “We would not be in such a strong position today were it not for Jeff’s leadership and his willingness four years ago to supplement his role at ’60 Minutes’ with the duties of chairman as David integrated himself into CBS News,” says CBS CEO Les Moonves. “I want to thank him for all he has done, and all I know he will do in the years to come.”

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