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Liza McGuirk Named EP of Upcoming Eliot Spitzer – Kathleen Parker Show

McGuirk_7.30.jpgOne of the CNN originals, Liza McGuirk has been named executive producer of CNN’s still-unnamed 8pmET debate show with Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker. McGuirk has been EP of “Fareed Zakaria: GPS” since its launch in May 2008.

McGuirk joined CNN as one of the original staffers in 1980. She stayed until 1989 before moving on to CBS News where she worked on “60 Minutes” for four years. McGuirk is married to Kevin Magee who is the EVP of Fox Business Network.

The news was first reported last night by New York Magazine.

> Related: In a recent story on CNN’s ratings, former CNN executive Reese Schonfeld called Zakaria’s show, “by far the most intelligent news talk show on television.”

> Update: Press release after the jump. McGuirk, “After working with Fareed Zakaria, I’m delighted to be working with two people, Eliot and Kathleen, who are truly his equals at exploring the world of intelligent ideas. Most of all, I look forward to bringing that kind of elevated discussion to primetime.”

Liza McGuirk Named Executive Producer of CNN’s 8 PM Program Set to Launch this Fall

Liza McGuirk has been named Executive Producer of CNN’s new 8 pm program with co-hosts Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker set to launch this fall. The announcement was made by senior vice president of programming Bart Feder and is effective immediately.
“Liza has the experience producing quality television that is smart and informative, and she has the editorial muscle to develop a program that will be provocative and entertaining,” said Feder.

Most recently, McGuirk has been the executive producer of CNN’s Sunday morning news and discussion program Fareed Zakaria: GPS. Launching that program in June 2008, she has produced a one-of-a-kind public affairs program on cable news. Nominated for an Emmy after just months on the air, the Zakaria program led by McGuirk has provided intelligent and insightful programming about domestic and international issues.

Said McGuirk, “After working with Fareed Zakaria, I’m delighted to be working with two people, Eliot and Kathleen, who are truly his equals at exploring the world of intelligent ideas. Most of all, I look forward to bringing that kind of elevated discussion to primetime.”

Before rejoining CNN in 2008, McGuirk spent 25 years working in television journalism and has extensive experience in all areas of television reporting and production. An Emmy-award winning producer, McGuirk was at CBS News for eight years, including four years producing and writing segments for 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley. McGuirk also worked at CNN from 1980 to 1989, where she wrote and produced daily newscasts, supervised story coverage and produced a number of special events, among them, political conventions and presidential trips overseas. She was the fifth person hired when CNN was in its infancy. Before returning to CNN in 2008, she was a freelance documentary producer, teaming up with Christiane Amanpour on several projects.

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