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Fox Newsers Remember Colleague

Rick Regan, a longtime Fox News producer, has died. Regan, 60, had been with Fox for more than 8 years and was responsible for production of live breaking news events and news updates in prime time. Before Fox News, Regan spent 13 years at WCBS and CBS News and, before that, he spent 12 years at WABC where he was senior sports producer. Eric Shawn remembered Regan on the air Sunday:


The Morning Ticker: Sharpton, Ramos, Rascon

  • MSNBC host Al Sharpton put himself at the center of the news this weekend. Following the choke-hold death of suspect Eric Garner while in NYPD custody last week, Sharpton led a march and press appearances with the victim’s family, calling for change in police tactics.

  • Fusion’s Jorge Ramos will anchor “America” from the U.S.-Mexican border tomorrow. Ramos will report on the journey thousands of unaccompanied children are taking as they flee the increasing violence and economic hardship in their home countries.

  • KNBC reporter Jacob Rascon is on temporary duty for NBC News’ Los Angeles bureau for the rest of the summer. Rascon, the son of former CBS News correspondent Art Rascon, joined KNBC in 2012. His first story for NBC News is the Washington wildfires.

Al Jazeera Reporter Overcome With Emotion Unable to Finish Gaza Live Shot

Covering ongoing civilian casualties can take its toll on foreign correspondents. Yesterday, the bloodiest day in the Gaza conflict overcame Al Jazeera correspondent Wael Al-Dahdouh.

While reporting from Gaza, Al-Dahdouh became stricken with emotion, looking down when it became difficult to continue his reporting. He ultimately walked off camera. Last year, Al-Dahdouh, a Palestinian journalist, won an international media festival award for his reporting in Gaza. Yesterday was the bloodiest day in the ongoing conflict; at least 100 Palestinians were killed during Israel’s ground invasion while 13 Israeli soldiers were killed. Hamas also claimed to have captured an Israeli soldier; a claim Israel’s ambassador to the UN denied.

CNN’s Rosa Flores: Reporting From Honduras ‘Brings My Career as a Journalist Full Circle’

CNN's Rosa Flores in HondurasRosa Flores marked her one-year anniversary at CNN this week with a series of reports from Honduras on immigration, a fitting tribute to her career as a journalist: the former CPA decided to pursue reporting after hearing “heartbreaking stories of people living in extreme poverty” while delivering food and clothing to indigent people on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I felt a responsibility to tell their stories. It just happens to be that some of those stories were from Central Americans who had walked through Mexico, hoping to make it to the U.S.,” Flores tells TVNewser. “Covering stories in Honduras for CNN brings my career as a journalist full circle, back to the stories that encouraged me to shed light where there was none.”

Although Flores says it is an emotional challenge to report the many stories of those trying to escape violence and poverty, she says there are bright spots of optimism along the way that keep her going.

“I remember a little girl clearly.  She asked, ‘do you speak English?’ I said, ‘yes,’” Flores recalls. “Her eyes sparkled and she smiled.  She hoped to learn English and read books in English one day, but she doesn’t own books.  Her eyes were full of hope.”

Secretary of State John Kerry Caught on Fox News Hot Mic Talking Israel Ground Invasion

Kerry FoxIf you’re the U.S. Secretary of State appearing on all five Sunday shows in the middle of two international crises, you’re probably receiving plenty of phone calls between interviews. This morning, one of those calls Secretary John Kerry picked up was caught on a “Fox News Sunday” hot mic.

“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation; it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry said during a conversation with an aide before his interview with Chris Wallace. It’s not clear what the aide said in response, but Kerry continued: “We’ve got to get over there…I think, Jon, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around.”

Coming out of airing the hot mic clip, Wallace asked Kerry if what he meant by “hell of a pinpoint operation” was Israel had gone too far in its ground invasion of Gaza. “You have people who have come out of tunnels; you have a right to go in and take out those tunnels. We completely support that. And we support Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets that are continuing to come in,” Kerry responded.

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The Sunday Ticker: Al, Jose, Maria Elena

  • The Weather Channel’s “Wake up with Al” celebrates its 5th birthday today. Last week, hosts Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams took a look back at the biggest storms, biggest guests and best remotes since the show launched July 20, 2009.

  • MSNBC and Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart will receive the Rubén Salazar Award for Communications at the NCLR annual convention in Los Angeles Tuesday. The organization presents the award to a professional dedicated to portraying news relevant to US Hispanics.

  • Univision News anchor María Elena Salinas travels to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, to get to the root of the current crisis at the U.S. border where more than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been detained. Her special report will air on Univision tonight at 7 pm ET/PT.

Watch 1964 CBS News Civil Rights Special

CBSNewsCivilRightsAs part of the ramp up to this week’s special, “CBS News: 50 Years Later, Civil Rights,” the network has posted the 1964 broadcast “The Search in Mississippi” on CBSNews.com. Anchored by Walter Cronkite, the report followed the disappearance of three civil rights workers. Thursday’s live interactive event will be broadcast on CBS’s Smithsonian Channel and on CBSNews.com Thursday at 8pmET.

 

Hardcore Pawn Stars on Why People Like to Watch Pawn Shows

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Remember that time pawn shops were dark, dirty and cramped storefronts where you’d go to get twenty bucks rent money for the $300 stereo your parents gave you for Christmas? Now that pawn shops are featured on reality TV, the former dens of iniquity are revealing a softer. brighter side complete with a family focus.

As part of MediabistroTV’s Pawn of July (yes, we made that up) Les Gold and daughter Ashley, stars of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn sat down to give us some insight into why viewers like to watch shows about what they do. One hint — how much would you pay for a not-so-gently-used prosthetic leg?



Last week: Hardcore Pawn stars talk about the weirdest things they’ve bought or sold.

Next Week: Is Hardcore Pawn real or just reality show?

Cable News Stars Wheel and Deal

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Some real estate wheeling and dealing among cable news talent, as Mika Brzezinski recently put down roots in DC and Sam Champion continues to try and exit New York for good.

The Washington Post reports Brzezinski recently bought a Georgetown two-bedroom, two bathroom condo for close to $1 million. Brzezinski co-hosts “Morning Joe” from New York City and lives in New York, so the new DC digs must be for the weekends.

Meanwhile, Champion, who moved to Atlanta upon his arrival at The Weather Channel, is trying to make the forecast sunnier for prospective buyers of his NYC penthouse. He reportedly lowered the asking price for his Upper West Side condo another $1 million; the price slash now makes his asking price $2 million less than when he first listed the swanky pad in 2011.

Billionaires Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman Bury the Hatchet

IcahnAckmanPershing Square Capital CEO Bill Ackman and fellow billionaire investor Carl Icahn hugged it out this week at CNBC’s Delivering Alpha conference in New York, settling a feud that goes back 10 years, and which came to a boil on CNBC last year in what became one of the most memorable business news debates in years.

New York Times Dealbook reports CNBC arranged a meeting between the two men a few weeks ago, which led to the public appearance at the conference last week.

For a flashback, read through for the January, 2013 billionaire brawl…

(Photo: Heidi Gutman/CNBC)

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