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The Evening Ticker: O’Reilly, Cho, Costas

  • Bill O’Reilly is selling the notes from his Super Bowl interview with Pres. Obama. The notes, autographed by O’Reilly and Obama, show the topics covered. The highest bid right now is $11,200. You can also buy a copy of the notes. The proceeds go to the Fisher House.

  • Former CNN, ABC and CNBC anchor Alina Cho has joined Ballantine Bantam Dell as editor-at-large, Page Six reports. She’ll acquire style and fashion projects for the publisher. Cho hosted the CNN specials “Fashion: Backstage Pass,” for several years.

  • Tonight, “The Five” co-hosts wished Bob Costas well as he fights an eye infection. Dana Perino shared her severe dry eye diagnosis, while Greg Gutfeld thinks its all just a convenient promo for his early morning show “Red Eye.”


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Alina Cho Leaves CNN

Alina Cho, who has been with CNN nearly 10 years, parted ways with the network last week. Most recently, Cho had been CNN’s fashion correspondent hosting half-hour specials on the industry.

“I am so thankful for all of the opportunities CNN has given me over the last decade,” Cho tells TVNewser. “I have been given a front row seat to military parades in North Korea, presidential elections and, yes, the Paris runways.”

Cho joined CNN in 2004 after stints at ABC News, affiliate service NewsOne, CNBC, and at local news stations in Tampa and Chicago.

A CNN spokesperson adds, “Alina Cho is a terrific reporter and host. We thank her for all her work over the last decade and wish her every success on her next endeavor.”

Cho says her future is in fashion: “I have found that I am passionate about it and hope to announce something very soon that involves style coverage on multiple platforms. I’m very excited about what lies ahead.”

‘Today’ Gets Backstage at TIME 100

The “Today” show had a backstage pass for last night’s TIME 100 gala in New York. Matt Lauer conducted interviews with the honorees and a segment aired this morning. Joining Vice President Joe Biden, Marissa Mayer, Jimmy Fallon, Claire Danes, Jimmy Kimmel, Sen. Rand Paul, Lena Dunham and Daniel Day-Lewis a the event were tvnewsers including CNN honcho Jeff Zucker, MSNBC boss Phil Griffin, Barbara Walters, Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell, Alex Wagner, Willie Geist and Alina Cho. By next year’s TIME 100, the magazine will likely be part of a new company, spun off from Time Warner, which Managing Editor Rick Stengel acknowledged in his speech, “An independent Time Inc. will show the power of great journalism, the power of great content to pay for itself.”

Alina Cho Gets a Ride with Ewan McGregor

CNN’s Alina Cho was backstage once again at last week’s New York’s Fashion Week. And later today she has her latest installment of Fashion: Backstage Pass where she takes a walk with Diane Von Furstenberg, and gets a ride from Ewan McGregor. Plus Zac Posen and Tommy Hilfiger. Fashion: Backstage Pass airs today at 2:30pmET. Here’s a preview:

CNN’s Backstage Pass to Paris Fashion Week

CNN national correspondent Alina Cho is back with a special edition of Fashion: Backstage Pass from Paris. The biggest designers have been showing off their custom-made, hand-sewn looks (haute couture means “high sewing,” ICYDK) for this fall and winter. Cho attended Paris fashion week and went one-on-one with Donatella Versace, (above) Karl Lagerfeld, and takes viewers inside the Paris home of Lenny Kravitz.

Fashion: Backstage Pass from Paris airs today at 2:30pmET on CNN.

Fashionable Saturday on CNN

Today on CNN, Alina Cho hosts her fifth “Fashion: Backstage Pass” special. Cho interviews Donna Karan about her one great passion outside of fashion: Haiti. She also profiles Puerto Rican-born supermodel Joan Smalls (right) and talks with designers Prabal Gurung and Sophie Theallet about their efforts to make uniforms chic.

Cho is among the 110 American women photographed by Claiborne Swanson Frank for her new book, “American Beauty,” which is featured in the upcoming edition of “Fashion: Backstage Pass.”

“Fashion: Backstage Pass” airs today at 2:30pmET on CNN.

After 10 Years, ‘American Morning’ Signs Off

This morning, at the end of the final CNN “American Morning,” anchors Alina Cho and Deborah Feyerick welcomed show staffers to the set.

“These are the folks who get up in the middle of the night when everyone is sleeping to bring you this show and they do it with a lot of enthusiasm and love and energy,” said Feyerick, as the director took shots of the studio as well as the control room.

“American Morning” launched on September 12, 2001, with original host Paula Zahn anchoring five months earlier than planned due to the 9/11 attack the day before. It has been without a permanent anchor team since John Roberts and Kiran Chetry departed at different points, earlier this year.

On Monday, CNN’s two new 2-hour morning shows, “Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin” and “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien” will launch beginning at 5amET.

Ali Velshi and Christine Romans Are ‘Odd Couple’ Authors of ‘How to Speak Money’

TVNewser stopped by a book party for “How to Speak Money,” written by CNN anchors Ali Velshi and Christine Romans, last night.

Romans and Velshi were praised by CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz, who called the pair “the odd couple.”

“No names, but one of them is the kid who always has her homework done — her homework,” Jautz joked. “One of them, the dog always ate the homework. One of them gets a little nervous as the chapter deadline approaches, and one of them doesn’t have that problem because he’s not aware that it’s there.”

“Ali’s very into investing, I’m into budgeting,” Romans said. “Ali is a spender, and I am a saver. So the yin and the yang was there for us.”

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Never Out of Style, CNN Makes Room For Fashion Coverage

CNN's Alina Cho interviews Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld for "Fashion: Backstage Pass"

It’s not all about wars, politics and Anderson Cooper at CNN.

Remember Elsa Klensch, the Australian-American fashion journalist who hosted the weekly “Style with Elsa Klensch” for 20 years on CNN?

The show ran until 2001, but as the world changed in the last decade, so did the programming on the cable news networks.

But over the last year, CNN has made new designs on the fashion world with specials hosted by CNN correspondent Alina Cho.

“You know, the interesting thing is that I have never met Elsa,” Cho tells TVNewser. “I’d like to. I work with some of the people who worked with her back in the day so I feel as though I know her already, and I certainly admire what she did in terms of fashion coverage.”

This weekend, Cho hosts her fourth half-hour “Fashion: Backstage Pass” which takes viewers to the Paris fashion shows.

So how does fashion fit in with Fallujah? And is there room for Romney and Lagerfeld on CNN?

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Soledad O’Brien Launches Foundation for Kids in Need

CNN special correspondent Soledad O’Brien and her husband Brad Raymond launched their Foundation at a star-studded event Friday night in Bridgehampton, New York.

Since Hurricane Katrina — which O’Brien covered extensively for CNN — the couple has quietly helped underprivileged young women with the resources to attend school. The foundation will now enable them to provide more scholarships to the victims of the storm, and beyond.

In attendance, Star Jones and her new beau; Russell Simmons with actress Melissa George; and gospel singer Kirk Franklin and jazz star Ron Carter. In all, $250,000 was raised.

Event chairs Cicely Tyson and Pharrell Williams and host committee members such as CNN’s Alina Cho (pictured) and Jason Binn were also on hand, enjoying the “New Orleans in the Hamptons” themed event.

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