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TVNewser Heading to ‘CHICAGOLAND’

ChicagoLandTVNewser’s Alissa Krinsky will be at the premiere of CNN’s “CHICAGOLAND” Tuesday night in, appropriately, Chicago.

The eight-episode non-fiction series is produced by actor Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn from Sundance Productions, along with Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin of BCTV, and depicts the intersection of politics and policy in Chicago—and how it impacts real peoples lives.

Episodes begin this Thursday at 10pmET and will re-air Saturday at 8pm and 11pmET and Sundays at 10pm and 1amET.

The series will explore Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s back-and-forth negotiations with the Chicago Public Schools in his attempt to consolidate schools in order to modernize the city.

Look for Alissa’s report from the premiere next week on TVNewser. A preview of “CHICAGOLAND” after the jump… Read more

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“Larry King mit Ehefrau versohnt”


Turns out that Larry King‘s almost-divorce — and subsequent reconciliation with wife Shawn — not only have gotten lots of media attention here in the U.S., but also around the world.

While on vacation this week in Germany, ever-vigilant TVNewser contributor Alissa Krinsky snapped this photo of a digital ad/news billboard in a Frankfurt train station. Yahoo! Babel Fish translates the copy (headlined “Larry King reconciles with Wife”) as follows:

The American talk show moderator larry king (76) and its seventh wife, Shawn Southwick (50), want to try it again with one another. Few weeks after a violent stret and that submit the divorce King from a hotel again into the common mansion pulled.

We’re going to take that to mean that Larry and Shawn are back together and living in the family home. Guten tag!

Newsers in Demand as Graduation Season Commences

Graduation2010.jpgNumerous TV journos and analysts are scheduled to give commencement addresses to members of the Class of 2010. And so in the spirit of the season, we present TVNewser’s third annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when (in alphabetical order):

• CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: Harvard University (MA) — Senior Class Day speaker, May 26…Northwestern University (IL), June 18

• CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo: The College of Saint Rose (NY), May 8

• FNC’s Glenn Beck: Liberty University (VA), May 15

• CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: Niagara University (NY), May 23

• NBC’s Tom Brokaw: John Carroll University (OH), May 23

• PBS’s Jeffrey Brown: Wesley College (DE), May 8

• CNN’s Sean Callebs: Marshall University (WV), May 8

• NBC’s Steve Capus: Arizona State University — Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication (AZ), May 14

• CNN’s Alina Cho: Old Dominion University — Colleges of Business and Public Administration, Health Sciences, and Arts and Letters (VA), May 8

• CNN’s Anderson Cooper: Tulane University (LA), May 15

• CBS’s Katie Couric: Case Western Reserve University (OH), May 16

• NBC’s Ann Curry: Providence College (RI), May 16…Wheaton College (MA), May 22…Southern Oregon University (OR), June 5

• CBS’s Bill Geist: University of Missouri School of Journalism (MO), May 15

• NBC’s Lester Holt: The University of California, Merced (CA), May 15

• PBS’s Gwen Ifill: St. Norbert College (WI), May 16…Skidmore College (NY), May 22

More after the jump, including a King, Luke Russert, the Woodruffs (Bob and Judy) and the Williamses (Brian and Juan)…

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Tony Snow Remembered

Alissa Krinsky
TVNewser Contributor

Tony Snow.JPGSunday will mark one year since the death of Tony Snow from cancer. He battled the disease, which originated in his colon before spreading, for more than three years.

Snow, a longtime commentator and journalist, anchored at Fox News Channel and later worked for a short time at CNN. In between his TV jobs, he served as White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush.

This Sunday, TVNewser has learned, Fox News Channel will mark the anniversary of Snow’s death with numerous mentions of him throughout the day, along with thoughts from Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and from FNC colleagues such as Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren.

Here now are reflections from several other tvnewsers as they remember Tony Snow:

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One Year Later: Remembering Tim Russert

Alissa Krinsky
TVNewser Contributor

Russert Tim.jpgIt was one year ago tomorrow — June 13, 2008 — that NBC’s Tim Russert died. The 58 year-old Washington bureau chief and moderator of Meet the Press had collapsed at work, suffering a fatal heart attack.

This Sunday, Russert’s MTP successor, David Gregory, will say a few words in commemoration at the close of the program, TVNewser has learned.

We’ve asked some of Russert’s friends and colleagues to share their thoughts on how their lives — and perhaps the Sunday morning news scene — have changed since his passing.

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What Does The Future Hold For Investigative TV Reporting?

Alissa Krinsky
TVNewser Contributor

GriffinDrew.jpg“It’s overblown,” says CNN Special Investigations Unit correspondent Drew Griffin, responding to those who forecast doom and gloom for investigative TV journalism. “I think the appetite for investigative news will always be there.”

But can the nets and cablers afford to keep up the digging?

The work is expensive and time-consuming. And money is hardly flowing like it used to.

“For years, people have been talking about how it was in the ‘good old days,’” says former NBC investigative unit producer Aram Roston. “Obviously, [investigative TV reporting is] maybe not where it was, but there are very powerful [network] units, and they’re doing really good work.”

“The commitment is there,” Griffin says of CNN senior management, who have “never said no to a story, based on budget.”

A Roston.jpgAnd quality work requires a budget.

“[NBC] had lawyers, they had standards and practices people,” Roston says of his time at the network. “They made sure you dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s, but they also had your back. They held you to a high standard.”

Roston, an author, is now a freelance writer for publications including GQ. After nearly six years with NBC, he took a buyout last December, one of three investigative producers to leave the network at that time.

Some in the industry have wondered about that development. Griffin calls it “disappointing.” But according to Roston, there still is solid investigative work being done at NBC, especially at Dateline.

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Life After A Layoff: TVNewsers Navigate A Career Detour

Alissa Krinsky
TVNewser Contributor

Stouffer CNN.jpg“There’s life after whatever job you’re in now,” says former HLN anchor Linda Stouffer.

Stouffer was laid off in December after 12 years at the network.

She was not alone. Dozens of tvnewsers, on air and off, were let go at the end of 2008, as the industry reacted to a turbulent economy. Kevin Corke, John Larson and Mark Mullen of NBC lost their jobs. So did CNN’s Kathleen Koch and Rusty Dornin, HLN’s Carrie Lee, and numerous other journalists at those networks and at CBS News, too. ABC News laid off 35 staffers earlier this year.

Stouffer may have been in good company, but she was still looking to get back to work.

And she did. Three months after leaving HLN, she was picked up by Atlanta’s ABC station, WSB-TV. Stouffer is reporting part-time, hoping “to have some anchor opportunities down the line.”

Good news after an initial jolt. “Job loss is an earthquake of an experience,” says Stouffer, who first took time to “take stock, to see what I wanted to do next.”

It was her “big think.”

Kelli Arena.jpgAfter also being laid off in December, former CNN Justice Department/Supreme Court correspondent Kelli Arena has had the chance to reflect, too.

“I’m doing great,” she says. “I had been working non-stop until now.

“The opportunity to just slow down, and take a breath, and not be ruled by my Blackberry is a tremendously different life than the one I had before,” she says.

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VP Debate: Snapshots From Inside

TVNewser contributor Alissa Krinsky is at the debate tonight in St. Louis. She talked to many TVNewsers, and more stories from the debate are on the way. She sent some snapshots from before the debate began:



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“Wherever Wolf is, That’s Where The Situation Room Is”

dnc_8-24.gifOr so says Wolf Blitzer. And this morning, The Situation Room was at the CNN Grill. TVNewser checked out the scene, which included many CNN anchors chowing down on scrambled eggs and French toast.

Besides Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, John King, Bill Schneider and many others were at the Grill. So was TVNewser contributor Alissa Krinsky.

Also in attendance — James Carville wearing a T-shirt.

(pictured: CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein and CNN contributor Leslie Sanchez)


Coming later: TVNewser’s video interview with Klein.

Cavuto on GMA: “For Six Weeks I Just Had to Shut the Heck Up”

cavuto_8-6.JPGContinuing the trend of Fox Business Network anchors appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America, Neil Cavuto joined Diane Sawyer this morning to discuss the stock market and the drop in crude oil prices.

At the end of the interview, Sawyer asked Cavuto about his MS-related throat surgery:

I had what’s the equivalent to a paralysis of my larynx. My throat was paralyzing, if you will, a poor choice of words. And they had to do this surgery leaving me with a ‘bionic throat,’ to open it up. And for six weeks I just had to shut the heck up which was difficult for me. But I learned the value of just listening.

Click here to see the interview.

Also, TVNewser’s Alissa Krinsky will be interviewing Cavuto this week — look for that in the next few days.