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The Morning Ticker: Serena’s Slam, Claman’s Workout, Compton’s Clock

  • Serena Williams canceled on “Good Morning America,” the “Today” show and “Live with Kelly and Michael” Monday morning following her U.S. Open win on Sunday. The NY Post reports Williams was beat after celebrating with friend and finals opponent Caroline Wozniacki.

  • FBN’s Liz Claman hosts Start-up Nation today from Silicon Valley. And in between FBN live shots and interviewing various entrepreneurs, she hopes to get in a workout. “I usually stay at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto, and they’ve got a good gym. The one thing about carving out time to work out? You never regret it.”

  • ABC’s Jonathan Karl reminisces with Ann Compton on her ground-breaking, 41-year career as she prepares to retire from ABC News. “I can promise you that on the morning that I first stay home, my alarm clock is not going off at 5:15. And if it does, it’s going right out the window.”

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Pres. Obama Makes Second Statement on Michael Brown Killing

ObamaAs the ongoing Michael Brown investigation and protests in Ferguson continue to dominate cable news, broadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon as President Obama issued his second statement on the killing of the 18-year-old. The president also provided an update on ongoing U.S. military operations in Iraq.

On Iraq, the president announced Iraqi forces have retaken control of Iraq’s Mosul Dam from ISIS and that the U.S. will continue delivering humanitarian aid to the country. Turning to the Michael Brown killing, Obama announced the DOJ has opened a separate federal civil rights investigation into Brown’s killing and that Attorney General Eric Holder will go to Ferguson Wednesday to meet with officials. Obama urged protestors to do so peacefully without looting or violence while cautioning police against using excessive force.

NBC News cut in at 4:24pmET with Cynthia McFadden anchoring from New York and White House correspondent Kristen Welker reporting from the White House. CBS News cut in at 4:24pmET with Scott Pelley anchoring from New York and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. ABC News presented its coverage at 4:25pmET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Jim Kuhnhenn; the second to Reuters’ Steve Holland. The last question went to ABC News’ Ann Compton, who Obama praised upon news of her retirement, which drew a round of applause from colleagues. Read more

Ann Compton to Retire After 41 Years at ABC

ann comptonVeteran White House correspondent Ann Compton — who has covered seven presidents during her time at ABC News — will retire this fall, Politico Playbook reports this morning. She will officially retire September 10, 41 years to the day after she started at ABC News.

Allen rounds up some thoughts from Compton’s ABC News colleagues:

BEN SHERWOOD, co-president, Disney/ABC Television Group, calls Ann “the pride of Virginia … pioneer, ceiling shatterer, and radiant soul. Her stats read like Babe Ruth (7 presidents, 50 states, etc.) Our first reaction when she shared the news: ‘Say it ain’t so.’ Our next: ABC News has been blessed every single day since she first walked in the door in 1973. We love her, we thank her, we wish her the very best, and we know she’s going to have a blast with Dr. Hughes and her wonderful family. She will always have a home in our White House booth and ABC News.”

ROBIN SPROUL, ABC News Washington bureau chief: ”She is a reporter of boundless energy who brings her A-game every day … She simply loves the beat. … She has a flair for storytelling, for capturing the day’s moments, and she knows as well as any other reporter in town how Washington works. … Ann is also a generous colleague who has helped many a new reporter covering the White House learn the ropes. … We will miss Ann so much. She is simply irreplaceable.”

>Update: Steve Jones, the vice president and general manager for ABC News Radio, sent the following note to the radio division about Compton this afternoon: Read more

Former ABC News And NBC News Correspondent Herb Kaplow Dies At 86

Former ABC News and NBC News correspondent Herb Kaplow has died at age 86.

Kaplow worked in the world of broadcasting for more than 40 years, beginning his career at NBC News, where he worked from 1951-1972. At NBC he reported on the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, which desegregated schools, and he had the first U.S. interview with Communist Cuban leader FIdel Castro after his guerrillas toppled the Batista regime. He joined ABC News in 1972, and retired from ABC in 1994.

“Throughout his career, he reported on 10 presidential campaigns, covered 19 presidential conventions, and traveled with Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood wrote in an email to ABC staff.

“Kaplow was no nonsense, a supreme professional but also incredibly gracious to a young intern and later supportive and full of advice when I became the youngest member of the ABC team,” ABC News Radio White House correspondent Ann Compton recalled.

“NBC Nightly News” ran an obituary for Kaplow. Watch it below.
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TVNewsers take TIME to Party

Last night People & TIME hosted their White House Correspondents’ Dinner cocktail party at the St. Regis in DC. The event drew a mix of celebs and media.

Several tvnewsers from ABC, CNN, NBC, MSNBC and FNC showed up including: Norah O’Donnell (below, left with Arianna Huffington, Savannah Guthrie (below, right), Ed Schultz, Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, Kelly O’Donnell, Chris Wallace, Greta Van Susteren, Betsy Fischer, Kelly O’Donnell, Ann Compton, Michelle Jaconi and Sam Feist.

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Blitzer, Ellis, Leventhal, Raddatz, many more honored at tonight’s RTNDF dinner

Russ Mitchell, anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” Sunday Edition, and correspondent for “CBS News Sunday Morning,” will emcee tonight’s Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s First Amendment Awards Dinner at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, DC. Honorees include ABC’s Martha Raddatz and Ann Compton; from CBS, Byron Pitts and Charlie Kaye; CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jeanne Meserve, FNC’s Rick Leventhal, and NBC’s Rehema Ellis. The 9/11 Tribute Awards will be presented at the 21st annual black tied dinner put on by the journalism organization.

Willie Geist DC Party

At the home of NBC’s Norah O’Donnell and chef Geoff Tracy in Washington, DC last night, people celebrated MSNBC’s Willie Geist‘s new book, “American Freak Show,” according to Politico. With a chef at the venue, the food was clearly outstanding. The last time TVNewser saw Geist, he was promoting the book in New York City.

There were a lot of tvnewsers in attendance: NBC anchor David Gregory, journalist Maureen Orth and her son NBC correspondent Luke Russert, NBC correspondent Savannah Guthrie, NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger, senior PBS correspondent Gwen Ifill, former MSNBC executive and founder of Haddad Media Tammy Haddad, NBC news analyst Howard Fineman, ABC News’ Ann Compton, NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker, and MSNBC producer Pam Stevens.

Other notable newsers included, former Newsweek, now NBC News’ Mike Isikoff, The New York TimesMaureen Dowd, TIME.com’s Jay Newton-Small, as well as The Washington Post‘s Mary Ann Akers and Jonathan Capehart.

President Obama Holds Press Conference on the Economy

Just after 11 AM this morning, President Obama made remarks about the economy and unemployment.

The four broadcast networks carried it live, with Harry Smith anchoring for CBS, George Stephanopoulos for ABC, Greg Jarrett for Fox and Matt Lauer for NBC:

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Not surprisingly, the three cable news channels and the three business networks all carried the press conference as well.

Which TV news reporters got to ask questions?

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Obama Meets the Press, First Question to FNC’s Major Garrett

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Pres. Obama made a rare appearance at the daily press briefing today taking questions from the assembled White House Press Corps, with the first question going to Fox News correspondent Major Garrett. The second went to ABC’s Jake Tapper.

The last press time Pres. Obama had a full scale news conference was in July. Just yesterday, The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz spoke with members of the press corps who were not happy with the lack of access to Obama. “It’s a source of great frustration here,” said CBS’s Chip Reid.

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Developing…

> 1:48pm: After the third question, Obama says he’ll take two more questions… “I just want to be sure I’m getting a balance here,” says the president who then calls on NBC’s Chuck Todd. Todd’s colleagues groan. “He’s too good, his questions are going to be too precise,” says a colleague.

> 1:53pm: ABC News Radio’s Ann Compton got the last question. “Thank you for doing this, it’s been a while,” says Compton.

> 1:59pm: Obama takes one more question related to jobs.

> More: The briefing became a Twitterpalooza. As NBC’s Savannah Guthrie snapped a Twitpic of Garrett asking his question, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton tries to keep the press corps to focused.

> More, more: No Helen Thomas in the front row. “I guess she’s snowed in,” speculates an insider.

The view from Savannah’s seat, after the jump…

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White House Press Corps Fights Back Against Late Briefings

gibbs_3-27.bmpAs the daily press briefing began this afternoon at 2:07pmET, several members of the White House press corps spoke up to press secretary Robert Gibbs about his tardiness.

FishbowlDC reports that the briefing began about 20 minutes after the two minute warning was given and that ABC’s Jake Tapper “had taken charge with two visits to the Lower Press office to complain during the long wait.”

By the time Gibbs arrived, members of the press corps could be heard complaining saying things like, “it irritates everybody here.”

We hear the late briefings are a pattern, and that it was not an issue during the Bush administration.

Gawker has the video

Related: Maybe Howard Kurtz will bring it up this Sunday on Reliable Sources with his guests, CBS senior White House correspondent Chip Reid and ABC News’ Ann Compton.

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