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The International Ticker: Engel, Damon, Kay

  • NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and his team are reporting from Kiev, Ukraine as protests continue to rage there today. Engel was live from Sochi last night for “NBC Nightly News” and was in Kiev for this morning’s “Today” show.

  • CNN’s senior international correspondent Arwa Damon has been reporting from Addana, Syria this week. Until recently, the town was under the control of the Islamist radical group, ISIS. CNN obtained video from Syrian activists showing the brutal tactics ISIS has been using.

  • The BBC’s Katty Kay is in Brazil to find out how the country is getting ready for two major global sporting events: the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Kay anchors BBC World News America from Rio tonight and will also report for BBC World News.

For CNN Correspondent, Nairobi Attack Hits Close To Home

For CNN International correspondent Zain Verjee, the terrorist attack at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya hit very close to home. Literally. Verjee grew up not far from the mall, and still lives nearby, as she shared today.

“This is where we have coffee, this is where I meet my friends, this is where I socialize, this is where diplomats, expats everybody goes to shop,” Verjee said. “Every Saturday morning we go to buy groceries, as hundreds of people did that Saturday morning.”

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Every network and cable channel has correspondents in Nairobi, following up on the latest from the hostile mall takeover by terrorists over the weekend. Among them: NBC’s Ron Allen, CBS’ Charlie D’Agata, ABC’s Linsey Davis and Kirit Radia and CNN’s Verjee, Nima Elbagir and Arwa Damon.

Sky News Camera Operator Mick Deane Killed in Egypt

Longtime Sky News camera operator Mick Deane was shot and killed in Cairo, Egypt this morning.

He was there with his team covering the violence in the capital city, as Egyptian security forces cleared public squares of supporters of ousted president Morsi. As noted by former CNN executive Eason Jordan, Deane was a camera operator for CNN based in Rome back in the 1980s.

“Mick was part of a Sky News team reporting on the disturbances in the city with Middle East Correspondent Sam Kiley when he was shot and wounded,” Sky News said in a statement. “Despite receiving medical treatment for his injuries, he died shortly afterwards.”

Sky News has more on Deane, here.

Over a hundred people are said to have been killed in the violence in the last 24 hours, including a few other journalists.

Egypt has become a dangerous place for reporters in recent months. A BBC correspondent was shot in the face by shotgun pellets in July, resulting in emergency surgery.

CNN’s Arwa Damon is also in Cairo covering the protests, and had to duck for cover during a report as automatic gunfire screamed past their location.

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CNN Interviews Benghazi Suspect, Makes News On Other Channels

CNN’s Arwa Damon had an interview with a person of interest in the Benghazi consulate attacks that resulted in the death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya. The man, who has been mentioned by U.S. authorities, said he was never contacted by either the Libyan or American governments, but would be happy to talk to them if they did.

The interview ended up making news on other channels. “The Five” incorporated it into a segment on the attack, even as CNN aired excerpts from the interview, though the Fox News show didn’t identify CNN, lest someone change the channel.

Update: Credit where it is due, “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren did note that CNN had the interview, as she mentions in a GretaWire post here.

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Correspondents Don Gas Masks To Cover Escalating Protests In Turkey

Protests in Istanbul, Turkey have been slowly escalating all day, with the police lobbing tear gas at the protesters, and the protesters responding in kind by lighting fireworks in the direction of the police.

CNN has been simulcasting CNN International for an hour or so now, with Arwa Damon on the ground in Taksim Square and Nick Paton Walsh above the fray (though not above the gas). Damon donned a gas mask to report on the clashes, and it makes for riveting video.

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On MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Richard Engel also wore a gas mask to report on the clashes from Taksim Square.

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TV News To Cover (And Possibly Be Part Of) Benghazi Hearing

This morning starting at 11:30, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on what exactly happened during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the deaths of four people, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.

Fox News and CNN are planning live coverage of the hearings, with CNN bringing in Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer and Arwa Damon to join the coverage. Fox News will have Bret Baier, Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel, chief Washington correspondent James Rosen and Fox News contributor and Amb. John Bolton contributing.

Interestingly enough, it is quite likely that the Sunday public affairs shows will be part of the story. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice appeared on the network Sunday shows and argued that the attack was spontaneous and not premeditated. That now appears not to be the case, and some State Department officials say they knew that all along.

Elsewhere, The Washington Post profiles CBS News correspondent Sharyl Atkisson as “a persistent voice of media skepticism on Benghazi.”
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CNN, PBS, Univision Win IRE Awards

CNN, PBS and Univision represent TV news on the list of the 2012 Investigative Reporters & Editors Awards.

CNN international correspondent Arwa Damon and photojournalist Sarmad Qaseera won the IRE Medal for their coverage of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, who the judges said “provided additional valuable context about the milieu in which the consulate attack occurred.” The report was also honored in IRE’s Investigations Triggered by Breaking News category.

Univision’s newsmagazine, “Aquí y Ahora,” won in the broadcast video division for “Rápido y Furioso,” its investigation of the Fast and the Furious program. “Rápido y Furioso” also won a 2012 Peabody Award.

CNN Digital and PBS won in the multiplatform news category. CNN digital reporters John D. Sutter and Edythe McNamee were honored for their travels to Africa to report “Mauritania: Slavery’s Last Stronghold.” PBS won for “Big Sky, Big Money,” an investigation of campaign finance that was done in partnership with ProPublica.

>Update: CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker‘s note to staff is after the jump. Read more

The Iraq War: 10 Years Later

10 years ago, “Shock and Awe” kicked off the Iraq War. It was a made-for-TV war, with explosions rocking the skies above Baghdad, and correspondents reporting live on cable news from their hotel balconies.

TV news not only covered the war, but promoted it as well, regularly featuring guests who beat the war drum, and ignoring those that had opposing views. Sometimes, as The Huffington Post’s Jack Mirkinson notes, it was a vicious circle:

Perhaps the most notorious example of the Washington-media nexus over Iraq came when Dick Cheney appeared on “Meet the Press” in September of 2002. He cited the lead story in that morning’s Times as he talked to Tim Russert (“I want to attribute it to the Times,” he memorably said). The story, by Miller and her colleague Michael Gordon, said that Hussein was busy using aluminum tubes to help build nuclear weapons. The Bush administration had leaked that story to Miller. The circle was complete.

The war has not been forgotten. With the President making his first mideast trip of his second term, cable news is finding time to look back at Iraq. Throughout the week a number of segments about the war are on tap at the “big three” cable news channels, nestled in between the other day’s coverage.

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CNN’s Arwa Damon Gets The ‘Vogue’ Treatment

CNN foreign correspondent Arwa Damon is profiled by Vogue. Damon, who famously discovered Ambassador Stevens’ journal in the burned-out ruins of the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, really opens up to author Heidi Mitchell.

The daughter of an American father and a Syrian mother, Damon grew up speaking both English and Arabic. Hr parents settled in Beirut, Lebanon, where Damon also rents an apartment.

“In college, I had a lot of friends who didn’t know anything about the Middle East, who had never met anyone from there,” she explains. “And when 9/11 happened, I saw this East-West divide become even greater, and I got this idea in my head that I was going to be a bridge, to help create cross-cultural understanding through journalism.” Her friends thought she was off her rocker. “They said I should start in a small town, build my way up in the industry. I said no, I’m going to Iraq.”

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The Afternoon Ticker: Damon, Syria Deeply, Gifford

  • CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon has been in Syria reporting for the network for almost a week. “She’s risking her life to bring us these reports,” CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer wrote on Twitter.
  • Speaking of Syria, Lara Setrakian has launched Syria Deeply, a website dedicated to exploring “a new model of storytelling around a global crisis.” Setrakian is a foreign correspondent who has been based in the Middle East for five years, filing reports for Bloomberg TV and ABC News.
  • After just three weeks on Broadway, it’s the end of the road for “Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson,” written by NBC’s Kathie Lee Gifford. Gifford talked about it on the fourth hour of “Today” Wednesday, saying, “They’re the best cast on Broadway. They’re unbelievable. And I love them to pieces. There’s a sadness that comes with this.”

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