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2010 Gerald Loeb Finalists Announced

loeb_5-25.jpgUCLA’s Anderson School of Management announced the honorees for its 2010 Gerald Loeb awards for “journalists who make significant contributions to the understanding of business, finance and the economy.”

Here are the finalists for the television category:

Former television newser Walt Bogdanich, now NY Times assistant investigative editor, will be presented with a lifetime achievement award.

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Bernie is the New Britney for News Shows

With so many facets to the larger story of this dismal economy (jobs lost, stocks tanked, banks bailed out, states stimulated) there is more of the kind of news to go around that outrages the little guy — the kind of person who loves nothing more than to go home, plunk him/herself in front of a TV and watch how banking fatcats and billionaire crooks get theirs.

The NYTimesBrian Stelter writes that they they are the new Paris and Britney of the news cycle (although there’s room enough for Anna Nicole today).

Tracking the private jets, lavish junkets and other trappings of what the ABC correspondent Brian Ross calls “corporate royalty” are now full-time jobs for reporters at the network news divisions. Next week NBC News will show a three-part investigative series in prime time titled “Inside the Financial Fiasco” and reported by Chris Hansen, the “Dateline NBC” correspondent who hosted the network’s “To Catch a Predator” franchise for years.

For the reporters, the heightened interest in corporate spending means long hours staking out places like Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, an airport that is frequently used for private travel into New York. On the last Friday in February, the ABC producer Asa Eslocker was on assignment outside the airport, armed with a miniature camera and searching for a corporate jet belonging to a troubled insurance company.

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Charges Against ABC News Producer Dropped

AsaE_10.16.jpgCriminal trespass charges filed against ABC News producer Asa Eslocker during the DNC will be dropped by the Denver City Attorney. Denver Police arrested Eslocker as he was attempting to take pictures of senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting.

“We are enormously gratified that the Denver city attorney has agreed to drop these outrageous charges,” said ABC News senior vice president Jeffrey Schneider.

Eslocker was grabbed around the throat and put in handcuffs by a Denver police department sergeant as he and a camera crew attempted to take pictures from a public sidewalk of Democratic Senators and wealthy donors arriving at a secret meeting at the city’s Brown Palace hotel.

“I was only doing my job, trying to cover an extremely important aspect of American politics,” said Eslocker. “I’m glad this is over.”

ABCNews.com’s The Blotter has more on the story as well as video of the original arrest.

ABC Producer Posts Bail, With Company Credit Card

Eslocker_Mug.8.28.jpgABC News producer/reporter Asa Eslocker is out on $500 bail. ERSNews.com got a hold of his mug shot on the trespassing charge from his arrest yesterday by Denver police.

Charlie Gibson writes on the WorldNewser blog how Eslocker posted bail. “We got a kick out of the fact he swiped his corporate credit card to put up the five hundred.”

Video of the incident, part of the Money Trail series of reports, shows Eslocker standing, with other people, on a public sidewalk. Gibson writes, “We hope the charges will be dropped.”

12 Year Later, Money Trail Still Ruffling Feathers

dnc_8-24.gifPerhaps the greatest indication of the impact of Brian Ross‘s investigative work at the Conventions occurred today when Denver police arrested one of his producer/reporters.

Ross’ investigative unit has been following the Money Trail since the 1996 political conventions. The unit heads to high priced, low profile parties put on by donors for the political elite. And apparently there are hundreds each year.

ross_8-27.jpg“You wouldn’t know about them unless you went where we went,” Ross told TVNewser today. So far the unit has seen everyone from DNC chairman Howard Dean to singer John Legend attend these events. Reports have aired all this week and will again all next week at the RNC.

Today TVNewser saw the operation in action. Senior investigative producer Rhonda Schwartz is the point person, armed with a spreadsheet of potential events, directing various teams in the field where to go and what they might encounter. (The arrest of reporter Asa Eslocker would come later in the afternoon.)

Reflecting on the series, Schwartz says, “This was the first time anyone tried to show this. And we’re still doing this and it’s still largely an ethics-free zone.”

Ross also talked to us about his other big recent story…that story about John Edwards you may have heard about…

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Denver Police Arrest ABC News Reporter

ABCArrest_8.27.jpgA reporter with Brian Ross‘s investigative team at ABC News was arrested today for taking pictures of Democratic Senators and VIP donors as they left a private meeting at the Brown’s Palace Hotel in Denver.

Police arrested Asa Eslocker on charges of trespass, interference, and failure to follow a lawful order. Eslocker was put in handcuffs and loaded in the back of a police van. His cameraman captured it all. And you can expect to see the story, including the videotaped arrest, tonight on World News.

Eslocker and his ABC News colleagues are in Denver investigating the role of corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors at the convention for a series of Money Trail reports.