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Mary Alice Williams Named Anchor of NJTV

MaryAliceWilliamsNBC News and CNN alum Mary Alice Williams has been named anchor of NJTV News, a nightly news broadcast on New Jersey’s public television network. Current anchor and managing editor Mike Schneider will remain with the show as a Senior Correspondent

“The broadcast has grown exponentially during Mike’s tenure. He has further established his legacy as a trusted source of vital news and as being one of the best interviewers in the business,” said NJTV News Executive Producer Phil Alongi. “Mary Alice is a consummate professional who has blazed trails in this business,”

With CNN, Williams oversaw the construction of CNN’s New York Bureau prior to the launch of the network in 1980. She served as New York Bureau Chief and in 1982 was appointed Vice president, becoming one of the highest ranking female executives in TV news. She reported on politics for CNN and co-hosted the first iteration of “Inside Politcs” with Bernard Shaw. Williams moved to NBC News in 1989 where she co-hosted news magazine specials and later co-anchored Sunday “Today.”

(Photo: Michael Stahl Portraits)

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Longtime CNN Anchor Bernard Shaw Has Advice for Young CNNers

BlitzerShaw304CNN’s Diversity Council hosted a town hall meeting this morning featuring a Wolf Blitzer Q&A with Bernard Shaw, who spent more than 20 years as an anchor at CNN, departing in 2001. Originating from the DC bureau, the event was also watched live in the New York and Los Angeles bureaus and at CNN’s Atlanta HQ. “I wouldn’t think of myself as a journalist of color,” Shaw told his audience. “But I’m a journalist first. Strive to be the very best and use models that exemplify the very best.”

Shameless plug time: the head of CNN’s Diversity Council, Geraldine Moriba, will be a guest on our panel discussing diversity in the newsroom at the TVNewser Show next month. Click here for more information.

After the jump, a clip from today’s CNN event, which is meaningful for anyone who works in TV news.

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The Morning Ticker: Wolf, Wolffe, Fox

  • CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw are holding court in CNN’s DC bureau this morning. The chat, hosted by the CNN Diversity Council, is being beamed to employees in New York, Atlanta and LA too. Shaw was an anchor at CNN from 1980-2001.

  • MSNBC.com’s Richard Wolffe interviewed MSNBC cable’s Thomas Roberts at SxSW Tuesday. Wolffe wouldn’t say how many people the new MSNBC.com is reaching, joking “I’ve been told not to!” reports Barron’s.

  • Fox COO Chase Carey has concerns about the Comcast-TWC merger. “Probably the issue that will come out of it… is the broadband issue. Are you really headed toward every home having one broadband provider, and what are the implications of that?,” Reuters reports.

CNNers Past and Present Celebrate Network’s 30th Anniversary

Sat Party 4.jpgA large crowd of former and current CNNers gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Saturday night to celebrate the network’s thirtieth birthday.

The bash — an unofficial gathering organized by former CNN producer Elissa Free — drew over three hundred people and was emceed by former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw.

“It was a celebration of what we had built,” former CNN correspondent Kelli Arena tells TVNewser. Arena, who started her career at CNN in 1984, said that joining the then-four-year-old network “was a labor of love… There was an energy and an innocence about the place. We brought live to the air things that people had never seen live on the air before.”

CNN founder Ted Turner addressed the group, telling attendees he was proud of what staffers have accomplished. Former CNN president Tom Johnson also spoke.

Current CNNers in attendance included anchor Wolf Blitzer, News Standards and Practices EVP Rick Davis, Political Director Sam Feist, and correspondent Jeanne Meserve.

Former CNNers in the house included Cissy Baker, Ralph Begleiter, Charles Bierbauer, Mike Boettcher, Tony Collings, Roger Cossack, Patty Davis, Bill Dorman, Rusty Dornin, Bob Franken, David French, Frances Hardin, Leon Harris, Sandy Kenyon, Jamie McIntyre, Brooks Jackson, Kathleen Koch, Eileen O’Connor, Chris Plante, Frank Sesno, Mark Shields, Linda Taira, Mary Alice Williams, and Judy Woodruff.

“It was a lot of reminiscing about the little network that could,” Arena said. “There was no griping, no discussion about the current CNN — that’s not why people were there. People were there to celebrate what we had accomplished. It was like a family reunion.”

More photos, after the jump…

(photo by Richard Kolko)

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Election Night on CNN: A Look Back

The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. has a 17-picture gallery looking back at CNN’s Election Night coverage, beginning just “five months after the news network’s launch.” In 1980, it was Lou Dobbs and Bella Abzug anchoring. More pictures after the jump:

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