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Washington Turns Out to Honor Bob Schieffer

Quite a turnout last night at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC, as Bob Schieffer was honored on his 20th anniversary anchoring CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

More than 500 people turned out to honor Schieffer, including the man who’s guested more times than anyone else: “I gotta say one word about the person who has been on ‘Face the Nation’ more than any other person in the history of the broadcast,” said Schieffer. “He’s actually older than me, not by much: John McCain over here.”

CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes threw the party which was attended by elected officials, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), below, and current and former administration reps, including Donald Rumsfeld, below, as well as Schieffer’s CBS colleagues including Jan Crawford, Chip Reid, Lara Logan, Bill Plante, and Nancy Cordes and from other networks, FNC’s Ed Henry, CNN’s Gloria Borger, NBC’s David Gregory and Betsy Fischer and PBS’s Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, and Jim Lehrer. Also on hand Carin Pratt, who helmed the show for 18 years.

“We just love Carin,” said Schieffer. “I really appreciate your coming back and being with us tonight.”

Mary Hager … is now the [executive] producer. And Senator McCain remembers Mary Hager when the two of us were chasing up and down the halls of Congress. And Mary has actually worked with me, I guess, more than 20 years. And she started very, very young — she asked me to say that.”

(H/T Playbook / Photos for CBS News: Chris Usher)

Betsy Fischer Marks 20 years at ‘Meet the Press’

“Meet the Press” host David Gregory was able to hide something from show EP Betsy Fischer right up until the end of this morning’s show: “Before we go,” Gregory said, “I wanted to mention a special anniversary this morning. Our executive producer, Betsy Fischer, recently marked her 20th year with ‘Meet the Press.’ … She came of age professionally working with Tim Russert, of course, becoming his executive producer nine years ago. And then skillfully and sensitively managed a very delicate transition around here after Tim’s death, working with Tom Brokaw and now me.

“Betsy’s love of politics, her judgment and her journalistic excellence define her success. We couldn’t ask for a better leader. I speak for all my colleagues at NBC News when I say, ‘Congratulations, Bets!’ And we’ve been keeping that from her all morning long.”

After the show, Fischer tweeted, “Thx for all the nice messages-not surprised at the thoughtfulness of my colleagues today but SHOCKED they were able to commandeer the show!”

Marie Claire Puts Female Producers in the Spotlight

In the new Marie Claire, five of TV news’ top female producers get profiled. From NBC News, “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer and “NBC nightly News” senior producer Subrata De get featured. From ABC News, “Good Morning America” senior editorial producer Santina Leuci is profiled, along with CBS “48 Hours Mystery” field producer Kristin Whiting and CNN “Piers Morgan Tonight” senior broadcast producer Katie Nelson Thomson.

The article has interesting anecdotes from each of the women, including an interesting backstory on Whiting’s part. Before joining CBS, Whiting worked in Baghdad, where she helped set up Iraq’s new public TV network following the fall of Saddam Hussein. That is where her featured picture (above) was taken.

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.

(Photos: Getty)

David Broder 1929-2011

David Broder, the Pulitzer prize winning Washington Post reporter and columnist died today, due to complications from diabetes, the Post reports.

Broder was a fixture on NBC’s “Meet the Press” where he appeared 401 times, according to EP Betsy Fischer. Fischer tweeted this photo of Broder when he celebrated 30 years of appearing on the show — “and that was 18 yrs ago!” she writes.

David Broder was 81.

A statement from Fischer, after the jump…

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Meet the new Senior Producer of ‘Meet the Press’

Executive producer of NBC’s “Meet the Press” (and birthday girl) Betsy Fischer just announced some news via Twitter.

So excited to have @AdamVerdugo on our #mtp team as Sr. Producer. He’s been a star MSNBC prod working w/ @NorahODonnell & covering politics

Verdugo has worked at NBC News/MSNBC for several years most recently as a producer for Norah O’Donnell, whose last producer, Jen Yuille, went on to work with Katie Couric at CBS, which means O’Donnell is now looking for a new producer. (DM her @NorahODonnell, she’d love to hear from you.) That’s Verdugo, above, making his TV news debut on MSNBC in July, 2008.

Where Are the Women on Sunday?

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Politico’s Erika Lovley writes today about the disproportion of Male guests to female guests on the Sunday public affairs shows. Examining ABC’s “This Week,” CBS’ “Face the Nation,” CNN’s “State of the Union,” NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and “FOX News Sunday,” American University finds that just under 14% of the legislators that have appeared on Sunday shows in 2010 have been women.

But why?

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Gregory, Fischer Get Reel

They’re just wrapping up today’s “Meet the Press”, but tomorrow night David Gregory and the show’s EP Betsy Fischer will take part in the Newseum’s “Reel Journalism With Nick Clooney” discussion. “Reel Journalism” is a forum which discusses the role of the press in society on film. There will be a screening of 2009′s “State of Play.” Details here.

> Correction: Oops, because of the French Open Men’s final (Rafael Nadal won) there was no “Meet the Press” today.

> Correction #2: OK, maybe I should have held off on this post altogether. The event is next Monday, June 14.

Rand Paul Cancels Meet The Press Appearance

rand-paul-5-21.jpgKentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul has canceled his scheduled appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” this Sunday.

MTP’s executive producer Betsy Fischer tells The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein:

“We booked him on Wednesday. Everything was set and then his press person emailed this afternoon that he was very sorry but he wants to cancel the interview. We tried appealing to the press person to not much avail,” Fischer said.

Paul, who has been a hot topic in the national news this week after an interview on “The Rachel Maddow Show” went viral, would be only the third person in the program’s history to have canceled at the last minute, according to HuffPost. The others? Louis Farrakhan and Saudi Arabian prince Bandar bin Khaled al-Faisal.

Meeting the new ‘Meet the Press’ Studio: ‘However it Looks the Mission of the Program Does Not Change’

P1010254.JPGThis morning we headed to NBC’s Nebraska Ave. headquarters here in Washington as NBC’s David Gregory, “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer, NBC DC Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker, NBC News president Steve Capus and NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker greeted guests for brunch after the first broadcast in HD and from a new, large, modern studio for the #1 Sunday show.

Today’s roundtable guests, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) stuck around for the festivities. (Gregory talked about the change at the end of the show. Here’s a clip.)

Gregory, who has been moderator of the show for 17 months, got choked up talking about what the new studio means for him personally and the legacy of longtime moderator Tim Russert who died almost two years ago. “This has not been an easy transition,” said Gregory, “but I’ve always felt like I’m never alone in that.”

Says Capus, “We talked about that the very first week after we lost Tim, about how we were going to go on and in what ways we were going to go on.”

Capus calls the new studio “a partnership with MSNBC and network news and WRC.

“This is the new era of NBC News,” Capus added.

The new studio was the brainchild of NBC News creative director Marc Greenstein. Here’s a video tour from earlier in the week. MTP’s move to HD means CBS’s “Face the Nation” is the last of the four broadcast public affairs programs in standard definition.

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