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Rachel Maddow Accepts Shep Smith’s Challenge, Gets Doused With Ice Water

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow took up Shepard Smith‘s challenge, by getting doused with a bucket of ice water. Last week we told you about Smith, who took up the challenge and had not one, but two buckets of water dumped on him. He passed the challenge on to Maddow, and two others. Today, Maddow accepted, then challenged three others to get doused. If they do, the will give $50 to the charity of Maddow’s choice, in this case the Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women. Among those she challenged: former State Department official Liz Cheney.

Then, with the help of executive producer Bill Wolff, Maddow got iced. Watch:

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And The 2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge Winner is…

MyersThe Connecticut Huskies are champions of the NCAA men’s basketball world, and the TVNewser bracket challenge trophy goes to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Myers squeaked out the championship victory, beating Fox News’ copy editor Martin Hill, 77 to 76.

“I’m speechless,” Myers tells TVNewser about his first bracket challenge title. “This is the proudest moment in my weather career. 43 correct and 20 wrong. That’s some kind of forecasting record. Going to Zabar’s for a bagel!”

NBC’s Bill Karins, NBC’s Betsy Fischer, and CNBC’s Todd Bonin rounded out the top five. Fox News’ Steve Doocy, CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, and CNN’s Rob Kirkpatrick ranked at the bottom of the standings. Our challenge featured 42 of TV news’ biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names.

The final standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: Championship Update

championshipWe’re down to two, as the Kentucky Wildcats face the Connecticut Huskies tonight with the NCAA men’s basketball championship on the line.

The TVNewser bracket challenge title is also up for grabs. CNN meteorologist Chad Myers is currently in the lead with 77 points. But Fox News copy editor Martin Hill is hot on his heels, sitting one point behind with 76 points.

NBC’s Betsy Fischer, NBC’s Bill Karins, and CNBC’s Brian Steel round out the top five.

The full standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Final Four’

Final FourThe NCAA men’s college basketball tournament is down to four teams.

Yesterday’s conclusion to the “Elite 8″ was not the best for the state of Michigan, with both of its teams being knocked out of the tournament.  Connecticut took down Michigan St. while Kentucky defeated Michigan. The day before, Dayton’s upset streak ran out, losing to Florida, while Wisconsin beat Arizona.

As Connecticut, Kentucky, Florida, and Wisconsin square off in Texas this weekend to decide who advances to the championship game, the 2014 TVNewser March Madness bracket challenge remains close. Just six points separate the current first place TV new pro, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers, from the fifth place competitor, currently a tie between two CNBCers, Brian Steel and Todd Bonin.

Take a look at the full standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Elite 8′

NCAA march madnessWe’re down to the “Elite 8,” as the “Sweet 16″ concluded last night with Michigan St. squeaking out a victory against Virginia and Kentucky beating Louisville.

Dayton continued its upset streak the day before, this time beating Stanford.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also in full swing with the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. Unlike last round, the standings are beginning to separate after the current first and second place leaders, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers and Fox News copy editor Martin Hill.

“I feel like the smartest guy in the room…but the weather office is a very small room,” Myers tells TVNewser about his current place atop the leaderboard.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: ‘Sweet 16′

NCAA march madnessWe’re down to the “Sweet 16,” as this past weekend produced some more big upsets in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Dayton continued its upset streak, this time beating the Syracuse Orange, while Stanford took down Kansas. The “next round of competition begins Thursday.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also in full swing with some of the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. Like the last round,  the standings are very close, with the leader up by just one point.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge Update

NCAA march madnessThe first full round of competition in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament is in the books, and upsets were the story, as both Duke and Ohio State were beaten by Mercer and Dayton, respectively.

The third round will be played today and tomorrow, resulting in the teams that will go on to play in the “Sweet 16.”

The competition is scoring huge TV ratings as usual, as well as record-breaking digital traffic, our sister site Lost Remote reports.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also underway, and the participants are some of the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. This early on, the standings are very close, with the leader up by just one point.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.
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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge, Who’s In?

NCAA march madnessThe NCAA college basketball tournament begins today, and with it comes the start of the 2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge. Once again, some of of the best and brightest on-air and behind-the-scenes names in TV news compete to be the last one standing. 2013′s winner, “CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht, is back to defend his crown. Here’s who he’s up against:

Team ABC:

Gio Benitez, Correspondent

Rick Klein, Political Director

Sandy Cannold, EP/Senior Business Editor

Team Bloomberg:

Matt Miller, Auto and Aviation Reporter, Bloomberg TV

Team CBS News:

Chris Licht, VP, Programming/EP, “CBS This Morning”

Norah O’Donnell, Anchor, “CBS This Morning”

Greg Bracco, Broadcast Graphics

Team CNBC:

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Alison Stewart’s Path from Anchor to Author: ‘It’s a Little Bit Art, a Little Bit Archeology’

When it comes to career paths, Alison Stewart prefers jungle gyms to ladders.

“Instead of ‘climbing the ladder’ and going straight up through the ranks, you zig zag your way up, like on a jungle gym” says Stewart, referencing Sheryl Sandberg’s bestseller, ‘Lean In.’ “I could never explain it before. I just kept getting good offers at places, so I took them.”

After zig zagging from MTV to CBS to ABC to MSNBC to PBS, Stewart’s latest incarnation is as author. ‘First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School,’ her inaugural book, was released earlier this month. Both her parents graduated from the Washington, D.C. school.

Stewart began working on ‘Dunbar’ in 2006, while at MSNBC. Five years later, she left her job as cohost of PBS’s ‘Need to Know’ to focus fulltime on the book, and to care for her ailing parents. They later died.

“I always wanted to write a book,” says Stewart, 47, a Brown alum. “I had been offered a ‘Hey, I was at MTV, then at the networks, what did I see?’ deal, and maybe I’ll write that book someday, but I wanted to dig into something that would have some kind of lasting value beyond being entertaining.”

Stewart found herself in a race against time, since many of the early Dunbar grads were in their 80s and 90s. She recorded their memories of the legendary school, which in its prime produced the first black member of a presidential Cabinet, the first black general of the U.S. Army and the first black federal judge.

“I loved talking to people, going into their homes, spending hours with them,” says Stewart, who often traveled by bus from New York and crashed on friends’ couches to minimize expenses. “The research was my favorite part. You discover things. It’s a little bit art, a little bit archeology.”

The writing process, however, was an altogether different experience. “It was a lot lonelier than I expected,” says Stewart, who is married to Bill Wolff, VP of MSNBC primetime and executive producer of “The Rachel Maddow Show.” They have a five-year-old son, Isaac.

“I had to go from being part of a TV show I really liked, to having very little human contact. I hung out with my kid a lot. I took guitar classes. I had to be a lot more proactive about being with other moms — I was ‘class mom’ for two years in preschool.”

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2013 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: Final Four Update!

Only four teams remain in the 2013 NCAA March Madness college basketball tourney, and things are getting tense in the TVNewser bracket challenge.

“CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht has pulled away into a commanding (but not insurmountable) lead. CNN’s Janelle Rodriguez and MSNBC’s Bill Wolff are neck and neck at 2nd and 3rd while CNNers Eric Sherling and Randi Kaye are still within striking distance.

FNC’s Anna Kooiman and CNN’s Lisa Sylvester are at the bottom of the pack right now.

The full standings are after the jump.
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