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Dueling Woodruffs Close Out ‘ABC World News’ and ‘CBS Evening News’

Here’s something you just don’t see every day.

ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff had the closing segment during “ABC World news” last night. Over on CBS, his wife, CBS News contributor Lee Woodruff, had the closing piece on the “CBS Evening News.”

Both segments aired at 6:56 PM ET.

Bob Woodruff’s segment was about children who have never had birthday parties getting them for the first time in homeless shelters, while Lee Woodruff’s segment was about two women recovering after being injured in the Boston bombing.

You can watch both segments, after the jump.

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A Brief Timeline Of American TV Correspondent Kidnappings, Injuries and Deaths

NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel is safe, after being kidnapped in Syria late last week and released overnight. Unfortunately, kidnappings, injuries and death are part of the job of the foreign correspondent and their crew. With stories out of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt and Libya in the last few years, just about every news outlet has had at least a handful of staffers affected by violence or misfortune.

In April, 2003, NBC News correspondent David Bloom died in Iraq due to a blood clot.

In June, 2003, NBC News Soundman Jeremy Little was mortally wounded in a grenade attack in Iraq. He was treated in Landstuhl, Germany but succumbed a few days later to a post-operative infection.

In January, 2006, ABC anchor Bob Woodruff and camera operator Doug Vogt were badly injured in Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded next to the vehicle they were traveling in.

In May, 2006 CBS camera operator Paul Douglas and sound technician James Brolan were killed in Iraq when the U.S. Army unit they were embedded with came under attack. CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier was seriously wounded in the attack and survived.

In August, 2006 Fox News Channel correspondent Steve Centanni and camera operator Olaf Wiig were kidnapped while reporting in Gaza. Centanni’s family would make a televised plea for their safe return, and they were eventually freed. Wiig would see another incident in Egypt in 2011 (see below).

In May, 2007 ABC News camera operator Alaa Uldeen Aziz and sound technician Saif Laith Yousuf were killed in Iraq when the car they were traveling in was ambushed.

In August, 2008 Fox News camera operator Chris Jackson was injured in Afghanistan while traveling with Oliver North.

In August, 2009 CBS News correspondent Cami McCormick was injured in Afghanistan when the vehicle she was traveling in was hit by an IED.

February 2011 saw a number of incidents, particularly in Egypt:
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Chris Cuomo Gets Interview with Rielle Hunter

ABC’s Chris Cuomo gets the first post-trial interview with Rielle Hunter, the former mistress of John Edwards.

In an interview to air next Friday on “20/20,” Hunter speaks candidly about her current relationship with Edwards, his relationship with their daughter Quinn, and what she would have said if called as a witness in his corruption trial. Hunter is out with a book, “What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me,” which hits store shelves on June 26. That morning, Hunter will appear live on “Good Morning America” and “The View.”

Cuomo’s ABC colleague Bob Woodruff got the interview with Edwards that, in part, touched off the corruption case against him. In that interview in August, 2008 — six months after he dropped out of the race for the democratic nomination for president — Edwards admitted to Woodruff that he had an extended affair with Hunter, but denied he was the father of Quinn.

Martha Raddatz Presented Fred Friendly First Amendment Award

ABC’s Martha Raddatz is presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award in New York City

Martha Raddatz has been in worse rooms, in worse countries, on military bases and battlefields.

Today, ABC’s senior foreign affairs correspondent graced the gilded dining room at the 19th century Metropolitan Club on New York’s 5th Avenue and was presented with the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award by Quinnipiac University.

Ruth Friendly, the widow of the legendary CBS newsman for whom the award is named, described Raddatz as “fearless.” The impossibly humble Raddatz said, in fact, she was “filled with fear” as she took the stage.

“The courageous ones are the people I have covered during my career,” said Raddatz accepting the award before a crowd of more than 100 guests, including her ABC News colleagues Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, previous Friendly recipient Charlie Gibson, George Stephanopoulos, Bob Woodruff, Terry Moran, David Kerley and Jim Avila.

Raddatz talked about the courage of Staff Sgt. Sal Guinta, the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War. “Sal Guinta does not think he is courageous or a hero. He does not think he did anything that others wouldn’t do in the same situation.”

And the bravery of her own colleagues, “far too many of whom have lost their lives or been badly wounded doing so,” as Raddatz looked toward table four. “And I still can’t be in the same room with

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TVNewser’s 2012 Guide To Graduation Speakers

‘Tis commencement season, and so without further ado, we present TVNewser’s fifth annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at America’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

ABC/CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: University of Southern California - Annenberg School of Journalism,  May 11

NBC’s Tom Brokaw: Arizona State University , May 3…Vanderbilt University (TN) – Senior Class Day, May 10

FNC’s SVP of News Editorial Michael Clemente: Warren County Community College (NJ), May 19

ABC’s Katie CouricUniversity of Virginia, May 20

NBC’s Tom Costello: University of Colorado, Journalism & Mass Communication, May 10.

NBC’s David Gregory: Emerson College (MA), May 14

CNN/CBS’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta: University of Michigan, previously on April 28

NBC’s Savannah GuthrieHobart and William Smith Colleges (NY), May 13

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: Wellesley College (MA), May 25

PBS’s Maria Hinojosa: Simmons College (MA) – Morning Commencement, May 18

NBC’s Lester Holt: Pepperdine University (CA), previously on April 28

PBS’s Gwen Ifill: Holy Names University (CA), May 12… Bates College (ME), May 26

More after the jump, including Koppel, Lehrer, Sawyer, Schieffer, and three Williamses (Brian, Juan, and Pete)

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Reporters in North Korea Learn About Missile Launch From News Desks in New York and Washington

Forty minutes into a 5-day window, North Korea launched a rocket from a facility in the northwestern part of the country. The launch, at 7:39am local time, was first reported on U.S. cable news 14 minutes later by CNN’s John King. The news was followed minutes later on Fox News, CNBC World, Fox Business and, at 7:13pm, on MSNBC.

ABC News led the way on the broadcast networks not only reporting that the missile had launched, but during a network special at 7:09pmET, correspondent Martha Raddatz reported that the launch was a failure. ABC’s Diane Sawyer anchored the special and also got phone reports from Jake Tapper at the White House and Bob Woodruff in North Korea. “We don’t have a chance to see the actual video of this launching,” said Woodruff, adding “We were thinking they were going to show it live to us in the press room.”

More than 100 foreign correspondents, including CNN’s Stan Grant, NBC’s Richard Engel and FNC’s Greg Palkot are reporting from North Korea this week.

Later in the evening, Engel went on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show to report he, and other correspondents only learned the news from colleagues stateside. “We were alerted by our own news desk,” said Engel, then telling what happened next:

We rushed into the press center, the only place that has internet, the only place that has computer access, and we saw our minder [who] said, “Are you ready? We’re going to go in a few hours to a music festival.” We said, “What music festival? There has just been a rocket launch.” We were met with a completely blank stare and he shrugged his shoulders and ran out of the room.

North Korea Opens Up, As American Journalists Move In

North Korea is slowly beginning to open up to more foreign media following the death of Kim Jong Il late last year. ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff will be reporting from the country all this week. Likewise, NBC’s Richard Engel is in the country and filed a report this morning on “Today.”

Update: CNN is there too, with senior international correspondent Stan Grant repping the cabler. It is a busy week in North Korea, with a planned rocket test launch, as well as the 100th birthday of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung.

Woodruff first reported from the country in 2005, with trips back in 2008 and 2010, where he witnessed the public introduction of current leader Kim Jong Un in a parade. Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren has made three trips to North Korea, in the last four years, most recently last May.

Vinnie Malhotra Named SVP at CNN

Vinnie Malhotra has been named senior vice president of development and acquisitions at CNN, managing editor Mark Whitaker announced today.

Malhotra began his career at ABC News in 1997. He worked on “Nightline” and “World News Tonight,” where he was a producer for Peter Jennings for three years. Malhotra was part of the ABC News convoy in Iraq when Bob Woodruff and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, were hit by an IED in 2006.

Since 2010, Malhotra has been ESPN’s vice president and executive producer for content development.

Malhotra will be based in Los Angeles, where he will “pursue development opportunities with outside production companies on behalf of the various networks of CNN Worldwide.”

CNN’s full release is after the jump.

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The Ticker: Woodruff, Facebook, Bloomberg ‘Titans’

  • ABC News’ Bob Woodruff will interview President Obama today in advance of a dinner honoring veterans of the Iraq war. Pieces of the interview will air tonight on “ABC World News” and “Nightline,” and tomorrow on “Good Morning America.”
  • Facebook has launched new brand pages, and among the first brands to take advantage of the new look is NBC’s “Today.” The “Timeline” feature lets users look back on 60 years of the show. Other media companies to participate include the New York Times and ESPN.
  • The New York Times reviews the Bloomberg TV series “Titans at the Table,” and the response is positive. “That’s Wall Street talk, which doesn’t always translate well to a family in foreclosure in Florida or a shop owner facing Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Nevada. But it matches the patois of Bloomberg TV, which celebrates profit and tries to humanize the markets.”

Wife of ABC Newsman joins New CBS Morning Show

Lee Woodruff, the wife of ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, is joining “CBS This Morning” as a contributor.

Woodruff had been a life and family contributor for “Good Morning America.”

For “CBS This Morning,” CBS News chairman Jeff Fager says Woodruff, “will work with us on a broad range of stories,” adding, “Her contribution on veterans’ issues will be particularly valuable, in light of the important work she has done with her husband Bob Woodruff on behalf of wounded veterans.”

Woodruff is the co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation as well as the co-author of the best-selling book “In an Instant.” Woodruff is also working on a novel which will be published in September.

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