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Matthew Olsen Joins ABC News

MatthewOlsenMatthew Olsen, a former federal prosecutor and NSA official, is joining ABC News as a contributor based in Washington, DC.

Most recently, Olsen was Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, reporting directly to President Obama and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. “Matt’s expertise and deep knowledge will be an invaluable asset to our already exceptional team,” writes ABC News president James Goldston in a note to staff. Olsen will work with Martha Raddatz, Brian Ross and Pierre Thomas, along with other ABC News counter-terrorism analysts.

“I look forward to even more great journalism and insider reporting from this powerhouse team,” Goldston writes.

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What’s On?: Ross, Velshi, Bartiromo, Bourdain

  • ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross has an investigation on “Nightline” tonight into allegations of sexual violence involving members of the Air Force Academy football team. Ross finds out what happened to the undercover cadet and Air Force special investigations agent who tried to blow the whistle.

  • On Al Jazeera America’s “Real Money,” tonight at 7pmET, Ali Velshi anchors a special exploring the network of funding that provides financial resources to ISIS and militant groups throughout the Middle East. The show will also feature an interview with David Cohen, U.S. Undersecretary for Terror and Financial intelligence.

  • Maria Bartiromo will anchor “Opening Bell” live from the BNP Paribas Trading Floor in New York City this Friday. She will interview executives of the corporate and investment banking arm of the world’s largest bank, by assets.

  • This Sunday, CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” heads to Iran. The long-awaited inaugural trip explores Tehran and Isfahan, dining on Dizi, Fesenjan, Biryani, and Tahdig. Local guides include Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, who were subsequently detained by the Iranian government.

CBS News, PBS Score Big at News and Documentary Emmys

EmmysPBS and CBS News were the big winners at last night’s News and Documentary Emmys at the Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

PBS took home 11 Emmys while CBS won 10. ABC News won three; NBC News and BBC News two, and CNN and Al Jazeera America both earned one.

“60 Minutes” was the top single show, winning five Emmys for stories on Africa Mercy; China’s real estate bubble; Guantanamo Bay and Gitmo; imminent danger caused by mental illness, and recyclers making music from trash. The network also took home honors for its Boston Marathon bombing coverage, Charlie Rose‘s interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and “Face the Nation’s” coverage of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. “48 Hours” won two Emmys for stories on art theft and the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing perpetrator.

ABC News’ “Nightline” took home all three trophies for the network. The newsmagazine earned honors for a Brian Ross investigation into fraud in China and U.S. markets, a story about underage prostitution rings in the Philippines; and an investigation into Rio’s drug gangs. NBC News earned honors for specials on the Boston Marathon bombings and “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams‘” reporting on the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

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Saturday Ticker: Wallace, Popp, Thanks

  • FishbowlDC drops by FNC’s DC HQ to chat with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. “It is such a privilege and a responsibility to have the opportunity for an hour every week to question the most powerful people in the world,” Wallace says.
  • Rena Popp joins CNN as EP of “New Day Weekend” based in Atlanta. Popp joins from HLN where she was a EP of daytime programs. Popp joined HLN in 2012 from the “Wendy Williams Show.” Before that she was a manager in several local TV newsrooms.
  • ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity got a big thank you from coal miners in Virginia who now may be able to collect benefits because of the award-winning “Out of Breath” reports from ABC News Investigative Reporter Brian Ross and team.

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The Morning Ticker: Roker Jokes, Ross Investigates, ‘Hambycast’ in Iowa

  • On “Today,” Al Roker announced a USO comedy tour in the Middle East next month as part of the “Shine a Light” series. Jay Leno, who appeared with Roker this morning, will headline. Other performers include Kevin Eubanks, Craig Robinson and Iliza Shlesinger.

  • ABC’s Brian Ross appeared on “Good Morning America” this morning to report on his investigation into faulty highway guard rails across the country. In some cases, defective rails have gone through drivers’ cars, severing body parts. Ross will report on the story on tonight’s “World News Tonight” and 20/20.

  • FishbowlDC reports on CNN’s “Hambycast’s” journey to Iowa and the “media circus” around Hillary Clinton. “When the Clintons approached the media zoo for question time, Bill Clinton leaned in and relished the scene. Hillary kept her distance,” Hamby wrote in a blog post.

American Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded by ISIS

Steven SotloffTwo weeks after James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, American journalist Steven Sotloff has reportedly been executed by the same group.

In a new video posted online today, Sotloff, in the same orange Foley wore, addressed the camera: “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing,” he said before being beheaded.

ABC News cut into broadcast coverage with George Stephanopoulos anchoring and Brian Ross reporting. Ross reported the executioner said, “Obama, I’m back” while Sotloff asked the president why he was paying the price for American “interference in Iraq.” NBC News cut in at 1:48pmET with Brian Williams anchoring and Andrea Mitchell reporting. CBS News didn’t provide special coverage.

Wolf Blitzer first reported the news on CNN at 1:24pmET, going to foreign correspondent Karl Penhaul while showing stills of Sotloff next to a man who seems to be the same British ISIS member who executed Foley. “Obama back off and just leave us alone,” Penhaul reports the executioner said in the video. ABC News’ Foreign Editor Jon Williams tweets the executioner threatened British citizen David Haines‘ life at the end of the video. MSNBC’s Krystal Ball, filling in for Ronan Farrow, reported the news at 1:28pmET; Fox News’ Jon Scott reported at 1:33pmET. None of the networks aired the video.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest sent his condolences to the Sotloff family during an afternoon briefing while also stipulating the U.S. government has not yet verified the video’s authenticity. Last week, Sotloff’s mother, Shirley, sent a video message to ISIS pleading for her son’s life. Foley was a freelance journalist for TIME magazine and Foreign Policy.

The Ticker: Cronkite, Ross, Todd

  • KAET-TV will become part of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication next week. The PBS station, which had been run by ASU’s Office of Public Affairs, will be the largest media organization operated by a journalism school in the world.

  • ABC’s Brian Ross took home a Gerald Loeb award Tuesday night for best investigative report for his story on black lung. “Breathless and Burdened: Dying from Black Lung, Buried by Law and Medicine,” was produced in partnership with The Center for Public Integrity.

  • NBC’s Chuck Todd got the first TV news interview with new White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today. Earnest, a Missouri native, even worked in a Harry Truman reference. “I have a feeling we’re going to hear a lot more Harry Truman references from you,” said Todd.

Barbara Walters Farewell: ‘True, I Was the First Female Co-Host… But Also True, I Was a Flop’

WaltersSawyerIt was a star-studded farewell for Barbara Walters at New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant tonight. From comedian Joan Rivers to commissioner Bill Bratton; from New York’s chronicler of scandal, Cindy Adams, to the man who plays the president on “Scandal,” Tony Goldwyn; from actor Woody Allen to attorney David Boies, But mostly, the pool room was packed with Walters’ fellow TV news colleagues and those ladies — past and present — from “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd; Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar.

Following a best of Barbara video, Disney Chairman Bob Iger welcomed the crowd, before Walters delivered a few words of thanks and admitting it hasn’t always been easy. “True, I was the first female co-host of a network news program. But also true, I was a flop. My male co-host didn’t want a partner and neither did the audience. I was drowning, gasping for air. Then someone threw me that life preserver called Specials with the biggest stars in news and show business and I learned how to swim again.”

Current and former evening news anchors were there, including Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams who arrived with Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and fiancé John Molner; and Connie Chung (who was part of an ill-fated co-anchor pairing with Dan Rather) and husband Maury Povich. We caught up with early risers Savannah Guthrie and George Stephanopoulos along with their spouses, Mike Feldman, and Ali Wentworth, respectively, as they were heading out. Guthrie’s “Today” colleague Al Roker and his wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts made the rounds as well.

Walters continued: “I’m grateful to the legendary Roone Arledge for bringing me to ABC News; thankful to David Westin for his steady leadership; to Ben Sherwood – you made us all believe we could win and with your leadership and passion, we did; and James Goldston – I’m told that all our shows are number one at the moment – you should quit right now.” Sherwood, Goldston and Westin were all on hand, as were other ABC News executives including Barbara Fedida, David Sloan, Jeanmarie Condon and John Green.

We spotted Jenny McCarthy hand-in-hand with fiance Donnie Wahlberg; the “Nightline” team of Juju ChangDan Abrams, and Dan Harris as well as a host of correspondents and anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Fox, including Elizabeth VargasAmy RobachDavid MuirNorah O’DonnellJon KarlGio Benitez, Dr. Richard Besser, Tory JohnsonRick Klein, Brian Ross, Mara Schiavocampo, Thomas RobertsAlicia MenendezHoda Kotb, Greta Van Susteren and Lisa Ling, a former “View” co-host, now woking on a new show for CNN.

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Steve Baker Named Senior Broadcast Producer for ‘Nightline’

nightline logoBeginning May 27, “Nightline” will have a new senior broadcast producer: Steve Baker, who rejoins ABC News after two years working for “Entertainment Tonight” on the West Coast.

“I am confident that Steve’s knack for finding compelling narratives and buzz-worthy angles — along with his energy and leadership — will help guide our show far into the future,” Almin Karamehmedovic, the executive producer of “Nightline,” wrote in a note to staff this afternoon.

Before he left for “Entertainment Tonight” in 2012, Baker was a coordinating producer on “Nightline,” contributing to the show’s re-launch in 2005. He has previously worked on “20/20″ and began his career interning for ABC chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross.

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Broadcast, Cable Networks Plan For First Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston Marathon bombingThe broadcast and cable networks will devote special coverage this weekend and next week to the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Here’s what they have planned.

NBC News: Brian Williams anchors a primetime special, “108 Hours: Inside the Hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers,” at 8pmET/7pmCT tonight. The anniversary will be marked with coverage on “Nightly News,” which will report on the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; “Today,” which will feature survival stories of the bombing victims; and “Meet the Press,” which will host a panel discussion about the bombings, investigation, and security in America.

Additionally, “Today” show news anchor Natalie Morales will run the Boston Marathon on April 21 with Carmen Acabbo, whose sister and niece were injured at the marathon last year.

ABC News: Diane Sawyer, Dan Harris, Amy Robach, Bob Woodruff and Brian Ross will report for all ABC’s news platforms on the anniversary. Harris will be in Boston covering the memorial events on April 15 and this year’s marathon on April 21, while Robach will profile a family impacted by the bombings and Ross will provide updates on the investigation. “This Week” will have an interview with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Sunday.

CBS News: Sunday’s “60 Minutes” will feature a profile of Boston native Shalane Flanagan, who is aiming to be the first American in 30 years to win the Boston Marathon this year. Flanagan, who finished fourth last year, wants retribution for what she said was “a personal attack on my city.” Scott Pelley will anchor coverage of the moments of silence from the Marathon’s finish line on Tuesday. “CBS Evening News” will also originate from Boston Tuesday night.

Correspondent Jeff Glor will cover commemorative events, Chip Reid interviews the carjacking victim that helped police locate the two suspects and Elaine Quijano speaks with a Boston Globe photographer who has chronicled the recovery of a mother and daughter both hurt in the attack.

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