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Amy Robach Inspires at NLGJA Gala, Plus a TV News Selfie

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ABC’s Amy Robach lit up the room last night as host NLGJA’s Healdines & Headliners event. Robach, who has three more chemotherapy treatments in her fight against breast cancer told the crowd that we all have battles to face, but it’s how you fight that will determine the win.

“Until it hits you here,” she said to the crowd, pointing to her heart, “you don’t really know what it’s like to be in battle. And once you get in there and get your hands a little bloodied and you see your comrades next to you, you become so powerful.” Robach told us the support she’s gotten since her diagnosis in November has been nothing short of overwhelming.

Robach, accompanied by her husband Andrew Shue, was among 300 attendees, including dozens of TV news anchors, reporters and producers who turned out for at the annual event. “They gave me the night off,” said CNN’s Richard Quest who has been front and center for the network’s Malaysia Airlines coverage.

MeredithVieiraAmyRobachWe chatted with Shepard Smith who was trading Miami stories with his former local news colleague, now Weather Channel meteorologist Bryan Norcross. And there was a cross-network, lead-in pairing as CNN’s Noon anchor Ashleigh Banfield was accompanied by MSNBC’s 1pm anchor Ronan Farrow. Farrow told us he’s getting more comfortable each day hosting his “Ronan Farrow Daily.” The cable news newbie says he’s getting good advice from TV veterans.

Tamron Hall told us she’s still adjusting to her new schedule. The new 9am “Today” show co-host is now doing double morning duty with her MSNBC show at 11am, giving her about 45 minutes to prepare for the second show. “I have very good producers who make sure it comes together,” Hall said.

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Multimedia JournalismStarting September 25, learn how to create interactive packages with photos, audio, and video! Taught by a multiplatform journalist, Darragh Worland will teach you how to come up stories that would be best told in a multimedia format, and create original content for that package using photos, slideshows, and short video and audio pieces. Register now! 
 

Weather Channel Releases Winter Storm Names for 2013-2014

2013-14StormNamesOnly a few days into Fall, and the Weather Channel has already released names for winter storms. This year’s list begins with Atlas and ends with Zephyr. The list was developed with the help of a Latin class at Bozeman, MT High School. The 26 names will be used in alphabetical order to identify strong winter storms that meet the naming criteria.

Last year, TWC took some heat from local forecasters as well as the National Weather Service for the naming convention, which took the place of the socially engaging, if tragically overused, “Snowmageddon,” “Snowpocalypse,” and “Snotober.”

Veteran meteorologist Bryan Norcross came up with the idea last year. “It’s simply easier to communicate about a complex storm if it has a name, which our naming program last year demonstrated,” says Norcross. “And good communications benefits everyone.”

Weather Channel is part-owned by NBCUniversal, ensuring that NBCU networks and stations will likely adopt the names, even if other news outlets across the country don’t.

HLN Gets a New Name: Hysterical Ladies Network (and Dr. Drew)

To say it’s been a rough year for the “Today” show, would be an understatement.

The once-dominant morning program is settling in to second place, as new top producers, on-air talent and show segments meld in the hopes of catching on with viewers and regaining the top spot. Meanwhile, star anchor Matt Lauer continues to find himself in the unenviable position of taking the licks — and the responsibility — for the show’s woes.

But last night, Lauer didn’t want to dwell on the downside. Instead it was a night to celebrate with his co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, and hundreds of other media luminaries, at the 18th annual National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association Headlines and Headliners benefit. “Today” national correspondent and news anchor Natlie Morales was the host for the evening which raised more than $75,000 for scholarships and program activities.

Morales delivered a few zingers during her speech, including giving a new name to HLN — “the hysterical ladies network.”

HLN anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell, who hosted this event last year, missed the joke as she was still taping her show. But she took it in stride when we told it to her later. They may be hysterical, but HLN ratings of late, thanks to coverage of the Jodi Arias trial, are nothing to laugh at.

We chatted with ABC’s Amy Robach, whose star has risen at “Good Morning America” since leaving NBC News last year. Robach and husband Andrew Shue are leaving today for a Caribbean vacation. Gayle King represented for “CBS This Morning,” while CNN’s Christine Romans, John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin chatted with guests. We caught up with MSNBC’s Alex Witt, FNC’s Rick Reichmuth and CNBC’s Mandy Drury, who’s heading home to Australia next week to catch up with family. On the local news scene, WABC’s Lori Stokes and WNBC’s Contessa Brewer worked the room. And we couldn’t pass up the chance to talk with The Weather Channel’s Bryan Norcross, the father of the named Winter storms. “Everything needs a hashtag now,” says the longtime meteorologist. “What better way than to name the storms?” Of course, an unending Winter helps. Did you hear Winter Storm Virgil is on the way this weekend?


(l-r) “Today” show publicist Megan Kopf Stackhouse, Andrew Shue, CNN’s Javier Morgado, NBC’s Natalie Morales, ABC’s Amy Robach

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Weather Channel Airing ‘Superstorm Sandy’ Special Tonight

The Weather Channel is airing a one-hour special about Hurricane (and later Superstorm) Sandy tonight at 8PM and 9PM. “Sandy: The Anatomy of a Superstorm,” is being produced by NBC’s Peacock Productions, and will feature Jim Cantore, Stephanie Abrams, Bryan Norcross, Stu Ostro and Bill Nye (The Science Guy) talking about the storm.

From the logline:

This one-hour special reveals the science of how this hurricane began in the Caribbean and developed into a devastating super storm, slamming the eastern United States as a combination hurricane/nor’easter/winter storm. The program spotlights historical records broken by the storm and explores the possibility of more super storms in our future.

Faster Moving Sandy Now Packing 90 MPH Winds

As of the 2pmET Hurricane Center advisory, Sandy is packing 90 mph winds and is moving more quickly, at 28 mph, which means landfall could come as early as 6pm along the Jersey Shore. “This is a real live hurricane,” said veteran meteorologist Bryan Norcross on The Weather Channel.

NBC’s Brian Williams returns to U.S. from London to Cover Aftermath of Deadly Southern Storms

Brian Williams had arrived at London’s Heathrow airport, picked up his bags and was on his way to NBC’s Royal Wedding encampment when the damage and death toll from last night’s southern storm began to sink in.

“Our NBC News staff in London was just awakening to the news from home,” writes Williams on his blog. “Minutes later, NBC News President Steve Capus made the call: He said I should go home. We both agreed the tragedy would dominate our newscast and our coverage.”

Williams will anchor “NBC Nightly News” from New York tonight and then travel with Lester Holt to hard-hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama for tomorrow’s broadcast. NBC News correspondents John Yang and Thanh Truong are in Alabama, Mark Potter is in Georgia, and Ron Mott is in Mississippi. As NBC is part owner of The Weather Channel,  meteorologists Dr. Greg Forbes and Bryan Norcross will provide analysis to NBC’s coverage.

“I never got to see our infrastructure in London,” writes Williams, “or any of my colleagues beyond the confines of my car. We had a magnificent setup — the result of months of planning — to cover the big day in London, and we still will, live and wall-to-wall. But for now, for us, for this story, one of us had to go back and lead a separate coverage team—as the death toll grows.”

To date, more than 160 tornadoes covering 15 states have swept through the nation; the preliminary toll shows at least 250 deaths.

Bryan Norcross Joins Weather Channel

norcross_8-12.jpgThe Weather Channel will officially announce today that former CBS hurricane analyst Bryan Norcross has joined the network as the new “hurricane specialist” for this year’s season.

Norcross is perhaps best known (particularly to this reporter) for his hurricane analysis for CBS and NBC O&Os in Miami, where he spent twenty years forecasting storms.

An interesting aside: long before Norcross won awards for his 23-hour marathon coverage of Hurricane Andrew, he was actually the first weekend weathercaster for CNN in 1980.

Dr. Rick Knabb remains the “hurricane expert.”