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NBC News Toasts Cheryl Gould: ‘She Came to the Newsroom With a Fresh Perspective’

NUP_163612_0024.JPGCurrent and former NBC News talent, executives and producers gathered at 30 Rock last night to celebrate Cheryl Gould, who is retiring after 37 years at the network.

Gould was toasted by Tom Brokaw, former NBC News presidents Steve Capus and Bill Wheatley, and Andrea Mitchell, who called Gould a “pioneer” and “role model” for women in journalism. Among many other roles at NBC, Gould was the first female executive producer of “Nightly News.”

“She came to the newsroom with a fresh perspective — the idea that we can constantly raise the bar, that we’ve got to be reaching for the heights in terms of our obligation to our audience on a daily basis,” Brokaw said. “…She knew what she had to do was to change the DNA of news so that it had a wider lens attached to it.”

Also in attendance: Deborah Turness, Brian Williams, Matt Lauer, Bob Hager, Alexandra Wallace, David Corvo, Patrick Burkey, Don Nash, Ken Strickland, Liz Cole and Mark Whitaker, along with Gould’s fiancé and longtime partner, attorney Reid Weingarten.

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Cheryl Gould Leaving NBC News After 37 Years

cheryl gouldAfter 37 years at NBC News, senior vice president Cheryl Gould has announced she will leave the network at the end of the month. Gould has worked in several different roles at NBC, including as vice president of CNBC and as the first female executive producer of “Nightly News.”

In a goodbye note to staffers sent this morning, Gould — who plans to “get going on her QTR,” or quality time remaining — recalled the highlights of her career:

My memory cup runneth over. Ayatollah Khomeini and the hostages. The Berlin Wall and Tom. The first Western live broadcasts from China. D-Day plus 35, plus 40, plus 50. The royal wedding–that other one, with the poufy dress. The explosion of the Challenger. And the GM pickup truck. Racing with Tom to a live shot at the Pyramids and getting stuck in a sewage ditch.

I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain. I’ve seen election nights that I thought would never end. Interviews with Marcos, Mubarak, Mitterrand, Mikhail, and Maggie. The fall of communism. The rise of dot.coms. The end of Basys, Hurley’s, wire machine clatter and cigars in the newsroom. The start of start-ups, selfies, news branding, and “likes.” I’ve lived through sixteen offices, nine news presidents, three corporate owners. And one new commissary.

I remember the Paris bureau’s old phone number: 359-11-71. I remember when there was a Paris bureau.

“We have all benefited from Cheryl’s decades of successes and dedication to NBC News. Please join me in congratulating her on her impressive career and in wishing her well in the future,” NBC news president Deborah Turness wrote in a note to NBC News this morning. “Cheryl leaves behind a network that is stronger thanks to her contributions.”

Read the full notes from Gould and Turness after the jump. Read more

Network Rivals Come Together for Common Cause

ABC, CNN and CBS news executives all headed to NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters yesterday to discuss the safety and well-being of freelance journalists who increasingly serve the network news divisions worldwide.

NBC News president Steve Capus — the dean of network news executives — invited his colleagues, from ABC News, Ben Sherwood, CBS News’s David Rhodes and CNN’s Bart Feder to the gathering.

NBC’s Brian Williams wrote on his blog yesterday, “Because competition stops at the water’s edge, and because some things — like the safety of journalists — are more important, I’m proud to say we hosted a great luncheon here.”

The presentation was by Tina Carr the director of the Rory Peck Trust, an organization named in memory of Rory Peck, a New York-born freelance cameraman, killed in Moscow in 1995.

Other attendees included, Jeffrey Schneider of ABC, Barbara Levin of CNN; NBC News EPs Jim Bell and Bob Epstein, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and NBC News execs Alex Wallace, David Verdi, Cheryl Gould, Chris Hampson, Stacy Brady and Lauren Kapp. Fox News was invited to, but did not participate in the luncheon.