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News Reporters Located Benghazi Terror Suspect Long Before the U.S. Government Did

Benghazi CNN FoxThe arrest of Benghazi terror attack suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala Sunday, and revealed late this morning, begs an important question: can U.S. cable news channels locate a terror suspect more quickly than the U.S. government?

Fox News, CNN, and CBS News were able to track down and interview Khattala after the attack on the U.S Consulate in Libya. “He was markedly relaxed when we spoke with him,” Fox News’ foreign correspondent Greg Palkot said on “Outnumbered” this afternoon about his off-camera interview with Khattala five weeks after the attack.

“It was not too hard to get in touch with him,” Palkot added, reporting Abu Khattala admitted to being at the scene of the consulate attack, but vowed “he had nothing to do with the planning.”

CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer also spoke with Khattala weeks after the attack, where he called the attackers “ordinary people.” Palmer reported he “didn’t look like a wanted man, sipping mango juice across the table from me in a Benghazi hotel.”

CNN’s senior international correspondent Arwa Damon interviewed Abu Khattala last summer. “This is a man whose whereabouts most certainly are known,” she said during her report. “So of course it begs the question why has he not been spoken to just yet, if not being directly accused of being involved in the attack.”

The big news of Khattala’s arrest raises the stakes for tonight’s Fox News joint-interview featuring Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren interviewing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The interview will air live from 6:45pm-7:15pmET on both ”Special Report” and then “On the Record.” CNN’s live town hall with Clinton moderated by Christiane Amanpour airs live at 5pmET.

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Barbara Walters to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Barbara WaltersThe Barbara Walters send-off continues. On Tuesday, Quinnipiac University will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to the veteran journalist at the university’s annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award luncheon.

This is just the second time the Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented. It was awarded to first amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, father of ABC’s Dan Abrams, in 2008.

“We are presenting the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara Walters for a very simple reason,” says Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac. “She epitomizes the characteristics we want our students to develop: an endless curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge and truth, regardless of whether it’s in an interview with a president, a pop star, or a person suspected of a crime, and a willingness to work harder than the next 10 competitors.”

The School of Communications has presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, bearing the name of the former CBS News president, since 1994.

Previous recipients include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour, Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Charles Gibson, Morley Safer, Gwen Ifill, Martha Raddatz and Scott Pelley.

Networks’ D-Day +70 Coverage Plans

D-day_Normandy_Nara_26-G-2343Broadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage this week for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is doing a weeklong series, with correspondents Jim Axelrod, Mark Phillips and Dean Reynolds speaking to World War II veterans about their stories from the invasion. Phillips and Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante, fresh off a cycling tour of France, will provide coverage from Normandy on Friday’s 70th anniversary.

Brian Williams will anchor special editions of “NBC Nightly News” from the site of the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach on Thursday and Friday. Joining Williams on-the-ground in Normandy will be special correspondent and author of “The Greatest Generation,” Tom Brokaw, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, and national correspondent Peter Alexander. And on the evening of the anniversary Friday, NBC News will air an 8pmET primetime special, “Brian Williams Reporting: Journey to Normandy,” spotlighting four World War II veterans as they make their return to Normandy.

On Friday, “World News with Diane Sawyer” will air the story of 90-year-old Cosmo Uttero, who is traveling to Normandy this week for the first time since he and the Allied troops invaded Normandy on June 6, 1944. Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will also report from Normandy on Friday, as he covers President Obama’s speech.

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And the CBS News Interview with Hillary Clinton Goes To…

Jane Pauley will interview Hillary Clinton on “CBS Sunday Morning” on June 15 as part of Clinton’s book tour for “Hard Choices.” The CBS interview rounds out the big three broadcasters, as well as CNN and Fox News, that have confirmed interviews with the presumptive presidential candidate. So here’s the order:

Hillary Clinton to Hold Town Hall on CNN; Cynthia McFadden Gets NBC Interview

hardchoicesHillary Clinton‘s calendar is filling up with more TV news interviews tied to her new memoir. This morning CNN announced the former Secretary of State will take part in a live town hall meeting that will be moderated by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Not long after that announcement, NBC News let us know that Clinton will be sitting down with NBC’s Cynthia McFadden for an interview that will air one week from today, June 10.

The CNN event, to take place June 17 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. will be the only network televised town hall as Clinton pushes her new memoir, “Hard Choices.”

In addition to Amanpour’s questions, Clinton will take questions from the American public with nothing off limits. The town hall will air on CNN two weeks from today at 5pmET and be simulcast on CNN International and CNN en Español. It will re-air on CNN at 9pmET.

Clinton’s first interview is with Diane Sawyer Monday, June 9. Then on the morning of June 10 the former First Lady will sit down with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America.” Mrs. Clinton will also sit down with FNC’s Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren in a joint interview on June 17.

Longtime ABC News Anchor ‘Mad’ About Being Left Out of Barbara Walters’ Farewell

9781452062358_COVER.inddWhen 25 women in TV news were invited to take the stage for Barbara Walters‘ final “The View,” you knew someone — or many women — would be left out. Carole Simpson, a longtime ABC News anchor, has taken to Facebook, to share her displeasure about not being invited. Simpson, the author of the 2010 memoir “News Lady,” writes:

I wonder why I wasn’t included among the two dozen network newswomen and anchors who feted Barbara Walters at a private party and then on “The View?” We both worked at NBC and ABC at the same times. She is my idol and I believe she knows that. At first I was very sad and now I am very mad. I guess ABC News, after my 24 years there, still considers me persona non grata. The black woman anchor, who had to speak her mind for herself and others, is erased from ABC history.

As it turns out, ABC News had nothing to do with the invitations. It was left to “The View” producers to compile the list. Other women who might have been, but weren’t on the show include Christiane Amanpour, Mika Brzezinski, Norah O’Donnell, Andrea MitchellGwen Ifill, and Judy Woodruff.

From P.A. to International Correspondent, Vladimir Duthiers on ‘Enormous Responsibility’

VD_1Pulling video and research in a bustling New York City newsroom and reporting from Africa while angry Nigerians protest are on different ends of the TV journalism spectrum. For CNN’s Vladimir Duthiers, one thing led to the other, with only a few short years in between.

“I spent 18 years in global finance…but, I had always been an avid consumer of news,” Duthiers told TVNewser in a phone interview from Nigeria this afternoon. “In 2009, I decided to leave the world of finance for journalism.”

At 38, Duthiers started as a production assistant for Christiane Amanpour, quickly rising up the ranks to become an associate producer on “Anderson Cooper 360.” Cooper mentored Duthiers in reporting, helping him become part of a team that won two Emmys for coverage of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Doing his own enterprise reporting paid off: CNN offered Duthiers their Nigeria correspondent job in January, 2012. At the moment, Duthiers says, the job is “absolutely heartbreaking.”

Duthiers is covering the story of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted two weeks ago by terror group Boko Haram. “It makes you determined to come in and do your job harder the next day, but on the other end, it can be depressing.”

This week, Nigerians have protested over a weak government response to the abductions. “You’re reminded of your enormous responsibility as a reporter to make sure people know what these families are going through, even if you don’t have the images and videos,” Duthiers said.

Getting those elements has proved challenging; the kidnapped girls are presumed to be held in the Sambisa Forest, which is under a state of emergency, making things challenging for reporters who have restricted access.

“Social media has taken the reins with this story,” he continued, noting celebrities like Russell Simmons and Mary J. Blige have been tweeting the hashtag #WhereAreOurGirls. “As a social media campaign takes hold, you now have world leaders chiming in… with more of this, maybe things will change.”

Christiane Amanpour to Be Inducted into Cable Hall of Fame

On Tuesday, Christiane Amanpour will be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame, which honors leaders who have made a lasting contribution to the advancement of the industry. Amanpour is the only on air talent, and only woman, in the 2014 class. Others include executives from Suddenlink Communications, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications. Amanpour adds this honor to 11 News and Documentary Emmys, four Peabody Awards, and nine honorary degrees. Have you ever wondered what was Christiane Amanpour’s First Big Break was? Well, here it is:

New Al Jazeera Video Imagines a World Where Journalists ‘Are Not Free to Report the Facts’

An international group of television anchors, including CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, are lending their voices to the #FreeAJStaff campaign advocating for the release of Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt. A new Al Jazeera video imagines a world where “journalists are not free to report the facts.” Watch:

Christiane Amanpour to Interview Venezuelan President

AmanpourBeginningAfter weeks of threatening to revoke CNN’s press credentials and ability to report from Venezuela, the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro has instead agreed to sit down for an interview with the network. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour will speak with the beleaguered president today. The interview starts airing today on CNN’s networks and platforms, and will air in full on CNN International’s “Amanpour” tomorrow at 2pmET and 5pmET.

Last month, Maduro threatened to  pull the plug on CNN if it did not “rectify” its coverage of anti-government protests. A day later, he said the network’s crew could stay.

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