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The Awards Ticker: Ward’s Award, Damon’s Honor, Ramos’ Best

  • CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward will receive the 2015 Murrow Award for International Reporting from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State.

  • CNN foreign correspondent Arwa Damon will be honored with the International Women’s Media Foundation’s 2014 Courage in Journalism Award at a ceremony Wednesday.

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The Evening Ticker: Ward, Leno, Thurston

  • CBS’s Clarissa Ward continues her reporting from inside Syria tonight on the “CBS Evening News.” Last night Ward spoke with a Dutch man turned Syrian rebel. Tonight, she’ll speak with a Somali-American who recently joined Al-Nusra.

  • Jay Leno is close to a deal that would not only land him back on television, but also back with the NBCUniversal family, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Leno’s new show would air on CNBC in primetime and focus on his longtime love of cars.

Remembering James Foley: ‘Your Slaying Will Spark a Revolution Against Terrorists’

CBS’s Clarissa Ward changed her profile picture, Fox News’s Conor Powell remembers him as “a great guy,” while Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, himself imprisoned in Egypt, says James Foley‘s murder “will spark a revolution against terrorists.” These are just some of the ways, those who knew and worked alongside the intrepid journalist are remembering their colleague killed by ISIS militants.

Powell met Foley when he was an embed in Afghanistan. He tells TVNewser: “Jim was well liked by everyone, very easy going and engaging. Like many freelancers he was fearless, but he never appeared reckless. He wasn’t covering wars and conflicts for the rush, it was the story and the people that drove him.”

The Ticker: Clinton, CBS Correspondents, Comedy

  • Chelsea Clinton, who has been absent from NBC News since January despite the recent report that her annual salary is $600,000, has done two stories for “Nightly” expected to air “shortly,” according to AP’s David Bauder. NBC wanted to “avoid the appearance of a conflict” by having her on the air around the time of her mother’s book tour, Bauder reports.

  • Capital New York’s Alex Weprin talks to three female CBS correspondentsElizabeth Palmer, Holly Williams and Clarissa Ward — currently reporting in Iraq and Syria. “I think the one benefit in this part of the world being a woman is that sometimes it can be quite disarming for people to see women, to see a foreign women, and they are perhaps less likely to be suspicious of a foreign woman than a foreign man, less of a threat,” Williams said.

  • Fusion’s Yannis Pappas will premiere his first half-hour stand-up special at 12:30 a.m. Friday on Comedy Central. Watch a preview after the jump.

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Broadcast, Cable Networks Cover Obama Iraq Statement

In a statement from the White House briefing room this afternoon, President Obama said the U.S. is prepared to take “targeted and precise” military action in Iraq, but reinforced his earlier decision that American troops will not be returning to combat in the region.

The broadcast and cable news networks all had live coverage of the President’s remarks. The press conference was originally scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and was pushed back more than an hour.

George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC News, with Martha Raddatz in Baghdad and Jon Karl at the White House. On NBC, Brian Williams anchored from New York with Chuck Todd at the White House and Richard Engel in Baghdad. Sharon Alfonsi anchored on CBS with Major Garrett at the White House and Clarissa Ward in Baghdad. Bill Hemmer anchored a special report from New York for Fox affiliates.

On the cable news networks: Ronan Farrow anchored from New York on MSNBC, Jake Tapper anchored from Washington on CNN and Jon Scott and Jenna Lee anchored on Fox News.

Obama took questions from Coleen McCain Nelson of the Wall Street Journal, CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post and Peter Maer of CBS News.

Back to Baghdad for TV News Crews

clarissawardForeign network news correspondents continue to make their way into Iraq as terror group ISIS marches toward Baghdad.

ABC’s Terry Moran and NBC’s Richard Engel reported from Erbil for Friday’s evening newscasts, while CBS News had two corespondents in-country, and the only broadcast with a correspondent in Baghdad. Holly Williams is reporting from Erbil while Clarissa Ward is in the Iraqi capital.

“Having covered Iraq for many years during the worst of the sectarian violence, it’s very sad to be back here under such troubling circumstances,” Ward told TVNewser during a break from reporting today. “The Iraqi people are clearly quite terrified of what lies ahead of them and they’ve already suffered so much.” From 2003-2007, Ward was an assignment editor, field producer and later a correspondent for Fox News Channel. In 2007 she joined ABC News as a foreign correspondent before jumping to CBS in 2011.

Ten years in the field has taught Ward that sometimes you have to improvise. Because much of the crew’s gear was confiscated at the airport, the lighting for her live shot on “Evening News” was by way of a flashlight. The low light was also a way to keep a low profile. Ward says the Iraqi capital is on edge at the moment, making the situation perilous for residents and the media.

“Baghdad is an extremely tense and difficult place to operate at the moment and so one has to be extremely cautious.”

ABC News Crew Shot At in Eastern Ukraine

ABC News foreign correspondent Muhammad Lila and his team were shot at by a sniper, part of a group of armed gunmen near Mariupol, in Southeastern Ukraine not far from the Russian border. Lila documented the situation on Twitter. He says the 60, or so, gunmen had no identifying marks or insignias, which is typical, but “also no identifying call numbers/signs visible,” which he says is unusual.

Once the crew got to safety, Lila said he was reviewing the footage and captured the “exact moment” a sniper took his shot and the moments later as gunmen “come storming right at us.” Last week, a crew from CBS News was detained for several hours by pro-Russian militants. CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward talked about it on CBS This Morning Friday. Lila sent one more Tweet — a selfie — of the ABC News team following the shooting.

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‘The Proverbial Perfect Storm’ of Lara Logan’s Benghazi Report

LaraLogan304In an in-depth report for New York magazine, Joe Hagan pieces together “the proverbial perfect storm” that led to Lara Logan‘s now-infamous Benghazi report on “60 Minutes” last year. The piece focuses on Jeff Fager‘s leadership of “60 Minutes,” as well as Logan’s rapid rise at CBS News, reportedly orchestrated in part because CBS chairman Les Moonves saw her “steely eyes, breathless delivery, and exotic accent as the raw material of a future star.”

Logan “delivered the kind of muscular reports that inoculated CBS against charges of a leftist agenda following the Rather incident, especially valuable in the patriotic climate after 9/11,” Hagan writes:

As Logan rose, however, Fager was left to manage the risk inherent in Moonves’s asset. Logan had a zealousness that could cross the line into recklessness, a confidence that could come off as arrogance. A common view among current and former colleagues (keeping in mind that not-for-attribution backbiting and Schadenfreude are a stock-in-trade of TV news) is that Logan’s star power blinded her superiors to her flaws. “She got everything she wanted, always, even when she was wrong, and that’s been going on since the beginning,” says a former CBS News producer who worked with her.  Read more

Clarissa Ward and Crew Detained in Ukraine

WardUkraineCBS News Correspondent Clarissa Ward, her producer Erin Lyall, and two other CBS News employees were held for several hours this morning by pro-Russian militants. They were stopped at a checkpoint near the eastern city of Horlivka detained, blindfolded and driven to another location about an hour away.

“We were blindfolded with cloth and masking tape really quite tightly around our heads so we couldn’t see anything at all,” Ward calmly explained on “CBS This Morning.”

We had to stand against the wall with our hands like this while all of our belongings were stripped from us and taken from us. Nobody was really explaining to us why we were being held or what we had done wrong. The women, myself and producer Erin Lyall were taken to one area and the men were taken elsewhere and one crew member was beaten. Thankfully other commanders came in and cooler heads prevailed, so they let us go.

Gayle King asked if Ward would be coming home. “Soon,” she said.

The Ticker: Elliott, Lauer, Peabodys

  • Page Six reports “GMA” anchor Josh Elliott is looking for a more than 500% raise to stay with ABC News. Elliott, who is currently making about $1.2 million, is seeking $8 million a year. ABC is willing to go as high as $4 million. The current contract expires in four weeks, says the Post.

  • Matt Lauer hosts “Prince Harry’s South Pole Heroes,” an NBC News primetime special Wednesday night that takes viewers to the South Pole. Cameras are with Prince Harry, veteran hikers, and actors Alexander Skarsgard and Dominic West to one of the harshest places on earth.

  • This year’s Peabody Awards recipients will be announced on “CBS This Morning” on April 2. Ira Glass, who will emcee the May 19 Peabody ceremony, and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a former network correspondent, will be on the show to talk about the winners.

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