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ABC’s Dan Harris Looks Back at On-Air Panic Attack

Dan HarrisTen years after an on-air panic attack, ABC’s Dan Harris looked back at his journey to reduce stress that makes up his new book “10% Happier.”

“When I finally came home and slowed down, I crashed and burned,” Harris told George Stephanopoulos on this morning’s “Good Morning America” about returning from covering wars abroad.

Harris shared that upon feeling depressed, he briefly experimented with recreational drugs, which he thinks caused his panic attacks.

He also explained how meditation has helped him: “I always thought it was for hippies, robed gurus,” he said, explaining that he later realized it is a simple brain exercise that can boost your immune system and regulate stress.

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The Morning Ticker: Palin, Happiness, Syria

  • Former CNN president Jon Klein is one of the principals behind a new subscription-based streaming network. The NYPost reports the network is looking for big name talent, and has eyes on Sarah Palin.

  • ABC “World News with Diane Sawyer” begins a series tonight tied to ABC anchor Dan Harrisnew book “10% Happier” about how an on-air panic attack led to a healthier lifestyle for the “Good Morning America” weekend anchor.

  • NBC News is devoting 48 hours to the impact of the humanitarian crisis resulting from the civil war in Syria, now entering its fourth year. The NBC News “live documentary” will feature a continuous stream of reporting on air and online from inside and outside Syria.

How Peter Jennings Helped Dan Harris Kick the Habit and Get Well

Dan HarrisThese days he’s a regular on “Good Morning America” weekends and on “Nightline,” but 10 years ago, while filling in on weekday “GMA” Dan Harris had a panic attack. “Halfway through the six stories I was supposed to read, I simply bailed, squeaking out a ‘Back to you,’” Harris says. A doctor told him his recreational drug habit was messing with his head, leading to the panic attacks.

“In 2003, after spending several years covering the wars in Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine and Iraq, I became depressed,” Harris says. “In an act of towering stupidity, I began to self-medicate, dabbling with cocaine and ecstasy. I knew I needed to make some changes to get my life in check — but I didn’t know how, or what they would be, exactly.

Harris writes about the experience in a new book: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story

Harris says his boss and mentor Peter Jennings, at the time the anchor of “World News Tonight,” assigned him to cover faith. “Thus began a strange little odyssey,” he says.

So, what helped?

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Morning Shows Dress Up as TV Icons For Halloween

After last year’s on-air parties were canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Halloween was back in full swing today on the morning shows. On “Today,” Al Roker was Mr. T from “The A-Team,” Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales were Laverne and Shirley, Matt Lauer and Willie Geist were the lifeguards from “Baywatch” and Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were The Flinstones. Lauer made a particularly memorable Pamela Anderson-like entrance onto the plaza (video after the jump).

On “GMA,” Robin Roberts was Oprah, Dan Harris was Ryan Seacrest, Lara Spencer was Uncle Si from “Duck Dynasty” and Josh Elliot was Abe Lincoln. The anchors also did costume changes: in the second round, Spencer was Miley Cyrus, George Stephanopoulos was George Clooney from “Gravity,” Elliott and Sam Champion were Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone and Roberts was Olivia Pope.

“Fox & Friends” got in on the Halloween action, too: the “F&F” team dressed up as “Duck Dynasty” for the last segment of the show.

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ABC Wins in Total Viewers in Dan Harris’ First Full Week on ‘Nightline’

nightline anchorsIn Dan Harris‘ first full week anchoring “Nightline,” the ABC program took the top spot in total viewers and placed second behind “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in the younger demos. “Nightline” won in all three ratings measurements on Thursday, posting its strongest numbers in total viewers, A25-54 viewers and A18-49 viewers since June.

Season-to-date, ABC is up +4% in total viewers compared to the same weeks last year. “Nightline” leads CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” by +181,000 total viewers, +82,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo and +88,000 viewers in the A18-49 demo in the first four weeks of the season.

ABC’s ratings are based on a 30-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on approximately :50 minutes (prior to the final national commercial break of each program).

  • Week of October 14, 2013:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 1.65M 689K 591K
Late Night NBC 1.58M 743K 634K
Late Late Show CBS 1.43M 578K 418K

 

 

 

Bill Weir Leaving ABC News, Dan Harris Named ‘Nightline’ Co-Anchor

bill weir“Nightline” anchor Bill Weir is leaving ABC News for “another opportunity in the news business,” president Ben Sherwood announced this morning. Effective immediately, he will be replaced on “Nightline” by Dan Harris.

Weir has worked at ABC since 2004, when he helped launch the weekend edition of “Good Morning America.” Harris replaced Weir on weekend “GMA” when Weir moved to “Nightline” in 2010.

“Bill’s style is singular; his voice unique; and we will miss him and, yes, his turkey frying safety tips,” Sherwood wrote in a note to ABC News this morning. “I know you all will join me in thanking him for his contributions and wishing him the best.”

In his new role, Harris will continue to co-anchor the weekend edition of “GMA” alongside Bianna Golodryga. We’re told that the announcement of Harris’ move to “Nightline” was met with long and loud applause at this morning’s editorial meeting.

Read Sherwood’s full note after the jump. Read more

Brian Stelter Booked on ‘GMA’, ‘CBS This Morning.’ What About ‘Today?’

As Ed Bark rightly pointed out in his review of “Top of the Morning” Brian Stelter got the most access from “Good Morning America,” spending countless days and one overnight shift embedded with the program. (It was the night last May, as the “Dancing with the Stars” after-party was being planned and the show’s overnight producer tried his damndest to get a dog — made famous for standing on things — on a cross-country overnight flight. Spoiler alert: He fails.)

That’s not a surprise since the ABC morning show had the best story to tell — breaking the “Today” show’s 16-year winning streak a year ago this month. It should also come as no surprise, then, that Stelter’s first network interview was with “GMA.”

“Here at ‘GMA’ we report the news, we rarely try to find ourselves at the center of it,” George Stephanopoulos said introducing Dan Harris‘ 2-minute story.

There was no “happy chat” after the story, when an anchor might normally add, “I read it! Great book!” Instead Stephanopoulos cracked wise about Stelter admitting he gets 9-10 hours sleep some nights — a luxury the millionaire morning anchors do not have.

In his first interview for the book, Stelter told me he hopes to go on all the morning shows. He’ll be on “CBS This Morning” tomorrow, but not to talk just about the book, but also about the media coverage of last week’s events in Boston. After reading “Top of the Morning,” something tells me getting on the “Today” show will be a tougher sell. But it would make for great TV. Something these shows are always looking for.

Surprise! President Obama Comments On Sequester

President Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House press room at 11:39 AM ET to talk about the sequester and the economy. The appearance was announced only about 15 minutes beforehand, forcing networks to scramble a bit for their coverage.

Here in New York City, ABC News and CBS News both produced special reports, with Scott Pelley anchoring for CBS and Dan Harris anchoring for ABC, respectively. NBC stayed with “Access Hollywood Live,” though obviously MSNBC carried the statement.

CNN, Fox News and the business networks also carried the statement live.

The first question, as usual, went to the AP’s Julie Pace, who asked whether he takes any responsibility for the current situation.

The Washington Post‘s Zach Goldfarb got the second question, and asked how he plans on passing legislation.

CNN’s Jessica Yellin got question three, and semi-jokingly asked if he could bring the Republicans into the White house and force them to stay until they had a deal. “Jessica, I’m not a dictator…” he replied…

Christi Parsons of the Chicago Tribune got question four, asking about same-sex couples.

NPR’s Ari Shapiro got question five, and brought the conversation back to the sequester.

Who’s Going to Rome to Cover the Pope?

Fox News’s Shepard Smith will soon be on his way to Rome, reporting from the Vatican on the resignation of Benedict XVI and upcoming Conclave and election. Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Greg Palkot will be there tomorrow while Amy Kellogg should be on the ground by this afternoon. Smith, Palkot and Kellogg all covered the death of Pope John Paul II and election of Benedict in 2005.

NBC News correspondent/MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing, who also covered the last Papal transition will be leaving this afternoon for several days of reporting/anchoring and will also cover the election of the next pope. In a Media Beat interview, Jansing told us covering the death of John Paul II and election of Benedict was the most fulfilling assignment of her career: “It was just an extraordinary global event and also had some personal meaning to me.” Jansing will join NBC Rome correspondent Claudio Lavagna already on scene. Richard Engel will also report.

CBS has Allen Pizzey in Rome and London correspondent Mark Phillips will be joining him.

“GMA” Weekend Anchor Dan Harris, along with David Wright, Jeffrey Kofman, and Nick Schifrin will be reporting from the Vatican. Wright covered the 2005 transition. ABC’s Cokie Roberts, whose mother served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, will provide a historical perspective.

CNN’s Rome-based correspondent Ben Wedeman will cover and will be joined by Jim Bitterman, Max Foster and Jose Levy for CNN en Español are all en route.

Connecticut School Shooting: Sunday Coverage Plans

Coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, will continue into Sunday on the broadcast and cable networks.

On CNN, Candy Crowley will anchor “State of the Union” from Newtown. Don Lemon, Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper will anchor from Newtown Sunday, and the network will air a weekday primetime schedule. Fox News will again have an expanded edition of “Fox & Friends” beginning at 6amET Sunday, and MSNBC will have live programming until 6pmET. HLN will cover the shooting beginning at 7amET and going through 1pmET.

On the broadcast networks, the shooting will be the main topic of the Sunday public affairs shows. Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy will appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CBS’ “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week.”

On CBS, Jeff Glor will anchor “CBS Evening News” from Newtown. “CBS Sunday Morning” will also feature three segments on the shooting.

ABC’s Dan Harris, Amy Robach, and Lara Spencer will anchor “Good Morning America” from Newtown. David Muir will also anchor “World News” from the location of the shooting.

We’ll continue to update this post as the networks set coverage plans.

>Update: The cable networks have added Sunday night programming to cover President Obama’s visit to Newtown:

Fox News will air a two-hour special anchored by Bret Baier at 6pmET. Baier will be joined by Molly Line and Mike Tobin from Newtown, as well as chief White House correspondent Ed Henry.

MSNBC will be live through 9pmET with coverage of Obama’s visit.

On CNN, Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett will anchor a three-hour special from Newtown beginning at 6pmET.

>More: ABC News will also broadcast a special report during Obama’s remarks at the vigil, anchored by George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer.  Muir will contribute from Newtown. NBC News will also have a special report anchored by Lester Holt in Newtown.

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