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Posts Tagged ‘Dan Springer’

FNC and Fox’s Election Night Plans

Fox News Channel will have Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier anchoring on election night, while Shepard Smith will be anchoring on the Fox Broadcast Channel.

On FNC, Kelly and Baier will be joined by senior political analyst Brit Hume, “Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace, as well as contributors Joe Trippi, Karl Rove, Juan Williams, Stephen Hayes and Kirsten Powers. “O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly  and “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren will be providing commentary, and Van Susteren will also interview Fox News contributor Sarah Palin during the evening.

Correspondent Martha MacCallum will report on exit poll data, with Bill Hemmer manning the “bill-board,” FNC’s touchscreen. Carl Cameron and John Roberts will report from Romney HQ in Boston, with Ed Henry and Wendell Goler reporting from Obama HQ in Chicago. There will also be a number of correspondents in the field (after the jump).

On the Fox Broadcast Channel, FNC contributor Ed Rollins, Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh, and The Hill editor A.B. Stoddard will contribute to coverage.

Online, Jonathan Hunt and Harris Faulkner and Rick Folbaum will anchor video coverage on, while Rick Sanchez will anchor on in Spanish.

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Cablers Cover Alaska Plane Crash

CNNCrash_8.9.jpgAround 10:30amET, the cable news networks began continuing coverage of a small plane crash in Alaska which occurred Monday night. Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and former NASA administrator Sean O’Keefe were believed to be onboard the plane which carried nine people. Four survived.

Fox News correspondent Dan Springer is on the ground in Alaska, reporting live from Juneau. Springer spoke with an eyewitness to the crash who told him the plane “hit straight into a mountainside, about 1000 feet up.” Rescue crews are on the scene.

FNCCrash_8.10.jpgFormer Alaska Governor turned Fox News analyst Sarah Palin phoned in to “Happening Now” around 11:45amET and talked with anchor Jon Scott about the terrain in the area of the crash and about Sen. Stevens.

“He is a warrior, an Alaskan hero. A World War II vet who has dedicated his life to his country,” said Palin. “I agree with you, Jon, if someone is going to survive something like this, as he has survived in the past these close calls, it would be our good senator.”

MSNBCCrash_8.9.jpgOn CNN, NASA correspondent John Zarella reported that O’Keefe’s relationship with Stevens goes back many years. “Many people that I’ve talked with in the last half hour or so have been saying that Stevens was O’Keefe’s mentor,” Zarella reported.

O’Keefe, who is now CEO of EADS North America, a subsidiary of the European aerospace firm EADS, was a familiar face on cable TV news in the days and months after the shuttle Columbia tragedy in February, 2003.


Update: The networks now confirm that Stevens died in the plane crash. CNN broke the news citing a “source” at 2:18 p.m. Fox News cited an AP report at 2:34 p.m., then confirmed it independently shortly thereafter. MSNBC confirmed the news at 2:39 p.m.

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A Day In The Life of a Fox News Correspondent

No one ever said being a TV news correspondent is a boring job. Need proof? Check out this report from Fox News Channel’s Seattle correspondent Dan Springer.

Springer was reporting on travel companies installing “Via Ferratas,” permanent cables and iron rungs on mountains, to allow for novice mountain climbers to make treks normally reserved for pros.

Springer recalls the journey, which required a flight, a car ride, a bus ride and two helicopter flights, just to get to the Via Ferrata where they could begin their climb.

We were decked out in helmets, harnesses and clips. Once on the mountain we started our ascension. It was exhilarating. Yes, the iron rungs help tremendously, but you still feel like you’re mountain climbing. It’s strenuous and can be dangerous if you make a mistake. It’s definitely not like simply climbing a ladder. The cable that runs next to the iron steps are a life line.

After several hours of tough climbing we came to the signature spot … a 160 foot cable bridge between two mountain peaks. You walk on two-by-four boards which are held together by cables and chains. This is Indiana Jones stuff – only you are the stunt man. I was attached to the cable which was obviously comforting. They still tell you not to look down. If there ever was a fall, the drop is 2,500 feet. I made it to other side and then up one more sheer face to the summit of the Mt. Nimbus tower. But my amazing day was not over. Getting down was the really scary part.

Just another day working for a cable news channel…

You can read the rest of Springer’s account here, and his video report is embedded after the jump.

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Sarah Palin Takes Correspondents Fishing

Snow_7.7.jpgIn addition to the interview given to FNC’s Dan Springer earlier yesterday, Gov. Sarah Palin also explained her reasons for leaving office to some of the other national press gathered in and around Wasilla, Alaska – Kate Snow of ABC, Andrea Mitchell of NBC and Drew Griffin of CNN. The interviews were done as Palin was fishing with her family.

Snow’s interview aired on Good Morning America around 7:15am; Mitchell’s interview around 7:40am; Griffin’s interview at 8:25am.

AMitchell_7.7.jpgOn “Today”, Mitchell gave the backstory to Matt Lauer of how her on-board interview with Palin went down: “We were on the boat around 9:00, 9:30, we flew out of there at 10:00, it was still broad daylight and got back. And as you can see, just had about an hour and a half to put it all together.”

FNC Gets Interview with Sarah Palin

Springer_7.6.jpgFox News Seattle-based correspondent Dan Springer got an interview with Gov. Sarah Palin today in Alaska. The interview will air first tomorrow morning on America’s Newsroom at 9amET. This is Palin’s first TV interview since her announcement Friday that she’d be stepping down from office on July 25.

Palin spent part of the day today picking fish with her family, and Tweeted about it. A childhood friend of Palin’s and Palin’s lawyer have been doing most of the talking to reporters today.