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ABC’s David Reiter and Channel One News’ Angela Hunter Are New Parents

Last Wednesday, a future news executive — if it’s in the genes — was born.

Reese Julian Reiter arrived on  September 7 to David Reiter, ABC’s vice president of newsgathering, and his wife Angela Hunter, senior vice president of programming and executive producer at Channel One News.

Baby Reese weighed in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces.

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More ABC News Desk Changes Announced

abcnewslogo_5-4.jpgABC News President David Westin today announced the remaining news desk staff changes as a part of the network’s recent restructuring.

Dimitrije Stejic will be Deputy Foreign Managing Editor based in London and reporting to Tom Nagorski, the Foreign Managing Editor. David Herndon will be western Deputy Managing Editor based in LA and Wendy Fisher will be eastern Deputy Managing Editor based in New York, and both will report to Domestic Managing Editor David Reiter. Michael Kreisel will become the new Planning Manager.

Reiter and Nagorski were both named to their positions a few weeks ago.

In an email announcement to staff obtained by TVNewser, Westin wrote, “Together, this group will assume many of the editorial and assignment responsibilities that have been performed by our bureaus in the past.”

Westin’s full note after the jump…

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Changes at ABC News Assignment Desk

ABCN_4.23.jpgABC News president David Westin has announced a restructuring of the newsgathering apparatus of the divison.

“The Desk will become a more active partner with the programs and platforms in choosing the right stories to cover,” Westin writes to the staff, in an email obtained by TVNewser. “The Desk in its current form has served us well for many years. But from now on, we will be asking more of it.”

To that end, “World News” senior producer Tom Nagorski has been named foreign managing editor and 15-year ABC News veteran David Reiter becomes domestic managing editor. Both will report directly to Kate O’Brian.

Nagorski is part of the “World News with Diane Sawyer” “rim” — the top producers who are closest to the program — where he will remain until a new senior is named.

The desk changes come amidst the cutbacks announced two months ago today which are soon to be finalized. ABC News is expected to shed 300-400 jobs.

Westin’s email after the jump…

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Reflections on Early Earthquake

haitidayone_1-14.jpgLA Times’ Matea Gold covers the multitude of challenges the cable and broadcast networks faced trying to cover the tragedy in the first hours. “Haiti is not an easy place to get to on a good day,” ABC’s VP of news gathering, David Reiter, told Gold. “We’ve tried a lot of different ways, over land and in the air, and we’re considering sea options.”

Gold writes, “Aside from the coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the story appears to be drawing the biggest U.S. television news deployment to an international crisis since the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami.”

The initial hours were certainly the most chaotic for the networks with limited footage and information. CNN was wall-to-wall, while Fox News and MSNBC had live reports mixed with their taped evening programming. FNC’s VP of news gathering, John Stack, told Gold of the decision to air the Sarah Palin interview, “It was a tough call for our programmers because we had an interesting guest, but the news always takes priority,” and “If they had something beyond the actual report, we would have interrupted.”

NBC News president Steve Capus said that “when there was a lack of pictures, it was hard to know the full scope,” but added that he was “very happy with programming once they got going.”

On day two, the reporting was in full swing for everyone. The NYTimes’ Brian Stelter wrote last night, “By Wednesday evening, about 24 hours after the earthquake, two of the nation’s three network evening news anchors were live on television, barely, in Port-au-Prince.”

Prieto and Reiter Upped at ABC

ABC News announced the promotion of Al Prieto and David Reiter today. Prieto was named VP of ABC NewsOne and will be “responsible for the day-to-day operations of the network’s affiliate news service.” Reiter becomes VP, Newsgathering for ABC News, where he will “continue to have daily oversight of all of ABC’s newsgathering operations.”

Prieto was most recently executive director of ABC NewsOne, and Reiter was executive editorial director of Special Events.

Click continued to see ABC’s release…

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