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Weeks After Leaving CBS, Don Teague Lands at KRIV in Houston

Two weeks ago, we told you that Don Teague was no longer with CBS News. Today, the former correspondent announced his next step — he will join KRIV, the Fox owned-and-operated local station in Houston, as an anchor.

Teague, who has been based in Texas for the last nine years for both CBS News and NBC News, will helm the station’s 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. broadcasts beginning August 15. He cited the demands of working for a national platform as part of the reason for making the switch back to local television.

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More Changes Under New CBS News Regime

Five months into the tenure of CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and CBS News president David Rhodes, there are more staff changes on West 57th Street… and beyond.

TVNewser has learned correspondents Terry McCarthy (left) and Don Teague are no longer working with the network. McCarthy joined CBS from ABC two years ago. Based in the LA bureau, he was a foreign reporter for CBS. Teague joined CBS from NBC two years ago and was based out of Dallas.

Also, Bill Piersol has left CBS Evening News where he was a senior producer. Guy Campanile, who was the business producer for “Evening News,” has been named a senior producer. Piersol follows Chris Dinan out the door. Dinan left “Evening News” for ABC “World News” last month.

Nets Prepare for Hurricane Alex

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As Tropical Storm Alex is on the verge of being upgraded to a Hurricane, the networks are stationing crews along the Texas gulf coast. ABC’s Ryan Owens is positioned in South Padre Island. Don Teague will be covering for CBS News and NBC News has the resources of The Weather Channel, which is co-owned by NBCU and private equity firms Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.

Don Teague: ‘There’s Something To Be Learned From This Story’

Saved.jpg“There’s something to be learned from this story,” says CBS News correspondent Don Teague about his new book, Saved by Her Enemy: An Iraqi Woman’s Journey From the Heart of War to the Heartland of America, due out in March.

Saved tells the true tale of co-author Rafraf Barrak, whose life was in danger after working as an NBC News translator at the start of the Iraq War. Teague, a former NBC News correspondent who worked with Barrak, helped arrange for her to legally come to the U.S. in 2004 and live with him and his family.

Numerous friends and colleagues — including NBC News correspondent Kerry Sanders — contributed time and money to establish a $60,000 graduate school fellowship for Barrak to study at the University of South Florida.

Teague Family.jpgThe book describes Barrak’s adjustment to life in the U.S., and how the Teagues — Don, his wife Kiki, and their two teenage daughters — consider Rafraf a member of their family.

“We’re more alike than we think we are, people from such vastly different areas of the world, different cultures, different religions,” Teague says. “Ultimately, we’re all just people, and I think that’s what we try to show in the book, is that we all have so many things in common, as well as the things that make us different.”

(photo courtesy of Don Teague)

Recognizing Veterans in TV News

veterans11_11.jpgIn honor of Veterans Day, TVNewser would like to take a moment to recognize the following TV news anchors, reporters, and technicians who’ve served in the U.S. armed forces. We apologize for those missing, of which there are likely many, but here is a brief list:

  • Bob Schieffer, “Face the Nation” host

    U.S. Air Force
  • Oliver North, Fox News “War Stories” host

    U.S. Marine Corps, retired Lieutenant Colonel
  • Chris Lawrence, CNN Pentagon correspondent

    U.S. Navy Reserve
  • Russel L. Honoré, CNN Preparedness Contributor
    U.S. Army, Retired Lieutenant General
  • Steve Kroft, “60 Minutes” correspondent

    U.S. Army, and worked for Stars and Stripes in Vietnam
  • Charlie Gibson, ABC “World News” Anchor

    U.S. Coast Guard
  • Don Teague, CBS News Correspondent
    U.S. Army, trained at Fort Hood
  • Andy Rooney, “60 Minutes” personality

    U.S. Army, and wrote for Stars and Stripes in WWII
  • Greg Kelly, “Good Day New York” host, former FNC host/correspondent
    U.S. Marine Corps, (and currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves)
  • Jack H. Jacobs, MSNBC military analyst

    U.S. Army, former Colonel Medal of Honor recipient
  • Clark Howard, HLN Host

    U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, Captain in the Georgia State Defense Force.
  • Ray Bribiesca, “60 Minutes” cameraman

    U.S. Marine Corps
  • Andrew Soto, “60 Minutes” editor

    U.S. Army
  • Joe Murania, “60 Minutes” editor

    U.S. Navy
  • Sam Donaldson, ABC News reporter/anchor

    U.S. Army, rising to the rank of Captain, USAR
  • David Martin, CBS News correspondent

    U.S. Navy, Officer for 3 years aboard a destroyer in Pearl Harbor during Vietnam
  • Herb Schwartz, Pat Gillen, and Mike Pelech of CBS News

Don Teague Officially Joins CBS News

Don Teague.jpg It’s official: Don Teague, who has been freelance reporting for CBS News since early April, has signed a contract with the network.

According to an announcement by Teague’s agent in today’s Shoptalk, Teague “is delighted to enter into a new agreement with CBS News as a Dallas-based network correspondent reporting regularly for the CBS Evening News and all other CBS News broadcasts.”

Teague was among those cut by NBC News during layoffs last December.

The announcement also states that in addition to his new job, Teague is “currently completing work on the book, ‘Two Faces of Iraq’ with publisher Simon & Schuster, scheduled for release later this year.”

Earlier: After The Cuts: Don Teague On His Forthcoming Book And Why Life Will Get “Even Better”

Don Teague Turns up on CBS News

Teague_4.3.jpgA TVNewser emailer noticed former NBC News correspondent Don Teague reporting for the CBS Evening News last night. Insiders tell us he is freelancing for the network based in Texas. His story was on skyrocketing health care costs from the perspective of an Austin hospital that has seen just a handful of patients making hundreds of return trips to the E.R. at taxpayers’ expense.

Teague was among those cut from NBC News in December.

Also last night on the CBS Evening News, anchor Katie Couric, without mentioning the passing of his father, said to correspondent Chip Reid: “Chip, thank you very much for your work this week.”

After The Cuts: Don Teague On His Forthcoming Book And Why Life Will Get “Even Better”

DTeague_12.4.jpgDon Teague is looking at the upside of the economic downturn that has cost him his job as an NBC News correspondent. Teague learned Tuesday that his services, and those of several of his colleagues at NBC’s bureau in Dallas, would no longer be needed.

“Of course I’m disappointed,” Teague tells TVNewser, adding, “It also opens a lot of new opportunities.” And being laid off gives him time to finish writing his forthcoming book, a tome about “culture, war, faith, and family.”

He says it’s due out next fall, from a “major publishing house.”

In the meantime, it’s unclear if Teague will appear again on-air at the network. The job cut technically takes effect at the end of the month. Overall, he says, “it’s been a blessing to work there. And I understand the financial situation the network faces.” But he also feels for his colleagues — friends — who were laid off, too. “It’s a tough time for everyone.”

As for his future, Teague is open to local and network TV jobs, and to writing as well (he has written screenplays in his spare time). “As a person of faith, I trust God that whatever life brings me next will be even better. It always has been the case.”

NBCU To Cut 500 Jobs, Layoffs Begin at NBC News Bureaus

NBCLogo_12.4.jpgBreaking: TVNewser has learned NBC Universal will be cutting up to 500 jobs in a round of layoffs which are now underway at all levels of the company — television, film and parks. That amounts to about 3% of the workforce. An insider with knowledge of the situation says the cuts are expected to continue into next week.

Teague_12.4.jpgThe NBC News bureaus in Dallas and Los Angeles (Burbank) are already experiencing cuts, with the insider saying Dallas will experience more layoffs than in Burbank. Among those losing their jobs, NBC News correspondent Don Teague who has been with the network since 2002.

This is all part of an effort to cut $500 million from the NBCU budget announced by company president Jeff Zucker in October.

Last month, TVNewser reported the network was offering buyouts to “virtually everyone.” If enough employees did not accept the offer, layoffs were to be the next step.

…Developing…

> Update: Los Angeles correspondents John Larson, who reported for many years for Dateline and Mark Mullen, who just returned to Burbank after a nearly two-year reporting run for NBC in Beijing, are among the cuts. As many as seven people in Burbank have been let go, including Heather Allan who’s been with NBC more than 30 years. Allan was the bureau chief for NBC News special events which involved coordinating Olympics coverage for the news division.

As Ike Gets Closer to Shore, So Do the Networks

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ABC’s Sam Champion had arrived in Texas in time for Nightline last night. CNN’s Anderson Cooper broadcast live from Houston as well, and while getting an update from meteorologist Chad Myers asked Myers to email him the best (or perhaps worst) location to broadcast from tonight.

This morning, CNN and MSNBC have begun squeezing back their programming, keeping Hurricane Ike stats on the screen.

Even The Weather Channel is trying to show the seriousness of the Cat 2 storm to anyone choosing to ride it out. Here’s their morning headline: “A Potential Life-Threatening Surge from Ike.”

We’ll update this post throughout the day as we hear who is going to be covering the storm and from where…

• CNN — More than 70 anchors, correspondents, producers and support-personnel will report along the Texas coastline, representing CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN Espanol, CNN Radio, CNN.com and Headline News. In addition to Cooper, Rick Sanchez, Gary Tuchman, Sean Callebs, Betty Nguyen, Susan Candiotti, Jeanne Meserve, Ali Velshi, Rusty Dornin, Rob Marciano and Reynolds Wolf will report on the storm. CNN will remain live all night and into the morning.

• CBS — Hari Sreenivasan is in Houston. Dave Price is in Galveston. Both will report for the Evening News tonight and The Early Show tomorrow.

• FNC — Geraldo Rivera, Steve Harrigan and Marianne Silber are in Galveston, TX, as is Jeff Flock from FBN. Kris Gutierrez is in Surfside Beach, Freeport, Casey Stegall is in Clear Lake and Rick Leventhal is in Port Lavaca. Also, Shepard Smith anchors tonight from 10pm-MidnightET (from New York), followed by Rivera Midnight-3amET and Jamie Colby from 3am-6amET.

• NBC/MSNBC/CNBC — Amy Robach is in Galveston for Today & Weekend Today. Janet Shamlian, Don Teague, Kerry Sanders, Charles Hadlock, Kristen Dahlgren and Jay Gray are on the scene, as is NBC Weather Plus meteorologist Jeff Ranieri and CNBC’s Scott Cohn. NBC will also use correspondents and meteorologists from soon-to-be owned The Weather Channel.

• ABC — In addition to Sam Champion, GMA Weekend’s Bill Weir is in Texas as well as Sharyn Alfonsi and Ryan Owens.

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