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Riccie Johnson, Making ’60 Minutes’ Look Good Since 1968

“I’m Mike Wallace. I’m Morley Safer. I’m Ed Bradley. I’m Lesley Stahl. I’m Scott Pelley. Those stories and… Riccie Johnson, tonight on ’60 Minutes Overtime.’”

You may not know her name, but you do know her work. Johnson has been with “60 Minutes” since the beginning, as make-up artist for the correspondents and some high-profile guests, President’s Johnson, Ford and Clinton among them. Riccie Johnson’s most famous subjects: The Beatles, when they made their American TV debut on the Ed Sullivan show 50 years ago.

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The Afternoon Ticker: Williams, Knight, Walters

  • The Knight Foundation has announced 19 winners of the Knight News Challenge with total awards of $3.47 million. The New York Public Library, Digital Public Library of America and Journalism Development Network are among the winners.

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Lee Thornton, First African American Woman to Cover the White House for TV, Has Died

LeeThorntonLee Thornton, a former CNN and CBS correspondent, has died.

Thornton, who died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer, was the first African American woman to cover a regular White House beat for one of the big three broadcast networks, at CBS News. Thornton joined CBS in New York in 1974, before moving to Washington where she worked alongside Lesley Stahl and Ed Bradley. She was named White House correspondent in 1977 where she would remain for four years.

In 1982 she moved to NPR where she was the first African American woman to host the weekend edition of “All Things Considered.” She returned to TV joining CNN in 1992.

In 1997, following her years as a journalist, Thornton turned to teaching a new generation of reporters, anchors, producers and writers. She joined the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland where she also produced several programs for the college. Thornton (above, center) was interim dean of the college in 2008-09. Recently, she had been serving as Interim Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity for the university. In 2011 she was named the University of Maryland’s “Outstanding Woman of the Year.”

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The History of Law, As told by Ed Bradley and Diane Sawyer

This TVNewser is doing his civic duty, having been summoned for jury duty today. The jury assembly room in the 1927 Supreme Court of the State of New York building has wifi, which is nice. And the friendly jury lady got a round of applause when she announced she had lobbied to replace the hard wooden benches with comfy chairs. Also nice.

There’s also an introductory video about the history of law — serious, ancient history — as well the juror process. While newer than those wooden benches, the video must be at least 15 years old as it is hosted by Ed Bradley, the “60 Minutes” correspondent who died in 2006 and by ABC’s Diane Sawyer, who appeared to be between shoots for “Primetime LIVE!”, half expecting Sam Donaldson to jump in front of the camera.

I haven’t summoned the courage to ask the nice jury lady how old the video is, for fear of being marked as a wise-ass and then put on a 10-week trial. Damn. My name was just called.

How a Functionally Illiterate Kid can Grow Up to be a ’60 Minutes’ Correspondent

Pitts_9.29.jpgLook for Byron Pitts to be “60 Minutes’” next full-time correspondent.

“I fully expect to be full time in the next year or so,” says Pitts, a “60″ contributor since January 2008 and CBS’s chief national correspondent. He joined the network in 1998.

Pitts would be only the second African-American full-time correspondent at “60″ in its 42-year history. Ed Bradley, who served with distinction for 26 years, died in 2006 from leukemia.

Pitts’ stunning memoir, “Step Out on Nothing” — in which he reveals he was functionally illiterate until he was 12 — hits the stands today.

A full-time “60″ gig was a deal-breaker for Pitts in his contract negotiations a year ago, according to CBS sources. He had several other offers, they add.

“For me, the goal at CBS News has always been to get to ’60 Minutes,’” says Pitts, 48, “It’s the reason I came here. It’s the reason I stayed here.”

“60″ has been Pitts’ dream job since he was a student at Ohio Wesleyan. While shooting the studio open for his first piece, he got so choked up it took seven takes. This season, he will do as many as 10 stories, he says. A full load is 14.

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Matt Lauer Buys in the Hamptons

MLauer_9.25.jpgThe Wall Street Journal’s Private Properties column reports the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer has bought a home in The Hamptons “for its full asking price of $2.15 million.”

The 1,500-square-foot Cape Cod was on the market for about three months before Mr. Lauer made his offer. Set on about 0.7 acres, the home has three bedrooms, two baths, a country kitchen and wraparound deck overlooking the lawn and a large pond connected to Little Peconic Bay. The property, which also features a boat dock, includes 85 feet of pond frontage.

Also in the column, news that the widow of the late “60 Minutes” correspondent Ed Bradley has sold her Manhattan apartment “for close to its $6.995 million asking price.” Bradley bought the apartment in the 1970s. The Journal reports Patricia Blanchet-Bradley is moving to another apartment in the same Central Park West building.

That Takes… Courage

CBS needs to keep a closer eye on one of their web sites. In researching Dan Rather before covering him at the taping of his weekly news show on HDNet, our reporter noticed something interesting on the CBS media relations site.

Rather, who parted company with CBS 13 months ago, is still listed as a correspondent on the site. What’s more, the late Ed Bradley is also listed.

When TVNewser asked him about it today, Rather said: “I didn’t know about it… (but) if Ed Bradley is on the list, then I’m glad to be on the list.”rather-cbs.jpg

60 Minutes Still Leads The Way

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11 of CBS’s 19 News & Documentary Emmy Award nominations are for one program: the venerable 60 Minutes. The news magazine, which will celebrate 40 years on the air next year, is also the number one primetime news magazine on TV, finishing 26th in the 2006-07 season. By comparison, ABC’s 20/20 finished 75th and NBC’s Dateline: 93rd. Those two shows each got 4 noms.

Among the nominations for 60 Minutes, two stories reported by the late Ed Bradley: “Hunting the Homeless” and the story many believe lead to the eventual dismissal of charges against members of the Duke lacrosse team.