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CNN Looks at Hurricane Sandy’s Lessons For Investigative Documentary

CNN’s latest investigative documentary, “The Coming Storms,” will debut tonight on “CNN Presents” at 8pmET. The show takes a look back at Hurricane Sandy and what lessons can be learned from the superstorm. The special features a variety of CNN’s correspondent, including Jason Carroll, David Mattingly, Ed Lavandera, John Zarrella, Frederik Pleitgen and meteorologist Chad Myers.

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CNN Spreading Out Correspondents Across Swing States

CNN has announced a slew of assignments for network correspondents in advance of the Presidential election. The network will have anchors and reporters in every swing state, as well as some floaters that will travel to multiple states, and the correspondents embedded with the campaigns. The network is launching segments branded as “The Final Battlegrounds” starting on Monday.

“CNN is deploying its vast resources and top-notch reporters into the states that the campaigns are targeting as the election nears,” said Mark Whitaker, executive VP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide in a statement. “Our in-depth reporting and analysis will keep voters informed of the up-to-the-minute developments that will determine the outcome of this extraordinarily close presidential race.”

The correspondent assignments, after the jump.
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Mississippi Flooding: Who’s Covering

Fox News Channel has sent Rick Richmeuth and Jonathan Serrie to Memphis to cover the flooding along the Mississippi River, and further south in Mississippi, Steve Harrigan and Elizabeth Prann are covering. CNN has David Mattingly, Ted Rowlands and Ed Lavandera along the river. On MSNBC expect to see NBC News correspondent Janet Shamlian in Memphis, as well as Weather Channel reporters in the days ahead. CBS’s Mark Strassmann is covering, Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary is downriver in Norco, LA and as we mentioned earlier, ABC’s Diane Sawyer will anchor tonight from Memphis.

8.8 Earthquake Strikes Chile Overnight

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The U.S. cable news networks are providing coverage this morning of an 8.8 earthquake that struck central Chile overnight, along the Pacific coast. This is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 50 years — since 1960′s 9.5 quake, the biggest in recorded history.

FNC, CNN and MSNBC are relying on images from TV Chile as well as from that network’s news channel 24 Horas. CNN is also relying on information from CNN Chile, and CNN en Espanol. MSNBC is using the resources of NBCU’s Spanish-language network Telemundo. That network, as well as Univision, have been airing uninterrupted coverage from Chile this morning.

Reporting times: Fox News – 2:35amEST, CNN/U.S. – 2:59am, MSNBC – 3:25am. The quake struck at 3:34am. Santiago is two hours ahead of EST.

> More: I received an email from Todd Ogasawara, editor of mediabistro.com site MobileContentToday, a short time ago. Todd lives in Honolulu:

We’re under an ocean-wide tsunami warning (first in decades) caused by the massive earthquake in Chile. Whatever hits will hit around 11:19am HST (4:19pm Eastern) Saturday Feb. 27.

Just got back from Safeway where foot traffic was starting to build by the time I left at 2:25am.

> More: Fox News will preempt Journal Editorial Report, FOX News Watch and Glenn Beck and instead stay live from 2-4pmET with Kelly Wright and Juliet Huddy.

> Related: CNN Relays Most News About Crisis

> More: CNN correspondents/anchors heading to the region: John Zarella, Soledad O’Brien, Ted Rowlands, Ed Lavandera, Elizabeth Cohen, Gary Tuchman. (h/t: ICN)

> More: FNC’s Phil Keating is en route to Chile.

> 1pmET Update: CNN/U.S. is simulcasting CNN International. MSNBC is preempting docs for continuing coverage. CNN has also updated who they are sending to the region: It is Soledad O’Brien, Dan Simon, John Zarella, Hala Gorani, Sara Sidner, and Karl Penhaul.

> More: Pres. Barack Obama addressed the situation from the White House at 1:48pmET. CNN, FNC, FBN, and MSNBC, carried the statement on cable, and ABC carried it in a special report anchored by Sharyn Alfonsi. NBC was in Olympic coverage and CBS was broadcasting NCAA basketball.

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> NBC’s Lester Holt delivers a special report during Olympic coverage at 2:30pmET with video and an excerpt from the president’s remarks.

> More: Ann Curry, Mike Taibbi, and Mark Potter headed to Chile to cover for NBC News. CNN’s Larry King will air a live show tonight at 9pmET.

> More: For ABC, Jeffrey Kofman and David Wright are on their way to Chile. “Nightline” producer Malia Patria is in Chile on assignment and was having dinner when the quake struck. She did a live report for “World News” Saturday.

Plans for Fort Hood Memorial

This afternoon, broadcast and cable nets will be providing live coverage of the Fort Hood memorial service in Texas and President Obama‘s remarks. Here are some of their plans:

cnn120.jpg Wolf Blitzer (in D.C.) and John King (in Fort Hood) will anchor coverage for CNN starting at 1:30pmEt. Reporting from Texas: David Mattingly, Ed Lavandera, Samantha Hayes, and Jim Spellman. Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin is in Washington and Chris Lawrence is in Kabul.
fnc3120.jpg Trace Gallagher is anchoring “The Live Desk” and says that FNC will be presenting the service in its entirety.
msnbc120.jpg NBC Nightly News’ Brian Williams anchors coverage on MSNBC starting at 2pmET.
abc120.jpg ABC will have a special report anchored by Charlie Gibson with live coverage of President Obama’s remarks.
cbsnews120.jpg CBS will broadcast portions of the memorial live while CBSNews.com will stream it in its entirety.
nbc120.jpg NBC’s broadcast is anchored by Brian Williams and simulcast on MSNBC.

We will update with additional information as we receive it.

Cablers Cover LA Earthquake

MSNBCQuake_7.29.jpgThe cable news channels are covering the aftermath of a 5.8 earthquake (now downgraded to 5.4) centered 29 miles east-southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The quake struck 11:42amPT. MSNBC’s Dan Abrams phoned in from West Hollywood while NBC’s Chris Jansing reported from the Burbank bureau. “There was definitely a shift that went back and forth that lasted for a number of seconds.” Jansing said it was her first quake since being relocated to LA earlier this year. “My first thought was to get in front of a camera.” Brian Williams anchored a special report at 3pmET, from London. He mentioned being on a Nightly News conference call with Los Angeles producers when the quake struck. ABC’s Charles Gibson also anchored an optional special report for stations.

FNCQuake_7.29.jpgFNC’s Jonathan Hunt reported form the Los Angeles bureau. Hunt later voiced over live images of a Fox News crew driving down an LA freeway on their way to Chino Hills which is about two miles from the epicenter. FNC also had a camera shot of LAX, showing normal airline traffic. The network also showed KABC chopper shots showing evacuated schools with students on ballfields and in parking lots.

CNNQuake_7.29.jpgCNN and MSNBC reported the earthquake at 2:45pmET. Fox News reported it at 2:47pmET. CNN’s Ed Lavandera reported feeling the quake while at Disneyland. The quake was felt as far south as San Diego and as far east as Las Vegas.

Dolly Moves Toward Land

CNNDolly_7.22.jpgCNN has broken out the Hurricane Stats box, where programming can be squeezed-back allowing for details along the right hand side of the screen. Tropical Storm Dolly is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 storm tomorrow along the Texas-Mexico border.

For NBC/MSNBC, correspondents Don Teague and Charles Hadlock are in South Texas and Weather Plus’ Jeff Ranieri is en route.

For Fox News, Claudia Cowan is the lead correspondent.

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> Update: For CNN: Reynolds Wolf and Ed Lavandera in South Padre Island, Sean Callebs, Brian Todd and Susan Roesgen in Corpus Christi, and Gary Tuchman in Brownsville.