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Elizabeth Edwards Has Died

Just before 5pmET, the cable news channels reported the news that Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, had died. Edwards, 61, had been battling breast cancer since 2004.

Fox News was first with the news at 4:57, and has been running “Glenn Beck” in its entirety since. CNN was next to report the news and has been in continuing coverage during “Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer“. MSNBC covered the news for the first segment of  “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”

ABC News’ Diane Sawyer anchored a network special report at 4:59pmET.

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Elizabeth Edwards Opens up to Matt Lauer

Edwards_6.25.jpgMatt Lauer announced this morning on the “Today” show that he’ll be interviewing Elizabeth Edwards for the show next week. It’ll be Edwards’s first television interview since separating from her husband, former two timing two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. The interview is timed as Edwards releases the paperback edition of her number-one national bestseller Resilience, in which she includes a new epilogue reflecting on the separation. The interview airs on “Today,” Wednesday.

> More: Edwards will be on CNN’s “Larry King Live” Wednesday night.

The P.M. Ticker: Elizabeth & Tommy, Steve & Ben, Steve & Diane…

> Tonight on CNN’s Larry King Live, Elizabeth Edwards and former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson will debate healthcare reform. The live debate will be the first time Mrs. Edwards has debated someone on the topic…on TV.

> CNBC’s senior economics reporter Steve Liesman hosts a special from Jackson Hole, WY, site of the Federal Reserve’s annual conference. “Fed, Crisis & Recovery: Live from Jackson Hole” airs tomorrow at 8pmET on CNBC.

> Comedian Steve Harvey made his first appearance as a “Good Morning America” special correspondent this morning. At issue: “Can Men and Women Just Be Friends?”

Katie and Kate At Maria Shriver Confab

Couric_7.9.jpgFormer NBC News anchor turned California first lady Maria Shriver is finalizing the guest list for her Annual Women’s Conference this fall.

On this list: Katie Couric, Cindy McCain, Elizabeth Edwards, and Kate Gosselin of “John & Kate Plus 8″ (minus John) fame.

According to E!Online, the Gosselin invitation was the idea of Shriver’s daughters who are fans of the show. The invites were sent out five months ago – before the family started making tabloid headlines.

The SF Chronicle reports NBC’s David Gregory will moderate a panel at the event which will include Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Shriver.

News Organizations Asked Not To Name “Other Woman” During Elizabeth Edwards Interviews

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What’s in a name?

A lot if you are Elizabeth Edwards, especially if that name is Rielle Hunter.

Edwards began making the rounds last week publicizing her new book. But in three TV interviews – with Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lauer and Larry King – Hunter, “the other woman” in the John Edwards affair, was not mentioned.

The AP’s David Bauder writes about how the networks handled this request from Mrs. Edwards.

On the “Today” show, Matt Lauer said Edwards had asked “out of consideration” that NBC not use Hunter’s name. “We’re a news
show,” he said while interviewing Edwards, “but, and out of consideration, I won’t use the name.” “Thank you,” Edwards replied. Jim Bell, executive producer of “Today,” said the Edwards interview had been booked without this request being made. If it was done as a demand, “Today” would not have done the interview.

In a “Larry King Live” interview on CNN Tuesday, Hunter’s name was not mentioned. King talked about the affair at some length, even asking Edwards whether she was curious about “the woman” and wanted to meet her. (“I don’t think that’s a very useful experience,” Edwards replied.) King said Edwards had requested Hunter not be named “out of consideration,” and CNN agreed.

Bauder writes that his own organization, The Associated Press, would not agree to the demand and was twice turned down for interviews with Edwards. “It’s simple,” said Michael Oreskes, vice president and senior managing editor of the AP. “We don’t let other people edit our wire.”

“Oprah” Lauer? Today‘s “Go-To Guy”

Is NBC’s Matt Lauer “the male version of Oprah Winfrey“? The Buffalo News’ TV critic Alan Pergament makes the argument today based on three recent interviews: Elizabeth Edwards, Carrie Prejean and Bristol Palin.

The appearances of Edwards, Prejean and Palin with Lauer indicate that he is the go-to guy when women need gentle handling. Like Winfrey, he figures out how to ask newsmakers difficult or embarrassing questions without offending them in any way.

The three women are sympathetic figures to some degree, and that made it even harder to become too aggressive when asking questions….The empathetic Lauer was quite masterful making the subjects feel comfortable.

The Ticker: Lauer, Stephanopoulos, King…

> NBC’s Matt Lauer gets the first live interview with Elizabeth Edwards since the release of her new book, Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life’s Adversities. The interview happens Monday morning on the Today show.

> ABC’s “This Week” moderator George Stephanopoulos will be a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tonight.

> CNN insiders tell us Sen. Arlen Specter has canceled his interview with Larry King tonight, citing scheduling conflicts. There’s no word on when the interview will be rescheduled.

The Ticker (NBC edition): Williams, Burnett, Gifford..

> Brian Williams joined Suze Orman, Seth Meyers, Elizabeth Edwards and others on a panel to discuss who would be Time Magazine’s Person of the Year (hmm, I wonder). FishbowlNY has the details and video.

> CNBC’s Erin Burnett anchors “The Russian Gamble,” a series of special reports from Red Square in Moscow on Monday. She is schedule to appear on the NBC Nightly News on Sunday and Today and Morning Joe on Monday as well.

> A tipster pointed us to the 10am hour of the Today show this morning, as Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were getting on-air facials made of bird poo. Thanks, tipster.

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Leroy Sievers Loses Battle with Cancer

Sievers_8.16.jpgNPR’s Leroy Sievers, the former Nightline executive producer whose battle with cancer was documented on his NPR blog, died last night.

Sievers was one of Ted Koppel‘s executive producers at Nightline, and later moved with Koppel to the Discovery Channel where he oversaw the 2007 documentary “Our Children’s Children’s War,” which aired in March 2007. Sievers, along with Lance Armstrong and Elizabeth Edwards, was prominently featured in Koppel’s “Living with Cancer” broadcast, which aired on Discovery in May, 2007.

Sievers was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2006. By June of this year it had spread to his brain, shoulder blades, liver, pelvis and lungs.

Related: ABCNews.com, The “Heart of Nightline”

Reporters Briefed on DNC Details

dncclogo_8-11.JPGThe Democratic National Convention Committee held a conference call this morning for reporters covering the convention. TVNewser was on the line as we’ll be there in Denver, covering the “news about the news.” Chris will be in Minneapolis to cover the RNC a week later.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a convention co-chair, and Anita Dunn, an adviser to Sen. Barack Obama, briefed us on the themes and keynote speakers for each night of the convention and the “America’s Town Hall” feature.

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell had the first question for Sebelius about Sebelius: whether she is a VP possibility. The governor says she’s “enthusiastic about doing anything,” to help Obama. Mitchell also asked about Elizabeth Edwards‘ potential involvement. Dunn confirmed neither John nor Elizabeth Edwards will be attending.

FNC’s Jim Angle asked for more details about the Town Hall participants at the convention. They’ll be coming later this week/early next week. Also, the full schedule of speakers and times will be released “later this week.”

Click continued to see the release on the themes and keynote speakers…

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