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Missouri Man’s Murder Sentence Vacated Following ’48 Hours’ Reports

MoriarityFergusonA Missouri man who has been in prison for the last 10 years had his murder conviction vacated this morning, due, in part, to aggressive reporting by CBS’s “48 Hours.”

Ryan Ferguson was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2001 murder of newspaper sports editor Kent Heitholt. Ferguson’s case was first featured on the CBS News magazine eight years ago. Correspondent Erin Moriarty has updated the story twice since then.

Moriarty reported that hair, fingerprints and bloody footprints found at the scene were not linked to Ferguson. After that report new witnesses came forward and Ferguson got a new attorney — who joined pro bono after seeing his story on CBS.

“I almost know, almost certainly, that if you had not covered the trial a lot of the facts would remain probably hidden,” Ferguson recently told Moriarty. “And I think that was very beneficial to us in having somebody actually look at the reality of this case in a non-biased manner and – and look at both sides equally.”

“Dateline NBC” has also been invested in Ferguson’s story. “Dateline” aired a 2-hour special in August, 2011 and another follow-up report in November, 2012. NBC’s producer is in Missouri now working on the latest.

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CBS News Correspondents Reflect On 25 Years Of ’48 Hours’

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the primetime CBS newmsagazine “48 Hours.”

To honor the program, a number of correspondents reflect on their time working on stories for the show. Below, Maureen Maher talks about what types of stories she seeks out.

Correspondents Richard Schlesinger, Susan Spencer, Troy Roberts, Erin Moriarty, Peter Van Sant and others give their takes here.

Even TV Crime Correspondents Have Jury Duty Sometimes

One would think that being an attorney and a prominent TV news correspondent with a focus on crime would be a good excuse to get out of jury duty. That was not the case for CBS News “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty, who was selected to be on the jury of a case, set to begin tomorrow in New York.

The case could last upwards of six days, which CBS says could impact her day job, where she often covers court cases for the primetime newsmagazine.

“I tried to make myself unattractive,” she says “It never occurred to me they would pick me.”

Thomas Roberts to Host NLGJA New York Benefit

The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s 16th Annual New York Benefit: Headlines & Headliners will be hosted by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, the association announced today.

Joining Roberts Jamie Colby (FNC), Ann Curry (NBC), Manuel Gallegus (CBS), Chris Jansing (MSNBC), Rick Folbaum (FNC), Natalie Morales (NBC), Erin Moriarty (CBS), Trish Regan (CNBC), and others.

Click here to purchase tickets for the March 24th event, which will take place Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams SoHo Store in New York City.

CNN and Fox News Channel are two of the principal sponsors this year.

Hoda and Kathie Lee to Host Annual NLGJA Benefit

KLG_3.22.jpgThe Today show’s Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford will host the 15th Annual NLGJA Headlines & Headliners benefit this Thursday night in New York.

Some of the other TV types in attendance: From Fox News Jamie Colby, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Megyn Kelly, Geraldo Rivera and Kelly Wright; from NBC News, Natalie Morales, Amy Robach, and Jenna Wolfe; from CBS, Manuel Gallegus and Erin Moriarty; from HLN, Jane Velez-Mitchell; Jeanne Moos from CNN and from CNBC, Carl Quintanilla and Trish Regan.

Click here for more information and to attend…

18 Years Later, Erin Moriarty Returns to the ‘Most Horrific Crime I’ve Ever Worked On’

moriarty_1-9.jpgCBS “48 Hours” reporter Erin Moriarty began reporting on the Texas murder of four teenage girls 18 years ago. This weekend she continues her reporting on what she tells us is “the most horrific crime I’ve ever worked on, that you’ve ever heard of.”

We spoke with Moriarty this week about the show and she told us she began working on the story her first year at “48 Hours” in 1990. “I thought, ‘It’s going to get resolved, if not while I’m there, in a few months, we’ll have a trial,’” she said. “And then years went by.”

Moriarty became increasingly involved in the case and those affected by it. “It’s been tough on me as a reporter,” she told us, admitting that elements of the case still get to her. “I cried through the interview [with one of the mothers] — you will not see a cutaway of me — because even today, the pain this woman feels…it just cuts through. That is the difficulty. You have to report it, but after 18 years, you know everyone and they know you.”

In 1999, as a result of weak shield laws in the state of Texas, Moriarty was actually forced to testify in front of a grand jury when she wouldn’t hand over tapes from an interview with one of the suspects.

“I was very upset by it, very upset, I didn’t want to do it,” she said, describing it as “one of the worst experiences I’ve had as a reporter.”

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Gathering for the Walter Cronkite Memorial Service

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Outside at Lincoln Center, prior to the Walter Cronkite memorial service.

At this hour, a veritable who’s who of journalists, political figures, and other newsmakers are either on their way to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York — or have arrived there by now — for the public memorial service for legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite.

TVNewser editors Chris and Kevin are on the scene, and have spotted CBS’s Les Moonves, Bob Schieffer, Morley Safer, Bill Plante, Rick Kaplan, Jeff Greenfield, and Erin Moriarty; former CBS News president Andrew Heyward; NBCers Steve Capus and Brian Williams; ABCers Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson, and Barbara Walters; and former The Insider host Pat O’Brien.

Attendees were asked to arrive early for the 10:30amET service “due to security concerns surrounding the appearance of President Obama at this event,” according to a CBS press release.

CronkiteWalter.jpgPresident Obama has left the White House en route to the service, where he is scheduled to speak, along with former President Bill Clinton, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and others.

CBS will stream live coverage of the service on CBSnews.com, CBS.com, TV.com, and other sites as well. Chris and Kevin are providing updates today on Twitter, and will have a full report this afternoon.

Walter Cronkite passed away at the age of 92 on July 17.

> Update: Live streaming has begun at cbsnews.com. Spotted in attendance: Katie Couric, Dan Rather and Andy Rooney. Joanna Simon, who had been Walter Cronkite’s companion in the last few years, is also there.

The Ticker: NBC, CNN, CBS…

> The AP’s David Bauder writes about last week’s big ratings for the NBC “White House” special. Both nights finished in the top 10 programs of the week.

> CNN has launched a fellowship program with Columbia University’s journalism grad school. One student will spend a six-month period at CNN’s New York bureau.

> Two recent awards to CBS Newsers: Erin Moriarty was honored for Distinguished Service at her alma mater, Ohio State, and Morley Safer was honored by the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

The Ticker: NBC, CBS, TWC…

> NBC Nightly News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo reports from Japan and India for The Oprah Winfrey Show’s “Beauty Secrets From Around the World” series today.

> Erin Moriarty reports for 48 Hours Mystery this week about unsolved murder of Bernadette and Greg Ohlemacher. The program airs Saturday at 10pm.

> The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports layoffs hit The Weather Channel yesterday. NBC Universal bought The Weather Channel in September.

The Ticker: CBS, CNN, ABC…

> CBS’ 48 Hours Mystery: “Truth on Trial” airs Saturday at 10pm. Erin Moriarty reports on the controversial legal battle over the Tipton family and a death penalty case still without resolution.

> “After Party: Where We Go From Here” airs Saturday at 6pmET on CNN. Donna Brazile and David Brody host the program.

> Monica Escobedo, arts and entertainment producer for ABC’s Good Morning America received the 2008 Country Music Awards Media Achievement Award yesterday. She was presented the award by Billy Ray Cyrus.