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Coverage of Bin Laden, Giffords, Famine Win Awards for ABC

While NBC News wins the Overall Excellence award from the RTDNA, ABC News takes home three top awards for some of the biggest stories of 2011. ABC wins the Video Breaking News award for their coverage of the killing of Osama Bin Laden and the Continuing Coverage award for the shooting and recovery of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. ABC’s Giffords coverage culminated in November when Giffords and her astronaut husband Mark sat down with Diane Sawyer for a look at her nine months of recovery.

“In this past year of extraordinary news events at home and around the world, the people of ABC News have proven once again they will go to the greatest lengths to bring our audience the whole picture,” says ABC News president Ben Sherwood.

The Hard News reporting award was also won by ABC News for a report a world away: the famine in Somalia. “World News” weekend anchor David Muir traveled to the frontlines of the crisis in July and again in September.

“It is humbling to be recognized by our peers,” Muir tells TVNewser.” But more importantly, this Edward R. Murrow Award will serve as a powerful reminder that our viewers do care about the famine and fight for survival still playing out a world away.”

Last July the New York Times highlighted “the pivotal role the media plays in spurring fund raising after disasters.”

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NBC News, CBS News and ABC News All Awarded 2012 Murrows

For the fourth consecutive year, NBC News wins the Edward R. Murrow award for Overall Excellence, the RTDNA revealed this morning.  Here’s the video NBC News submitted which resulted in the Overall Excellence award.

NBC News also wins a Murrow for Video Newscast for their coverage of the Southern tornadoes last summer. And Bob Dotson‘s American Story wins the  Writing award.

ABC News will take home three Murrow Awards — including Video Breaking News Coverage of the death of Osama Bin Laden and Video Continuing Coverage for the Gabrielle Giffords story. Also, David Muir and the “World News” team win the Hard News reporting award for coverage of the famine in Somalia.

CBS News takes the awards for Video Feature Reporting for an Anderson Cooper story on “60 Minutes,” and for Video Investigative Reporting for this Sharyl Attkisson report on the “CBS Evening News.”

CNBC.com takes the award for best network TV website as well as the Video News Documentary award category for “Billions Behind Bars: Inside America’s Prison Industry.” CNN wins awards for Use of Video and Video News Series.

In all, 67 news organizations are being honored with 99 National Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards will be presented at the RTDNA Awards Dinner in New York October 8.

The Space Shuttle Enterprise Lands In New York

Unlike last time, all three cable news channels had extensive coverage of the Space Shuttle Enterprise’s final flight this morning.

Enterprise flew from Dulles airport to JFK, where it will eventually be transported to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan. While all three networks provided plenty of coverage of the flyby, MSNBC ended up missing the landing by about 10 seconds. The network was in a commercial break when the shuttle touched down.

All three channels had on former astronauts to talk about the shuttle during its flyby of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.

MSNBC had commander Mark Kelly (who is also the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords), CNN had the first female Shuttle commander, Eileen Collins, while Fox News had former astronaut Pam Melroy.

Emotional Farewell to Rep. Gabby Giffords, For the Media Covering it Too

No one was crying over Pres. Obama’s “spilled milk” joke last night, but there were plenty of tears in the House Chamber this morning as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords resigned from Congress. With Giffords by her side, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz read a letter from the Arizona congresswoman who was shot by a deranged gunman in her home district in January, 2011.

“I will recover and will return, and we will work together again for Arizona, and for all Americans.”

A three and a half minute standing ovation followed. The event was carried live on the cable news channels. “Holy cow, cue the waterworks,” said CNN’s Kyra Phillips. “It is hard not be moved by what we’ve just seen in the House,” said Chris Jansing on MSNBC. “Not a dry eye in the House… or here either,” said Martha MacCallum on Fox News.


The Protester is TIME’s Person of the Year

From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, TIME has deemed this the year of The Protester.

Managing editor Rick Stengel went on the “Today” show this morning to reveal his magazine’s 2011 Person of the Year.

“There was a lot of consensus among our people,” Stengel told Matt Lauer and Ann Curry. “It felt right.”

The newsmagazine editors have been selecting a person (or group, or thing) of the year for the last 84 years.

TODAY.com held a poll earlier this week for nominees which included late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and SEAL Team 6. TIME had its own poll which included Casey Anthony, Herman Cain and Kim Kardashian.

What do you think of “The Protester” as Person of the Year?

Barbara Walters To Interview Syria’s Al-Assad

In his first TV interview with an American outlet since the uprising began in his country earlier this year, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad will speak to ABC’s Barbara Walters.

Walters questioned Syria’s leader on the human rights violations the UN has said his government is committing, as well as the harsh treatment and crackdown of protestors. The interview will air across all of the ABC News platforms on Wednesday, December 7, including a special edition of “Nightline” dedicated solely to Syria.

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Diane Sawyer’s Gabby Giffords Sitdown Will Air Opposite ‘Rock Center’

Diane Sawyer‘s sitdown with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and her husband Mark Kelly is set for a week from Monday and will air against the third installment of NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” This photo was taken in mid-October at the couple’s home in Houston. Sawyer spent time with Rep. Giffords and Cmdr. Kelly prior to Giffords’ trip to North Carolina where she is continuing her rehab. ABC says the broadcast will “document the couple’s courtship, marriage, and extraordinary careers in public service.”

A promo that’s been airing on ABC, after the jump…

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Cablers Cover Space Shuttle Discovery’s Final Launch

The Space Shuttle Discovery made its final launch just after 4:50 PM ET, carrying six astronauts to the International Space Station.

There is now only one more launch scheduled before the Shuttle program ends. That would be the launch of Endeavor, which is scheduled to lift off April 19, and will be commanded by Capt. Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Update: While Endeavor was originally slated to be the final shuttle launch, Atlantis is now scheduled to be the last, sometime in June.

All three cable news channels carried the launch live:

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Capt. Mark Kelly, Husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Talks to NBC’s Brian Williams

Astronaut and Navy captain Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, spoke to “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams about his wife’s recovery.

Kelly gave his first TV interview back in January to “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer. With his wife in rehab and making amazing progress, and his next (and last) shuttle mission looming just a few months away, he is giving an update on the situation.

Part one of the interview ran on “Today” this morning, with additional segments slated for this evening’s “Nightly News.”

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Bob Woodruff Reflects 5 Years after Brain Injury: ‘I couldn’t even say scissor’

ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff spoke with TV Guide about the traumatic brain injury he suffered as a result of an IED explosion in Iraq in 5 years ago.

“I couldn’t say hammer,” Woodruff told the magazine. “When I could finally say it, I spelled it h-a-m-o-r. This was my therapy in the first month or two after I woke up — just trying to name these things.”

Five years later, Woodruff finds himself talking to Gabrielle Giffords‘ husband — Mark Kelly — about Giffords’ similar brain injury: “I told him about the pace of recovery and the unpredictability.”

The ABC anchor isn’t fazed by the attack. He’d like to travel to Egypt, to report on what’s happening there, but his ABC news bosses are hesitant. For now, Woodruff has started filling on “GMA” and “World News” weekend newscasts.

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