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Lara Spencer’s Flea Market Fete

“Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts, Amy Robach, George Stephanopoulos and Ginger Zee hosted a party to celebrate Lara Spencer‘s new book Flea Market Fabulous. Designer Jonathan Adler co-hosted at his store in Soho last night. Among the attendees: ABC News president James Goldston, WABC GM Dave Davis, and ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer; also Michael Strahan, Bethenny Frankel, Rachel Ray, and Simon Doonan. Also top ABC News producers Michael Corn, Chris Vlasto, Rachel Miskowiec, Margo Baumgart, Marc BursteinSantina Leuci, and Spencer’s producers Sabrina Peduto and Kelly Hagan.

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9/11 Coverage, 13 Years Later

The news networks have been providing live coverage of the 13th anniversary of the the 9/11 attacks.

The commemoration began at 8:45amET this morning with a moment of silence to mark the moment the attack began. NBC’s Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw, sitting in for Savannah Guthrie on “Today,” anchored an NBC News special report. “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos anchored a special report during “GMA” and “CBS This Morning” brought in NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton and former CBS News correspondent, John Miller, who is now Bratton’s aide at the NYPD, for their coverage.

As it has for the last 12 years, MSNBC is running NBC News programming, anchored by Matt Lauer, Katie Couric and Tom Brokaw, as it happened on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Interspersed with news of the day, CNN and Fox News have been marking that morning with remembrances and marked moments — when the first two planes hit the two World Trade Center towers, when the third hit the Pentagon, when the South Tower fell, when the fourth plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, PA, and finally, when the North Tower collapsed at 10:28amET.

Obama: ‘America Will Lead a Broad Coalition to Roll Back this Terrorist Threat’

ObamaISISIn a 14-minute address tonight, President Obama announced the U.S. will “lead a broad coalition” to defeat ISIS.

In his address, which comes on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the president mentioned by name, two journalists killed by ISIS in recent weeks.

“They execute captured prisoners, they kill children, enslave, rape and force women into marriage… and in acts of barbarism they took the lives of two American journalists, Steven Sotloff and James Foley.”

“I have made it clear, we’ll hunt down terrorists who threaten our country wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria as well as Iraq.”

FOX finished its special report first, at 9:16pm, with Shepard Smith promoting analysis on Fox News. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos wrapped up next after brief analysis with Martha Raddatz; CBS’s Bob Schieffer wrapped few seconds after that, and NBC’s Brian Williams finished his special report with Chuck Todd at 9:17. The cable networks continued with analysis.

Network Coverage Plans for President Obama’s ISIS Address

ObamaCNNIsisBroadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage tomorrow night at 9pmET for President Obama’s speech on American action against ISIS.

Here is what the networks are planning:

  • CBS’ Bob Schieffer will anchor for the network with “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley reporting from Iraq, where it will be 4am. The CBS Sports special “Under the Lights” will be delayed.
  • Brian Williams anchors for NBC with Chuck Todd reporting from the DC Bureau, delaying “America’s Got Talent” in the eastern and central time zones.
  • ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos hosts, along with Jonathan Karl at the White House.
  • Shepard Smith will anchor a special report on FOX, interrupting the season premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen.”
  • On Fox News,  Megyn Kelly will anchor with Bret Baier appearing. “The O’Reilly Factor” will air at 8pmET and “Hannity” at 10pmET will be live, with a special live edition of “Special Report” airing at 11pmET.
  • On CNN, Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer will anchor.
  • John Seigenthaler will anchor a preview of the speech at 8:30pmET for Al Jazeera America as well as coverage of the actual speech. White House Correspondent Mike Viqueira will contribute from the White House.
  • Neil Cavuto will anchor  for Fox Business Network, followed by live editions of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” at 10pmET and “The Independents” at 11pmET.
  •  MSNBC will air a two-hour primetime special hosted by Rachel Maddow from 8pm-10pmET. Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell and Reverend Al Sharpton will join Maddow. “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” will air at 10pmET followed by a live “All In with Chris Hayes” at 11pmET.
  • Bloomberg Politics’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will anchor Bloomberg TV’s special primetime coverage of the President’s speech starting at 9PM ET from Washington, DC. Bloomberg’s Al Hunt will contribute reporting and analysis.
  • CNBC will carry the address with hosts as yet unannounced

President Obama: We’re Going to ‘Degrade and Ultimately Defeat ISIS’

Broadcast networks provided special coverage this morning as President Obama held a press conference from the NATO Summit in Newport, Wales.

The president first made a statement about the 28 NATO countries sending more resources to Ukraine including security assistance, body armor, and medical care. He also announced the U.S. and Europe are finalizing increased sanctions against Russia’s financial and energy sectors. Obama also spoke about NATO countries uniting against ISIS in Iraq.

“There was unanimity over the last two days that ISIS poses a significant threat to NATO members and there was a recognition that we have to take action,” the president said. “We’re going to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIS the same way we have gone after Al-Qaeda.”

ABC News cut in at 11:44amET with  George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from from the NATO Summit in Wales. NBC News cut in at 11:44amET with Brian Williams anchoring in New York and Chuck Todd reporting from Washington, DC . CBS cut in with Scott Pelley anchoring in New York and “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer reporting from Washington, DC.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Julie Pace. The second to Bloomberg’s Angela Greiling Kane; the next to  the New York TimesJulie Davis; the next to the Wall Street Journal‘s Colleen McCain Nelson. The president spoke for 24 minutes.

American Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded by ISIS

Steven SotloffTwo weeks after James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, American journalist Steven Sotloff has reportedly been executed by the same group.

In a new video posted online today, Sotloff, in the same orange Foley wore, addressed the camera: “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing,” he said before being beheaded.

ABC News cut into broadcast coverage with George Stephanopoulos anchoring and Brian Ross reporting. Ross reported the executioner said, “Obama, I’m back” while Sotloff asked the president why he was paying the price for American “interference in Iraq.” NBC News cut in at 1:48pmET with Brian Williams anchoring and Andrea Mitchell reporting. CBS News didn’t provide special coverage.

Wolf Blitzer first reported the news on CNN at 1:24pmET, going to foreign correspondent Karl Penhaul while showing stills of Sotloff next to a man who seems to be the same British ISIS member who executed Foley. “Obama back off and just leave us alone,” Penhaul reports the executioner said in the video. ABC News’ Foreign Editor Jon Williams tweets the executioner threatened British citizen David Haines‘ life at the end of the video. MSNBC’s Krystal Ball, filling in for Ronan Farrow, reported the news at 1:28pmET; Fox News’ Jon Scott reported at 1:33pmET. None of the networks aired the video.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest sent his condolences to the Sotloff family during an afternoon briefing while also stipulating the U.S. government has not yet verified the video’s authenticity. Last week, Sotloff’s mother, Shirley, sent a video message to ISIS pleading for her son’s life. Foley was a freelance journalist for TIME magazine and Foreign Policy.

ABC Newsers Toast Ben Sherwood

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As Ben Sherwood heads West, his East Coast colleagues sent him off in style last night at the Nomad Hotel in New York’s Flatiron District. Sherwood, named co-president of Disney/ABC TV in March, is moving his family to Los Angeles.

Insiders tell us heartfelt toasts were given by Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Lara Spencer. Sherwood got a big laugh when he promised Stephanopoulos a reality show, detective comedy or both.

And there were gifts: Sherwood was given a framed golden headset to remind him of his days in the control room — with the label “break in case of emergency,” while the whole family got ABC News Extreme Weather Team jackets — with “Sherwood” embroidered on the back.

Sherwood’s had three stints with ABC News, starting in 1989 as a producer at “Primetime Live.” After a run at “NBC Nightly News,” Sherwood returned to ABC in 2004 for a two-year stint as EP of “Good Morning America.” Sherwood turned to writing, penning three best-sellers, one of which was turned into a major motion picture. In 2010, he returned to ABC as News president.

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Behind the TV Scenes: Kathy O’Hearn

This summer, we’re putting a spotlight on the industry’s top producers; getting the inside story about their shows, how they got to where they are, and advice they have for future TV journalists.

KOHThis WeekCRHeading toward her fourth decade in TV news, Kathy O’Hearn embraced a new challenge this year when she joined MSNBC as executive producer to 26-year-old Ronan Farrow‘s new show. “We just hit it off immediately,” O’Hearn tells TVNewser. “It was one one of those great moments that you get only a couple times in your career when you really connect with the way someone thinks and how they think.” O’Hearn’s career has included many big moments and stories at CBS News, ABC News, CNN, CNBC, The Daily Beast, and now, MSNBC.

TVNewser: You started in TV news in the mid 70′s. What’s the biggest thing about the industry that’s changed and how have you adapted?

O’Hearn: The thing that I think is the most pronounced change is how all the cable networks have become bigger players. I started back when CNN had to fight to even get in the White House coverage pool [when I was at CBS]. And to watch how the cable networks are really powerful in terms of who they influence, who watches them, and the amount of news that they bring to the American public is a fascinating arc to experience.

TVNewser: You temporarily left the TV news business in 2010 to go digital as head of video at The Daily Beast. As a TV news lifer, how did you adapt to digital?

O’Hearn: It was fascinating. I was lucky enough to work with a very impressive, savvy group of writers and minds in any kind of newsroom and Tina Brown. To take the skill-set I learned in the television world into the digital side was exciting. I learned a lot; I had done a fair amount of digital production for ABC (“The Greenroom,” “Topline”), so it was exciting to try and figure out how to translate that across a series of programs and products and how to craft it so that it’s successful and reflects the brand. It was like going to school in online video.

TVNewser: Was there a learning curve?

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Pres. Obama Makes Second Statement on Michael Brown Killing

ObamaAs the ongoing Michael Brown investigation and protests in Ferguson continue to dominate cable news, broadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon as President Obama issued his second statement on the killing of the 18-year-old. The president also provided an update on ongoing U.S. military operations in Iraq.

On Iraq, the president announced Iraqi forces have retaken control of Iraq’s Mosul Dam from ISIS and that the U.S. will continue delivering humanitarian aid to the country. Turning to the Michael Brown killing, Obama announced the DOJ has opened a separate federal civil rights investigation into Brown’s killing and that Attorney General Eric Holder will go to Ferguson Wednesday to meet with officials. Obama urged protestors to do so peacefully without looting or violence while cautioning police against using excessive force.

NBC News cut in at 4:24pmET with Cynthia McFadden anchoring from New York and White House correspondent Kristen Welker reporting from the White House. CBS News cut in at 4:24pmET with Scott Pelley anchoring from New York and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. ABC News presented its coverage at 4:25pmET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Jim Kuhnhenn; the second to Reuters’ Steve Holland. The last question went to ABC News’ Ann Compton, who Obama praised upon news of her retirement, which drew a round of applause from colleagues. Read more

Elizabeth Vargas Returns to Rehab

GerogeVargasABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas has returned to an alcohol rehabilitation center. Vargas says it was during her vacation this weekend that she decided to return to rehab. “As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process,” Vargas writes in a statement. “I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry.”

“Nothing is more important than Elizabeth’s health and well-being,” ABC says in a statement. “We stand squarely behind her. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth and her family, and we look forward to having her back at ABC News when she feels ready to return.”

Vargas checked herself into a alcohol rehabilitation facility last November. Upon her return to ABC News in January, Vargas sat down with George Stephanopoulos to discuss her addiction and recovery. She says it all started with panic attacks as a child, which continued into adulthood. “Anchoring the evening news, I had to take beta blockers because I was so nervous and so anxious,” she said. “That’s exhausting to live like that and it becomes very easy to think, ‘I deserve this glass of wine. I’m so stressed out and I’m keeping it hidden.”

In her statement today, Varas says, “I am committed to battling and addressing this debilitating disease and want to thank everyone who has offered their unwavering support during this trying time.”

The New York Post first reported the news.

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