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GoPro-Equipped Ginger Zee’s Live Skydive

304ginger“Good Morning America” chief meteorologist Ginger Zee went skydiving on live TV this morning and strapped on a GoPro camera to document the event. The dive was part of the “GMA GoPro show,” which featured numerous segments using the extreme-action cameras.

Zee’s jump from nearly 13,000 feet over Homestead, Florida was the show’s highlight. On a perfectly clear day, Zee was in free fall at 120 miles per hour for the first part of her dive. She appeared extremely comfortable making the plunge and captured terrific footage on the way down.

Once her parachute opened, Zee amazingly narrated the jump as she descended. “This is amazing, I can see Miami. I can see all of the ocean here. It’s gorgeous,” she said.

“I’m so proud of the technical and producing team that helped me live out a dream and bring so many people along for the ride,” Zee told TVNewser.  ”Huge thanks too to the incredible Golden Knights- Army strong and safe! ”

She took the plunge in tandem with Sgt. First Class Noah Watt, a member of the Golden Knights U.S. Army Parachute Team. Watt presented Zee with a certificate and told her she was “Army strong,” after the jump.

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TV News Halloween Costumes: Who Wore It Best?

The morning shows went all out for their Halloween episodes this morning, dressing up as everything from classic TV characters to 21-year-old pop stars.

This is the 20th Halloween celebration for NBC’s “Today” show and we have seen the cast dress up in some elaborate costumes over the years. NBC went with another example of cross promotion, having the “Today” anchors dress up various “Saturday Night Live” characters.

Willie Geist and Tamron Hall did their best impersonations of Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri, dressing up as the Spartan Cheerleaders. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb dressed at Wayne and Garth from “Wayne’s World.”

As for Matt Lauer, who usually uses the occasion to dress in drag, we can’t be certain… as he dressed as the legendary gender-challenged “Pat.” Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager and Meredith Vieira gave new meaning to the term “Mom Jeans,” although Vieira looked a little too comfortable recreating the “SNL” digital short.

Cooperate synergy was also in full effect on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” with its anchors dressed as celebrities vying for a spot on “Dancing With the Stars.” Robin Roberts dressed as the “Frozen” character Elsa, who was joined by her pal Olaf played by ABC’s T.J. Holmes. Read more

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.

(Photos: Heidi Gutman/ABC)

ABC Newsers Celebrate at ‘Rock’n Robin’ Launch Party

Champagne glasses were raised high on a sun-glazed Manhattan rooftop last night as Robin Roberts thanked friends, colleagues, and loved ones on the day her production company launched.

“I’m wearing my father’s watch and my mother’s bracelet,” a teary-eyed Roberts said during a toast. “I don’t do that often, they usually just stay in my apartment, but I put them on, because this is something they wanted for me.”

“When you sometimes watch news and television and everything, you turn off the set and you’re just like, ‘oh my gosh, why should I get up in the morning?’ Roberts told TVNewser. “My ultimate goal is that if anybody sees our programming is that they’re going to feel inspired, and they’re going to feel the best is yet to come no matter what kind of situation they’re in.”

Roberts heaped praise on ABC, where she’s worked for 25 years of the 30 years she’s been in the business. “How many can say that?,” she says. “I think my loyalty has been rewarded, and it’s been a two-way street. We’ve helped each other, and they’ve stood by me in some very difficult times.”

And many of Roberts’ colleagues expressed support as she spreads her wings.

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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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Rob Marciano Leaving ‘Entertainment Tonight’ for ABC News

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Rob Marciano is exiting “Entertainment Tonight” and returning to the weather beat for ABC News, a network spokesperson confirms to TVNewser. Marciano will join ABC as senior meteorologist in early September.

Marciano spent 10 years at CNN as a meteorologist and weather reporter. He left the network in late 2012 and in January, 2013 began co-hosting “Entertainment Tonight” alongside former local news anchor Nancy O’Dell.

The weekend editions of “Good Morning America” have been using meteorologists from ABC affiliates for the last 6 months, since Ginger Zee took on weekday duties. Zee replaced Sam Champion last December when Champion left ABC for the Weather Channel.

“The Wrap” was first to report Marciano was departing “ET.”

TV News Crews Head to North Carolina for Hurricane Arthur

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Tropical Storm Arthur has strengthened into a category one Hurricane churning up the east coast set to hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks hardest. TV news crews have already dispersed crews to cover the extreme weather this 4th of July.

The Weather Channel will have a number of meteorologists and correspondents reporting live from North Carolina. Sam Champion, Stephanie Abrams, and Mike Seidel will report from Kill Devil Hills; Reynolds Wolf and Raegan Medgie will do live shots from Wrightsville Beach; Dave Malkoff and Ron Blome will report from various Outer Banks locations, and Jim Cantore will report from Salvo, NC.

ABC News Correspondent Matt Gutman will report from Wrightsville Beach, NC. Correspondent David Kerley and NewsOne Correspondent Marci Gonzalez will report from Nags Head, a town in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. ABC weather anchor Ginger Zee will cover the storm from New York City. Tonight, “World News” will lead with Arthur coverage; David Muir substitutes for Diane Sawyer.

NBC News has correspondent Kerry Sanders reporting from Kill Devil Hills, NC. CBS Newspath correspondent Craig Boswell is reporting from Nags Head, NC.

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Ginger Zee and Ben Aaron Tie the Knot

“Good Morning America” meteorologist Ginger Zee and WNBC reporter Ben Aaron were married over the weekend at the Inn at Bay Harbor in Zee’s native Michigan. The 55 guests dined on a Michigan salad with local cherries, veggie quinoa, parmesan-crusted chicken, grilled salmon and filet mignon. “I am so proud to be from Michigan and I have countless memories of growing up along this gorgeous lake,’” Zee tells People. “I wanted to have one of the most important moments of my life here and make another one of those memories.”

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Spencer Christian Returns to ‘Good Morning America’

Former “Good Morning America” weatherman Spencer Christian made his return to the show this morning, temporarily filling in for Ginger Zee as she prepares for her weekend wedding.

“I’m like, in a daze right now,” Christian joked, noting how things have changed since he departed in the late 1990′s. “There’s so much activity in here…a little frenetic.” Spencer also shared his dinner plans from last night, dining with former “GMA” colleague Charlie Gibson.

Spencer will also fill in on tomorrow’s show before returning to his full-time role at local ABC San Francisco station, KGO.

Ginger Zee’s Weather-Themed Wedding Sendoff on ‘GMA’

“Good Morning America” meteorologist Ginger Zee is Michigan-bound for her wedding to WNBC reporter Ben Aaron this weekend, but before she left, her “GMA” co-hosts showered her with good wishes and a few weather-themed gifts. At the end of the show this morning, “GMA” presented Zee with a white raincoat and an umbrella hat with a veil before sending the couple off in an SUV adorned with rain boots:

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