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Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff & Jim Lehrer on ‘Core Values,’ New ‘Faces’ at PBS NewsHour

WoodruffIfill“It’s kind of a dream come true,” Judy Woodruff tells TVNewser about the job she started last September.  ”I pinch myself every day to believe that I am co-anchoring the [PBS] NewsHour.”

One year after her debut as half of the program’s new anchor team, Woodruff’s appreciation for the position is matched by that of her friend and co-anchor, Gwen Ifill.

“I got the great chance to be a caretaker” of an iconic show, says Ifill.

The veteran journalists made history when, on September 9, 2013, they became the first women to co-anchor a nightly network newscast.

“No matter where I go around the country,” Woodruff says, “people come up, and they just say how excited they are, how thrilled they are” about the groundbreaking team.

Noteworthy as it may be, the NewsHour‘s co-founder, Jim Lehrer, tells TVNewser that Ifill and Woodruff got the nod simply for being the “logical and best combination” for the job.

Calling the duo “terrific,” he says he’s delighted with a transition that was more than two years in the making.

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Would Jim Lehrer Moderate Another Debate? ‘No, No, No, A Thousand Times, No’

JimLehrer1He’s known as the Dean of Moderators, having been at the helm of twelve presidential debates since 1988.

But don’t count on veteran newsman Jim Lehrer making another go of it in 2016.

“No, no, no, a thousand times, no,” he tells TVNewser about what he’d say if asked to moderate in 2016.

Lehrer felt the same way when we talked with him 2010. But he ended up moderating the first 2012 presidential debate.

“The only reason that I finally changed my mind [in 2012] was because I was persuaded by the Commission on Presidential Debates to do it, because we were going to try a new format,” he says, referring to the “new, open” approach that enabled the candidates to more freely speak and interact with each other.

Lehrer, 80, was roundly criticized, for not doing enough to challenge candidates, Pres. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, or control their questions.

Would anything change his mind when it comes to 2016?

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Journalism Awards for Gwen Ifill, Louisa Reynolds

  • PBS Newshour co-anchor Gwen Ifill will receive the 2013 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism Monday at the Newseum. The award will be presented during the 2014 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference which brings together 51 high school students from around the country for discussions with leading government, legal and journalism figures.

  • The International Women’s Media Foundation has selected Louisa Reynolds, an independent journalist based in Guatemala City, as the 2014-15 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Reynolds is the tenth recipient of the annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist the opportunity to develop expertise while focusing on human rights journalism and social justice issues.

Barbara Walters to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Barbara WaltersThe Barbara Walters send-off continues. On Tuesday, Quinnipiac University will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to the veteran journalist at the university’s annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award luncheon.

This is just the second time the Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented. It was awarded to first amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, father of ABC’s Dan Abrams, in 2008.

“We are presenting the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara Walters for a very simple reason,” says Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac. “She epitomizes the characteristics we want our students to develop: an endless curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge and truth, regardless of whether it’s in an interview with a president, a pop star, or a person suspected of a crime, and a willingness to work harder than the next 10 competitors.”

The School of Communications has presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, bearing the name of the former CBS News president, since 1994.

Previous recipients include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour, Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Charles Gibson, Morley Safer, Gwen Ifill, Martha Raddatz and Scott Pelley.

The Ticker: Clinton/ABC, Ifill/ANWC, CNBC/FNC

  • Hillary Clinton‘s first interviews to promote her new book, “Hard Choices,” go to ABC News. Diane Sawyer will interview Clinton for a primetime special that will air June 9 and Robin Roberts will interview her live on “GMA” June 10.

  • PBS anchor Gwen Ifill was honored with the Excellence in Journalism Award Monday at the American News Women’s Club Annual Roast. Richard Prince has details in his Journal-isms newsletter.

  • Joe Kernen revealed on CNBC recently that he watches Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” at 6pmET, calling the newscast “good, balanced, not one way or the other.” Video after the jump.

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Longtime ABC News Anchor ‘Mad’ About Being Left Out of Barbara Walters’ Farewell

9781452062358_COVER.inddWhen 25 women in TV news were invited to take the stage for Barbara Walters‘ final “The View,” you knew someone — or many women — would be left out. Carole Simpson, a longtime ABC News anchor, has taken to Facebook, to share her displeasure about not being invited. Simpson, the author of the 2010 memoir “News Lady,” writes:

I wonder why I wasn’t included among the two dozen network newswomen and anchors who feted Barbara Walters at a private party and then on “The View?” We both worked at NBC and ABC at the same times. She is my idol and I believe she knows that. At first I was very sad and now I am very mad. I guess ABC News, after my 24 years there, still considers me persona non grata. The black woman anchor, who had to speak her mind for herself and others, is erased from ABC history.

As it turns out, ABC News had nothing to do with the invitations. It was left to “The View” producers to compile the list. Other women who might have been, but weren’t on the show include Christiane Amanpour, Mika Brzezinski, Norah O’Donnell, Andrea MitchellGwen Ifill, and Judy Woodruff.

TVNewser’s 2014 Guide To Graduation Speakers

Class-of-2014. jpgAs is TVNewser tradition, here now is our seventh annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at the nation’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

CNBC’s Guy AdamiQuinnipiac University (CT), May 10

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication (NC), May 11

ABC’s Richard Besser: University of Michigan School of Public Health (MI), May 1

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: Cansius College  (NY), May 17

Bloomberg’s Michael Bloomberg: Harvard University (MA), May 29… Williams College (MA), June 8

CNN’s Gloria Borger: Colgate University (NY), May 18

FNC’s Dr. Ben CarsonRegent University (VA), May 3

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Shep Smith Sat Next to Wolf Blitzer at the White House Lunch

shep smith white house lunchOn his Fox News program this afternoon, Shepard Smith revealed the real reason why anchors and correspondents like to go to D.C. for the State of the Union: the annual White House lunch.

“It doesn’t matter who the President is,” Smith said. “The one thing that is constant — there is no better food on Planet Earth than what comes out of that White House kitchen. I don’t know how they do it.”

Holding up the menu and his place card, Smith described the meal in great detail throughout the hour, starting with the winter lettuces and reggiano crisp, which he said was “like a cracker with air holes in it and it tastes a little bit like cheese.” He also listed a few of the attendees, including Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Scott Pelley, Bret Baier, Gwen Ifill and Wolf Blitzer, who Smith was seated next to.

“Wolf Blitzer likes to separate all the foods into different piles. There was a meat, there was a vegetable, some starchy stuff, and he put them all in a separate pile before eating them,” Smith said. “I was like, ‘Wolf, that is an interesting way to eat.’”

Here’s video of Smith describing the first course and the dessert course.

State of the Union Coverage Plans: Broadcast Networks

obama state of the unionHere’s what the broadcast networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

ABC: Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor from Washington, D.C. They will be joined by Jonathan Karl, Martha Raddatz and Jeff Zeleny before and after the President’s speech. Sawyer will also anchor “World News” from D.C.

NBC: Brian Williams will anchor from Washington, D.C. He will be joined on set by David Gregory, Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell. Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell will report from inside the House chamber. Williams will also anchor “Nightly News” from D.C.

CBS: Scott Pelley will anchor from Washington, D.C. He will be joined by Bob Schieffer and Norah O’Donnell. CBS News will also have chief White House correspondent Major Garrett and Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes reporting during primetime.

PBS: “NewsHour” co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will lead coverage. They will be joined by Mark Shields and David Brooks for political analysis.

FOX: Shepard Smith will anchor coverage of the President’s speech. Smith will be joined by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace for analysis.

Univision: Univision will air the speech on cable network Galavision. Enrique Acevedo will anchor.

Gwen Ifill: Media ‘Lost Sight of the Bigger Picture’ During Mandela Coverage

gwen ifillPBS News anchor Gwen Ifill says the media “lost sight of the bigger picture” while covering the death of Nelson Mandela. In a PBS blog post, she writes the focus was on non-stories, including the fake interpreter tasked with translating the service into sign language:

There is no question it was an insult to the world’s deaf and an international security threat to have a man on stage whose defense for not knowing sign language was that he could be violently schizophrenic. But did that deserve more attention on a day when thousands gathered in Pretoria — in long lines that reminded me of the first free South African elections — to pay final tribute to Mandela?

I never cease to marvel how efficiently we can minimize real news – whether it be rare proof that Washington has a little bipartisanship left, or history unfolding on another continent.

I’d feel a little better if we could at least try to remember the big picture.

[h/t Huffington Post]

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