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So You Think You Can Spell?

Lawmakers and reporters often spar, but now the two sides will square off in a whole different forum.

FNC’s Ed Henry, CBS’s Major Garrett, and MSNBC’s Howard Fineman are among the DC journos participating in The National Press Club’s Centennial Spelling Bee on September 18 in Washington.  Along with colleagues from Politico, The New York Times, and other outlets, the newsers will compete in a spelling smack down against a team of federal legislators, including Sen. Tim Kane (D-VA) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

Held sporadically over the past decades, the spelling bee this year is a celebration of the 1913 NPC event, which also pitted members of Congress against the press, and featured President Woodrow Wilson in attendance.

Tickets are available online, with proceeds benefitting the organization’s nonprofit Journalism Institute, which trains communications professionals and provides educational scholarships.

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Production Wraps on ‘The Chris Matthews Show’

The syndicated weekend public affairs program, “The Chris Matthews Show” is wrapping up production after 11 years. And the final three broadcasts, airing over the next three weekends, feature 17 of the show’s most prominent guests.

The seventeen journalists include Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Elisabeth Bumiller, Michael Duffy, Howard Fineman, John Heilemann, David Ignatius, Katty Kay, Joe Klein, Andrea Mitchell, Michele Norris, Kelly O’Donnell, Clarence Page, Kathleen Parker, Andrew Sullivan, Cynthia Tucker, and Bob Woodward.

It was these, and many other guests who, since 2002, provided the answer to the show’s signature question: “Tell me something I don’t know.”

“The fact is,” says Matthews. “I look at the whole show that way. I am constantly learning when I sit with these caring, thinking, in most cases, hopeful people. No, they’re not just journalists. They’re people – like you – trying to get some grip on this surprise we call life.”

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NBC News/Newsweek-The Daily Beast Partner on 2012 Election Coverage

NBC News and Newsweek-The Daily Beast are partnering on 2012 election coverage. Under the content-sharing agreement, NWDB will get access to NBC’s political reporters and content, and will be able to use MSNBC.com’s video player for content. NWDB may also get some sort of role in future debates, though what that might entail is still unclear.

NBC doesn’t get quite as much in return. The network gets to reach more users and readers with its political content, and gets to open up the door to future collaboration with the Newsweek and Daily Beast brands. In some respects it is  throwback for NBC News, which had a close relationship with Newsweek back when it was owned by the Washington Post. Many Newsweek regulars such as Jon Meacham and Howard Fineman regularly appeared on NBC programming.

The deal is the second high-profile partnership between a network news division and a more traditional print outlet. CBS News and National Journal announced a partnership to cover the 2012 election last summer.

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Speaking Words of Wisdom

‘Tis the graduation season once again.  And that means numerous commencement speeches from TV journos and analysts.

Here now, then, is TVNewser’s fourth annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when (in alphabetical order):

CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo: St. John’s University (NY), May 14

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: The Pennsylvania State University – College of Communications (PA), May 14

FNC’s Shannon BreamFlorida State University – Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Human Sciences and Medicine (FL),  April 29

NBC’s Tom Brokaw: The University of Montana (MT), May 14…St. Lawrence University (NY), May 22

MSNBC’s Howard Fineman: Colgate University (NY),  May 15

CBS’s Jeff Glor: Suffolk University (MA), May 22

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall: Columbia College – Ft. Worth (TX), June 4

PBS’s Gwen Ifill: Morehouse College (GA),  May 15…Lafayette College (PA), May 21

MSBNC’s Chris Jansing: Otterbein University (OH), June 12

CBS’s Steve Kroft: Ball State University (IN), May 7

(Graphic: CBS News)

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Willie Geist DC Party

At the home of NBC’s Norah O’Donnell and chef Geoff Tracy in Washington, DC last night, people celebrated MSNBC’s Willie Geist‘s new book, “American Freak Show,” according to Politico. With a chef at the venue, the food was clearly outstanding. The last time TVNewser saw Geist, he was promoting the book in New York City.

There were a lot of tvnewsers in attendance: NBC anchor David Gregory, journalist Maureen Orth and her son NBC correspondent Luke Russert, NBC correspondent Savannah Guthrie, NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger, senior PBS correspondent Gwen Ifill, former MSNBC executive and founder of Haddad Media Tammy Haddad, NBC news analyst Howard Fineman, ABC News’ Ann Compton, NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker, and MSNBC producer Pam Stevens.

Other notable newsers included, former Newsweek, now NBC News’ Mike Isikoff, The New York TimesMaureen Dowd, TIME.com’s Jay Newton-Small, as well as The Washington Post‘s Mary Ann Akers and Jonathan Capehart.

Inside the C-SPAN Digital Bus

FishbowlDC takes you inside the “The Magical Mystery C-SPAN Bus Tour” aboard the network’s new million-dollar, technology-equipped vehicle. Special appearances by Howard Fineman, Tucker Carlson, and Jake Tapper, who stopped in on his way to lunch.

Andy Rooney On Turning 91 and ‘The Single Luckiest Thing That Ever Happened To Me’

Andy Rooney — who turns 91 today — is in demand these days. Rooney, a Colgate University alum, will be honored at a February 9 alumni “Tribute and Toast” in New York City. Expected attendees include fellow ‘Gate grads such as 60 Minutes EP Jeff Fager, Rooney’s son, ABC’s Brian Rooney, ABC’s Bob Woodruff, CNN’s Gloria Borger, and MSNBC’s Howard Fineman.

Rooney also has granted a rare interview to USA Today. Excerpts:

• On whether he foresees retiring from 60 Minutes: “I suppose the time may come…I think I’ll know when I can’t do this anymore. I think I’d quit before anyone tells me to.”

• His thoughts on the late Walter Cronkite and Don Hewitt: “They’re missed.”

• He says that getting a reporting job during World War II with the U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes was “the single luckiest thing that ever happened to me.”

• On how he’ll celebrate his birthday today — “a 91st birthday isn’t something you celebrate. It’s something you mourn.” — Rooney, a widower, says he’ll probably go out to dinner with the woman in his life: Beryl Pfizer who was a Today show producer in the 1950s.

In this video, Rooney reads portions of his most recent book, Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit, out last November.

In “Foot-in-Mouth” Category, Matthews Doesn’t Nominate Himself

On his syndicated weekend show, Chris Matthews and his panel spent the half hour looking back at 2008, giving awards in several categories. One category was “Foot-in-Mouth” award. The nominees included Joe Biden and his “Obama will be tested” comment; Barack Obama‘s “bitter” comment; Bill Clinton‘s “Jesse Jackson won South Carolina twice” statement; and John McCain struggling to identify the number of houses he owns.

Not nominated: Chris Matthews for his “thrill going up my leg” description of Obama. Perhaps that’s no surprise since Matthews has defended the comment, despite criticism from media monitors and others. But panelist Howard Fineman nominated himself for originally saying that it was a dumb move for Obama to forgo federal campaign financing.

Comeback_12.28.jpgIn another category — Best Comeback — Matthews offered Katie Couric and her interviews with Sarah Palin as a nominee. Panelists Michele Norris and Norah O’Donnell thought Couric had the best comeback over other nominees — Bill & Hillary Clinton, Presidents Lincoln & FDR and the Philadelphia Phillies.