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Scott Pelley, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams and More Turn Out to Remember Lane Venardos

Longtime CBS News executive Lane Venardos was fondly remembered Wednesday in a moving service at the Paley Center in New York City.

Venardos who died August 19 at his home in Maui, spent 30 years at CBS News producing live news, special events and documentaries. He would go on to produce the “Survivor” live finales for Mark Burnett on CBS.

More than 200 luminaries from across the television industry attended the memorial, including CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, News president David Rhodes; Charles Osgood, Scott Pelley, Bob Schieffer, Lesley Stahl, and Rita Braver; current “CBS Evening News” EP Pat Shevlin, CBS News VP Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews (who currently has the job Venardos once held) and “Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison.

Also Diane Sawyer, now with ABC News, who worked with Venardos during her time at CBS and from NBC: Brian Williams, News president Steve Capus and former CBSer, now EP of “Rock Center” Rome Hartman, were there, as was former CBS News president Andrew Heyward. ABC’s “This Week” EP Rick Kaplan, and former “GMA” boss Jim Murphy, both former CBS Newsers, attended.

Former CBS News and CBS, Inc. president Howard Stringer, who worked closely with Venardos during his years at CBS and who is now CEO of Sony, spoke via video. Other speakers included Pelley, Stahl, Williams and Venardos’s daughter Kelly who is a producer for “NBC Nightly News.” CBS News “48 Hours” EP Susan Zirinsky presented a video tribute (after the jump). The service concluded with a vocal solo performed by Venardos’s son, Kevin.

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Mark Strassmann Named Transportation Correspondent for CBS News

CBS News has named Mark Strassmann transportation correspondent. He will continue to serve as the network’s Atlanta-based correspondent, and the channel notes that Atlanta is home to the world’s busiest airport, Hartfield-Jackson.

In a note to staff, Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews notes Strassmann’s coverage over the last 10 years, encompassing war zones and natural disasters:

“Mark has been at CBS News since January 2001 and has covered major domestic and international stories, including the BP Oil Spill, Hurricane Katrina, and the final years of the space shuttle program,” Ciprian-Matthews wrote. ” Mark has made multiple trips to Iraq since 2003, reporting from the front lines for seven weeks as US forces swept from Kuwait into Iraq.  In recent years he’s covered events in Haiti and the earthquake in Chile.”

Her full memo is after the jump.

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TV News crews in Japan on the move with radiation fears mounting

With dozens of U.S. TV news journalists now on the ground in Japan, the bosses back home are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential for radiation poisoning due to the deteriorating conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

ABC’s David Muir, who was in the area of the plant yesterday and moved south after the explosion. During “Nightline” he held up a radiation meter which was not detecting anything out of the ordinary. This morning, that changed Diane Sawyer and her crew began heading back to Tokyo, explaining to George Stephanopoulos on “GMA” that radiation levels had increased through the day. “We came down this highway, the 7 1/2 hour trip,” said Sawyer. “We’re about midway through it now.” Correspondent Clarissa Ward has also moved out of the area. Her Japanese translator left the ABC News team yesterday, fearing radiation poisoning.

Weather becomes an important factor in this story as correspondents and crews watch the wind while covering the story.

“We are closely monitoring the situation, moment by moment,” David Verdi, VP of worldwide news gathering for NBC News tells TVNewser. “We are constantly consulting with our experts and tracking the wind patterns.” In addition to Lester Holt (right), Ann Curry, Chris Jansing, Ian Williams and Lee Cowan are covering for NBC/MSNBC.

CBS’s Harry Smith was in Northern Japan this morning for “The Early Show,” but he and all other CBS staffers have left. “We have moved our teams out of Sendai, Japan and we continue to reassess deployments, as the situation warrants,” says CBS News VP Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews.

CNN has 12 on-air and dozens more off-air staffers in Japan. Anderson Cooper has left the area of the nuclear plant and is heading north and will anchor from Akita, Japan, north of Sendai. “The situation is under constant review and the safety and well-being of our reporters in the field is our top priority,” says a spokesperson.

Fox News says it is constantly evaluating the situation, and has pulled its correspondents back to Tokyo. Shepard Smith, Adam Housley and Greg Palkot are in Tokyo, while David Piper is at Yokota airbase.

Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews upped to VP of News at CBS

CBS News president David Rhodes has promoted longtime CBS News foreign editor Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews to Vice President of News. Ciprian-Matthews will coordinate all day-to-day news coverage, both foreign and domestic.

“I’m thrilled to have Ingrid in this important role coordinating our coverage,” said Rhodes in a statement. “When I joined the organization just last month, Ingrid immediately impressed me as someone who could be a leader in our newsroom.”

The Domincan Republic-born, Barnard and NYU-educated, Emmy Award-winning Ciprian-Matthews has been foreign editor since 2006. Before that she was senior broadcast producer for the “CBS Evening News” and, earlier, senior producer for CBS News’ foreign coverage. She joined CBS News in 1993 as senior producer for “CBS This Morning.” Before CBS Ciprian-Matthews spent nine years at CNN, as producer, assignment editor and later managing editor in the New York bureau.

More correspondents make their way into Libya

As the State Department works to get American citizens out of Libya, more western TV journalists are going in. And because flying is not a safe option, most reporters are entering Libya by car from the Eastern border with Egypt.

NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel reported on “Nightly News” last night and again this morning on “Today” from the port city of Tobruk, about 75 miles west of the Egyptian border — one of the Eastern areas that has abandoned the rule of Moammar Gadhafi.

ABC News has correspondents on either side of the Libyan border, Alexander Marquardt in Egypt and Jeffrey Kofman in Tunisia. Says ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider, “Like everyone, we’re assessing the security situation on a minute-by-minute basis, looking to see if there are places within Libya from which we can report, keeping in mind that the safety of our correspondents and crews is our highest priority.”

It is for security reasons that CBS News is not revealing the names of two correspondents now in-country. CBS News foreign editor Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews tells TVNewser the two correspondents entered from Egypt. Expect to see reports from them tonight on “Evening News.” A third CBS News correspondent is traveling from Bahrain to Tunisia at this hour.

CNN’s Ben Wededman has been in Libya since Monday, also arriving from the Egyptian side.

FNC’s David Lee Miller entered Libya today, and did his first liveshot from the country this morning.