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CNN’s Ivan Watson Caught in Tear Gas at Istanbul Protest

CNN senior international correspondent Ivan Watson and his crew were caught in a cloud of tear gas between police and protestors while covering the protests in Istanbul.

“OK, they’re throwing rocks. We’re in between the police and the demonstrators, which you don’t want,” Watson can be heard saying in the video. “There’s tear gas over there …. oh God, the tear gas is pretty bad now.” Seconds later, Watson can be heard coughing heavily, returning to the report several minutes later wearing a gas mask. Watch:

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Philippines Typhoon Coverage Enters Second Week

As coverage of Typhoon Haiyan enters its second week, some changes to ABC News’ and CNN’s correspondents in the Philippines. ABC News’ Gloria Riviera will file her final report from Manila for tonight’s “World News.” She will relocate over the weekend. Ditto CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who will anchor “AC360″ from the region tonight and travel back to the U.S. this weekend.

NBC News and CBS News will keep their correspondents on the ground at least through the weekend: Seth Doane is in the Philippines for CBS, and NBC has Dr. Nancy Synderman, Harry Smith and Ian Williams in the region. NBC also has a separate team of digital journalists there reporting for both NBCNews.com and the network’s broadcasts.

William LaJeunesse will continue to report from the region for Fox News throughout the weekend. CNN has a team of six correspondents in the region other than Cooper, including Nick Paton Walsh, Ivan Watson and Anna Coren. Another correspondent, Karl Penhaul, is en route to the Philippines.

Here’s Who’s Covering Typhoon Haiyan

SmithTyphoonThe networks have dispatched correspondents to the Philippines to cover the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Here’s a list we’ve compiled so far:

Harry Smith and Dr. Nancy Snyderman are covering for NBC News from Tacloban and Manilla.

ABC’s Terry Moran is in Manila, and Gloria Riviera is reporting from Tacloban.

CBS News correspondent Seth Doane is in the region.

CNN’s Senior international correspondent Ivan Watson, CNNI anchor Andrew Stevens and correspondent Paula Hancocks are in Tacloban, while CNNI anchor Kristie Lu Stout reports from Manila. Anna Coren is in Cebu. And Anderson Cooper will anchor his show from the Philippines tonight.

Fox News has correspondent David Piper reporting from Bangkok.

Marga Ortigas of Al Jazeera English is in Manilla.

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CBS, NBC, CNN Correspondents Granted Rare Access to North Korea

North Korea has granted foreign journalists rare access to the country for a military parade marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. CBS News correspondent Seth Doane, NBC News anchor Ann Curry and CNN reporters Ivan Watson and Paula Hancocks are currently reporting from the country ahead of the parade, which will take place Saturday in Pyongyang.

In his report on “Evening News” yesterday, Doane detailed some of the rules set for visiting journalists, including being assigned to a government “minder” who keeps journalists from photographing anything without permission:

Appearing on “Today,” Curry also noted that her movements within the country are “tightly controlled.” Watch her report, as well as Watson’s latest CNN report, after the jump. Read more

The Morning Ticker: Watson, Babies, Robin…

  • CNN’s Ivan Watson has been promoted to Senior International Correspondent. Watson, based at CNN Istanbul, joined the network four years ago and has since covered a number of major news events right up to this morning’s suicide bombing outside the U.S. Embassy.

  • The 4th hour of the “Today” show began a new feature this morning called “Today’s Johnson’s” Baby of the Week” celebrating newborns. Parents can submit photos and words of wisdom to help new moms and dads navigate the early days of parenthood.

  • GMA’s Robin Roberts returned home to the Gulf Coast for the first time since her bone marrow transplant in September. Sam Champion and Josh Elliott are along for the ride. The “GMA” anchor was greeted by students from her alma mater, SLU. Watch.


Anderson Cooper Back In The Field: ‘AC360′ To Originate From Turkey/Syria Border

CNN’s Anderson Cooper is widely regarded as being one of the best anchors in the field, but he hasn’t hosted his eponymous program from outside the country in quite some time. Tonight, he will have a return to form. Cooper will anchor “AC360″ from the Turkey/Syria border tonight.

Joining Cooper will be CNN correspondent Ivan Watson, Stanford University’s Fouad Ajami and guest U.S. Senator John McCain.

Cooper used to travel across the country–and even the world–with some regularity whenever news broke. Over the last year or so, Cooper has mostly based his show out of CNN’s New York studios, with less travel than he had done previously. That was likely due in part to his successful  syndicated show, “Anderson,” which added to his workload, and would presumably somewhat hinder his ability to travel due to scheduling conerns.

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Personalities–And a Former President–Toast Dr. Sanjay Gupta At Book Party

Gupta, Couric, Gupta's father Subhash

Just how well-liked is CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta? So much so that his book release party, held at The Setai Hotel last night, had more boldface names in attendance than many TV premieres. Gupta’s first novel, Monday Mornings, was released this week.

Former President Bill Clinton, former CBS News anchor Katie Couric, daytime talk-show host Dr. Oz, “The Daily Show” correspondent Aasif Mandvi, Fox News Channel’s Bill Hemmer and former CNN anchor Kiran Chetry were all there. And that is before you get into the CNN contingent, which included Soledad O’Brien, Don Lemon, Ivan Watson, Jeffrey Toobin, Ashleigh Banfield and Christine Romans, among others.

Nearly every top CNN executive was there, including CNN Worldwide chief Jim Walton, CNN U.S. chief Ken Jautz, CNN managing editor Mark Whitaker, CNN International chief Tony Maddox and HLN chief Scot Safon. We also spotted CBS News president David Rhodes mingling with the crowd.

Clinton held court close to the entrance to the bar, with guests approaching him to chat throughout the night. Gupta worked through the crowd, saying hello to everyone, posing for photos and signing copied of his book. “Enjoy your stay in Chelsea General!” he wrote in one, referring to the fictional hospital in the book.

Gupta also said that the television adaptation of his novel for TNT continues to progress, and production started this month.

“Clearly Sanjay is a man of many many talents, he is possibly the busiest human being I have ever met,” said Walton during the reception, before quipping “Here is his book by the way.”

Many more pictures below.

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CNN Correspondents Talk Life and Death on the Frontlines


CNN correspondents (l-r) Sara Sidner, Ben Wedeman, Kyung Lah, Nic Robertson, Arwa Damon, Anderson Cooper, Matthew Chance, Hala Gorani, and Ivan Watson gathered at the Time Warner Center Dec. 2 for a taping of “CNN on the Frontlines”

Earlier this month, just for a matter of hours really, CNN’s intrepid foreign correspondents left their beats covering the Middle East, North Africa and beyond, gathering at the Time Warner Center in New York. TVNewser was there as the correspondents recounted the year that was: from the Arab Spring, to the civil war in Libya and the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe in Japan.

Naturally, the cameras were rolling and tonight Anderson Cooper hosts a one hour special called “CNN on the Frontlines.” The broadcast airs at 8pmET and 10pmET/PT and will reair tomorrow at 8pmET and Christmas Day at 7pmET and 11pmET.

> Related: Sara Sidner talks with TVGuide Magazine’s Stephen Battaglio about her move from local TV news to foreign correspondent: “I’m a different person. The way I react to stories has changed. The level of what is an amazing moment or what is stressful has gone beyond anything I can ever imagine.”

(Photo: David Holloway / CNN)

Rare Get-together for CNN’s Foreign Correspondents as They Reflect on 2011

CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosts a year end special with CNN’s foreign correspondents, including (l-r) Ben Wedeman, Arwa Damon and Nic Robertson

It’s a good thing today was a relatively quite international news day because most of CNN’s foreign correspondents were gathered in New York talking about about the incredible year that was. From the Arab Spring to the triple tragedy in Japan, reporters Nic Robertson, Ben Wedeman, Arwa Damon, Hala Gorani, Matthew Chance, Sara Sidner, Kyung Lah and Ivan Watson crowded into Piers Morgan‘s studio at Time Warner Center where Anderson Cooper, who’s also reported from many of the world’s hotspots this year, lead the discussion.

CNN International EVP Tony Maddox tells TVNewser the get-together, which happens once every few years, “was the greatest gathering of foreign journalists on the planet.”

Before the taping we asked Robertson what is his most remarkable moment of this remarkable year. Robertson, who started as an engineer with CNN in 1990, says it was the uprising in Bahrain in February. “We were approaching Pearl Square and all hell was breaking loose.” Robertson used his iPhone to report live on CNN. Later, as he was rushed out of the area, he used the phone to record more video and his audio for a package that was edited in Atlanta. “That’s a far cry from 36 boxes of equipment we used to use,” added CNN EVP Ken Jautz

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Cameras Continue to Roll as Situation in Cairo Deteriorates Rapidly

As a cameraman trained his lens from a Cairo high-rise, NBC News anchor Brian Williams and chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel gave a play-by-play of what was happening below. The scene, adjacent to the frontlines of a battle between protesters and pro-Mubarak forces outside the Egyptian Museum, showed a pickup truck with its driver having been pulled out of the front seat, kicked, beaten, then put in the bed of the pickup.

It’s 4:55 in the morning in Cairo, and Williams and Engel are describing just another incident in the increasingly deteriorating situation in the Egyptian capital.

Williams and Engel began this evening’s coverage during “The Rachel Maddow Show” and continued into “The Ed Show” at 10pmET. When Ed Schultz asked Williams about their safety, Williams said no one was interested in the American TV crew looking on, “We’re absolutely almost, perversely safe looking over this gunfire,” he said.

Anderson Cooper, one of several TV correspondents roughed up by protesters today, anchored his show crouched low, with just a few lights, along with CNNI anchor Hala Gorani and correspondent Ben Wedeman as Ivan Watson phoned in from nearby Tahrir Square. “This is not exactly how we planned to bring you tonight’s program,” said Cooper. “But the situation changes here minute by minute in Cairo. We’ve been advised to turn down our lights, get down on the floor and try to barricade ourselves in the area we’re in. So that’s why we’re doing this program like this tonight. It’s not going to look very good over the next hour, but bear with us.”

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