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Jeanne Meserve Leaves CNN, Becomes Senior Fellow at George Washington University Institute

Longtime CNN correspondent Jeanne Meserve is leaving the cable channel. Meserve sent a note to colleagues yesterday afternoon announcing the news, as well as the fact that she would be joining George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute as a senior fellow.

“From the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin to the death of Princess Diana, from the Washington snipers to Elizabeth Smart, from Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Irene, I have given my all to being a journalist,” Meserve wrote. “Now it is time for another phase.”

Her departure was first reported by the New York Post.

Meserve’s memo is after the jump.

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Anchors Away to Joplin

With the devastation from Joplin, MO becoming the big story Sunday night, the network news organizations are sending some of their top anchors to the city.

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams–whose first TV job was at KOAM in Joplin–will return to the city to anchor his evening newscast tonight. Ron Mott and Al Roker traveled to the city last night, and reported from there this morning on “Today.” Kevin Tibbles is also en route.

Joplin also has another personal co0nnection to NBC: it is the hometown of NBC senior investigative correspondent Lisa Myers.

On CBS, Harry Smith will anchor the “CBS Evening News” from there this evening, while Chris Wragge will co-anchor “The Early Show” from the city tomorrow morning.

ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer will anchor from Joplin tonight, and will be joined by David Muir. “Good Morning America”‘s Josh Elliott and Sam Champion reported for the program this morning, and will also contribute to “World News.”

Cable networks are after the jump.

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Blitzer, Ellis, Leventhal, Raddatz, many more honored at tonight’s RTNDF dinner

Russ Mitchell, anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” Sunday Edition, and correspondent for “CBS News Sunday Morning,” will emcee tonight’s Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s First Amendment Awards Dinner at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, DC. Honorees include ABC’s Martha Raddatz and Ann Compton; from CBS, Byron Pitts and Charlie Kaye; CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jeanne Meserve, FNC’s Rick Leventhal, and NBC’s Rehema Ellis. The 9/11 Tribute Awards will be presented at the 21st annual black tied dinner put on by the journalism organization.

CNNers Past and Present Celebrate Network’s 30th Anniversary

Sat Party 4.jpgA large crowd of former and current CNNers gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Saturday night to celebrate the network’s thirtieth birthday.

The bash — an unofficial gathering organized by former CNN producer Elissa Free — drew over three hundred people and was emceed by former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw.

“It was a celebration of what we had built,” former CNN correspondent Kelli Arena tells TVNewser. Arena, who started her career at CNN in 1984, said that joining the then-four-year-old network “was a labor of love… There was an energy and an innocence about the place. We brought live to the air things that people had never seen live on the air before.”

CNN founder Ted Turner addressed the group, telling attendees he was proud of what staffers have accomplished. Former CNN president Tom Johnson also spoke.

Current CNNers in attendance included anchor Wolf Blitzer, News Standards and Practices EVP Rick Davis, Political Director Sam Feist, and correspondent Jeanne Meserve.

Former CNNers in the house included Cissy Baker, Ralph Begleiter, Charles Bierbauer, Mike Boettcher, Tony Collings, Roger Cossack, Patty Davis, Bill Dorman, Rusty Dornin, Bob Franken, David French, Frances Hardin, Leon Harris, Sandy Kenyon, Jamie McIntyre, Brooks Jackson, Kathleen Koch, Eileen O’Connor, Chris Plante, Frank Sesno, Mark Shields, Linda Taira, Mary Alice Williams, and Judy Woodruff.

“It was a lot of reminiscing about the little network that could,” Arena said. “There was no griping, no discussion about the current CNN — that’s not why people were there. People were there to celebrate what we had accomplished. It was like a family reunion.”

More photos, after the jump…

(photo by Richard Kolko)

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White House Slams CNN over Potomac . What About the other Nets?

CNN1_9.11.jpgPerhaps this was not the best day to be conduct a training exercise on the Potomac River, not far from the Pentagon which was attacked eight years ago this morning. Still, when reports began to surface that a suspicious vessel had been spotted on the Potomac, CNN went into high gear. They got their Homeland Security, Pentagon and White House correspondents on the case, even discussing the situation with former Homeland Security adviser, now CNN contributor, Fran Townsend to help with their coverage — coverage that has since drawn the ire of the White House.

At 10:05am CNN interrupted live remembrances of the 9/11 memorials to report on the situation. “We have seen at least one boat try and challenge” a security zone set up around the Pentagon, said Homeland Security correspondent Jeanne Meserve. “A cat and mouse game going on there,” she added. Shots were fired, they claimed.

While the observations may have been accurate, it was all a drill. A fact CNN would not report until 10:32am. There were no shots fired. Live or blank. The report claiming 10 rounds had been fired came from Coast Guard audio transmissions CNN aired — again, all part of the exercises.

At an off-camera, on-the-record briefing as the truth was being revealed, CNN White House correspondent Elaine Quijano asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs whether the public should have been told about a training exercise happening on the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “If we set aside the media coverage, would you be asking this question? My only caution would be that before we report things like this, checking would be good,” Gibbs said.

NBC News Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd took to his Facebook page to call out CNN, writing, “Weird to hear others blame the government for their own bad reporting,” and later, “Not only were there no gunshots, CNN reports what they heard on the radio scanner was someone SAYING ‘bang bang; they didn’t HEAR shots”

While CNN was in full breaking news mode, MSNBC remained with a re-broadcast of the “Today” show from 9/11/01. MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines tells TVNewser, “We chose to do what is always prudent in these situations and gather the facts. Once we had the facts, we broke into our 9/11 tape and reported the news of the training exercise.” That happened at 10:37am.

FNC1_9.11.jpgFox News, meanwhile, began reporting on the incident at 10:12am. At 10:23 they began speculating that it might be an exercise. By 10:30 they’d confirmed it. TVNewser has obtained notes from FNC’s urgent queue including details from Bret Baier and Catherine Herridge in Washington, before information got on the air:

10:18am – “Caution in reporting per baier — it could be that if a boat wasn’t responding warning shots could be fired in the air or near the boat. so we should be careful about saying that the coast guard fired at or on the boat on the potomac.”

10:42am Herridge: “Dhs Spox Matt Chandler ‘No shots fired on the Potomac. Boats were part of a Coast Guard Exercise. Coast Guard will be taking all inquiries.’”

As for CNN, the network released a lengthy statement late this afternoon explaining their side of it: “CNN staff were monitoring law enforcement activity this morning given the 9/11 anniversary. After hearing a U.S. Coast Guard radio transmission that a boat had breached a security zone on the Potomac River a short distance from the Pentagon where the President had just attended a 9/11 anniversary ceremony, CNN contacted the Coast Guard public affairs office at the agency’s headquarters. The Coast Guard spokeswoman said she was unaware of any activity taking place on the Potomac River.

After hearing a further radio transmission about 10 rounds being expended, and after reviewing video of rapid movement by Coast Guard vessels as the President’s motorcade crossed the Memorial Bridge, CNN reported the story. Simultaneously, during a second phone call, the Coast Guard spokeswoman informed us that its National Command Center and other command posts knew nothing about any activity in the area.

Given the circumstances, it would have been irresponsible not to report on what we were hearing and seeing. As with any breaking news story, information is often fluid and CNN updated the story with the official explanation from the Coast Guard as soon as it was provided.”

• Click continued to see CNN’s original reports, including Coast Guard audio, and the follow-up reporting…

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As Ike Gets Closer to Shore, So Do the Networks

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ABC’s Sam Champion had arrived in Texas in time for Nightline last night. CNN’s Anderson Cooper broadcast live from Houston as well, and while getting an update from meteorologist Chad Myers asked Myers to email him the best (or perhaps worst) location to broadcast from tonight.

This morning, CNN and MSNBC have begun squeezing back their programming, keeping Hurricane Ike stats on the screen.

Even The Weather Channel is trying to show the seriousness of the Cat 2 storm to anyone choosing to ride it out. Here’s their morning headline: “A Potential Life-Threatening Surge from Ike.”

We’ll update this post throughout the day as we hear who is going to be covering the storm and from where…

• CNN — More than 70 anchors, correspondents, producers and support-personnel will report along the Texas coastline, representing CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN Espanol, CNN Radio, CNN.com and Headline News. In addition to Cooper, Rick Sanchez, Gary Tuchman, Sean Callebs, Betty Nguyen, Susan Candiotti, Jeanne Meserve, Ali Velshi, Rusty Dornin, Rob Marciano and Reynolds Wolf will report on the storm. CNN will remain live all night and into the morning.

• CBS — Hari Sreenivasan is in Houston. Dave Price is in Galveston. Both will report for the Evening News tonight and The Early Show tomorrow.

• FNC — Geraldo Rivera, Steve Harrigan and Marianne Silber are in Galveston, TX, as is Jeff Flock from FBN. Kris Gutierrez is in Surfside Beach, Freeport, Casey Stegall is in Clear Lake and Rick Leventhal is in Port Lavaca. Also, Shepard Smith anchors tonight from 10pm-MidnightET (from New York), followed by Rivera Midnight-3amET and Jamie Colby from 3am-6amET.

• NBC/MSNBC/CNBC — Amy Robach is in Galveston for Today & Weekend Today. Janet Shamlian, Don Teague, Kerry Sanders, Charles Hadlock, Kristen Dahlgren and Jay Gray are on the scene, as is NBC Weather Plus meteorologist Jeff Ranieri and CNBC’s Scott Cohn. NBC will also use correspondents and meteorologists from soon-to-be owned The Weather Channel.

• ABC — In addition to Sam Champion, GMA Weekend’s Bill Weir is in Texas as well as Sharyn Alfonsi and Ryan Owens.