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Networks Announce Katrina Anniversary Coverage

As we arrive at the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this month, the news nets are prepping special coverage to mark the occasion. We will update as we learn more, but here’s what we’ve heard so far:

Brian Williams will anchor “NBC Nightly News” from New Orleans on August 26, 27, 29, and 30th where he will interview Brad Pitt and Harry Connick Jr. for segments on the 27th and 28th. Williams will also moderate “Meet the Press” from nearby Jackson Square on the 29th. “Dateline” will air a special hour titled “Hurricane Katrina: The First Five Days” airing the 22nd. Al Roker and Matt Lauer will co-anchor NBC’s “Today” show from New Orleans on Friday the 27th.
Bob Woodruff will report a series for ABC News titled “Katrina: Where Things Stand,” which will first appear on “World News” the 26th and continue on “GMA” and “Nightline.” On Friday the 27th, Robin Roberts will anchor “Good Morning America” from her hometown of Pass Christian, MS, which was devastated by the storm.
CBS’ Harry Smith will anchor “The Early Show” from New Orleans on Friday the 27th for full anniversary coverage throughout the program. Mark Strassman will report that day for “Evening News” and Jeff Greenfield will have a report for “CBS Sunday Morning.” Russ Mitchell will anchor Sunday’s “Evening News” from New Orleans as well. The Saturday “Early Show” and “Evening News” will also provide coverage.The network will also have a special CBS News poll on Katrina’s impact and aftermath.

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Ted Koppel, Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre in a ’57 Chevy

At a recent Q&A at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, veteran newsman Ted Koppel discussed his concerns about journalistic standards as anonymous reporters on the web become more popular. He also told an amusing story about his days as a copy boy when he ended up driving Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff around during a snow storm. Video below:

BTW, Lou Dobbs will be sitting down with Jeff Greenfield next Thursday.

State of the Union Coverage Plans: Broadcast Networks

Tomorrow evening, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address to Congress just after 9pmET. Gov. Bob McDonnell will provide the GOP response. Here are the special coverage plans we’re hearing for the broadcast networks.

abc120.jpg ABC News’ Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchor coverage of the address and response from D.C. with Jake Tapper, Jon Karl, and Martha Raddatz contributing. Sawyer will anchor “World News” from Washington and Terry Moran will anchor “Nightline,” also from D.C., live at 11:35pmET.
cbsnews120.jpg Katie Couric will anchor coverage of the address and response at 9pmET as well as CBS’ “Special Report: State of the Union” afterward. She will be joined by Jeff Greenfield and Bob Schieffer, with Chip Reid and Nancy Cordes reporting. Harry Smith will anchor “The Early Show” from Washington, D.C. tomorrow morning.
fox120.jpg Fox News’ Shepard Smith will anchor special coverage for FOX broadcasting starting at 9pmET. Chris Wallace will join for analysis and Shannon Bream will report from Capitol Hill.
nbc120.jpg Brian Williams will anchor from DC for NBC News with David Gregory. NBC News correspondents Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd, and Kelly O’Donnell will also contribute.
pbs120.jpg Jim Lehrer anchors PBS’ broadcast of the address and response at 9pmET followed by analysis from Mark Shields and David Brooks.

We will update as we learn more.

More from WebNewser: State of the Union: What News Networks Are Doing with Their Bandwidth

Newsers Step Out for Byron Pitts Book Party

SmithPitts_9.30.jpgAfter dropping in at the TVNewser party downtown, we headed uptown to the Plaza Hotel where friends, family and colleagues gathered to celebrate the publication of CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts‘ book “Step Out on Nothing: How Family and Faith Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges.”

The room was packed with CBS, ABC and NBC newsers including CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus and NBC News president Steve Capus. Also on hand, “60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager, GMA senior EP Jim Murphy, who worked for years at CBS; as did Mika Brzezinski now with MSNBC. Also, Lesley Stahl, Harry Smith, Hoda Kotb, Jeff Greenfield, Michelle Miller and Mara Schiavocampo.

“Step Out on Nothing,” which we began to read on the subway ride home, is an intensely personal look at how Pitts went from a functionally illiterate child to ascend to the ranks of network correspondent. He recounts being a youth trying to overcome a pronounced stutter to the nervousness he felt decades later as he sat in the “60 Minutes” studio for the first time.

The National Center for Family Literacy co-sponsored the book party. Pitts becomes the first author to join the NCFL’s “A Penny a Book” initiative to benefit family literacy across the country.

• More photos after the jump, plus click here to read Gail Shister‘s interview with Pitts…

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CBS’ Jeff Greenfield Provides “Personal Testimony to the Revolution”

greenfieldWHY1.jpgLongtime network correspondent and analyst Jeff Greenfield has some thoughts on the state of the network news: “Look at the ads on the evening newscasts. If the FCC didn’t allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise on air, there’d be no ads,” Greenfield told TVNewser, adding, “Tells us something about the age of our audience.”

Greenfield was the keynote speaker at the Harry Chapin Media Awards at the Hard Rock Times Square. With the group WHY, Mediabistro co-sponsored the event, which celebrates the work of journalists who shed light on hunger and poverty.

Greenfield, now CBS News Senior Political Correspondent, should know a thing or two about TV news. He’s been working in it for 30 years, bouncing from CBS to ABC to CNN and back to CBS, and he understands its plight. He began his remarks by joking, “I work for CBS News, so a lot of you probably don’t recognize me. It’s a broadcast network. The signals go out over the air? Nevermind.”

Greenfield’s speech became a sort of treatise on the state of broadcast journalism, informed by his years working in the medium.

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Gathering for the Walter Cronkite Memorial Service

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Outside at Lincoln Center, prior to the Walter Cronkite memorial service.

At this hour, a veritable who’s who of journalists, political figures, and other newsmakers are either on their way to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York — or have arrived there by now — for the public memorial service for legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite.

TVNewser editors Chris and Kevin are on the scene, and have spotted CBS’s Les Moonves, Bob Schieffer, Morley Safer, Bill Plante, Rick Kaplan, Jeff Greenfield, and Erin Moriarty; former CBS News president Andrew Heyward; NBCers Steve Capus and Brian Williams; ABCers Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson, and Barbara Walters; and former The Insider host Pat O’Brien.

Attendees were asked to arrive early for the 10:30amET service “due to security concerns surrounding the appearance of President Obama at this event,” according to a CBS press release.

CronkiteWalter.jpgPresident Obama has left the White House en route to the service, where he is scheduled to speak, along with former President Bill Clinton, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and others.

CBS will stream live coverage of the service on CBSnews.com, CBS.com, TV.com, and other sites as well. Chris and Kevin are providing updates today on Twitter, and will have a full report this afternoon.

Walter Cronkite passed away at the age of 92 on July 17.

> Update: Live streaming has begun at cbsnews.com. Spotted in attendance: Katie Couric, Dan Rather and Andy Rooney. Joanna Simon, who had been Walter Cronkite’s companion in the last few years, is also there.

Gathering for the Funeral of Walter Cronkite

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Les Moonves, Katie Couric and Sean McManus at St. Bartholomew church for the funeral for Walter Cronkite.

We’re keeping our eye on CBSNews.com and the funeral service for Walter Cronkite which will begin at 2pmET. Already at St. Bartholomew in Midtown Manhattan we’ve spotted Bill Plante, Bob Schieffer, Aaron Brown, Maggie Rodriguez and Harry Smith; Steve Kroft chatting with Linda Mason, who was the first female producer on the Evening News and is now an SVP at CBS News. One pew in front of Mason is Katie Couric who is seated between CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus and CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves.

ABC News president David Westin arrived around 1:20pm and is sitting with Diane Sawyer.

Also, Connie Chung, actors Jerry Stiller and his wife Anne Meara. Brian Williams arrived on the church steps at 1:25 followed by Barbara Walters and Charlie Gibson arriving arm-in-arm at 1:27pm and Tom Brokaw and wife Meredith at 1:35pm. A few minutes later Andy Rooney arrived with his son, ABC News correspondent Brian Rooney. NBC News president Steve Capus, Dan Rather, Don Hewitt, former 60 Minutes correspondent-turned-NBC anchor Meredith Vieira also spotted.

Again, you can watch coverage of the service on CBSNews.com

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Brian Rooney and his father Andy Rooney arrive at St. Bartholomew Church

> 2:20pm: From Andy Rooney’s eulogy: “Walter was such a good friend. I can’t get over it… I just feel so terrible about Walter’s death I can hardly say anything. Please excuse me. Thank you.”

The cable news networks are dipping in to the funeral while NY1 in New York City is carrying the funeral live.

Click continued to see a list of some of the other tvnewsers in attendance, and more pictures from after service..

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The Ticker: Wolffe, Tapper, Burnett…

> MSNBC contributor Richard Wolffe has been named a senior strategist for Public Strategies, Inc. Wolffe tells Politico he will continue his work at the cable news network.

> FishbowlDC has the story of how ABC News’ Jake Tapper was the victim of an early April Fools joke this morning. FBDC has the entire email exchange as well.

> The New York Observer asks various tvnewsers which advisers of Pres. Obama should be on television talking budget and stimulus. CNN’s David Gergen, ABC’s David Chalian and CBS’ Jeff Greenfield are quoted, as well as PBS’ Mark Shields who says the President “can’t be Erin Burnett.”

Fake Keith Morrison on SNL, Real Rick Kaplan on HBO

KMorrison_3.14.jpgDateline’s Keith Morrison got another send-up tonight on SNL. We’ll have the clip tomorrow after the jump.

In other comedy/news news, a tipster tells us that during SNL alum Will Ferrell‘s HBO special, “You’re Welcome America – A Final Night With George W. Bush,” which aired live tonight, Ferrell singled out CBS Evening News EP Rick Kaplan. Anyone have a clip?

Other newsers in the crowd at New York’s Cort Theatre, CNBC’s Ron Insana, and CBS’s Jeff Greenfield.

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Plans For Obama Address

Every network will cover President Barack Obama‘s Address to Congress tonight at 9pmET (right after our TVNewser Summit party tonight in NYC — it’s not too late to RSVP). Following Obama’s speech is Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s Republican response:

• ABC — Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos anchor coverage from the Capitol, from 9-10:30pmET. Jake Tapper, Jonathan Karl, George Will and Donna Brazile contribute. Nightline provides additional coverage and analysis at 11:35pmET, with Terry Moran anchoring from D.C.

• CBS — Katie Couric anchors from 9-10:30pmET, with a live Webcast on CBSNews.com and CNET.com immediately following. Bob Schieffer, Jeff Greenfield, Nancy Cordes, Lara Logan, Anthony Mason, Chip Reid and Dan Bartlett contribute.

• NBC — Brian Williams anchors from 9-10pmET. He will be joined by David Gregory, Chuck Todd, and Kelly O’Donnell.

• FOX — Shepard Smith anchors from Washington, D.C., beginning at 8:55pmET. Chris Wallace provides analysis and Shannon Bream reports from Capital Hill.

• CNN — Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper and John King lead coverage from the Election Center in New York. Members of the BPTOT, including Gloria Borger and Roland Martin, will contribute. Shortly before the 9 p.m. address, Blitzer will introduce the address. A two-hour edition of AC 360 starts immediately after the address. “Larry King Live” airs live at MidnightET, with special guest, Sen. John McCain.

• FNC — Bret Baier anchors, beginning at 8:55pmET. Bill O’Reilly hosts a live O’Reilly Factor from 8-8:55pmET. On the Record with Greta Van Susteren airs live from 10:30-11pmET, followed by a Sean Hannity hosting a live “Hannity” from 11pm-MidnightET. Brit Hume joins Juan Williams, Nina Easton and Charles Krauthammer for post-address analysis, Major Garrett, Carl Cameron, Brian Wilson and Chris Wallace report for the coverage.

• MSNBC — Keith Olbermann introduces the address after Countdown, and a special edition of Countdown airs at 10pmET. The Rachel Maddow Show airs live at 11pmET and Hardball with Chris Matthews is live at MidnightET.

• CNBC — John Harwood and Larry Kudlow anchor the pre-speech coverage and a panel of guests join Harwood after the address. Also — Brian Williams will be on “Street Signs” at 2pmET after his lunch at the White House with the other anchors.

• FBN — Neil Cavuto anchors coverage, which includes Rich Edson and Peter Barnes reporting and Mack McLarty, former chief of staff for President Clinton, providing analysis.

• Bloomberg — Peter Cook anchors, with Al Hunt and Kathleen Hays contributing. Roger Altman and Frank Lavin provide analysis.

• PBS — Jim Lehrer anchors with Mark Shields and David Brooks providing analysis.

• C-SPAN — Airs the address live, with coverage beginning at 8pmET and a re-air at 11pmET.

> WebNewser has the coverage plans on the Web

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