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Jeff Rossen to Lead New Investigative Unit for ‘Today’

NBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen is getting a promotion. He’s been named National Investigative Correspondent for the “Today” show. Rossen will lead the newly created investigative unit, “Rossen Reports,” for the morning program. Robert Powell will be the senior producer of the unit.

Rossen and his team will also report investigative stories for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “Dateline.” An insider draws a parallel between Rossen’s unit and the work of ABC’s chief investigative correspondent: “You have not seen a unit like this since the glory days of Brian Ross.”

Rossen joined NBC News in September 2008 from ABC’s New York station WABC.

More in the release after the jump…

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A Party Tonight, Before the Today Celebration

The party’s still going at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square as the “Today” show celebrates its 60th anniversary. The morning milestone began with a welcome from “Today” frontman Matt Lauer before singer Pit Bull took the stage.

Fourth hour hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford were early arrivals, with Kotb (below) front and center during Pit Bull’s set. We spotted NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” EP Jim Bell working the room, as longtime EP and, later NBCU president Jeff Zucker was deep in conversation with former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira.

“Today” senior broadcast producer Don Nash, who’s been with the show more than a third of its life — 23 years — tells TVNewser tomorrow’s anniversary program is not to be missed. All former living on air talent — save for Joe Garagiola and Gene Shalit who aren’t able to make it — will be a part of the show. And we spotted many of them at the party tonight, including Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, (above) Barbara Walters, John Palmer and Hugh Downs.

NBC spared no expense flying in correspondents from other NBC bureaus including Andrea Mitchell, Kerry Sanders, Kevin Tibbles, Janet Shamlian and Luke Russert.

Brian Williams stopped in after “Nightly News.” And we chatted with “Today” anchors Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Wolfe and Amy Robach, here with husband Andrew Shue, and said hello to Willard Scott on our way out. Other “Today” regulars celebrating  included Jill Rappaport, Martha Stewart, the Scotto family and Bobby Flay. We chatted with Andy Cohen (mostly about NeNe Leakes) who later tonight will be interviewing Rosie O’Donnell on his Bravo show, “Watch What Happens Live.”

Rounding out the crowd: Willie Geist, Jeff Rossen, Martin Bashir, Carl Quintanilla, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Tyler Mathisen, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and CNBC president Mark Hoffman and many more I may have missed. Because, as I said, the party is still going. Then, tomorrow at 7am, “Today” takes the party nationwide.

Andrea Mitchell and Jeff Zucker

Kerry Sanders and Jenna Wolfe

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

Baby #2 for NBC Reporter, ABC Producer

ABC’s Danielle Rossen, who oversees ABC’s “What Would You Do?” and is Senior Producer on “20/20″ and husband NBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen, who reports primarily for the “Today” show, have welcomed baby number 2. Blake Hunter Rossen was born Thursday morning, one minute before Noon coming in at 8 pounds, 20.5 inches.

Blake joins 22-month old sister Sloane.

Conrad Murray Creditor Names MSNBC, NBCU in Lawsuit

A new twist in the controversial Dr. Conrad Murray documentary set to air tonight on MSNBC. While Michael Jackson‘s family is fuming, some of Dr. Murray’s creditors are suing.

A company called Digirad Imaging Solutions has named Murray, as well as MSNBC, NBCU and several other media companies in a lawsuit seeking $147,000 it says it is owed by Murray. The OCWeekly has the complaint which says the media companies are being used as “mere subterfuges employed by defendant Conrad Robert Murray to escape liability for his debts and obligations.”

THR’s Marisa Guthrie reports MSNBC paid a “six-figure fee” — $300,000 reports RadarOnline — to air the doc, which was produced by October Films and distributed by Zodiak Media Group. All are named in the Digirad suit. For its part, NBC got a pre-trial interview with Dr. Murray, which has aired over the past two days on the “Today” show.

Meanwhile, NBC News has more Jackson stories planned for next week. NBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen, who covered the Murray trial, teased an “exclusive tour” inside the Holmby Hills home where Jackson spent his final days. Rossen was among a group of reporters who got a tour of home — now up for auction — last Monday, the same day Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death. The reporters’ tour was arranged by the auction company.

Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship, premieres tonight on MSNBC at 10pmET and re-airs at 11pm. The documentary is being sold around the world and aired last night on Channel 4 in Britain with the title The Man Who Killed Michael Jackson.

(h/t FishbowlLA)

NBC’s Jeff Rossen on Covering 9/11 from Ground Zero: ‘I Wanted To Be A Part Of It’

NBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen is profiled this week on our sister site, FishbowlNY, as part of ongoing series “9/11: New York Remembers,” featuring interviews with New York radio and TV personalities reflecting on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Rossen, just 25 at the time, was a reporter at WABC in New York who set himself apart at Ground Zero with his tenacious reporting skills:

“The then-news director of Channel 7, Dan Forman, called me up and said, ‘You know what, consider yourself full-time as of right now,’” Rossen recalls.

Despite his stellar reporting, management would have preferred that he relinquished his on-air duties —even for a few hours.

“They were trying to get different shifts in. They wanted fresh reporters on the ground,” Rossen remembers. “I kept saying, ‘I don’t want to go home yet.’”

He wasn’t able to put himself in a mindset of being anywhere else.

“I couldn’t think about walking away from there and sitting at home, because all I would do was sit at home and watch it on TV,” Rossen admits. “I wanted to be a part of it.”

Read the full interview here.

‘Today’ Reveals New Face of Woman Mauled by Chimp

On NBC’s “Today” this morning, the program revealed the new face of Charla Nash, the woman who was mauled by a chimpanzee in Connecticut a few years ago. Nash’s family has given “Today” a number of updates over the past few months leading up to the surgery, culminating in the reveal today. Ann Curry anchored the segment, which was reported by Jeff Rossen.

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Last year ABC News featured a full face transplant in its primetime documentary series “Boston Med.”

‘I lost my virginity to Ann Curry’

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts flanked by Fox News anchors Kimberly Guilfoyle and Jamie Colby

TVNewser headed out last night to the annual NLGJA “Headlines & Headliners” fundraiser hosted by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts. More than 400 attendees packed the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams store in Soho for the event.

The primetime outing pulled in the morning show anchors including NBC’s Ann Curry, CBS’s Erica Hill and Marysol Castro, ABC’s Sam Champion and MSNBC’s Chris Jansing. We caught up with NBC’s Natalie Morales and Chris Wragge as they swapped stories about their early morning wake-up calls.

We chatted with ABC’s Andrea Canning, about getting the first of the Charlie Sheen interviews, and about her competitor and friend, NBC’s Jeff Rossen who got the second, and third and fourth. Canning told us even as the story has died down, she’s still getting press requests to talk about it.

FNC’s Jamie Colby, who anchors weekends for Fox, told us about her news-filled Saturdays of late — Libya last weekend, Japan the weekend before. “And the Gabrielle Giffords shooting happened on our watch.”

Curry shared with us her experience in Japan last week, which turned dangerous for those covering the story as the threat from the Fukushima nuclear plant grew. “I’ve taken our crews

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Jeff Rossen and Andrea Canning talk about their Charlie Sheen Week

Charlie Sheen is news. That much is clear. And now the TV news interviewers who spent time with the troubled sitcom star this week, are talking about how newsworthy he is.

NBC’s Jeff Rossen talked with the AP’s David Bauder about his extensive interviews, on and off camera, with Sheen. The aggressive New York-based correspondent began covering the Sheen saga when the “Two and a Half Men” actor trashed his hotel room at the Plaza Hotel last October. By the time their first interview had wrapped, Sheen referred to Rossen as a “rockstar” calling his interview “pure gold.”

Rossen told Bauder, “I told him from the very beginning I’ll make no agreements. I’m going to ask you whatever I want to ask you. The questions will be tough. Sometimes they will be uncomfortable. What I promise to you in return is that I will keep your answers in context. I’m not going to have any clever, tricky endings. I’m going to let you explain.”

Rossen’s interviews began last Sunday, aired all week on “Today” and culminated — for now — with a Dateline special Friday night.

ABC’s Andrea Canning was the first to interview Sheen, last Saturday at his home. She was on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this morning and talked about how her time with Sheen almost ended on a very abrupt note.

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Networks #Winning with Charlie Sheen

We told you what Charlie Sheen has meant for the ratings for CNN’s Piers Morgan and for ABC’s “20/20,” and now we know what the unemployed winner has meant to the morning shows.

ABC’s Andrea Canning interviewed Sheen Saturday and clips aired Monday and Tuesday on “Good Morning America.” NBC’s Jeff Rossen interviewed Sheen four days in a row — beginning Sunday and through to his live interview today. Here are the Nielsen fast nationals for Monday and Tuesday.

  • Monday:

“Today” – 5.97M total viewers / 2.74M A25-54
“GMA” – 5.95M total viewers / 2.30M A25-54

  • Tuesday:

“Today” – 5.91M total viewers / 2.80M A25-54
“GMA” – 4.85M total viewers / 1.90M A25-54

That means this week is tracking ahead of the average for the week of Feb. 14, but below the week that Egypt was the big news story.

Hey Look, Charlie Sheen Was on ‘Today’ Again

Maybe NBC should just give “Two and a Half Men” actor Charlie Sheen his own hour in the morning. For the third consecutive day, NBC’s “Today” ran an “exclusive” interview with Sheen this morning.

But wait, you may be asking. Wasn’t Sheen on “Today” Monday and Tuesday? And didn’t ABC’s “Good Morning America” run clips from an interview Monday? And didn’t he appear live on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” Monday? And didn’t he do a live video interview on TMZ.com Monday? And Didn’t he do a live interview on Howard Stern‘s show Tuesday? And didn’t ABC air a one-hour interview special Tuesday night?

Yes, Sheen did all of those things… but none were live in the morning, ergo, EXCLUSIVE.

The interview was the first conducted since Sheen’s children were taken from his custody by police, so there were new things for “Rockstar” reporter Jeff Rossen to ask him about.

Video of Sheen’s interview is after the jump.

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