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‘Today’ Anchors Get Fit

After this morning’s “Today” show, the anchors headed down the east coast to Baltimore for the Shine a Light Health and Wellness Expo. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Lester Holt, Erica Hill, Jenna Wolfe, Dylan Dreyer and WBAL anchors Deborah Weiner and Stan Stovall.

A segment on the expo will air in the morning on “Today.”

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Sheinelle Jones Named News Anchor of ‘Weekend Today’

ShenielleJonesSheinelle Jones has been named news anchor of the weekend editions of the “Today” show. Jones, who joins NBC News from WTXF-FOX in Philadelphia, begins October 4.

“We are delighted to welcome Sheinelle Jones to NBC News,” said NBC News President Deborah Turness. “She is an experienced journalist, a fantastic reporter and a dynamic interviewer who will bring so much to Weekend TODAY and the entire NBC News team.”

Until March, Jones was co-host of “Good Day Philadelphia” at WTXF. In her sign-off she said, in part, “I am leaving ‘Good Day.’ I am going to be with my kids.” Her co-host on “Good Day” was Mike Jerrick, a former Fox News host.

Jones had been the co-host of “Good Day Philadelphia” for the last 9 years. Before that she was an anchor and reporter for KOKI-TV the Fox affiliate in Tulsa. She’s also worked as a morning anchor and reporter for WICS-TV in Springfield, Illinois.

Jones replaces Jenna Wolfe who last week was named lifestyle and fitness correspondent for the “Today” show.

Jenna Wolfe Gets New ‘Today’ Show Role

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Jenna Wolfe (far left), currently news anchor for “Weekend Today” will be named lifestyle and fitness correspondent for NBC’s “Today” show, TVNewser has learned. In addition to covering topics like health and wellness for “Today,” Wolfe has also been named NBC News National Correspondent reporting for all shows and platforms, including “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.”

Wolfe announced last month that she and her partner, NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk, are pregnant with their second child. NBC has not settled on a replacement for Wolfe on “Weekend Today.”

More: Matt Lauer made the announcement at 8:45amET. “We’re going to be seeing you a lot here. That is the good news. The bad news is you’re going to be leaving your fam on the weekend show,” said Lauer. We hear NBC will announce Wolfe’s replacement next week.

The Story Behind the Ice Bucket Challenge

Matt Lauer has done it, so has Shepard Smith and Rachel Maddow. NBC’s Dylan Dryer did it late last week, then on Saturday challenged her “Today” colleagues Erika Hill, Lester Holt and Jenna Wolfe. They accepted. So where did the ice bucket challenge start? “CBS This Morning” had the back-story this morning. And, naturally, led to a challenge for Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and fill-in host Jane Pauley. Rose and O’Donnell accepted the challenge. Pauley asked, “Can I just write a check?” WATCH:

Richard Quest Comes Out: ‘The Work I Do Here is Better Because I’m Honest About Who I Am’

QuestGay Richard Quest did something at the end of his CNN International show today, that he wished he’d done yesterday.

On “Quest Means Business” Thursday, Quest spoke with John Browne, the former CEO of British oil giant BP, who resigned in 2007 after being outed as gay by a British tabloid. Browne has written about the episode, and about life as a CEO in the closet, in “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good for Business.”

Quest wished he used that moment to discuss his own journey. Instead, he did it today. And he decided it is indeed good for his business as a business journalist.

If I remember back to when I wasn’t open about my sexuality, I spent a great deal of time worried about it…. about what my family would think, what would my friends, my colleagues would think, and of course, what would you think. Would the fact that I’m gay affect my creditability as a business journalist? Would you watch the program differently?

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‘There Will Be a Time When Coming Out is Not a Big Story’

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By any measure, 2013 was the Year of the Queer, especially for network anchors.

In addition to the death of DOMA, the increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage, and the Boy Scouts of America’s pledge of allegiance to sexual diversity, ABC’s Robin Roberts and Sam Champion and NBC’s Jenna Wolfe joined the growing pantheon of openly-gay anchors.

All three of their revelations were greeted with virtually unanimous support, which leads me to wonder: Have we reached a societal tipping point for acceptance of homosexual news personalities? Or does the culture of celebrity require that such disclosures launch blazing headlines?

Yes and yes.

“As long as we keep progressing, there will be a time when coming out is not a big story,” says CNN’s Don Lemon, 47, who disclosed his sexuality in his 2011 memoir. “… Maybe not in the near future; maybe over the course of a decade. I’m not an authority on when that will be. I’m not Nostradamus. I can’t predict things.”

To MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, we’re already at that point. Out since 2006, his September 2012 wedding to Patrick Abner was featured in the Sunday New York Times ’‘Vows” section.

“Times have changed,” Roberts, 41, says. “We have a President who believes in marriage equality, and a Supreme Court that believes in marriage equality, and more and more states that are enacting laws to recognize marriage equality. I think it’s fantastic.”

The momentum from this cultural sea change has enabled “great, wonderful people” such as Robin Roberts et. al “to step up and claim their rightful spots,” Roberts adds. “They’re showing that a successful personal life and a successful professional life can live within the same sphere.”

Roberts and Lemon point out that such exposure is crucial in the face of raging homophobes like ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson. Robertson is “free to cast aspersions,” Roberts says. “He throws gay people on the fire and uses the Bible as an excuse.”

Amen. Got a match?

Robin Roberts’ and Sam Champion’s approaches to acknowledging their sexuality publicly represent another cultural tipping point. Eschewing methods of the past — declarations on national magazine covers, for example — both chose a subtle, understated approach.

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‘Today’ Anchor Jenna Wolfe and NBC Reporter Stephanie Gosk Welcome Baby Harper

Weekend “Today” show anchor Jenna Wolfe and NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk welcomed their baby girl into the world tonight. Wolfe gave birth to Harper Estelle Wolfeld Gosk, at 7:31 p.m. Harper Estelle weighs seven pounds, 13 ounces.

Wolfe went on maternity leave, and got a sendoff from her “Today” family, this past Sunday.

Jenna Wolfe Gets ‘Today’ Family Baby Sendoff

Weekend “Today” show’s Jenna Wolfe is now on maternity leave, awaiting the birth of her first child. Wolfe and her partner NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk announced they were expecting in March. On this morning’s show, Wolfe got a sendoff from her “Today” family  and also Barry Manilow. Said Matt Lauer, “In 17 or 18 years we get an intern. Which is fantastic. Free labor.”

On Saturday, co-anchor Lester Holt was on the show — even though he had the day off. Holt, who is subbing for Brian Williams on “Nightly News” during the week as Williams recovers from knee surgery, rode up to the show on his bike. Watch that clip, after the jump. As for Williams, he wrote about his recovery on the Daily Nightly blog.

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Jenna Wolfe Talks About Her Pregnancy

NBC “Today” correspondent Jenna Wolfe speaks to E! Online about her pregnancy with her partner, NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk. Wolfe and Gosk announced their pregnancy this week on the NBC morning show.

“We rock-paper-scissored it. I won 34-31, so I’m carrying the baby, bam!” Wolfe quipped.

As for which gentleman provided the donation to enable the pregnancy, Wolfe demurred in a joking fashion.

“The rumor is that it is Lester Holt, but it is not, you don’t have to worry,” she said.

NBC’s Jenna Wolfe, Stephanie Gosk Are Having a Baby

NBC News “Today” correspondent Jenna Wolfe and her partner, NBC News foreign correspondent Stephanie Gosk, are having a baby. Wolfe announced on “Today” this morning that she is pregnant with their child, which will be born in August.

“Stephanie is extremely adventurous, she has traveled all over the world, and you know me, there is not a building I haven’t jumped off of, for us, this is nothing like that, this is the adventure of a lifetime,” Wolfe said.

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