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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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Debating Anderson Cooper’s Twitter Fight

Anderson Cooper‘s Twitter backlash toward a viewer was a topic on the “Today” show’s third hour this morning.

“Cooper,” explained Willie Giest, “has been reporting from Gaza for the last several days, very busy dodging bombs quite literally… but taking to Twitter to respond to some critical and some even hateful tweets.”

Geist and co-hosts Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie and Jenna Wolfe — with a combined 432,000 Twitter followers (Cooper’s got 3.33 million) — debated whether news personalities should “engage people who attack you on Twitter.”

“You want to,” said Wolfe, “Believe me, you want to, and the thumbs start going like this.”

Morales and Roker agreed, “There’s no way to win. It’s a no-win situation.” Morales then added, “He’s been reporting 12 to 18 hour days, tirelessly, bombs going off, so his nerves are on edge and I can imagine that, you get these attacks, and some of them very personal — one even talking about his sexual orientation — and you can’t help but want to go after those people so, I do kind of see where he’s going.” How Cooper responded to @Pamela_Weiss, after the jump.

Cooper tweeted this morning that he’s leaving Gaza and will be anchoring his show tonight, from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.

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It’s Official: Erica Hill Named ‘Weekend Today’ Co-Anchor

NBC News has made it official: former “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Erica Hill will be joining Lester Holt as the co-anchor of “Weekend Today.” Hill will also serve as a national correspondent for NBC News, reporting for all of its platforms.

In addition, NBC has named Jenna Wolfe newsreader for “Weekend Today,” and she will continue to contribute as a correspondent to the weekday edition of the morning program. Wolfe had been co-anchor of the Sunday edition of the program. Dylan Dreyer will remain in her role as weather anchor for the program.

“I couldn’t be happier to have such a strong team in place with Lester, Erica, Jenna and Dylan,” said Dee Dee Thomas, executive producer of ‘Weekend Today’ in a statement. “We just celebrated 25 years of weekends here at TODAY, and this is the perfect ensemble to lead us towards our next milestone.”

Behind The Debates: Style Over Substance

NBC’s “Today” this morning examined what goes on behind the scenes at the debates. Rather than focus on politics, the focus was on the stagecraft. Everything from the ties the candidates wear to the meal they eat beforehand to the zingers that they say “off the cuff” are plotted out in advance.

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Elsewhere, the St Louis Post-Dispatch writes about Anheuser-Busch, which plays a key role as the corporate sponsor of the debates. What’s that? You didn’t know that these stalwart elements of democracy had corporate sponsors? Well, they do:

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Report: Erica Hill to Join NBC as Co-anchor of Weekend ‘Today’

After two years at CBS News, Erica Hill is reportedly jumping to NBC News. The New York Post is reporting that Hill, who was recently replaced by Norah O’Donnell on “CBS This Morning,” is expected to be named the weekend co-anchor of “Today”:

CBS said it has been trying to find a new job for Hill … Now, it appears the network has let her out of her contract so she can jump to NBC.

Hill became the weekend anchor of “The Early Show” in 2008, splitting her time between CBS and CNN. She left CNN in 2010 when she was named weekday anchor of “The Early Show.”

The weekend edition of “Today” is anchored by Lester Holt and, on Sunday, by Jenna Wolfe. In May, Saturday co-anchor Amy Robach left NBC for ABC where she has been recently been filling in for Robin Roberts on “GMA.”

Earlier this year, Hill gave MediabistroTV a tour of CBS News for an episode of “Cubes.” Watch it after the jump. Read more

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