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A First and Lasts at Today’s Obama News Conference

Comings and goings for the TV press corps at today’s White House news conference.

This is the first newser for Jessica Yellin, as CNN’s Chief White House correspondent.

And this could be the final White House news conference for CBS’ Chip Reid and FNC’s Mike Emanuel. Reid becomes National correspondent ahead of former NBCer Norah O’Donnell‘s arrival at the White House for CBS next month. Emanuel is moving to the Hill for FNC ahead of the arrival of former CNN White House helmer Ed Henry at Fox News.

NBC’s Chuck Todd fronted today’s NBC News special (on MSNBC), but the network is still down one correspondent since Savannah Guthrie moved to New York earlier this month to co-anchor the third hour of “Today.” Ron Mott and Kristen Welker have been filling in, but NBC hasn’t made a final call.

  • Ben Feller of the Associated Press got the first question.

Obama to Feller on debt ceiling negotiations: “I think that what we have seen in the negotiations here in Washington is a lot of people say a lot of things to satisfy their base or to get on cable news, but that hopefully leaders at a certain point rise to the occasion and they do the right thing for the American people.”

  • NBC’s Chuck Todd got the second question.
  • Bloomberg TV’s Julianna Goldman got the third question.
  • Mark Landler of the New York Times got the fourth question.
  • FNC’s Mike Emanuel got the fifth question.
  • ABC’s Jim Scuitto, who as ABC’s senior foreign correspondent is rarely on the White House beat, got the sixth question.
  • Laura Meckler of the Wall Street Journal got the seventh question.
  • Antonieta Cadiz of El Mercurio newspapers got the eighth question.
  • Jessica Yellin was next. Obama: “Congratulations. Your first question here. No pressure. You’re going to do great.”
  • Caren Bohan of Reuters got question 10.

The newser wrapped up at 12:46pmET, 67 minutes after it started.

CNN Names Jessica Yellin Chief White House Correspondent

CNN has named Jessica Yellin chief White House correspondent, replacing Ed Henry, who left the cabler to join Fox News Channel. Yellin has served as national political correspondent for CNN since January, 2009, and begins her new assignment immediately.

This won’t be Yellin’s first White House tour. She has previously served as a White House correspondent for ABC News.

“Jessica Yellin has emerged as one of the leading political reporters in Washington, ” said CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist. “Jessica’s assertiveness along with her clever insight made her one of the top reporters of the 2008 campaign and has already set her apart in her reporting on the 2012 campaign. We’re thrilled Jessica will now bring her outstanding political journalism to our White House coverage.”

More information in the CNN announcement, after the jump.

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What brought Sarah Palin and Matthew Morrison to the same event?

Sarah and Todd Palin along with Greta Van Susteren and Bill Press.

Last year at the annual pre-White House Correspondents Dinner Garden Brunch, Greta Van Susteren brought Kim Kardashian as her guest. This year, Greta looked beyond Hollywood and headed straight for Alaska bringing along Sarah Palin who really had brunch-goers turning their heads.

Tammy Haddad‘s annual brunch — which has outgrown its original location in Haddad and husband Ted Greenberg‘s backyard — was held this year at the historic Beall – Washington House, with its expansive yard, larger patios, and multiple watering holes. Haddad, a former MSNBC, CNN and NBC executive and producer shuttled the A-listers around the event — which is always a diverse mix of politicians, actors and journalists.

In addition to Palin, “Glee”‘s Matthew Morrison dropped in, as did Jesse Tyler Ferguson, of “Modern Family” and Chace Crawford of “Gossip Girl.”

We chatted up ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Chris Wallace of Fox News, Pete Williams of NBC News, and Ed Henry and Jessica Yellin of CNN and also spotted MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, FNC’s Bret Baier, CNN’s Dana Bash and Suzanne Malveaux (and twin sister Suzette) and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.

Susan Axelrod, wife of Obama adviser David Axelrod, and Wendi Murdoch, wife of media mogul Rupert Murdoch (both right, with Matthew Morrison) co-chaired the event which was a fundraiser for CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy).

More photos after the jump…

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Ratings Analysis: Tucson Memorial Service a Big Draw For Cable News Channels

The memorial service honoring the victims of the Tucson shooting was a big draw for the three cable news channels last night.

Fox News led the way, drawing nearly three million viewers in primetime, including 725,000 A 25-54. The network drew around three and a half million viewers during the service itself, peaking with 3.8 million viewers during President Obama’s speech. Bret Baier anchored for FNC, leading into “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren at 10 PM.

CNN, which typically thrives during breaking news events, saw a huge ratings bump during the service, topping two million viewers during the 8 and 9 PM hours, more than enough to beat MSNBC’s coverage of the event. The two million viewers is four times what the network drew at 8 and 9 PM last Wednesday. Wolf Blitzer anchored, with John King and Jessica Yellin in Arizona.

Despite being the recipient of a solid ratings bump, MSNBC placed third during the actual service itself, with Keith Olbermann anchoring. That having been said, MSNBC also handily beat both Fox News and CNN during the 11 PM hour with a special live edition of “Countdown.” Fox News and CNN aired a replay of the Tucson memorial during that hour.

The full ratings chart can be viewed here.

Update: Nielsen now estimates that just over 30 million people watched president Obama’s speech across NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. More after the jump.

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Broadcast, Cable Networks Plan Tucson Memorial Coverage

All four major broadcast networks will air special reports covering the memorial service in Tucson, Arizona at 8 PM this evening.

Shepard Smith will anchor for the Fox broadcast channel. The Smith report will be offered as a “level 2,” so affiliates have the option of carrying it, or not. NBC has Brian Williams, Lester Holt and Savannah Guthrie reporting from Tucson.

Katie Couric will anchor  from Washington DC, and Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will be behind the desk for ABC.

Later this evening at 11:35 PM, ABC will air a special one-hour edition of “Nightline,” anchored by Bill Weir, looking at the latest developments and how the community is coping.

The cable networks will also have live coverage:

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Networks, Cablers Plan Special Coverage Sunday Night

Many of the broadcast networks and cable news channels will have special coverage Sunday night, covering the aftermath of the events in Tucson, Arizona.

Brian Williams is slated to anchor a special edition of “Dateline” from Tucson at 8 PM tonight on NBC.

On cable, CNN has John King anchoring a live hour starting at 9 PM ET, with Jessica Yellin co-anchoring from Tucson. On Fox News, Shepard Smith will be live at 7 PM, with Bret Baier and Geraldo Rivera delivering the latest news t 9 and 10 PM, respectively.

Election 2010: Technology Front and Center for CNN’s Midterm Election Coverage

CNN has announced its coverage plans for the 2010 midterm elections. As in previous elections, new technology will be a major part of the coverage, with returning favorites like the “magic wall” and “data wall’ being joined by the “CNN Election Matrix,” which will break down data in a visual way.

The network already revealed it will be adding more “virtual objects” to its coverage.

“We are taking capabilities of the Data Wall and quadrupling it in order to report the story in the clearest way we can,” said CNN senior VP and Washington bureau chief David Bohrman in a statement. “Viewers are ready for a rich meal of election items and with CNN’s technology on air and online, paired with the Best Political Team, we will serve an unparalleled election night experience.”

Wolf Blitzer will lead the network’s coverage, and will be joined by Anderson Cooper, Candy Crowley, John King and Soledad O’Brien. Other anchors, reporters and hosts that will be contributing to the program include Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Ed Henry, Dan Lothian, Suzanne Malveaux and new 8 PM hosts Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker.

More information after the jump.

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Hail to the Chef

CNN’s John King dons the apron for the “Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health,” joining politicos like Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and Governor Deval Patrick.

King moderated the Massachusetts gubernatorial debate on Tuesday, and has been shuttling between DC and New England, with Jessica Yellin filling in Tuesday and later today.

Next month King will travel to Florida, where he will moderate a debate between that state’s gubernatorial candidates.

Cable Newsers Covering State Primaries

Tomorrow, May 18 will see a number of key statewide Republican and Democratic primaries, including elections in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Kentucky. When there is politics involved, you can bet the cable newsers will be all over it.

msnbc120.jpg MSNBC has Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz broadcasting live from the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia. “Hardball” will be bringing live coverage at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and midnight. Likewise “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” will be live during their regular time periods, as well as at 10 and 11 p.m., when their reruns typically air.

cnn120.jpg CNN has Candy Crowley in Pennsylvania, Dana Bash in Arkansas and Jessica yellin in Kentucky to cover the races there. In its Washington DC studio Wolf Blitzer will be on air all day long, with Gloria Borger providing political analysis and John King working the magic wall to break down the results county by county.

fnc120.jpg Fox News has Carl Cameron in Philadelphia, Shannon Bream in Arkansas and Steve Brown in Kentucky. “Hannity” and “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” will be live, with Bret Baier reading the election results.

fbn120.jpg Fox Business Network is also covering the election, with Neil Cavuto anchoring a “FOX Business Special: Election 2010,” starting at 8 p.m.

We will be adding more coverage notes as we get them.

Correspondents’ Dinner: Kim Kardashian holds Court at Tammy Haddad’s Power Brunch

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Kim Kardashian with FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale at the annual Garden Party at the home of Tammy Haddad ahead of tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

What’s a brunch without Kim Kardashian, Sherry Shepard, the Jonas Brothers, Chevy Chase, Rupert Murdoch and a couple hundred DC newsers?

The annual Garden Party at the home of ultimate DC media insider Tammy Haddad and her husband Ted Greenberg draws bigger boldface names with each passing year. This year’s brunch was dedicated to CURE Epilepsy and the Mother’s Day Everyday campaign. Susan Axelrod, wife of Pres. Obama adviser David Axelrod, was honorary chairwoman. The Axelrods’ daughter Lauren lives with uncontrollable epilepsy.

P1010204.JPGAdrian Grenier was here, without an entourage, and happily posing for pictures.

The Jonas Brothers pulled up just after we arrived. In addition to Chase, Shepard and Murdoch, with his wife Wendi Deng at his side, DC’s media elite rubbed shoulders under the tents. Kardashian, a guest of Van Susteren and Fox News, kept her mini-fan in hand during the 89-degree day. She’d taken the red-eye in, but stayed and chatted with the crowd for about an hour before heading out.

NBC/MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell has a big fan in the actor Steven Weber. “I watch MSNBC all the time,” said the “Happy Town” star with his former “Wings” wingman Tim Daly nearby.

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Brunch co-hosts Hilary Rosen and Tammy Haddad (far left, far right) along with Rupert Murdoch and wife Wendi Deng. In the center is Susan Axelrod, wife of Pres. Obama adviser David Axelrod.

More pictures and the newsers who showed up, after the jump. Plus, check out WHC Insider’s coverage of the party…

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