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Broadcast and Cable Networks Dispatch Correspondents to Ukraine

Ukraine CBS CoverageAs tensions escalate in Ukraine, cable and broadcast networks are ramping up their presence in the region.

Each of the broadcast networks have correspondents in Ukraine: Bill Neely is in Simferopol for NBC News, Alex Marquardt is in Crimea for ABC News and Elizabeth Palmer is in Sevastopol for CBS News. Charlie D’Agata and Clarissa Ward are also reporting from Kiev for CBS.

As for the cable networks: Anderson Cooper is headed to the region for CNN to anchor “AC360″ tonight. Fox News correspondent Amy Kellogg is live from Kiev today, and MSNBC has been using NBC’s Neely for live shots from the region. Nick Schifrin and Jennifer Glasse are on the ground in Simferopol for Al Jazeera America, and Phil Ittner is reporting from Kiev for the network.

Ukraine received extensive coverage on the Sunday public affairs shows yesterday, with Secretary of State John Kerry appearing on all the broadcast shows — except one. “For the record, we invited Secretary of State John Kerry to join us today,” Chris Wallace said on “Fox News Sunday.” “But although the White House put him out on all the other broadcast Sunday shows, they declined to make him available to us or you.”

>Update: Shepard Smith is also traveling to Ukraine for Fox News. He will anchor “Shepard Smith Reporting” and report for the network’s daytime and primetime shows from Kiev.

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‘Why can’t you put Marilyn Monroe in the same broadcast as an interview with the president’

PelleyKerryOn Tuesday “60 Minutes” celebrated its 45th birthday. The show debuted on CBS Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1968. Its success over the years brought on many imitators and even led Rupert Murdoch to once inquire about buying the show and bringing it to FOX.

This Sunday, the dean of the TV newsmagazines begins season number 46 on CBS. “60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager who is also the chairman of CBS News, explains show creator Don Hewitt‘s vision for the show like this: “Why can’t you put Marilyn Monroe in the same broadcast as an interview with the president.” (Watch after the jump)

This Sunday, the mix of stories includes Scott Pelley‘s interview with Secretary of State John Kerry; Steve Kroft’s report on schizophrenia, the sometimes violent illness that the Washington Navy Yard shooter showed symptoms of; and Norah O’Donnell‘s profile of Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, including details of his new book “Killing Jesus.”

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Code Pink Interrupts Senate Committee Hearing on Use of Force in Syria

Just as Secy. of State John Kerry finished his opening remarks at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Pres. Obama’s use of force resolution in Syria, a protestor from the anti-war group Code Pink shouted, “We don’t want another war.”

After the protestor was led out, Kerry, a veteran opposed to the Vietnam war, talked about his appearance before this same committee on April 22, 1971: “The first time I testified before this committee when I was 27 years old. I had feelings very similar to that protester. And I would just say that is exactly why it is so important we’re all here having this debate, talking about these things before the country. And that the congress itself will act representing the American people. And I think we all can respect those who have a different point of view.”

All the cable news networks are carrying live coverage of the hearing.

ABC, CBS, NBC Break In with Pres. Obama Comments on Syria

With cameras clicking and flashbulbs popping, and with the leaders of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia on either side of him, Pres. Obama spoke about the situation in Syria. Obama’s remarks were recorded by the pool and fed out around 2:45pmET. They followed Secy. of State John Kerry‘s remarks earlier with results from an unclassified U.S. investigation into a chemical weapons attack in Syria last week. The president:

“We are looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act that would help make sure that not only Syria, but others around the world, understand that the international community cares about maintaining this chemical weapons ban. Again, I repeat, we’re not considering any open-ended commitment. We’re not considering any boots on the ground approach.”

Scott Pelley anchored a special report on CBS along with Pentagon correspondent David MartinDavid Muir anchored on ABC along with Martha Raddatz. And on NBC Lester Holt along with Andrea Mitchell reported on the President’s remarks. Christiane Amanpour who splits time on CNN and ABC, was part of the special report on CNN.

Ronald Reagan Centennial Coverage

Former President Ronald Reagan would have turned 100 years old tomorrow. So this weekend, the news networks are offering special programming honoring the legacy of the 40th President of the United States.

CNN chief national correspondent John King will anchor special coverage of the Reagan Centennial Celebration live from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, tomorrow from 2-4pmET. Attendees at the event include former Secretary of State James Baker, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and cabinet members of the Reagan administration.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” will broadcast live from the Library tomorrow as well. Guests include Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry and Baker. There will be a round-table discussion with Baker, former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan, former San Francisco mayor and state assembly Speaker Willie Brown, and NBC News White House Correspondent during the Reagan administration, Andrea Mitchell.

Fox News Channel will air stories and vignettes throughout the weekend that will focus on the milestone moments in Reagan’s life: his Hollywood career, his marriage to Nancy, political campaigns, the presidency, and his retirement from public life. Tomorrow night, Fox News will re-air “Reagan’s Resolve” documentary. Fox News Los Angeles correspondent Casey Stegall will be reporting live from the Reagan Library on Sunday.

LA Times’ Matea Gold Joining Tribune Washington Bureau

MateaGold062410.jpg Los Angeles Times media reporter Matea Gold is leaving the media beat and moving to Washington DC, where she will join the DC bureau of Tribune.

Tribune is the parent company of the LA Times.

While she has most recently covered the media, Gold is also a veteran political reporter, and has covered the campaigns of Al Gore, John Kerry, Howard Dean and Joe Lieberman, among others.

According to an internal memo from Tribune DC bureau chief Kerry Luft, Gold will start after Labor Day, where she will be helping out with Tribune’s coverage of the 2010 midterm elections.

Luft’s memo to staff is after the jump.

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How a Functionally Illiterate Kid can Grow Up to be a ’60 Minutes’ Correspondent

Pitts_9.29.jpgLook for Byron Pitts to be “60 Minutes’” next full-time correspondent.

“I fully expect to be full time in the next year or so,” says Pitts, a “60″ contributor since January 2008 and CBS’s chief national correspondent. He joined the network in 1998.

Pitts would be only the second African-American full-time correspondent at “60″ in its 42-year history. Ed Bradley, who served with distinction for 26 years, died in 2006 from leukemia.

Pitts’ stunning memoir, “Step Out on Nothing” — in which he reveals he was functionally illiterate until he was 12 — hits the stands today.

A full-time “60″ gig was a deal-breaker for Pitts in his contract negotiations a year ago, according to CBS sources. He had several other offers, they add.

“For me, the goal at CBS News has always been to get to ’60 Minutes,’” says Pitts, 48, “It’s the reason I came here. It’s the reason I stayed here.”

“60″ has been Pitts’ dream job since he was a student at Ohio Wesleyan. While shooting the studio open for his first piece, he got so choked up it took seven takes. This season, he will do as many as 10 stories, he says. A full load is 14.

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Rose’s First on 60 Minutes

Charlie Rose will make his 60 Minutes debut as a contributor this week as he profiles T. Boone Pickens. The program will be broadcast Sunday at 7pmET.

Rose was announced as a contributor to the long-running CBS show in January, and he previously was a correspondent on 60 Minutes II from 1999-2005. According to the release, he will continue to appear “from time to time.”

A clip from the interview is below, which includes an awkward meeting of Pickens and Sen. John Kerry at the DNC (Pickens funded the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth campaign in ’04):


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