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Bryant Gumbel, Jane Pauley to Guest Host ‘Today’

lauer gumbel pauleyThe “Today” show is taking a page out of the history books on December 30: former anchors Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley will join Matt Lauer as guest co-anchors for the show.

Gumbel and Pauley anchored the show together for seven years from 1982 to 1989. The pair reunited on the show — along with several other former anchors — when “Today” celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. Pauley still appears on “Today” monthly with a recurring segment about older Americans starting new careers.

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John Palmer Has Died

Longtime NBC News correspondent and anchor John Palmer has died at the age of 77 after a “short, sudden illness”, the network reported tonight.

Calling Palmer a “dear colleague and friend”, NBC Nightly News weekend anchor Lester Holt described a journalist “many of you welcomed into your living rooms for a good many years…’Been there, done that’ only begins to describe John’s career. There was no one better in the trenches, and as a colleague, no one more liked.”

A Tennessee native, Palmer long served as a foreign correspondent for NBC News before moving over to the White House beat in 1979.  He went on to cover five presidents.  In 1982 he joined the Today show, where for seven years he was news anchor alongside hosts Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel.

The veteran newsman left NBC News in 1990, rejoining the division four years later. In a 2008 interview, Palmer shared with TVNewser that it was Tim Russert who gave him that second chance.

Palmer met his wife Nancy at NBC News, and currently two of his daughters are division journalists.  One of them, Today producer Molly Palmer Cowan, married CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan last year. At the time of their engagement, a delighted Palmer told TVNewser that he and Nancy were “not losing a daughter, just adding another journalist to the family, and a fine one he is!”

Update: The AP is reporting the cause of death as pulmonary fibrosis.

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Wedding Bells for Cowan and Palmer

CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan and NBC News producer Molly Palmer now officially are husband and wife.

After getting hitched last Saturday in Washington, DC, the new Mrs. Cowan emailed TVNewser from France, where the newlyweds are on their honeymoon.   Their wedding day, Molly says, was “amazing”.

The ceremony was held at St. Alban’s Parish, with a reception at the Chevy Chase Club in Maryland.

As The New York Times reports, those locations are steeped in tradition.  They were the same as those for Palmer’s parents’ wedding some three decades before.  Furthermore, Father of the Bride John Palmer, the former NBC White House correspondent and Today news anchor, met Mother of the Bride Nancy Doyle Palmer when both were working at NBC News - just as Molly and Lee met while they were colleagues at the network, at NBC’s Los Angeles bureau.

John Palmer told TVNewser last August that “we are not losing a daughter, just adding another journalist to the family, and a fine one he is!”

More photos, after the jump…

(Photo by Geoff Chesman, courtesy of Molly Cowan)

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)

Sam Donaldson on Co-Anchor ‘Jealousies’ and Why ‘The News Business Has Moved On’

There is no trick involved in tonight’s Halloween treat for Boomer news junkies — Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts really are co-anchors again.

The hosts of ABC’s ‘This Week’ from 1996 to ’02, Donaldson and Roberts have reunited to front ‘Primary Issues,’ a four-part election series that launches tonight at 9pmET on RLTV. It continues each night through Thursday.

Donaldson and Roberts will host from Washington, with business journalist Consuelo Mack in New York and former ‘Today’ regular John Palmer in the field. Ben Stein will provide commentary.

Donaldson, 77, who owns a ranch in New Mexico, says it was easy to get back in the saddle with Roberts, 67.

“Cokie and I have a mutual respect,” he tells TVNewser. “One of the problems with co-anchors is that jealousies sometimes show up on the air. I can’t deny that I’ve had some of that in the past, but never with Cokie. We never had a dispute. We shared everything.”

A 42-year ABC veteran, Donaldson works mostly in the radio division. He just re-upped with

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Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts and John Palmer to Host New Political Program… On RLTV

RLTV (formerly Retirement Living TV) has picked up a political news and commentary program–”Primary Issues”– to be hosted by former ABC News journalists Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts, as well as former NBC News correspondent John Palmerwho joined RLTV in 2006 — and PBS host Consuelo Mack. Fox News Channel regular Ben Stein will contribute regular commentary pieces to the program, which will debut Monday at 9pmET and run through November 3.

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For Cowan and Palmer, a Match Made at NBC News

Remember the ‘Balloon Boy’ saga?

For most Americans, the story that captivated cable news viewers in October of 2009 has faded from memory.  But not for NBC News correspondent Lee Cowan and ”Today” show associate producer Molly Palmer, both of whom covered the infamous escapade.

“That’s kind of when I think we started to really notice each other,” Palmer tells TVNewser.

The two – both Los Angeles-based - had worked together previously, but got to know one another better during days in Colorado covering the Heene family.  After dating for nearly two years, the couple recently got engaged during a vacation in Kauai.

“I”m just excited,” Palmer says. “I’m just so happy. I love Lee so much, and I am just so sure that I want to be with him forever that it feels right and like an exciting next step.  I’m just ready to be a family with him.”

Family is important to Palmer and Cowan, who say both sets of their parents are delighted at the news.  That includes Cowan’s future father-in-law, former NBC White House correspondent and Today news anchor John Palmer.

“Lee and Molly are a great couple and very much in love,” John Palmer tells TVNewser.  “My wife Nancy and I are thrilled for them.  We are not losing a daughter, just adding another journalist to the family and a fine one he is!”

It’s high praise from a man Cowan has long admired.  “I gotta tell you,” Cowan recalls to TVNewser, “I’ve never been so nervous meeting him the first time.  I mean, it’s one thing to introduce yourself to your girlfriend’s father, but it’s quite another when it’s John  Palmer!”

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