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After 30 Years, John Zarrella to Depart CNN

JohnZarrellaJohn Zarrella, who has been part of the fabric of CNN for more than 30 years, will be leaving the network at the end of the year.

Zarrella has been CNN’s Miami Bureau chief since it was established in December 1983. He’s covered countless hurricanes, refugee crises, even a volcanic eruption in the Caribbean. He was the principal correspondent for CNN’s coverage of the U.S. space program; he was along the Gulf Coast for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and he covered the plights of Elian Gonzales and Terry Schiavo.

Zarrella joined CNN in November 1981 as an EP in Atlanta. Earlier in his career he worked at WTVJ in Miami, WBAL in Baltimore and WXIA in Atlanta.

The network is still working out who will take over for Zarrella in the bureau.

(h/t FTVLive)

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CNN Looks at Hurricane Sandy’s Lessons For Investigative Documentary

CNN’s latest investigative documentary, “The Coming Storms,” will debut tonight on “CNN Presents” at 8pmET. The show takes a look back at Hurricane Sandy and what lessons can be learned from the superstorm. The special features a variety of CNN’s correspondent, including Jason Carroll, David Mattingly, Ed Lavandera, John Zarrella, Frederik Pleitgen and meteorologist Chad Myers.

Watch a preview here:

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin Back to Co-Host CNN’s New Year’s Eve Coverage

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Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin are back for their sixth time co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage from Times Square.

“As always, I await New Year’s Eve with Kathy Griffin with grave reservations and tremendous fear, and I want to apologize in advance to anyone she may offend/assault/attempt to kiss,” said Cooper.

The last two years — NYE 2011 (although Griffin did take off her top at one point) and NYE 2010 — were relatively tame compared with some of the headline-making stunts of the previous years; like when Griffin dropped the “F” bomb on New Year’s Eve 2009 and the year before when she called out an onlooker who had been heckling her.

CNN’s live coverage begins at 10pmET from Times Square. Cooper and Griffin will be joined by correspondent Isha Sesay in Times Square, John Zarrella in Key West and Gary Tuchman in Eastport, Maine.

At 12:30amET CNN’s Brooke Baldwin at Jackson Square in New Orleans and HLN’s Susan Hendricks at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville will count down to midnight, Central time.

And once again, Tom Foreman will host a year-end special “All the Best, All the Worst 2012,” at 8pmET.

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

‘Touchdown Confirmed. We’re Safe on Mars’

At 1:32amET this morning, as the cable news networks looked on, confirmation that NASA’s rover Curiosity landed safely on Mars, after traveling hundreds of millions of miles through space. “Touchdown confirmed. We’re safe on Mars,” was the call. CNN International was simulcast on CNN with NASA reporter John Zarrella contributing. On Fox News, Marianne Rafferty was joined by former NASA astronaut Tom Jones and NBC’s space man of 51 years, Jay Barbree, phoned in to MSNBC for their coverage. Here’s the moment when Curiosity touched down, and the excitement at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory just north of Los Angeles.

Kathy Griffin Back with Anderson Cooper to Co-Host CNN’s New Years Eve

Kathy Griffin & Anderson Cooper, New Years 2009

Griffin and Cooper, New Years 2011

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin will again co-host CNN’s New Year’s Eve celebration from 11pmET to 12:30amET. “Get ready, America. Pull up a chair and a box of your finest wine, because you’ve never seen a New Year’s Eve show like this,” said Griffin. “Kathy Griffin scares me. I’ve said this often to CNN management directly and through my attorneys,” joked Cooper.

Last year was pretty tame compared to the year before when Griffin dropped the “F” bomb and the year before that when she heckled an onlooker. Top those, Griffin.

Isha Sesay will join Cooper and Griffin from the crowds in Times Square and Gary Tuchman will report live from Central Park for the annual Midnight Run. Correspondent John Zarrella will be live in Key West, Florida and Brooke Baldwin from Nashville, Tennessee. The show will simulcast on CNN International.

Leading up to the 11pm special, CNN presents the “Best and Worst of 2011,” an Anderson Cooper 360° special anchored by Tom Foreman.

Hurricane Irene Keeps Reporters & Forecasters on the Move

TV news anchors, correspondents and meteorologists may not have to go far from their New York headquarters to cover Hurricane Irene as the Category 3 storm barrels toward the East Coast.

With the 11amET advisory, the storm continues its catastrophic path toward North Carolina, the DelMarVa peninsula and the coasts of New Jersey, New York and New England.

The Weather Channel just added an “EXTREME” threat level category from eastern North Carolina to southern New England.

NBC’s Al Roker is in the appropriately named Duck, NC alongside his Weather Channel colleague Stephanie
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. “We’ll stay here through tomorrow then head to either coastal New Jersey or New York,” Roker tells TVNewser between liveshots on MSNBC.

ABC’s Matt Gutman, CBS’s Mark Strassman, NBC’s Kerry Sanders, CNN’s John Zarrella and FNC’s John

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CNN To Examine Future of NASA in a Post-Space Shuttle World

In a documentary to air Sunday at 8 PM, CNN will take a look at the future of NASA with the Space Shuttle program coming to an end. “CNN Presents – Beyond Atlantis: The Next Frontier” will be hosted by John Zarrella, and will feature an interview with NASA administrator Charles Bolden, as well as a number of Space Shuttle astronauts.

Zarrella speaks exclusively with the wife of one the Space Shuttle Challenger astronauts, and he travels to Promontory, Utah, to visit the site where the space shuttle boosters were built, talks to people who have spent most of their adult life working on the Shuttle program, and he takes viewers on the train ride carrying the last set of boosters to Kennedy Space Center for the final Space Shuttle mission.

The special will also examine the rise of private space companies such as SpaceX, which are looking to fill the void left by the end of the Shuttle program.

Cablers Watch as Atlantis Launches for Final Time

The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off at Cape Canaveral in Florida this afternoon for a final time. (AP story) Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC all took the NASA video and audio feed live from take off to orbit. Here’s how it looked:

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FNC dropped their standard ticker and put up a pretty cool display with the flight data.

Fox Business Network also carried the launch, though the other biz nets, Bloomberg and CNBC, did not.

Astronaut Tom Jones appeared from Washington on FNC with Megyn Kelly. John Zarrella reported from Kennedy Space Center for CNN and Jay Barbree was there for MSNBC. Barbree is the only journalist to have covered every manned space mission in US history.

Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin, and Lance Bass to Host CNN’s New Year’s Eve

cnn_nye_12-17.jpgAnderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin will co-host CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast from Times Square, the network has announced. Fomer ‘N Sync performer Lance Bass will join the broadcast as a correspondent from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

Other CNNers on the broadcast: Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow, Gary Tuchman, Ed Henry, and John Zarrella.

The special airs 11pm to 12:30amET and a special AC360 “All the Best, All the Worst of 2009″ will lead-in starting at 10pmET. Press release after the jump.

• Remember this?: Jan. 1, 2009CNN Edits Kathy Griffin’s Blue Moment

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John Zarrella: A Journalist for Our Time

zarrella_bubbles.pngFelix Gillette of the New York Observer brings us this profile of CNN’s John Zarrella who, most recently, hit the big-time again with his discovery of Bubbles, Michael Jackson‘s famous chimp, in a remote Florida town. (Zarrella had to bail on a story he was already doing at the time about alligators in backyard pools to get to the scene.)

Patti Ragan, the woman who ran the simian retirement home, told Mr. Zarrella that she’d initially been reluctant to broker the sit-down with Bubbles. After all, the chimp had long ago given up life in the limelight. But in the days since Michael Jackson’s death, there had been so many wild rumors floating around about Bubbles (that he was dead, that he was still living in L.A., that he’d been turned into a statue) that she now wanted somebody to set the record straight.

Mr. Zarrella was happy to oblige. Over the next three hours, he immersed himself in Bubbles’ world, learning about his life story, his current living conditions, and his waistline in middle age.

Zarrella has long been appreciated here at TVNewser for his field reports from the unending well of strange happenings that is the state of Florida as well as his utter dominance in animal reporting. Zarrella told the Observer, “Anytime we do an alligator story, we get a great response. Shark stories are always big. We’ve certainly done plenty of those over the years. We once did a story about monkeys on the loose in suburban areas.”

Check out Zarrella’s AC360 report after the jump.

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