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State of the Union Coverage: NBC News

NBC’s coverage of President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address will begin at 8:45 PM Tuesday with an online web show at NBCNews.com, with network coverage kicking in at 9 Pm ET.

“NBC Nightly News” and “Rock Center” anchor Brian Williams will anchor the show, joined by David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie, Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd and Kelly O’Donnell in the House chamber.

The network is planning full live coverage of the address and the Republican response, which will be delivered by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. After Rubio’s comments, Williams will interview Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA). There will also be active coverage on social media.

More information below.

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Bash, Raddatz, O’Donnell and Crawford Pose in Capitol Rotunda

As politicians set aside their differences today to celebrate President Obama’s second inauguration, reporters from competing networks are following suit. CNN’s Dana Bash tweeted this photo of her with CBS’ Jan Crawford, ABC’s Martha Raddatz and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell in the Capitol rotunda this morning:

Bash was reporting from the rotunda for this morning’s swearing-in ceremony and tweeted about many of the arrivals. “Things I never thought I’d say: John Mayer and Katy Perry just walked by us in the Capitol rotunda,” Bash wrote at one point.

Newsmaker Interviews, Before Inauguration Lunch

Like a red carpet at a Hollywood awards show, TV news correspondents are lined up at the entrance to Statuary Hall right now doing interviews ahead of the Inauguration lunch and, later, parade.

On ABC, Martha Raddatz interviewed outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta while just to her right, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell (who you can see in the bottom left of the ABC shot) interviewed former Pres. Jimmy Carter.

Last Night on Jeopardy!: Anderson Cooper Gets Animated, Wins For Charity

Last night was the final night of the “Jeopardy!” “Power Players” week, with journalists and Washington DC-types competing for their favorite charities. The final three players were CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, NBC White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell and New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman.

As usual, each player had one category that was a play on their name or profession. One category was “‘A.C.’” with each answer having one word starting with an “A” and a second word starting with a “C.” “Here’s to the Irish,” in honor of Ms. O’Donenll’s heritage, and “Cold, Hilly and Empty,” a play on Friedman’s last book Hot, Flat and Crowded.

Cooper showed the most personality, and was the strongest player. He cracked jokes and literally jumped in the air in mock joy after ending the first segment as the only player not in negatives.

Going into Final Jeopardy! Cooper had a substantial, but not insurmountable, lead. None of the players were able to get the question correct however (it was Eli Whitney), but smart wagering gave Cooper the win, and $50,000 for his charity.

TIME & People Throw WHCA Cocktail Party

The parties are underway in Washington D.C. ahead of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Last night at the St. Regis, TIME and People threw a cocktail party with drop-ins from a bunch of boldface tvnewsers all enjoying custom flavored custards by Shake Shack.

TIME‘s Managing Editor Rick Stengel (below with Savannah Guthrie) along with and DC bureau chief Michael Duffy, People‘s Managing Editor Larry Hackett, and DC correspondent Sandra Sobieraj Westfall hosted the party.

Spotted at the party: Gayle King (below with Andrea Mitchell), Chris Matthews, Julie Chen and hubby CBS CEO Les Moonves (right with Wolf Blitzer), Greta Van Susteren, Wolf Blitzer, , Thomas Roberts, Kelly O’Donnell, Ed Henry, Willie Geist, Dana Bash, Erica Hill, Chris Wallace, Tamron Hall, Norah O’Donnell, Alex Wagner, Donna Brazile; ABC News president Ben Sherwood, NBC News president Steve Capus, “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer and “Face the Nation” EP Mary Hager also CNN execs Mark Whitaker and Sam Feist.

(Photos: Getty Images)

TV News Well-Represented During Jeopardy! ‘Power Players Week’

Anchors, correspondents and contributors for TV news organizations make up most of the contestants for “Jeopardy!” “Power Players Week.” CNN, NBC News, Fox News and the BBC are all represented, with the contestants all playing for their favorite charities.

The players are:

From CNN: Anchor Anderson Cooper and correspondent Lizzie O’Leary.

From NBC News/MSNBC/CNBC: CNBC anchor David Faber, MSNBC host Chris Matthews, correspondent Kelly O’Donnell and anchor and correspondent Chuck Todd.

From Fox News: anchor Chris Wallace and contributor Dana Perino.

From the BBC: Katty Kay.

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Cable News Pivots from Chaos in Libya to Earthquake outside Washington, DC

A 5.9 earthquake struck between Mineral and Louisa, Virginia — 90 miles from Washington, DC — at 1:51pmET, but was felt up and down the east coast.

Much of the cable news coverage which had been focused on Libya, switched immediately to the earthquake. Our building is being evacuated … again (we’re on the 4th floor of a high rise in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan).

Back soon. 2:19pm

2:38pm And… we’re back.

2:20pmET: Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, who was anchoring her DC show when the quake struck: “This is a three-story building and our studio is on the third floor. Everybody came down very calmly down the steps, but clearly knocked off of the air from the rumbling sense first described by my colleagues, Pete Williams, and others. And you know the glass and metal desk in the studio, that desktop started to go up and down and seemed as though everything was moving a couple of inches up and down and the papers going every which way, and clearly, it took a while to register.”

2:26pm: Bret Baier outside the Fox News DC bureau on Capitol Hill: “We felt it for 25-30 seconds. The floor shaking beneath us. And then everyone — the alarm went off and everyone went down the stairs. There are hundreds of people out on the streets in D.C outside the Capitol, outside all of the buildings. All these folks waiting to see what they can do as far as getting back in. We have just been told by the building management that we can go in right now and get our things and then 30 minutes from now they are going to shut down this building for right now.”

2:17pm: Wolf Blitzer on CNN: “We felt it here. We’re up on Capitol Hill in our building at CNN in Washington, DC. I was on the eighth floor and all of a sudden it just started slowly, you felt the ground floor moving a little bit. The desks started to shake a little bit. But then you could really feel the pounding and there was a real jolt and I’m guessing it lasted for 20 or 30 seconds.”

2:02pm: CNN’s Barbara Starr at the Pentagon: “Just a few moments ago as the building began

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Networks to Carry Obama Statement on Debt Ceiling

At approximately 12:15 PM ET (Update: the address has been pushed back until after the Senate vote), President Obama will make a statement from the Rose Garden regarding the passage of the debt ceiling bill. The broadcast networks are planning special reports to cover the address.

Brian Williams will anchor for NBC from New York, with Kelly O’Donnell on Capitol Hill and Kristen Welker at the White House. ABC has George Stephanopoulos anchoring from New York, with Jake Tapper at the White House and Jonathan Karl on Capitol Hill. CBS has Scott Pelley anchoring the network special report from Washington.

Debt Deal Negotiations Keep Some Anchors Very Busy

The debt deal negotiations Sunday kept some anchors working all day (and night) long.

On ABC, George Stephanopoulos appeared on every ABC News program, co-anchoring “Good Morning America,” Sunday public affairs show “This Week,” and “ABC World News.” He would also anchor ABC’s special report that evening announcing that the deal was done.

On CNN, Ali Velshi appeared during the 2 PM, 3 PM, 8 PM and 9 PM hours, and was back on at 5 AM this morning to anchor “Wake Up Call,” according to TVEyes. Update: Don’t forget Wolf Blitzer, who has been on-air every day since last weekend, as well as Gloria Borger, who was all over the debt coverage over the weekend, and who got Sen. Mitch McConnell to acknowledge that they were “very close to a deal” on Sunday’s “State of the Union.”

Update: Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto had an exceptionally long day as well. After appearing on “Fox & Friends” in the 9 AM hour Sunday, Cavuto was also on during the 10 AM, 12 PM and 2 PM hours before anchoring his program at 4 PM. He would also appear on FNC at 6 and 7 PM, and was on “Fox & Friends” in the 8 AM hour this morning.

Update 2: From an NBC News spokeswoman:

Chuck Todd, Mike Viqueria, Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O’Donnell, and Luke Russert reported from dawn until way past dusk for both NBC and MSNBC. Between the five of them, they covered Today and Meet the Press, continuous live coverage on MSNBC dayside, through Nightly and its west coast updates. ┬áLuke has been on air past 11pm the past 7 nights, and of course Chuck and Andrea both anchor hours every weekday.”

Were any other anchors pulling an extra long shift yesterday? Let us know in the comments.

Sarah Palin Parties with the Main (or is it Lame?) stream Media

Seeming to put politics aside for a few hours — not one but two GOP governors stopped in to the MSNBC After Party last night at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — often the target of MSNBC’s opinionated hosts — and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (right, meeting NBC News correspondent Luke Russert for the first time). Palin, as we reported yesterday, was the guest of Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren.

As MSNBC host/mixologist Rachel Maddow made a drink for “Glee’s” Jane Lynch, MSNBC boss Phil Griffin, worked the room. It’s his after party afterall. And not missing an opportunity to synergize, Cee lo Green, of NBC’s “The Voice” was the entertainment.

In addition to Van Susteren, we spotted Bret Baier from Fox News chatting with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” show EP Jim Bell — who’d both just returned from London covering the Royal Wedding and sharing ratings info on his Blackberry. Looks like “Today” was #1 again on Royal Wedding day. (Final numbers later on TVNewser).

Eliot Spitzer in tow with CNN’s chief communicator Christa Robinson; Roland Martin, David Bohrman, and Sam Feist also of CNN and ABC’s Jim Sciutto.

We chatted up CNBC’s Rick Santelli, in from Chicago, Carl Quintanilla and Hampton Pearson. NBC’s Janet Shamlian, and Kelly O’Donnell and MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan and Contessa Brewer, now almost four months along. Ed Schultz was proud to tell us he’s overtaken Anderson Cooper in the ratings at 10pm, in just his third month on the air. “Big news,” says big Ed.

Meanwhile, over at the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair party, tipsters tell us Jake Tapper, Dave Price, John Dickerson, Chris Isham, Gayle King, and Seth Meyers [who'd poked fun at the thought that the Bloomberg party was a hot ticket], were still in full party mode at 2:15am. “The patio is still packed,” we were emailed. “They started serving breakfast snacks.”

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