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CNN Digital Names Peter Hamby National Political Reporter

CNN Digital has named Peter Hamby national political reporter, making him the second digital-first correspondent for the company. Kelly Wallace was the first digital correspondent, reporting on family and career issues. She joined CNN from iVillage in June.

Hamby will cover politics, policy and campaigns across the country, from national elections to state and local affairs. His reporting will appear across CNN Digital and on CNN TV.

“Peter is a scrappy and well-sourced reporter and a swift writer with a big social fan base,” said Meredith Artley, managing editor of CNN Digital in a statement. “That combined with his on-air experience and knack for breaking big news stories make him the perfect person to give this classic CNN beat a new spin.”

Hamby was also recently a fellow for Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. His report from that fellowship, about social media and campaign reporters, was shared widely in TV newsrooms over Labor Day weekend. You can read it here.

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Jeff Zucker: CNN To Be ‘Digital First’ Going Forward

CNN president Jeff Zucker spoke at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference today.

A good chunk of the conversation (you can see the entire transcript here) was about topics we have covered, but Zucker did reveal that he believes CNN’s future is digital, not analog.

To that end, Zucker says they expect to add a number of “digital correspondents” in the coming months. Kelly Wallace was just the first of many.

You know, if you go back to the Boston bombings, more people learned about what happened in Boston from CNN than any other source in the world.  And that’s because they watched it on CNN.  They watched it on CNN International around the world, and they accessed it through CNN.com or CNN Mobile or any of our digital assets.

And I think that really is the future of CNN is we’re not going to care what screen you’re watching CNN on, as long as there’s a CNN red logo on whatever asset you’re accessing.  And to us, mobile is probably the most important part of our future, but digital as a whole is where we’re concentrating everything.

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The PM Ticker: All Star Game, Kelly Wallace, ’48 Hours’

Kelly Wallace Returns to CNN

Kelly Wallace is departing iVillage to re-join CNN — her third stint at the network. Wallace, who got her start as a producer at CNN in 1990 was a correspondent for the NBC News’ women’s issues site iVillage.com. Wallace will be a Digital Correspondent and Editor-at-Large for CNN Digital, focusing on family, career and life.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kelly back to CNN,” said CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker. “But this time she comes as a true multi-platform journalist, hired first and foremost to report for our strong digital assets. This move underscores our commitment to this space as clearly as ever.”

Wallace, a mother of two, is married to MSNBC executive producer Matt Saal. After her first run at CNN from 1990-1995, Wallace moved to on air reporting job at KRQE, the CBS affiliate in Albuquerque followed by a 10-month stint at the State Department for Fox News in 1999 before returning to CNN as a White House correspondent. She left CNN for CBS News in 2007 and joined iVillage three years later.

Wallace begins next month at CNN.

Full release after the jump…

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Mika Brzezinski Reveals Food Obsession, Gives Away Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you watch “Morning Joe” you may already know this, but Mika Brzezinski is obsessed. Now she’s written a book — her third — about one particular obsession: America’s food addiction, and her own.

Brzezinski was feted at a book launch event last evening overlooking Central Park, where her morning partner Joe Scarborough described the root of Mika’s obsession: “If you know the Brzezinski family, you know why she has the issues she has,” Scarborough joked. “They are crazy, brilliant, and always striving for perfection.”

In “Obsessed” Brzezinski describes her history of food obsession, distorted body image and her struggle to be thin. It is dedicated to her two teenage daughters, Emilie and Carlie. “Girls, this book is for you,” Brzezinski said in her remarks as she asked them to “get off Snapchat and come forward.”

“I don’t want it to take 30 years for you to realize what it has taken me to realize.”

In the crowed, we spotted NBC’s Willie Geist, iVillage’s Kelly Wallace, CBS’s Leslie Stahl, MSNBC President Phil Griffin and CBS News chairman Jeff Fager. The “Morning Joe” crew was there including EP Alex Korson and former EP, now CBS News VP of programming Chris Licht. Also, Donny Deutsch, Joy Behar, Tina Brown and Sir Harold Evans.

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Kelly Wallace Leaves CBS News, Heads to NBC’s iVillage

kelly_wallace_7-19.jpgCBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace has left that network for a new gig as chief correspondent at the website iVillage, which is self-described as “the first and most established media company dedicated exclusively to connecting women at every stage of their lives.”

Wallace had been with CBS since the start of 2007, when she signed-on after thirteen years at CNN.

iVillage is owned by NBCU, which means she’ll now be working under the same umbrella as her husband, Matt Saal, who’s EP of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

While Wallace will host and produce web-shows and act as the site’s spokesperson, NYTimes’ Media Decoder writes about how the job also comes with responsibilities in the ad sales dept of NBC.

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Updates from Inside Halderman Hearing

CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace tweets: “In courtroom for Halderman hearing. Halderman didn’t comment as he entered. A reporter shouted how does it feel to be on other side of mic?” Maybe we’ll be seeing a report about CBS News producer Joe Halderman on the “CBS Evening News” tonight.

We’re posting Wallace’s tweets after the jump.

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With Layoffs Abound, CBS Finds Time to Celebrate

cbs.jpgTVNewser attended one of the few holiday parties still on the calendar. Producers, anchors and executives from CBS News and CBS Radio, and those of us who cover them, packed the 35th floor of CBS’s Black Rock headquarters last night.

We talked with The Early Show’s Julie Chen as she arrived, before telling us, “Okay, I’ve gotta go say hi to my husband.” Her husband, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves was a few feet away chatting with CBS PR honcho Gil Schwartz.

The rest of The Early Show team was in attendance too — Maggie Rodriguez, Harry Smith and Dave Price and Saturday anchors Erica Hill and Chris Wragge. Hill told us she is excited about her new CBS gig, while still contributing to CNN’s AC360. Wragge’s WCBS anchors were also there — Kristine Johnson, formerly an MSNBC anchor and weather guy Lonnie Quinn.

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arrived after the Evening News. “How are things in TVNewser-land?” she asked us. “Great,” we said. We congratulated her on her ratings last week. “Oh, I don’t pay attention to those things,” she said motioning to CBS News president Sean McManus and Moonves who were a few feet away. Couric said, “As long as they’re telling us we’re doing okay.”

We chatted up CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace, whose husband Matt Saal works across the street, almost literally, on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.

Charles Osgood, Morley Safer, Steve Kroft, and Troy Roberts, worked the crowd. And 48 Hours EP Susan Zirinsky told us, despite the media gloom and doom, she’s actually hiring for upcoming prime time projects.

And along with the holiday cheer, there was a lot of layoff talk, including someone who covers the industry…

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Networks Cover as House Passes Bailout

Well, second time’s a charm. The House passed the bailout bill this afternoon which was approved earlier this week by the Senate. All the networks (and cablers) took the vote live as it was ending around 1:24pmET. Charles Gibson anchored on ABC, Kelly Wallace on CBS and Brian Williams on NBC. When President Bush took to the podium just after 2pmET, only ABC cut in for a special report:

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John McCain Picks Gov. Sarah Palin for VP. Fox News First With The News

PalinFNC_8.29.jpgIn an incredibly well-kept secret only confirmed by the U.S. media less than 90 minutes before the official announcement, John McCain has chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Fox News was first with the news at 10:35:07amET, CNN was next at 10:36:14 and MSNBC followed at 10:37:40. FNC’s Carl Cameron reporting, “We have got it. A senior McCain campaign official has given official confirmation to Fox News.” The FNC confirmation followed reporting from sources “backstage” telling a Fox News producer that Palin was the pick.

CBS’ Kelly Wallace anchored a special report for the network at 10:39; ABC’s special report went up a few seconds later with Charlie Gibson anchoring, and the Today show’s Matt Lauer anchored an NBC News special report that began at 10:40.

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