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Perry Bacon Jr. Named NBC News Senior Political Reporter

Perry Bacon JrPerry Bacon Jr. has been named senior political reporter at NBC News. Bacon comes from NBC’s theGrio.com, where was the political editor and an MSNBC contributor. In his new role, he will continue to report on-air for MSNBC, as well as contributing to NBCNews.com.

In a note to the NBC News DC bureau this morning, bureau chief Ken Strickland and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd said Bacon will be “one of our leading voices covering the upcoming 2014 and 2016 campaigns and beyond.”

Before joining NBC, Bacon covered politics for TIME and The Washington Post. Read the full note from Strickland and Todd after the jump. Read more

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NBC News Toasts Cheryl Gould: ‘She Came to the Newsroom With a Fresh Perspective’

NUP_163612_0024.JPGCurrent and former NBC News talent, executives and producers gathered at 30 Rock last night to celebrate Cheryl Gould, who is retiring after 37 years at the network.

Gould was toasted by Tom Brokaw, former NBC News presidents Steve Capus and Bill Wheatley, and Andrea Mitchell, who called Gould a “pioneer” and “role model” for women in journalism. Among many other roles at NBC, Gould was the first female executive producer of “Nightly News.”

“She came to the newsroom with a fresh perspective — the idea that we can constantly raise the bar, that we’ve got to be reaching for the heights in terms of our obligation to our audience on a daily basis,” Brokaw said. “…She knew what she had to do was to change the DNA of news so that it had a wider lens attached to it.”

Also in attendance: Deborah Turness, Brian Williams, Matt Lauer, Bob Hager, Alexandra Wallace, David Corvo, Patrick Burkey, Don Nash, Ken Strickland, Liz Cole and Mark Whitaker, along with Gould’s fiancé and longtime partner, attorney Reid Weingarten.

The Ticker: Strickland, Tapper, Menendez

  • NBC News DC bureau chief Ken Strickland is the newest member of the Gridiron Club, the oldest journalistic organization in Washington, D.C. Strickland joined NBC in 1995 and was named vice president and DC bureau chief in 2012.

  • Jake Tapper‘s book, “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” is headed to the big screen. The Oscar-nominated screenwriters of “The Fighter” have acquired the rights to the CNN anchor’s book, our sister site FishbowlDC reports.

Lisa Myers Leaving NBC News

lisa myersAfter more than 30 years as a political and investigative correspondent, Lisa Myers is leaving NBC News.

“I have had more than 30 fascinating years at NBC News, learning from and working alongside the best of the best, including journalists who paved the way for many of us: Tom Brokaw and Tim Russert,” Myers said in a note to staffers sent by Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland this afternoon.

“I will greatly miss my many talented friends throughout the network, to whom I owe much, and who represent the best of journalism. I greatly appreciate the company granting my request to change gears and pursue new horizons.”

Strickland praised Myers’ “tenacity, integrity and commitment to journalism.” She joined NBC News in 1981 from The Washington Star, where she was the White House correspondent.

“I could tick off the numerous awards that Lisa has received over the years—and there are plenty— but perhaps more important than critical acclaim is the positive impact that her reporting has had on the lives of many,” Strickland wrote.

Strickland’s note is after the jump. Read more

Alex Wallace Adds Oversight of NBC’s Washington Bureau

WallaceNBC News president Deborah Turness is making more changes at the executive level. In the latest shakeup, Alex Wallace is adding oversight of the network’s Washington bureau and “Meet the Press.”

Under the new leadership structure, Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland and “Meet the Press” executive producer Rob Yarin will both report to Wallace. Wallace has also been formally named Turness’ deputy.

“This is a pivotal role as we focus our efforts on being number one on every platform and on transforming our premium TV brands into premium digital properties,” Turness wrote in a memo to NBC staffers. “Alex is uniquely placed to unlock the multi-platform future of ‘Nightly News,’ and to make ‘Meet the Press’ a 7 days-a-week source for politics and beltway buzz.”

Turness is on the lookout for a general manager at the SVP level for the “Today” show, a person who will be tasked with driving “greater cooperation between all parts of the brand.”

The executive changes come as part of Turness’ plan to “future-proof the entire organization,” which she called “a Herculean task for the leadership team.” Turness is also planning broader collaboration between the television and digital production teams. “Together, we will win on all platforms,” she writes.

The full memo from Turness, as well as a chart of the new NBC News leadership structure, is after the jump. Read more

Ken Strickland’s Year-End Note to the NBC News Washington Bureau

logo nbcnewsIn his year-end note to the NBC News Washington bureau, bureau chief Ken Strickland touted the D.C. staffers as a group that has “integrity, excellence, passion, and occasionally some fun.” He singled out Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell for their political reporting, Pete Williams for his reporting on the Boston Marathon bombings and “Meet the Press” for its “memorable, newsmaking interviews.”

“When Deborah Turness first visited earlier this fall, she made a point to say how impressed she was with our operation and what a critical role we play in the news division’s overall success,” Strickland writes. “As Deborah continues to work with each of the shows to define their mission, she’s also excited to work with us to identify new opportunities and achieve new goals.”

The full note is after the jump. Read more

Ken Strickland, Robin Roberts Named to Annual ‘TheGrio’s 100′ List

In honor of Black History Month, NBC’s theGrio.com has announced its annual “theGrio 100″ list of “African-American history makers and industry leaders who are making a difference in the lives of all Americans.”

Media personalities on this year’s list include NBC News Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland, ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts, “Live! With Kelly and Michael” co-host Michael Strahan and daytime talk show host Wendy Williams.

See the full list after the jump. Read more

NBC News Shakes Up Management Team, New EP at ‘Rock Center’

NBC News has shaken up its leadership team, promoting DC bureau chief Antoine Sanfuentes (left) to senior VP of NBC News, promoting David Verdi to senior VP of newsgathering, upping Ken Strickland to DC bureau chief and naming Alex Wallace (center) EP of “Rock Center.” For Wallace, it’s a return to overseeing a Brian Williams broadcast. Wallace was EP of “Nightly News” in 2007-2008.

Rome Hartman, (right) the former longtime CBS News producer who launched “Rock Center” as EP, will be shifting to the specials unit with a focus on election coverage.

Announcing the changes, NBC News president Steve Capus highlighted that the new executive ranks all came from inside NBC.

As you read the list of promotions and changes spelled out in this note, please keep in mind I’ve decided to stay inside our talent-rich organization for each of these moves – a real testament to the contributions of these individuals and the bench strength of NBC News.

Sanfuentes, who joined NBC News as a desk assistant in 1990, rose through the producer and executive ranks and was named DC bureau chief in January 2011. In his new role he will be Capus’ chief deputy at NBC News in New York. Wallace, who had been Capus #2, will remain a senior VP and will add oversight of “Rock Center” as well as “Ann Curry’s production unit and our health initiative.”

Verdi, a longtime NBC Newser, who had been VP of newsgathering, is now a senior VP, adding oversight of news affiliate partnerships and the NBC News Channel.

Joining Strickland in DC will be Meaghan Rady, once a producer for Tom Brokaw, who rose through the ranks and will now be deputy bureau chief.

“I’m grateful to Rome for his leadership, signified by Rock Center’s first Emmy last week for Bob Costas’ breakthrough interview with Jerry Sandusky,” Capus writes in his note, which you can read in full after the jump.

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Ken Strickland upped to Deputy Bureau Chief at NBC News Washington

Ken Strickland, a veteran of NBC News’ Washington bureau, was named deputy bureau chief today by Antoine Sanfuentes, bureau chief in D.C.

Strickland joined NBC in 1995 as an associate producer for “Dateline NBC.” He was named White House producer in 1997 and later was NBC’s producer on Capitol Hill. Before joining NBC, Strickland worked for WKRN in Nashville, WVTM in Birmingham, and at CNN in Atlanta.

Strickland takes over for Sanfuentes who was promoted to bureau chief in January after Mark Whitaker left for CNN.

Internal memo from Sanfuentes after the jump.

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