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Posts Tagged ‘Kerry Sanders’

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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Judge says media coverage of Anthony trial will ‘maybe even dwarf the coverage that was given to OJ Simpson’

NBC’s Kerry Sanders, who has covered the Casey Anthony case since Caylee Anthony first went missing, reported on the media coverage of the trial for “Today.”

As we’ve been reporting the trial has been a spectacle not seen in many years. In fact the judge in the case has said Anthony’s trial might “even dwarf” the coverage of the so-called “trail of the century,” the first OJ Simpson trial — in the last century. The biggest ratings beneficiary is HLN which continues to see stellar daytime ratings, and for Nancy Grace‘s (the second-most watched show in younger viewers Tuesday night) and other shows in primetime.

The biggest change since O.J.? The media has gotten social. Here’s Sanders’s piece from this morning:

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Casey Anthony trial tests boundaries of court TV

NBC's Kerry Sanders covers the Casey Anthony trial from Orlando.

Part 1 of 2: In the pre-dawn hours this week and last, hundreds of people have gotten in line at the Orange County Courthouse, hoping to get one of 50 front-row seats to the trial of Casey Anthony. Millions more at home have been glued to their TV sets watching gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial of a mother accused of killing her daughter, three years after the crime.

It’s the kind of court TV that hasn’t been seen since the days of, well, CourtTV.

“Short of O.J. Simpson, I have not come across a case with the level of mystery, intrigue and outrage that Ms. Anthony’s story offers,” says Ashleigh Banfield, a veteran of CourtTV and NBC News, who is covering the trial for ABC News.

NBC’s Miami-based correspondent Kerry Sanders has been covering this story since day one, reporting on Caylee Anthony‘s disappearance for the “Today” show from her bedroom in June 2008. “In 30-years, I’ve covered my share of trials from ‘the outlaws’ motor cycle gang, to political corruption, to pedophile murderers. This is by far the story with the most viewer attention ever,” Sanders tells TVNewser.

While gavel-to-gavel coverage has been a staple on TruTV’s “In Session” and on HLN, Orlando stations have also been carrying live trial coverage, pre-empting soap operas and talk shows.

Bob Jordan, news director of ABC affiliate WFTV, tells TVNewser more people watched the trial on his station as well as on Fox O&O WOFL and cable station CFN13 combined, than watched the Miami Heat – Dallas Mavericks NBA playoff game in prime time last night.

WFTV’s afternoon trial coverage is attracting more viewers than ABC’s soap operas and has “greatly exceeded” re-runs of “The Oprah Winfrey” show at 4pm, Jordan says.

And the interest goes beyond TV.

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‘Today’ responds to critics of car surfing story

The “Today” show is responding to a handful of critics in Florida who believe a recent segment “unfairly labeled” their city.

Last Tuesday, NBC’s Kerry Sanders reported live while driving through a parking lot in Wellington, Fla. on the rise in car surfing incidents across the country. His story included several video clips from YouTube and reported on two recent deaths in De Bary, FL, north of Orlando. But some in Wellington wonder why their city was included in his story, which appeared simply to be a backdrop for his live shot.

The village manager, Paul Schofield, “wants a clarification from the Today show,” writes The Palm Beach Post‘s Frank Cerabino. The Broward-Palm Beach New Times reports, “The City of Wellington wants a correction from Matt Lauer,” who introduced the segment. And councilwoman Anne Gerwig brought it up at last week’s council meeting: “The implication is clear from watching it. It’s implying that it’s here, and it’s not.”

A “Today” spokesperson tells TVNewser, “The goal of the piece was to raise awareness about the serious dangers of car surfing. The was no inaccurate reporting in this story, and we stand by it 100 percent.”

Video of the “Today” segment is after the jump…

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News Networks Begin Wall-to-Wall Coverage of Mine Rescue Operation

At 10:18pmET tonight, Manuel Gonzales, the first of several rescuers began to descend into a mine shaft to begin the process of retrieving 33 miners who’ve been trapped deep under the Chilean desert for 69 days. 18 Minutes later, at 10:36, Gonzales had arrived 2,040 feet below the desert. And all of it was captured live on television — both on the surface and down below — and is being broadcast around the world.

The coverage on U.S. channels had begun hours earlier, and will continue overnight and into tomorrow.

“The O’Reilly Factor,” the highest-rated show on cable news, ran in its entirety at 8pm with the action from the mine site running in a split screen at times. “Hannity” at 9pm included more rescue coverage with Shepard Smith contributing from New York and correspondents Steve Harrigan and Adam Housley in Chile. “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” devoted the entire show to the rescue.

MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” at 8pm ran a regularly scheduled show including a live report from NBC’s Kerry Sanders from the mine site. Rachel Maddow at 9pm ramped up coverage including a Q&A with Natalie Morales also on site at the mine. By 10pm, Lawerence O’Donnell was anchoring continuing coverage as the first miner, Florencio Avalos entered the capsule at 10:55pm for his ascent to the surface. O’Donnell: “We haven’t had cameras in a position like this before in a crisis like this. To be able to deliver this imagery. This is awe inspiring at every level.”

CNN preempted “Parker-Spitzer” at 8pm in lieu of live coverage of the preparations anchored by Anderson Cooper, with Larry King picking up at 9pm and Cooper returning at 10pm. In the minutes leading up to Avalos’ return to the surface, correspondent Gary Tuchman, who arrived on site Monday, called it “the ultimate live shot.” Tuchman admitted that although he and his media colleagues are a stone’s throw from the mine shaft, TV viewers have a much better perspective with the multiple cameras used in the operation.

>> Update: 11:11pmET: The first miner, Florencio Avalos, emerged from the capsule, safe.

>> More: ABC’s “Nightline” will be a special hour long broadcast tonight with Bill Weir anchoring live from San Jose, Chile.

TV News Crews in Place for Chile Mine Rescue

TV News correspondents are descending on Chile’s Atacama desert as the rescue of 33 miners trapped since August 5 is now just days away.

“Today” show national correspondent Natalie Morales left New York for Chile on Friday and began reporting today for NBC News and The Weather Channel. NBC News Miami-based correspondent Kerry Sanders, (with Morales, right) who has been in Chile since Sept. 28, has been reporting for several NBCU channels, including MSNBC and CNBC.

ABC’s Jeffrey Kofman who was one of the first American news correspondents on the scene in August, remains on site. John Quinones is also there working on a report for “20/20″ to air this Friday and Diana Alvear is reporting for NewsOne and ABC News Radio.

For CBS News, Seth Doane is in place. Fox News Channel’s Steve Harrigan has been in-country since last Tuesday reporting for the cable news channel and CNN has a team of 14 people on the ground including Karl Penhaul who’s been on the ground since August 23 for both CNN/U.S. and CNNI. All-platform journalist Patrick Oppmann is also reporting for the network and Gary Tuchman will be on air soon as he just arrived this morning.

BBC World News America’s Matt Frei will anchor tonight’s show from the scene in Copiago and will remain until the miners are freed.



TV News crews in position near the mine site in Chile’s Atacama Desert where rescuers finished drilling 566 meters underground Sunday in an effort to free 33 trapped miners.

ABC News Not Flying Florida Pastor to New York

Instead of burning Korans in a field near his Gainesville, FL church, Pastor Terry Jones is planning to be in New York tomorrow. He believes he has a meeting with the Imam heading up the lower Manhattan mosque project.

On MSNBC this morning, NBC News correspondent Kerry Sanders reported from outside the Gainesville church that ABC News was preparing to fly Pastor Jones to New York.

“It appears based on what he just told us,” said Sanders, “that ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ has arranged to fly him to New York and he will be flying with a team of producers and camera crews to New York…”

TVNewser reached out to ABC News. Spokesperson Jeffrey Schneider tells us that an offer was made to the Pastor by an ABC News staffer in Gainesville, but network higher-ups decided against paying for Jones’ flight to New York.

It is not uncommon for news networks to pay for flights or hotels or even cash (via the licensing of photos or videos) for interview subjects with the hope of securing an exclusive in return. But in the case of Pastor Jones, ABC News decided against it.

Jones appeared on all three network newscasts this morning.

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Earlier:

Church’s Planned Koran Burning is Hot Topic on TV News
How Will Nets Cover Koran Burning?
Pastor Cancels Koran Burning

Kerry Sanders Reports Back from the North Atlantic

sanders_8-30.jpgNBC Miami-based correspondent Kerry Sanders was dispatched last week to a boat in the North Atlantic Ocean where scientists are scanning the entire Titanic debris field in high definition with 3D cameras.

“The Titanic is a captivating story,” Sanders tells TVNewser via email from aboard his ship. “It’s clear the tragedy is something people are drawn to. I’m enjoying the geeky aspect of this 3D HD technology too.”

For the story, Sanders has done over 48 live shots for NBC and MSNBC as well as The Weather Channel and Telemundo with few glitches. While just a few years ago that would have been a difficult proposition, technology has caught up. “I used to dream of reporting live from obscure places and now it almost seems routine,” he said. “We have an engineer here who spent 3 days wiring the ship to feed a live signal and set up a wireless system so the camera can wander to any spot on the ship (inside and out).”

With storms brewing in the tropics, we wondered if there was any concern about hurricanes swinging their direction. “We have our eyes on the 3D imaging heading down to titanic as well as on the weather radar loop,” he told us. “I’ve covered just about every hurricane since 1982… but never one at sea. Our captain was at sea during the perfect storm. He promises me we will not be in the path of those approaching storms.”

We had just one more question:

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Kerry Sanders Okay After Crash, But His Brand-New Car May Not Make It

KSanders Car.jpgNBC News correspondent Kerry Sanders is sore but alright after a car accident yesterday afternoon, he tells TVNewser.

“I’m happy — I walked away,” says Sanders. “It could have been a lot worse.”

Sanders was less than half a mile from his Ft. Lauderdale home — on his way to a story in Orlando — when the accident occurred at a three-way stop. He says the driver of a van blew a stop sign and smashed into his six-day-old Volkswagen, causing the air bag to deploy.

“The airbag did what it was supposed to do,” says Sanders, who had carefully researched the car’s safety features before he bought it. “I had read it was very good on the safety front. Well, I hate to say that I tested it out in the first 350 miles, but it’s true, it was very safe.”

It’s not clear yet if the car will be declared a total loss.

“I’m so disappointed my brand new car, with only 315 miles on it — I hadn’t even put a tank of fuel in it yet — is now in the shop and I have no idea what’s going to happen to it.”

Bottom line, though, Sanders feels fortunate. “I will choose to look at it as I’m very lucky to have walked away.”

(photo courtesy of Kerry Sanders)

NBC News’ Capus Visits Gulf Crew

NBC News president Steve Capus traveled down to the Gulf Coast earlier this week to visit the NBC talent and crew that have been reporting on the BP oil spill. We hear Capus was with the “Nightly” news team on Sunday afternoon in Venice, LA and then stopped by NBC affiliate WDSU and the NBC New Orleans bureau on Monday.

Here’s a photo of Capus, next to correspondent Anne Thompson, along with the NBC News crew including correspondent Kerry Sanders and Brian Williams who is anchoring from Pensacola, FL tonight.

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