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One Student, Shooter Dead in Oregon High School Shooting

Oregon shootingA shooting at Oregon’s Reynolds High School has left two dead, including the shooter.

MSNBC’s Kristen Welker first reported the news at 11:51amET, dipping into local affiliate KGW’s coverage. Fox News’ Jenna Lee reported the news at 11:55amET, airing footage from KPTV.

CNN first reported on the shooting at 11:56amET, dipping into affiliate KPTV.

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Jay Carney Resigns; Josh Earnest Named White House Press Secretary

Carney resignationShortly before 2pmET, President Obama appeared in the White House briefing room for the second time today to announce Jay Carney is resigning as White House Press Secretary. He will be succeeded by Josh Earnest, currently the deputy press secretary.

Obama said he will continue to rely on Carney, who is married to ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman, as a “friend and advisor.”

“Jay has become one of my closest friends and is a great Press Secretary and a great advisor,” Obama said. “He’s got good judgment, he has a good temperament and he’s got a good heart. And I’m going to miss him a lot.”

The White House press corps applauded as Obama officially “passed the flak jacket” to Earnest, saying “his name describes his demeanor … you can’t find just a nicer individual, even outside of Washington.”

The cable news networks all took the announcement live. “I’m literally picking my jaw up off of the ground,” NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker said on MSNBC. “I was not expecting that. The rest of the press corps, to my knowledge, didn’t get a heads up about this. It really was a surprise announcement. That is rare at this White House, for the press corps to be surprised.”

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Chris Jansing Named Senior White House Correspondent for NBC News

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NBC News President Deborah Turness has named Chris Jansing as the new Senior White House Correspondent and Peter Alexander as National Correspondent.

Jansing has been with NBC since joining as an MSNBC anchor in 1998. For the last several years she has split her time between anchoring a morning show on MSNBC, and reporting for “NBC Nightly News,” covering domestic news, foreign Olympics, and, most recently, the elevation to Sainthood of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

From the White House, Jansing will report primarily for “Nightly News,” providing day-to-day coverage of the Obama administration and White House politics. Alexander will continue to report on the White House as well as national affairs beyond Washington DC. Kristen Welker also continues as White House correspondent.

“Chris will bring her editorial tenacity and passion for the story to this new role,” said Turness. “Her wealth of experience and her ability to connect the political story to the American people make her a valued addition to our White House team.”

“Chris Jansing has played an invaluable role at MSNBC for the better part of the past 15 years,” writes MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a note to staff. “She’s one of the hardest working journalists in the business and has always been there for us – no matter what time of day or night, or how big the story. Our heartfelt congratulations to Chris on this exciting new role. We look forward to seeing her reporting from Washington on MSNBC. We’ll have more to say about Chris’ replacement at 10 am in the coming weeks.”

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Debut Ratings For Bartiromo, Farrow, and Reid

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MSNBC’s two new shows didn’t provide the spike in viewers MSNBC president Phil Griffin was hoping for.

Ronan Farrow Daily” at 1pmET drew 216,000 total viewers and 46,000 A25-54 demo viewers, shedding 7,000 total viewers and 25,000 demo viewers from lead-in “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” which had NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker filling in. Compared to the same Monday last year, when Michell’s show aired at 1pm, Farrow was down -34% in viewers and down -40% in the demo.

At 2pmET, “The Reid Report” with Joy Reid built on Farrow’s hour, averaging 262,000 total viewers, but shedding demo viewers averaging 38,000, making it the least-watched show of the day on MSNBC. Compared to the same day last year, when Tamron Hall‘s show aired, Reid was down -18% in viewers and down -63% in the demo.

Over on Fox Business Network, the debut of “Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo” averaged 75,000 total viewers and 14,000 in the demo from 9am-11amET. Bartiromo’s first hour drew 97,000 total viewers, losing 48,000 total viewers from lead-in “Imus in the Morning’s” 8am hour, but added 2,000 demo viewers. On CNBC, where Bartiromo spent 20 years, “Squawk on the Street” from 9-11am averaged 174,000 total viewers and  29,000 A25-54 viewers.

At his new 11am-1pmET time slot, Stuart Varney‘s “Varney & Co.” averaged 117,000 total viewers and 29,000 demo viewers, falling short of “Squawk on the Street” by 13,000 total viewers but edging them by 6,000 demo viewers.

Ronan Farrow, Joy Reid Join the MSNBC Lineup

ReidSmokey“I grew up watching the greats of TV news…Murrow, Cronkite, Colbert,” 26-year-old Ronan Farrow said at the top of his first “Ronan Farrow Daily,” one of two new shows on MSNBC today.

An opening segment on the turmoil in Ukraine was fronted by NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel. Former Defense Secretary Bill Cohen and former Obama senior adviser and current MSNBC contributor David Axelrod were his first guests. Farrow openly embraced being a cable news novice: “What’s going on here, which camera do I look at? Who knows!”

Following Farrow at 2pmET was Joy Reid, host of “The Reid Report.” Reid began with domestic politics and the annual National Governors Association conference in D.C., inviting former Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former Republican Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as her first guests. Last month, Reid told us she was looking forward to bringing on GOP voices. She also interviewed Smokey Robinson later on the show. “Congratulations on your show. I’m really happy to be on the first one,” said Robinson.

Missing from the new afternoon lineup was Andrea Mitchell, whose show moved to NoonET. MSNBC tells us Mitchell had a commitment scheduled long before news of the time slot change and will be back tomorrow. Mitchell told told TVNewser last week the move an hour earlier will give her more time to focus on NBC News reporting.

Glenn Greenwald: Defending Snowden Same As MSNBC’s Defense of Pres. Obama

GreenwaldAppearing on MSNBC, former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald compared his defense of NSA leaker Edward Snowden to MSNBC “promoting” President Obama’s agenda “24 hours a day.”

“That’s ludicrous,” Greenwald said. “Where on MSNBC now were close to 24 hours a day, the agenda of President Obama and the Democratic Party are promoted, defended, glorified…the agenda of the Republican Party is undermined.”

“The point is not so much about MSNBC and what happens here,” host Kristen Welker responded, asking Greenwald if he crosses the line by defending Snowden. Read more

NBC’s Mike Viqueira Returning To Capitol Hill

NBC White House producer/correspondent Mike Viqueira is returning to Capitol Hill. He will still be covering politics on The Hill (and occasionally at the White House), but will also contribute to general assignment coverage. With Chuck Todd and Kristen Welker not going anywhere, and Peter Alexander joining the White House team, the beat became a bit crowded.

Viqueira had been covering politics the Obama administration for nearly four years, and before that was a Congressional producer.

 

Peter Alexander Named White House Correspondent for NBC

NBC News is adding to its on-air staff at the White House.

Peter Alexander, who had covered the Romney campaign, has been named White House Correspondent, joining Chuck Todd and Kristen Welker on the beat. Todd continues as NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent, as well as anchor of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.”

Alexander joined NBC News in 2004. Before NBC, Alexander worked at KCPQ-TV in Seattle,  KHQ-TV in Spokane and WKYT-TV in Lexington, KY.

Alexander is married to Alison Starling an anchor at WJLA-TV in Washington, DC.

NBC News Election Night Plans

“NBC Nightly News” anchor and managing editor Brian Williams heads up NBC’s coverage from Rockefeller Plaza — dubbed Democracy Plaza from now through election day. David Gregory and Savannah Guthrie will join Williams at the anchor desk. Tom Brokaw looks at historical trends, Chuck Todd reports electoral storylines via a studio equipped with  augmented reality, Pete Williams reports on voter irregularities, Andrea Mitchell follows key congressional races, and Lester Holt follows governor’s races and down-ballot issues. Tamron Hall is on exit poll duty for both NBC and MSNBC. Kristen Welker will report from Obama headquarters in Chicago while Peter Alexander will report from Romney headquarters in Boston.

There’ll be coverage on NBC sites theGrio.com, NBCLatino.com and if you have Xbox, you’re in luck, you can watch NBC’s coverage there too.

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Kristen Welker Named NBC White House Correspondent; Network Sets 2012 Politics Coverage

After several months of covering the beat, this morning NBC News has named Kristen Welker White House correspondent. The announcement comes as NBC announces their plans for covering the 2012 primaries and general election including the relaunch of NBCPolitics.com.

Welker, who joined NBC News in August 2010, was based in the Los Angeles bureau and began covering the White House when Savannah Guthrie left DC to join the “Today” show in New York.

“Today” show correspondent Peter Alexander will lead the network’s coverage of the Republican presidential race along with Ron Mott, following GOP candidates and the eventual nominee.

Chuck Todd, will continue to anchor his daily MSNBC show as well as his roles as NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent. He’ll oversee all aspects of the network’s political coverage.

NBC announced yesterday it had hired Perry Bacon as Political Editor of  TheGrio.com. He’ll write and help develop the African-American news site’s political coverage as well as be an on-air contributor to MSNBC.

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