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Kyra Phillips Couldn’t Sleep Before Her New Show’s Launch

Kyra Phillips has spent 15 years at CNN and HLN, anchoring from Atlanta and reporting from around the world. Still, she says she was “very, very nervous” before today’s launch of her new show “Raising America,” so much so that she couldn’t sleep last night. Phillips says the unique format and spontaneity caused her anxiety. “I didn’t want to fail any of you, I didn’t want to fail anybody here, I didn’t want to fail my team,” she says in a post-show video.

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‘Raising America with Kyra Phillips’ to Bow on HLN

“Raising America” a new daytime show hosted by Kyra Phillips will debut February 4 at NoonET on HLN, TVNewser has learned.

Phillips, a 13-year CNN veteran joined HLN last summer. Phillips field anchored HLN’s RNC and DNC coverage, got the first interview with David Petraeus following his CIA resignation all while developing the show. The mother of twins with Fox News senior national correspondent John Roberts, Phillips told us at the DNC the new show will be “news through the parent’s perspective.”

“I have spent my whole career covering wars, going to the South Pole, doing investigative pieces, doing high-profile interviews with world leaders,” Phillips said. “Now I am a mom, I am a mom in my mid-40s, and my husband, and my kids and my family are so important to me. I am taking the two things that I love, my journalism background, combined with being a mom, and I am going to fold that into the new show.”

HLN is increasingly using the theme of America in its shows. ”Making it in America” airs daily at 4pmET while Ty Pennington will host the monthly “American Journey” on the network.

General Petraeus Talks About Affair To HLN

Former CIA Director General David Petraeus has not given any interviews since resigning last week, but that isn’t to say he hasn’t been talking. Petraeus apparently has had multiple conversations with HLN anchor Kyra Phillips since resigning.

Phillips appeared on “Morning Express” this morning and told Robin Meade about those conversations. (Phillips’ HLN show debuts in the new year). Petraeus told Phillips that he never divulged classified information to anyone, and that his resignation had nothing to do with the incident in Benghazi.

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John Roberts’ Other Job at the RNC: Fixing Kyra Phillips’ Hair

HLN anchor Kyra Phillips calls this her first political convention “on the inside.”

“Being on the floor, interacting with the delegates — I’ve covered conventions before as an anchor, as a correspondent, with regard to policy and the speeches and the politicians, but this is my first time actually at the convention, on the floor, talking to the people and getting all the personal stories,” Phillips told TVNewser this afternoon. “This is a totally different ballgame. Way more fun, way more interesting.”

Phillips does one live shot an hour from HLN’s stand-up location, which is just behind the Texas delegation on the convention floor. To keep things fresh, her hits are a combination of pre-planned segments and things she grabs on the fly, like the interview she did in the NoonET hour with the Oak Ridge Boys (pictured), who will perform tonight.

“I am staying away from policy and politicians and focusing on people and how they are engaged in the process,” she said. “For me, I love conversation. I love learning about people. Characters fascinate me. It feels like it’s not even working, it’s not even a job.”

And there is a special part of this convention for Phillips: her husband, Fox News Channel senior national correspondent John Roberts, has a stand-up location just a few yards away.

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Kyra Phillips On Covering The Conventions And Her HLN Show: ‘News through the parent’s perspective’

Newly minted HLN anchor Kyra Phillips is nervous.

“I will be honest with you, I’m nervous,” she told me yesterday. “I’ve been at CNN for 14 years, and now I am coming over to HLN, and they have made me the point person for the conventions… I am unbelievably honored, and humbed and nervous!”

Phillips is no cable news rookie, but she says she still feels the pressure at her new home.

“I feel like I am back in college where I am studying every night. I don’t want to fail my bosses, I don’t want to fail my coworkers I don’t want to fail my viewers, I really want to do a great job, and I want to focus on what our viewers really want,” she says.

She is starting things off with a bang, as the point person for HLN’s RNC and DNC coverage. As we have noted, HLN is taking a decidedly different tack in covering the conventions, focusing on the people behind the politics.

“I am excited about the fact that we are going to be talking about the delegates, we are going to be talking about the voters, we are going to be talking about the personal stories of the people that are there, instead of the politicians, and the speeches, and what’s happening at the podium,” Phillips says.

She is also preparing for life after the conventions, when her daily program will really be able to find its voice. Just as Nancy Grace, Jane Velez Mitchell and Dr. Drew all have distinct takes on the news, Phillips says she has her take ready as well.

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Kyra Phillips Leading HLN’s Political Convention Coverage

As we reported last November, HLN is going to be dedicating plenty of time to the 2012 election… albeit with a decidedly different tack than its sister network CNN. Rather than focus on the politicians during the RNC and DNC, HLN will set its sights on the voters and delegates.

Recent CNN transplant Kyra Phillips will lead HLN’s political convention coverage, anchoring reports during “Morning Express” and “Evening Express,” and throughout the day.

HLN is also partnering with CafeMom for “Moms Matter 2012,” which will feature Phillips, a mother of twins (dad is Fox News’s John Roberts), and a panel of moms talking about issues important to them at each convention.

More information on HLN’s convention plans, after the jump.

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Kyra Phillips Signs off CNN

Kyra Phillips, who will be moving a few floors away at CNN Center hosting a new show for HLN, anchored her final show for CNN today. Phillips didn’t get to say much of a goodbye, as the 11am hour ended with live events from Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Phillips will be covering the political conventions later this month before her HLN show debuts in September.

Phillips joined CNN in October, 1999 after reporting and anchoring stints at KCBS in Los Angeles, WDSU in New Orleans, and WLUK in Green Bay.

Ashleigh Banfield will be taking over the 11amET timeslot on CNN.

Colorado Shooting: Saturday Update

The network primetime shows went off seemingly without a hitch last night, while the cablers went live well past when they normally switch into taped programming.

This morning, the overage continued. On NBC, Ann Curry did appear on “Today,” though she did not co-anchor as NBC said, but rather contributed to a number of stories, following her “Dateline” anchoring last night.

“CBS This Morning” was anchored by Rebecca Jarvis and Maurice Dubois and led off with a report from Jeff Glor in Colorado:

There were also some notable moments on cable news yesterday.

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Colorado Shooting: News Show Changes, Primetime Specials Planned

Reporter Amanda Kost from Denver station KMGH Tweets this photo from outside the Aurora, CO theater

The tragic shooting in Colorado is forcing many TV news programs to throw out their plans for the day, what would likely have been a slow Summer Friday.

As we noted earlier “CBS This Morning” is going live into a third hour of programming, a first for the network morning show. CBS also says that Scott Pelley will anchor the ‘CBS Evening News” from Aurora, Colorado this evening.

> Update: Pelley will also anchor a special edition of “48 Hours” in primetime tonight at 8 PM. Jeff Glor is also going to Colorado. He’ll anchor a split edition of “CBS This Morning Saturday” and anchor “Evening News” Saturday and Sunday and stay for Monday’s “CBS This Morning.”

> More: On ABC, David Muir will report from Aurora for “ABC World News,” with Chris Cuomo anchoring a live “20/20″ from Colorado at 10 PM ET. Diane Sawyer–who was supposed to be off today–will come in and anchor “World News” from New York.

NBC’s Brian Williams will anchor from Aurora, and “Dateline” will have an hour on the shooting in primetime.

On cable news, Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” is forgoing what was supposed to be a taped special on the economy at 10pmET and will instead cover the shooting. Van Susteren will anchor from Colorado. Also, Fox News Channel’s Jon Scott–a Colorado native–is en route and will report from Aurora for “Fox Report.”

> More: NBC’s Chris Jansing was supposed to be traveling to London today for Olympics coverage. Instead she is heading to Colorado where she will anchor a 4pmET and 10pmET specials on MSNBC. Coincidentally, one of the athletes she profiled for the Summer games is from Aurora.

> More: CNN’s Anderson Cooper will be anchoring from Aurora, Colorado tonight as well.

On HLN this afternoon Kyra Phillips will make her debut on the network during “Evening Express” from 5-7 PM ET.

Piers Morgan Tonight” EP Jonathan Wald says on Twitter that they will be covering the shooting:

We will update this story with more changes in coverage, as we get them.

Herman Cain And CNN Follow Up On Tale Of CainTV Star’s Death

Lewis Brown

In his interview with CNN Thursday promoting CainTV, former GOP candidate Herman Cain said that one of the stars of his new Internet TV network, a homeless man named Lou, had passed away. Specifically, Cain said that Lou “passed away suddenly last week,” after a producer went to see him to record more segments.

There is just one problem (as first noted by Mediaite’s Frances Martel): Lou died last September, and even received an obituary in the New York Times. Lou is Lewis Brown, a former basketball prodigy, who lived the later part of his life on the streets.

Friday, CNN set the record straight.

“Well, that’s not exactly right,” said anchor Kyra Phillips, after playing the clip of Cain talking about Brown’s death. Phillips said that a man whose father played with Brown reached out to CNN to set the record straight.

“Lewis’ life touched me very deeply, and I wanted you to hear about it in the proper light, Phillips said.

What followed was a full obituary on Brown’s life, much of it aggregated from the New York Times article. There was also a statement from Cain’s spokesperson, who said “in retrospect we regret that we did not keep in touch with Brown on a more regular basis.”

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