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CNN Spreading Out Correspondents Across Swing States

CNN has announced a slew of assignments for network correspondents in advance of the Presidential election. The network will have anchors and reporters in every swing state, as well as some floaters that will travel to multiple states, and the correspondents embedded with the campaigns. The network is launching segments branded as “The Final Battlegrounds” starting on Monday.

“CNN is deploying its vast resources and top-notch reporters into the states that the campaigns are targeting as the election nears,” said Mark Whitaker, executive VP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide in a statement. “Our in-depth reporting and analysis will keep voters informed of the up-to-the-minute developments that will determine the outcome of this extraordinarily close presidential race.”

The correspondent assignments, after the jump.
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Kyung Lah Moving From Far East to West Coast

CNN’s Tokyo-based correspondent Kyung Lah is moving to CNN’s Los Angeles bureau to join correspondents Miguel Marquez, Thelma Guiterrez and Casey Wian.

Lah has been with CNN’s Tokyo bureau since 2007 and was one of the first reporters on the scene after the earthquake and tsunami last year. Prior to her stint in Tokyo, Lah was a Washington-based reporter for CNN Newsource.

The move is a return to Los Angeles for Lah who was a reporter at KNBC from 2003-2005.

Reporters in North Korea Learn About Missile Launch From News Desks in New York and Washington

Forty minutes into a 5-day window, North Korea launched a rocket from a facility in the northwestern part of the country. The launch, at 7:39am local time, was first reported on U.S. cable news 14 minutes later by CNN’s John King. The news was followed minutes later on Fox News, CNBC World, Fox Business and, at 7:13pm, on MSNBC.

ABC News led the way on the broadcast networks not only reporting that the missile had launched, but during a network special at 7:09pmET, correspondent Martha Raddatz reported that the launch was a failure. ABC’s Diane Sawyer anchored the special and also got phone reports from Jake Tapper at the White House and Bob Woodruff in North Korea. “We don’t have a chance to see the actual video of this launching,” said Woodruff, adding “We were thinking they were going to show it live to us in the press room.”

More than 100 foreign correspondents, including CNN’s Stan Grant, NBC’s Richard Engel and FNC’s Greg Palkot are reporting from North Korea this week.

Later in the evening, Engel went on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show to report he, and other correspondents only learned the news from colleagues stateside. “We were alerted by our own news desk,” said Engel, then telling what happened next:

We rushed into the press center, the only place that has internet, the only place that has computer access, and we saw our minder [who] said, “Are you ready? We’re going to go in a few hours to a music festival.” We said, “What music festival? There has just been a rocket launch.” We were met with a completely blank stare and he shrugged his shoulders and ran out of the room.

The Ticker (CNN Edition): Lah, Whitaker, Brindell…

  • Nearly a year after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake unleashed a tsunami in northeastern Japan, CNN’s Kyung Lah gets rare access to the Fukushima nuclear plant — still considered to be one of the most hazardous places on the planet. CNN is the only U.S. broadcast network to have access to the plant. Here’s her report.
  • CNN is taking a deeper dive into the nationwide gas price hike. Ali Velshi talked about it on “Starting Point.” Managing Editor Mark Whitaker has written this op-ed. And “The Situation Room,” “Out Front” and other CNN shows will devote segments to the issue throughout the week. Also, iReporters are being asked to share what they see in their own towns.
  • Lynn Brindell joins CNN Worldwide as SVP of marketing. Brindell will work across all CNN brands leading off-channel and digital marketing efforts. She will report to Janet Rollé, EVP and CMO of CNN Worldwide. In the past, Brindell has worked on marketing efforts at The Weather Channel, Food Network and Lifetime Television.

 

CNN Correspondents Talk Life and Death on the Frontlines


CNN correspondents (l-r) Sara Sidner, Ben Wedeman, Kyung Lah, Nic Robertson, Arwa Damon, Anderson Cooper, Matthew Chance, Hala Gorani, and Ivan Watson gathered at the Time Warner Center Dec. 2 for a taping of “CNN on the Frontlines”

Earlier this month, just for a matter of hours really, CNN’s intrepid foreign correspondents left their beats covering the Middle East, North Africa and beyond, gathering at the Time Warner Center in New York. TVNewser was there as the correspondents recounted the year that was: from the Arab Spring, to the civil war in Libya and the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe in Japan.

Naturally, the cameras were rolling and tonight Anderson Cooper hosts a one hour special called “CNN on the Frontlines.” The broadcast airs at 8pmET and 10pmET/PT and will reair tomorrow at 8pmET and Christmas Day at 7pmET and 11pmET.

> Related: Sara Sidner talks with TVGuide Magazine’s Stephen Battaglio about her move from local TV news to foreign correspondent: “I’m a different person. The way I react to stories has changed. The level of what is an amazing moment or what is stressful has gone beyond anything I can ever imagine.”

(Photo: David Holloway / CNN)

Rare Get-together for CNN’s Foreign Correspondents as They Reflect on 2011

CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosts a year end special with CNN’s foreign correspondents, including (l-r) Ben Wedeman, Arwa Damon and Nic Robertson

It’s a good thing today was a relatively quite international news day because most of CNN’s foreign correspondents were gathered in New York talking about about the incredible year that was. From the Arab Spring to the triple tragedy in Japan, reporters Nic Robertson, Ben Wedeman, Arwa Damon, Hala Gorani, Matthew Chance, Sara Sidner, Kyung Lah and Ivan Watson crowded into Piers Morgan‘s studio at Time Warner Center where Anderson Cooper, who’s also reported from many of the world’s hotspots this year, lead the discussion.

CNN International EVP Tony Maddox tells TVNewser the get-together, which happens once every few years, “was the greatest gathering of foreign journalists on the planet.”

Before the taping we asked Robertson what is his most remarkable moment of this remarkable year. Robertson, who started as an engineer with CNN in 1990, says it was the uprising in Bahrain in February. “We were approaching Pearl Square and all hell was breaking loose.” Robertson used his iPhone to report live on CNN. Later, as he was rushed out of the area, he used the phone to record more video and his audio for a package that was edited in Atlanta. “That’s a far cry from 36 boxes of equipment we used to use,” added CNN EVP Ken Jautz

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Special Sunday edition of Anderson Cooper 360

CNN U.S. and CNN International continue simulcasting of coverage from Japan with a special two-hour edition of “Anderson Cooper 360″ tonight at 9pmET (10am Monday morning Tokyo time). Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Soledad O’Brien who were all dispatched to Haiti during the earthquake there, will report tonight from Japan.

CNN Tokyo correspondent Kyung Lah will contribute as will correspondents Anna Coren, Stan Grant, Paula Hancocks, and Gary Tuchman.

CNN Tokyo Producer Stays Dialed in During Earthquake (VIDEO)

While the news media continues to cover the 8.9 earthquake in Japan and the tsunami that followed, it’s important to note they were also affected by the quake. Here’s video from inside CNN’s Tokyo bureau showing one diligent staffer who stays on the phone, while half under her desk.

CNN Tokyo-based correspondent Kyung Lah and Seoul-based correspondent Paula Hancocks are en route to Sendai, Japan, near the quake’s epicenter. Other CNN correspondents en route to Japan include correspondents/anchors Soledad O’Brien, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Gary Tuchman, and Martin Savidge.

CNN/U.S. is also simulcasting CNNI with anchors John Vause and Brooke Baldwin from 3-5pmET, Kristi Lou Stout and Wolf Blitzer from 5-7pmET and Stout and John King at 7pmET. CNN/U.S. primetime remains the same.

> Update: CNN’s Anderson Cooper will head to Japan after tonight’s show.

Morning Show Earthquake Notes: CBS Only Program With Reporter in Japan, Morning Joe Goes Political

Not surprisingly, the earthquake and subsequent tsunami was the big story on all of the broadcast and cable morning shows this morning.

Of the broadcast shows, CBS’ “Early Show” was the only program to have a reporter file an on-air report from Japan, Lucy Craft:

NBC had a producer in Tokyo, but on-air coverage was mostly handled by Ann Thomspon in London and Jeff Ranieri in San Francisco, Ranieri is a former NBC WeatherPlus meteorologist, now chief meteorologist at KNTV.

Update: CNBC did have a correspondent report on-air from Tokyo, Kaori Enjoji.

ABC dedicated all of “Good Morning America” to covering the situation. Guests included Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, Brian Schiro of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and physicist and TV news regular Dr. Michio Kaku.

On the cable networks, CNN and Fox News dedicated their morning shows almost entirely to the quake (Related: CNN had correspondent Kyung Lah reporting live from Tokyo), while MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” took a slightly different angle:

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Strongest Earthquake in Japan’s History Strikes; Tsunami Warnings for Hawaii, West Coast

The strongest earthquake ever to rock Japan struck at 12:46amET (2:46pm in Japan) this morning, touching off a Tsunami which is moving across the Pacific Ocean at this hour. Hawaii and the entire West coast of the U.S. are on alert with Tsunami watches, warnings or advisories in effect.

As for U.S. news networks reporting the news: Bloomberg reported the quake minutes after it struck at 12:51amET; Fox news began continuing coverage at 1:09am; CNN International went into breaking news at 1am and CNN/U.S. began simulcasting at 1:12am. MSNBC began coverage at 1:59am and also continued through the night.

CNN’s Tokyo-based correspondent Kyung Lah has been covering this story since it broke. The CNN Tokyo bureau normally has six staff. Additional CNN correspondents are heading there at this hour.

The U.S. morning shows threw out plans for their broadcasts and have been in continuing coverage of the quake since 7amET.

Developing…

> Related: Todd Ogasawara, our Honolulu-based editor of mediabistro blog ThinkMobile had other plans today, now he’s bracing for the wave that might come.

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