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A TV News Family Affair: The Rooneys Stick Together in Good Times, and Bad

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Brian Rooney, his father Andy Rooney and sister Emily Rooney in a LIFE magazine story from the Spring of 1993.

When you mess with one Rooney, you mess with them all.

Ergo, when veteran correspondent Brian Rooney becomes a victim of ABC News’ slash-and-burn cuts, the whole family fumes.

“Maybe ABC is in bigger trouble than we know,” says his father, “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney, 91. “It seems unfair. They should have more concern for their own employees, and find a way to keep the ones who have been there a long while.”

Brian Rooney, 58, an L.A.-based staffer for 22 years, was told last month that his contract, which expires April 30, would not be renewed.

Sister Emily Rooney, dumped by ABC in 1994 after a hiccup as executive producer of Peter Jennings‘ “World News Tonight”, says her kid brother was shafted.

“He’s been a loyal foot soldier, not one of the stars,” opines Rooney, 60, a producer at Boston’s WGBH. “He’s gone into war zones, covered wildfires, flown around the country in rickety airplanes. He’s put himself in harm’s way.

“For him to be given the brush-off like that is stunning.”

For his part, Brian Rooney is trying to choose his words carefully. The Rooneys “are kind of a hard bunch” when it comes to overt displays of emotion, he says, but this time is an exception to the rule.

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Brian Rooney, Laura Marquez, Lisa Fletcher Among the ABC News Correspondents Cut

Fletcher_3.24.jpgABC News correspondents Brian Rooney, Laura Marquez and Lisa Fletcher (right) are among the ABC reporters whose contracts will not be renewed as the network looks to shed anywhere from 300-400 jobs by the end of the year.

Rooney, who is the son of “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney and the uncle of Fox News Pentagon producer Justin Fishel has been with ABC since 1988 and covers the West Coast as a correspondent based in Los Angeles. In a note to colleagues (after the jump), Rooney writes, “A funny anchorman I knew in Chicago used to say, ‘One day we will all be justifiably fired, but for the wrong reason.’ My time has come.” The news was first reported in West Coast news site, The Enterprise Report.

Marquez_3.24.jpgMarquez, an Emmy-winning correspondent based in San Francisco, has been with ABC News since 2004, joining from ABC O&O KGO. Marquez is battling chronic breast cancer while continuing to work full time as a correspondent.

Lisa Fletcher, one of ABC’s newest correspondents having joined from ABC affiliate KNXV in November, 2007, is known for her investigative reporting for ABC News programs.

Another West Coast correspondent, Mike Von Fremd, will be staying on with the network for the time being. He made the shift from Dallas to Los Angeles in 2008 for ABC.

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The Ticker: CNN Wire, ABC Girlfriends, MSNBC Maddow…

> One thing we learned on our visit to CNN’s Atlanta HQ last week is that the veteran news network has a robust R&D department — always looking for the next new thing to communicate with their audience. Now, the company that brought 24-hour news to TV, is wooing old media (and their websites) with a new wire service that could take on the AP.

> For the second year in a row, six ABC Newsers gathered to discuss lessons learned from their experiences with breast cancer. Political commentator Cokie Roberts, GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts, correspondent Laura Marquez, SVP Amy Entelis, ABC NewsOne Exec. Fiona Conway and ABC News Digital’s Jessica Guff participated in the “Girlfriends Guide to Breast Cancer.” It can be seen online now at ABCNews.com.

> msnbc.com has launched a new “online experience” for Rachel Maddow fans. rachel.msnbc.com includes clips from the previous night’s show, Rachel’s Twitter feed, and links to her bio, nightly features and Maddow’s Air America site.