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The Afternoon Ticker: Elshamy, Matthews, Wahl

  • Imprisoned Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Abdullah Elshamy might “die within days,” according to a doctor who reviewed his blood tests. Elshamy has been on a hunger strike for the last 110 days; imprisoned in Egypt for a total of 269 days for alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will be the keynote speaker Thursday at the Massachusetts Bar Association dinner. The dinner hosts over 1,000 lawyers and legal industry professionals.

  • Former RT reporter Liz Wahl, who made headlines for quitting her job while on-air in March, is back on the air–temporarily. Wahl will be filling in at TheBlaze TV this week for Amy Holmes and Laurie Dhue.

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State of the Union Coverage Plans: Cable Networks

obama state of the union 2 Here’s what the cable news networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Fox News: Bret Baier will take over from Bill O’Reilly at 8:55pmET. Baier will be joined by chief White House correspondent Ed Henry, chief Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel and Shannon Bream, who will report on Bing Pulse results throughout the night. Baier will anchor until 11pmET, at which point Megyn Kelly will take over with a live edition of “The Kelly File.”

CNN: Chris Cuomo will host “New Day” live from Capitol Hill Tuesday morning. For the network’s evening coverage, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will anchor beginning at 7pmET. They will be joined by a host of CNN correspondents, including Jim Sciutto from Iran, Tom Foreman from the virtual studio and Suzanne Malveaux, who will moderate a focus group in Des Moines. Tapper will helm late night SOTU coverage solo. CNN en Español will also broadcast the address with anchor Fernando del Rincón and correspondent Juan Carlos López.

MSNBC: Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will host beginning at 9pmET. They will be joined by Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton, Steve Schmidt and Ed Schultz, who will be live from Washington, D.C. Matthews will anchor an additional hour of live coverage from 12am-1amET.

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Janice Dean, Magee Hickey Crowned New York’s Funniest Reporters

Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean and WPIX reporter Magee Hickey were crowned New York’s funniest reporters over the weekend, marking the first year in the history of the eight-year contest that there was a tie for first place.

It’s the second year in a row that the winner has come from Fox News. “Fox and Friends” weekend anchor Clayton Morris was the 2012 winner. Syndicated radio host Peter Schiff came in second place and Fox Business Network’s Charles Payne was third.

The annual stand-up competition was held Sunday at Comic Strip Live. The Blaze’s Laurie Dhue and Fox News’ Dr. Manny Alvarez were among the other competitors, and HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell served as a judge.

Fox News Heavily Represented Among 2013 ‘New York’s Funniest Reporter’ Class

Next month the 8th annual “New York’s Funniest Reporter” contest will be held at Comic Strip Live in New York’s Upper East Side. The 2012 winner of the contest--Fox News correspondent Clayton Morris–will be back for an encore, with HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell on board as a judge.

This year’s field has a heavy Fox News influence. FNC senior meteorologist Janice Dean will be competing, as will FNC senior medical contributor Dr. Manny Alvarez and FBN contributor Charles Payne. The Blaze anchor Laurie Dhue (formerly of CNN and Fox News) will compete as well, alongside Magee Hickey of New York’s WPIX. Peter Schiff of Peter Schiff Radio and Newsday‘s Chris Serico round out the field.

Proceeds from the event go to the Humane Society of New York. More information, after the jump.
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Former Fox News Anchor Laurie Dhue Joins TheBlaze

Laurie Dhue is officially joining Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze as an anchor and host. She will continue to host “For the Record,” an original documentary series, as well as anchor primetime news updates and breaking news coverage.

Dhue spent eight years at Fox News, where she anchored the weekend edition of “Fox Report” and appeared weekly on “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Geraldo at Large.” She has also worked at CNN and MSNBC. In 2011, she publicly revealed her struggle with alcoholism.

“In typical fashion, Glenn continues to go boldly where very few have dared, taking traditional broadcast journalism and turning it on its ear. I relish this rare opportunity to be on the ground floor of an organization that could change the industry as we know it,” Dhue said in a statement.

“Laurie is an incredibly talented journalist who has done amazing work both throughout her career and as host of ‘For the Record,’” TheBlaze president and chief content officer Joel Cheatwood said. “We are thrilled to have her join TheBlaze full time as we continue to expand our original programming.”

Katie Couric: Iraqi Billboard Star

Credit: Duraid Adnan, NY Times

Quick, what’s the first name you think of when you hear the words “Iraq Electricity Ministry”?

If you replied, “Katie Couric,” then congratulations. Yes, Couric has become the face of Iraq’s state electricity company, with her face appearing on billboards, while speakers tell passerby when they can expect to have power that day. The picture in question is an official headshot from her tenure at CBS News.

The New York Times explains:

“It doesn’t give me hope about electricity, but I like to see her beautiful face,” Habib Harbi, who sells watermelon in the summer and sweets in the winter, said as he looked across the street at the billboard from his fruit stand…

Mr. Mudarrs said the face of an American woman was sought for the campaign because showcasing an Iraqi woman would violate cultural taboos. And Ms. Couric, he said, was dressed appropriately in the picture — she was wearing a brown Max Mara blazer — and was the right age. “We didn’t want someone to be very old or very young, and she was in the middle,” he said. Mr. Mudarrs did say he was a bit worried that “when she finds out, maybe she will file a lawsuit against us.”

As for Couric, she tells the Times she finds the billboards “bizarre and slightly amusing.” The Times also note that the backup face for the campaign was former Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue.

Women Of Media Reception Draws Cable Crowd

Fox News’s Harris Faulkner and HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell (pictured) were among the cable news personalities in the crowd at last night’s Women of Media reception, held at the Armand de Brignac Champagne Loft in Soho.

The first-annual event, which was hosted by journalist China Okasi and publicist Annie Scranton, was also attended by Megyn Kelly, Cheryl Casone, Laura Ingle, Tamron Hall, Laurie Dhue, Tara Dowdell and Jehmu Greene.

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Which Former Fox News Anchor Was On the Diverted JetBlue Flight?

Shepard Smith got some help reporting on “the weirdness going down on a JetBlue flight” from a former Fox News Channel colleague on “Studio B” this afternoon.

“Believe it or not — anybody remember Laurie Dhue?” Smith said. “She was an anchor on this channel, and a good friend, and it turns she was on that flight, and she joins us live now from the airport.”

Dhue, who’s also worked at CNN and MSNBC, was sitting in the fourth row of the plane and gave Smith a firsthand account of the incident from the airport in Amarillo, TX where the New York-Las Vegas flight was diverted. The plane made an emergency landing after the captain “became extremely agitated,” as Dhue explained it.

“A lot of you write us about Laurie all the time,” Smith said as he finished the phone interview. “Laurie’s doing great, and it’s nice to talk to her.”

Watch the video after the jump.

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Diane Sawyer, Harry Smith, Laurie Dhue and more quake notes

Some midday Monday notes on earthquake/tsunami coverage:

Diane Sawyer made her first appearance on-air this morning from Sendai, Japan on “Good Morning America.” ABC’s Robin Roberts traveled to South Africa last week and was planning to be live from Cape Town this morning, but was rushed back to New York over the weekend. Her reports will air at a later date, ABC says.

CBS’ Harry Smith was back on “The Early Show” this morning reporting from Minami-Sanriku, telling Erica Hill it’s “a town of about 17,000 people and the very big headline from here is, 10,000 to 11,000 are either missing or unaccounted for.”

Former CNN, MSNBC and Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue was back on Fox News last night during a two-hour “Geraldo at Large.” Dhue was thrust back in the news last month when her battle with alcoholism went public. Dhue also appeared on “The 700 Club.”

CNN’s Martin Savidge who re-joined the network fulltime last week has already hit the road and is among the CNN team of correspondents covering the earthquake.

And some Tweets:
@camanpour:

About to go in chopper for Sendai. Huge swath of closed airspace by Fukushima nuclear reactor btwn here & Sendai. http://twitpic.com/48xiga

@soledad_obrien:

My tiny hotel room in Sendai. I’m making Michelle my producer sleep in the other bed, bc I’m scared of quakes! #f http://twitpic.com/496iim

Former Cable News Anchor Laurie Dhue: ‘Now that the genie is out of the bottle, I just want to help people’

Meredith Vieira sat down with Laurie Dhue this morning to talk about her now public struggle with alcoholism. Dhue spoke about her disease last week at a prayer dinner in Washington hosted by conservative syndicated columnist Cal Thomas. She said publicly to the group: “Yes, I would drag myself into work deeply hungover.”

In the “Today” interview this morning, Dhue said that she “certainly didn’t know anybody was going to be writing about it.”

FishbowlDC’s Betsy Rothstein — who reported on the dinner last week — notes that neither Dhue nor Vieira should be shocked that reporters would be there and that they would report on her coming out as an alcoholic. Dhue holds the distinction of being the only anchor to have hosted shows on all  three major U.S. cable news networks: CNN where she worked from 1990 to 1999, MSNBC (1999-2000), and Fox News (2000-2008).

Video from this morning’s “Today is after the jump…

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