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City of Light the Setting for Alexander, Starling Engagement

On Monday, we told you about the engagement of NBC News correspondent Lee Cowan and NBC News associate producer Molly Palmer. Well this morning, more engagement news. NBC News New York-based correspondent Peter Alexander got engaged in Paris Saturday night to Alison Starling, the 5 & 11pm co-anchor (alongside former CNN anchor Leon Harris) at WJLA in Washington, DC.

We’re told Alexander proposed on the lawn beneath the Eiffel Tower and took this photo immediately after. The couple first met in Seattle years ago when Alexander was a reporter for KCPQ-TV (FOX) and Starling was a reporter and anchor at KIRO-TV (CBS).

For Cowan and Palmer, a Match Made at NBC News

Remember the ‘Balloon Boy’ saga?

For most Americans, the story that captivated cable news viewers in October of 2009 has faded from memory.  But not for NBC News correspondent Lee Cowan and ”Today” show associate producer Molly Palmer, both of whom covered the infamous escapade.

“That’s kind of when I think we started to really notice each other,” Palmer tells TVNewser.

The two – both Los Angeles-based - had worked together previously, but got to know one another better during days in Colorado covering the Heene family.  After dating for nearly two years, the couple recently got engaged during a vacation in Kauai.

“I”m just excited,” Palmer says. “I’m just so happy. I love Lee so much, and I am just so sure that I want to be with him forever that it feels right and like an exciting next step.  I’m just ready to be a family with him.”

Family is important to Palmer and Cowan, who say both sets of their parents are delighted at the news.  That includes Cowan’s future father-in-law, former NBC White House correspondent and Today news anchor John Palmer.

“Lee and Molly are a great couple and very much in love,” John Palmer tells TVNewser.  “My wife Nancy and I are thrilled for them.  We are not losing a daughter, just adding another journalist to the family and a fine one he is!”

It’s high praise from a man Cowan has long admired.  “I gotta tell you,” Cowan recalls to TVNewser, “I’ve never been so nervous meeting him the first time.  I mean, it’s one thing to introduce yourself to your girlfriend’s father, but it’s quite another when it’s John  Palmer!”

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TV News crews in Japan on the move with radiation fears mounting

With dozens of U.S. TV news journalists now on the ground in Japan, the bosses back home are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential for radiation poisoning due to the deteriorating conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

ABC’s David Muir, who was in the area of the plant yesterday and moved south after the explosion. During “Nightline” he held up a radiation meter which was not detecting anything out of the ordinary. This morning, that changed Diane Sawyer and her crew began heading back to Tokyo, explaining to George Stephanopoulos on “GMA” that radiation levels had increased through the day. “We came down this highway, the 7 1/2 hour trip,” said Sawyer. “We’re about midway through it now.” Correspondent Clarissa Ward has also moved out of the area. Her Japanese translator left the ABC News team yesterday, fearing radiation poisoning.

Weather becomes an important factor in this story as correspondents and crews watch the wind while covering the story.

“We are closely monitoring the situation, moment by moment,” David Verdi, VP of worldwide news gathering for NBC News tells TVNewser. “We are constantly consulting with our experts and tracking the wind patterns.” In addition to Lester Holt (right), Ann Curry, Chris Jansing, Ian Williams and Lee Cowan are covering for NBC/MSNBC.

CBS’s Harry Smith was in Northern Japan this morning for “The Early Show,” but he and all other CBS staffers have left. “We have moved our teams out of Sendai, Japan and we continue to reassess deployments, as the situation warrants,” says CBS News VP Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews.

CNN has 12 on-air and dozens more off-air staffers in Japan. Anderson Cooper has left the area of the nuclear plant and is heading north and will anchor from Akita, Japan, north of Sendai. “The situation is under constant review and the safety and well-being of our reporters in the field is our top priority,” says a spokesperson.

Fox News says it is constantly evaluating the situation, and has pulled its correspondents back to Tokyo. Shepard Smith, Adam Housley and Greg Palkot are in Tokyo, while David Piper is at Yokota airbase.

Who the networks are sending to Japan

Christiane Amanpour is among the network anchors packing their bags and heading for Japan. Amanpour will host “This Week” from Tokyo on Sunday, the only Sunday show host to do so. ABC News says “World News” weekend anchor David Muir, and correspondent Clarissa Ward are also en route to Japan to report on the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.

For NBC News Weekend “Today” and Weekend “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt, is on his way as is “Today” news anchor Ann Curry. Correspondent Lee Cowan, and Ian Williams are in route as well.

For CBS News, anchor Harry Smith will lead coverage for the network. Correspondent Lucy Craft continues her reporting and correspondents Bill Whitaker and Charlie D’Agata are also en route.

For Fox News, correspondents Adam Housley, David Piper and Greg Palkot are en route.

And here’s who is going, or already there, for CNN.

But it’s Amanpour who gives real meaning to the term globetrotter.

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How The Evening Newscasts Covered the Tea Parties

• NBC Nightly News led with two stories on tax day. Lee Cowan reported on the tea parties while Savannah Guthrie reported on the White House message of middle class tax cuts. In his open, Brian Williams said the tea parties were, “organized on the Internet and by some cable TV personalities.”

• ABC’s World News made it the third story. First a soundbite from Pres. Obama and a Dan Harris story on the tea parties which were, “cheered on by Fox News and talk radio,” Harris explained. The Charles Gibson broadcast led with two stories on the pirate attacks – Jim Sciutto in Kenya with the crew of the Maersk Alabama and David Muir with a story on the attack of another U.S. ship.

• CBS Evening News led with tax day – a soundbite from Pres. Obama, a live picture of a rally in Arlington, Texas and a tea party story from Dean Reynolds. Reynolds referenced, “a fistful of right-ward leaning Websites and commentators…embraced the cause,” while showing Neil Cavuto and Glenn Beck at two different rallies.

The Ticker: FBN, NBC, SOTU…

> OK! Magazine asks “Real Housewife of New York” Jill Zarin how to meet rich men: “The Waldorf-Astoria shoots a Fox News show at 5:00 every day, at the Bull and Bear. All these really successful financial experts come in and it’s a live show.” That would be the FBN show, Happy Hour, Jill.

> NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams will feature a new series next week, “We The People,” focusing on Hispanic issues. Monday’s insatllment, from correspondent Lee Cowan, looks at the growing Hispanic population.

> TVByTheNumbers.com breaks down how the viewership for Obama’s Address to Congress stacked up against past addresses/State of the Unions. It had the 4th most viewers since 1993, and the most since 2003.

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Richard Engel to the White House?

Engel_12.17.jpgTVNewser hears NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel may be headed to the White House for the network.

Engel has been with NBC since just after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He’s reported extensively on the war and has also served as Beirut bureau chief and, since April, as chief foreign correspondent. Sources tell us Engel, who has been reporting from NBC’s New York headquarters recently (last night’s Nightly News story after the jump), could also remain chief foreign correspondent but be based stateside, similar to Lara Logan‘s assignment with CBS News.

Savannah Guthrie and John Yang are currently reporting on the White House for NBC. Yang, on the remaining days of the Bush administration and Guthrie on the Obama transition. As TVNewser first reported last week, Lee Cowan, who covered the Obama campaign, is expected to move to NBC’s Los Angeles bureau.

Two other NBC White House correspondents Kevin Corke and Jeannie Ohm were part of the cuts NBC News made earlier this month.

ABC, CBS and CNN have all named their Washington, DC teams.

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Who’s Covering the Obama White House?

With David Gregory‘s promotion to “Meet the Press”, NBC needs to fill the senior White House correspondent role for the network. ABC named Jake Tapper as chief White House correspondent the day after the election; CBS named Chip Reid to their post a few days later.

An NBC News spokesperson tells TVNewser an announcement is expected “in the coming weeks.”

cowan_12-10.jpgMeanwhile, TVNewser has learned NBC News correspondent Lee Cowan, who covered the Obama campaign, is moving even further West, from the Chicago bureau to Los Angeles.

The news comes less than a week after a round of NBC layoffs cut correspondents John Larson and Mark Mullen from the L.A. bureau.

With Race Nearly Over, Gregory’s Show Gets New Name

Gregory_11.3.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Insiders tell us that as of Wednesday, David Gregory‘s 6pmET program, “Race for the White House” will be known as “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

How Gregory will continue to anchor a 6pm show and be NBC’s Chief White House correspondent, which usually means being available to report for Nightly News at 6:30pm, is not known.

Generally, after an election, the correspondents who’ve been covering the candidates end up being put on the White House beat. For NBC that would be Lee Cowan, covering Obama and Kelly O’Donnell, who’s been covering McCain. O’Donnell was on White House duty before the campaign. Cowan, who joined NBC from CBS last year, is based in Chicago.

> Update: An emailer reminds us O’Donnell became NBC’s congressional correspondent in Dec. 2007. “She switched to #1 on the Hill from #2 on the White House beat.” This was after NBC’s congressional correspondent Chip Reid jumped to CBS News.

Presidential Debate Round #2

Here are some of the coverage plans for tonight’s town hall style debate at Belmont University in Nashville moderated by NBC’s Tom Brokaw. All the following networks will carry the debate.

ABC: The team of Gibson, Sawyer and Stephanopolous will anchor again, this time from three different cities. Charlie Gibson will be at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University with a group of students; Diane Sawyer will be at ABC News headquarters in New York and George Stephanopoulos will be at the debate. Ron Claiborne and Jake Tapper will report during ABC’s coverage from 9-11pmET.

NBC: Brian Williams anchors from New York. Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O’Donnell and Lee Cowan will report from Nashville. Debate moderator Tom Brokaw will not be doing interviews after the debate, but he’ll appear on the Today show tomorrow.

CBS: Katie Couric leads coverage from 9-11pmET, with the live Webcast following on CBSNews.com and CNET.com. [It was announced today that Intel Corp. has the exclusive advertising rights for the debate Webcasts.] Bob Schieffer will join from Nashville and Jeff Greenfield will be in New York. Correspondents Chip Reid and Dean Reynolds will report from the debate site. Harry Smith anchored The Early show from Nashville along with correspondent Jeff Glor.

FOX: Shepard Smith will anchor FOX Broadcasting’s debate coverage from 9:00-10:30pmET.

Fox News: Coverage begins at 8:50pmET (after a shortened O’Reilly Factor) and will be anchored by Brit Hume from Washington. Chris Wallace will be on the debate floor. Shepard Smith (at 7pmET), Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes (at 11:15pmET) and Greta Van Susteren (at MidnightET) will anchor their programs from Nashville.

CNN: Anchors Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper and Lou Dobbs lead coverage from the CNN Election Center in New York. A special edition of AC360 will air as post-debate coverage until MidnightET. John King will be at the Magic Wall, while correspondents Jessica Yellin, Candy Crowley, Ed Henry and senior political analyst Bill Schneider will be on location in Nashville. [An earlier version of this story reported Suzanne Malveaux and Dana Bash would be in Nashville. They are not]

MSNBC: David Gregory anchors debate coverage beginning at 9pmET and post-debate coverage at 10:30pmET. Countdown with Keith Olbermann airs at 11pmET, with a live Hardball with Chris Matthews at MidnightET.

C-SPAN: Presidential debate preview, anchored by Susan Swain, begins at 7:30pmET.

CNBC: Melissa Francis, Larry Kudlow and John Harwood anchor coverage before and after the debate.

FBN: Neil Cavuto anchors pre- and post-debate coverage.

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