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Diane Sawyer Addresses Retirement Rumors

DianeSawyerDiane Sawyer is on the cover of this month’s Ladies’ Home Journal, and in the accompanying Q+A with Lee Woodruff, Sawyer talks about her future as anchor of “ABC World News”:

I’m still here and I’m loving it. I would be delusional not to think that at some point I will want to step down. And I’m sure there will come a time when people will say, “Her? Again? Still?” But right now my job is giving me the opportunity to wake up in the morning and say, “What if we…?” “Why don’t we…?” “Look at this!” or “Somebody’s got to do something!” Sometimes at the end of the day I’m so excited, I’m sure that I’m bionic. Of course, other days, I’m just spent. I’ll be incapable of saying anything to anyone I see on the elevator [laughs]. We can’t all be like Bill Clinton, where every conversation you have gives you helium and you can keep going until 3 in the morning. Not all of us get to be that way.

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Lee Woodruff: ‘I Can Take or Leave Sex, and Mostly I’d Rather Leave It’

In the October issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, “CBS This Morning” contributor Lee Woodruff gives readers a rather intimate peek into her marriage to ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff.

Titled Let’s Talk About Sex (And Why I’d Rather Just Go To Sleep), her column is blunt: “Okay, I’ll say it. After four kids and 25 years of marriage, it’s not easy to get in the mood for sex.  My husband would disagree.”

She continues:

Somewhere between the midnight feedings and work deadlines, the chasm grew between my husband’s needs and my desire. He once joked that he has the strength of 10,000 men after sex, and it seems to be true. So, like many a wife before me, I am not beneath doing it even when I don’t feel like it just so he’ll use some of that postcoital power to get the household chores done. (Unclogged drain joke, anyone?) There have been times I’ve even faked my own pleasure (oh, please, we’ve all done it) so I can just go to sleep already….

We are road-tested now, grayer, and more wrinkled. Marriages have seasons. And while there’s something sexy about conjuring up the old us, there’s a peace in accepting that we are past the “skyrockets in flight” period.

What do you think of the column? Is it TMI? Feel free to weigh in with comments.

Dueling Woodruffs Close Out ‘ABC World News’ and ‘CBS Evening News’

Here’s something you just don’t see every day.

ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff had the closing segment during “ABC World news” last night. Over on CBS, his wife, CBS News contributor Lee Woodruff, had the closing piece on the “CBS Evening News.”

Both segments aired at 6:56 PM ET.

Bob Woodruff’s segment was about children who have never had birthday parties getting them for the first time in homeless shelters, while Lee Woodruff’s segment was about two women recovering after being injured in the Boston bombing.

You can watch both segments, after the jump.

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Ann Curry: ‘You Worry, Am I Not Good Enough?’

In what is either a case of great timing or awful timing, depending on how you look at it, Ladies Home Journal features an extensive interview with “Today” co-anchor Ann Curry in the next issue. In it, Curry is frank and revealing, though she obviously makes no reference to the stories about her departure, as the interview was conducted before the brouhaha.

The Today show vs Good Morning America ratings war: “It’s hard not to take it personally. You worry, Am I not good enough? Am I not what people need? Am I asking the right questions? When people say negative things or speculate, you can’t help but feel hurt. I know NBC pays my salary but I have never doubted who I work for. I think about the people who watch. They’re the ones who matter to me. I want to feel I haven’t dropped the ball when it comes to them.”

Later on, Curry tells LHJ “I’ve been at Today for 15 years and I’d love to make it to 20.”

Update: We just noticed that the interviewer for LHJ is none other than Lee Woodruff, who is herself a contributor to “CBS This Morning.”

CBS Taps Former Joint Chiefs Chairman General Richard Myers as Senior Military Security Analyst

CBS News has hired the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers, to serve as its senior military security analyst, effective immediately.

Myers served as Chairman of the JCS beginning in 2001 (weeks after 9/11), retiring in 2005. He now serves as foundation professor of military history and leadership at Kansas State University, as well as the Colin Powell Chair for National Security Leadership, Character and Ethics at National Defense University.

CBS News has been snatching up a number of high-profile experts to serve as contributors. Among them: Captain Chesley Sullenberger, who talks about aviation issues, M. Sanjayan to talk about science and the environment, and Lee Woodruff.

Wife of ABC Newsman joins New CBS Morning Show

Lee Woodruff, the wife of ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, is joining “CBS This Morning” as a contributor.

Woodruff had been a life and family contributor for “Good Morning America.”

For “CBS This Morning,” CBS News chairman Jeff Fager says Woodruff, “will work with us on a broad range of stories,” adding, “Her contribution on veterans’ issues will be particularly valuable, in light of the important work she has done with her husband Bob Woodruff on behalf of wounded veterans.”

Woodruff is the co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation as well as the co-author of the best-selling book “In an Instant.” Woodruff is also working on a novel which will be published in September.

Speaking Words of Wisdom

‘Tis the graduation season once again.  And that means numerous commencement speeches from TV journos and analysts.

Here now, then, is TVNewser’s fourth annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when (in alphabetical order):

CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo: St. John’s University (NY), May 14

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: The Pennsylvania State University – College of Communications (PA), May 14

FNC’s Shannon BreamFlorida State University – Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Human Sciences and Medicine (FL),  April 29

NBC’s Tom Brokaw: The University of Montana (MT), May 14…St. Lawrence University (NY), May 22

MSNBC’s Howard Fineman: Colgate University (NY),  May 15

CBS’s Jeff Glor: Suffolk University (MA), May 22

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall: Columbia College – Ft. Worth (TX), June 4

PBS’s Gwen Ifill: Morehouse College (GA),  May 15…Lafayette College (PA), May 21

MSBNC’s Chris Jansing: Otterbein University (OH), June 12

CBS’s Steve Kroft: Ball State University (IN), May 7

(Graphic: CBS News)

- More after the jump, including Soledad O’Brien, Scott Pelley, Joe Scarborough, and Brian Williams Read more