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Reporter Departs CNN with Pencils, Pads, First Aid Kit and One Regret: ‘There Are Far Too Few Redheads on CNN’

Lisa Desjardins is leaving CNN. But she’s not going quietly. A Capitol Hill correspondent, Desjardins joined CNN 9 years ago after working as a reporter in print, TV and radio.

In a goodbye video posted to YouTube, the likes of which you’ve probably never seen before, Desjardins says, “I know we’ve had a lot of goodbyes here lately. I know people are worried about the future, and I know that there are a lot of buyout offers on the table…”

Then, as she pilfers some office supplies (she passes on the “Rick’s List” mug,) Desjardins tells viewers, “I’m sorry that CNN has decided to eliminate my reporter position at the Hill and cut back on congressional coverage. Of course I’m also sorry that congress is complete mess right now.”

“I have very few regrets,” Desjardins says. “One of them is there are just far too few redheads on CNN.” WATCH:

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David Bloom’s Daughter Following in Late Father’s Footsteps

Bloom DaughtersAt the Congressional Radio and TV Correspondents dinner last night, David Bloom‘s three daughters presented the annual award memorializing their father, the late NBC News anchor who died while covering the Iraq War in 2003.

And while he’s been gone for over a decade, one of David’s daughters is carrying on her father’s journalism legacy in her own way.

CNN reporter Lisa Desjardins introduced Bloom’s daughters, announcing that one of his twins, Nicole (pictured in the middle of the three), is following in dad’s footsteps: she’s co-anchoring her college’s morning news show while double majoring in performing arts and journalism. Her twin sister, Christine, is an economics double major at her school. The youngest Bloom, Ava, is about to enter high school.

Bloom’s daughters presented the award named for him to UK Channel 4′s Olly Lambert for his reporting inside Syria. FishbowlDC reports on the other winners, which include ABC News.

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CNN Correspondents Race From NYC to DC

CNN has been reporting on holiday travel, which was snarled by a very large storm making its way across the country. Yesterday they put the three major transportation modes to the test, asking three correspondents to leave New York City at noon and make it to Washington, D.C. in time for “The Situation Room” at 5pmET. Lisa Desjardins took a train, Nic Robertson took a plane and Brian Todd drove. So who made it to D.C. first? Watch and find out:

Evan Perez, Lisa Desjardins Join CNN Washington Bureau

CNN’s Washington bureau is adding two reporters, Evan Perez and Lisa Desjardins, to its ranks. Washington bureau chief Sam Feist announced the hires in an email to staffers this afternoon.

Perez will be a Justice reporter for CNN. He comes to the network from the Wall Street Journal, where he has worked since 1998 covering justice, crime and national security. In his new role, which begins July 28, he will appear on CNN as well as contribute regularly to CNN.com.

Desjardins joins the Capitol Hill unit from recently-shuttered CNN Radio. She will be a Capitol Hill reporter as well as work on enterprise reporting and breaking stories for the network, both on-air and online. She begins immediately.

Read Feist’s full memo after the jump. Read more

Cable Networks Break in to New Year’s Eve Specials with Senate Vote on Fiscal Cliff Deal

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After Anderson and Kathy and Megyn and Bill signed off last night, the Senate came to a deal — by a vote of 89 to 8 — to avert a full dive over the fiscal cliff. The House meets this afternoon with a vote coming possibly today, or tomorrow before the new Congress convenes on Thursday. Voting began after 1:45amET with the Senate adjourning at 2:31am.

CNN International was covering the vote when at 1:50amET CNN/U.S. broke into a re-air of the Anderson Cooper Kathy Griffin New Year’s Eve special taking the feed anchored by John Vause with CNN Radio’s Lisa Desjardins on the phone from Capitol Hill. At 1:51am, Mara Schiavocampo broke into MSNBC’s coverage as the vote was going on with Mike Viqueira reporting from the Hill by phone. (Schiavocampo is back on the air anchoring the 10am hour). Patti Ann Browne broke into a re-air of FNC’s Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer New Year’s Eve special at 2:08am after the vote occurred. Correspondents Doug Mckelway and Chad Pergram reported from Washington.

CNN Live Shot Drowned Out By Shouts of ‘Glenn Beck’

At the start of segment with CNN Radio Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins this afternoon, CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield forewarned the audience there might be some yelling during the report.

There was. Including shouts of “go home, CNN” and the crowd chanting the name of Fox News host Glenn Beck.

Desjardins held it together even asking the crowd: “What do you think of Congressman Joe Wilson?” Check out their reaction: