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Posts Tagged ‘Lucy Craft’

Are ‘Reunion’ Segments Orchestrated By News Organizations The Right Thing To Do?

The disaster in Japan has meant that thousands of people are unaccounted for, particularly in parts of the country that were hit hard by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

With so many people unable to reach loved ones, many TV  news organizations rushed to try and connect them. We linked to a few already, when Ann Curry connected an American teacher visiting Japan to her family in San Francisco, and CBS’ own Lucy Craft reuniting with her son.

In both cases, TV cameras were present as the families got the news. It was emotional, gripping television, but it was also quite manipulative, according to AOL News contributor Lauren Frayer.

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CBS News, ‘NBR’ Correspondent Lucy Craft Reunites With Son Following Tsunami

Correspondent Lucy Craft, who has been reporting for CBS News during the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, was reunited with her son today.

Her son was attending boarding school in Sendai, and Craft was unable to reach him for two days, even as she reported on the devastating effects of the quake and tsunami.

The report will be featured on tonight’s “CBS Evening News.”

Craft also reports for a number of other outlets, including the “Nightly Business Report, which airs on PBS.

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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Morning Show Earthquake Notes: CBS Only Program With Reporter in Japan, Morning Joe Goes Political

Not surprisingly, the earthquake and subsequent tsunami was the big story on all of the broadcast and cable morning shows this morning.

Of the broadcast shows, CBS’ “Early Show” was the only program to have a reporter file an on-air report from Japan, Lucy Craft:

NBC had a producer in Tokyo, but on-air coverage was mostly handled by Ann Thomspon in London and Jeff Ranieri in San Francisco, Ranieri is a former NBC WeatherPlus meteorologist, now chief meteorologist at KNTV.

Update: CNBC did have a correspondent report on-air from Tokyo, Kaori Enjoji.

ABC dedicated all of “Good Morning America” to covering the situation. Guests included Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, Brian Schiro of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and physicist and TV news regular Dr. Michio Kaku.

On the cable networks, CNN and Fox News dedicated their morning shows almost entirely to the quake (Related: CNN had correspondent Kyung Lah reporting live from Tokyo), while MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” took a slightly different angle:

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