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Newsers Turn out to Remember Jeff Gralnick

The heads of the big three news networks convened at the penthouse of the Le Parker Meridien hotel this morning for a memorial service for Jeff Gralnick who worked at ABC News, CBS News, and NBC News during his TV news career.

NBC President Steve Capus spoke at the event as did Av Westin, the longtime ABC News and CBS News producer and executive. NBC News anchor Brian Williams “brought the house down” says one insider who was there. “He had people rolling on the floor with one vivid description of a certain part of the anatomy of Gralnick’s doberman pincer.”

Williams also recounted some of the emails he gotten over the years from Gralnick, including “Get the stick out of your ass” and “what are you doing wearing that jacket with those shoulder pads?”

When he got up to speak, NBC’s Tom Brokaw joked that he never got those kinds of emails. Gralnick was EP of “NBC Nightly News” during Brokaw’s years bringing the newscast from third to first place.

Former ABC News correspondent Lynn Sherr also spoke at the tribute. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, ABC News president Ben Sherwood “Today” show co-anchor Ann Curry, “This Week” EP Rick Kaplan, and CBS Sports president Sean McManus, and about 200 others attended.

Gralnick died May 10.

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Roger Ailes, Les Moonves and a Host of TVNewsers on 5th Ave.

Seen at Georgette Mosbacher‘s annual Christmas party tonight at her Fifth Ave. apartment: Fox’s Roger Ailes, CBS’s Les Moonves and Julie Chen, from CNBC Ron Insana and Larry Kudlow, the Foxies: Liz Claman, Martha MacCallum and Jamie Colby, from ABC Lynn Sherr, plus Felicia Taylor and Deborah Norville.

Lynn Sherr on Leaving ABC: “It’s a Very Different Audience, with Very Different Demands”

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

sherr_6.10.jpgSarah Palin may say she’s a feminist, but ABC veteran Lynn Sherr, a feminist since John McCain‘s moose-hunting running mate was in kindergarten, is dubious.

“As someone who spent years breaking down doors for women, I think a piece of feminism has to do with looking out for other women,” says Sherr, 66. “What, exactly, has she done legislatively for other women? What paths has she forged?

“She’s the person for whom all this was done; the beneficiary of all the good works of the women’s movement. Yet she seems to have turned it on its head. She doesn’t seem to care about bringing along other women with her.”

Sherr left ABC recently as a full-timer after 31 years at the network, 22 of them with “20/20.” She’ll do special projects for the show and will continue to have an office.

Among her many outside ventures is hosting a live SIRIUS special at 6 tonight on — you peaked! — “The New Feminism.”

Naturally, Sherr scoffs at the notion of a “new” feminism. “What’s wrong with the old feminism?”

Palin’s well-rehearsed spontaneous winks during last week’s vice presidential debate, for example, didn’t score any points with Sherr. “I’m just as offended by a man doing it. It feels contrived. I just want someone to be a straight shooter with me.”

Sherr is the Annie Oakley of network correspondents. She left ABC “because the business has changed. The show has changed. I’ve changed. The decision was completely mutual.”

In the old days, ’20/20′ “was a small family of correspondents. People knew who we were,” she says. “We were able to do long, wonderful, rambling emotional pieces.”

Now, it’s all about speed, speed and more speed. Attention spans are measured in nanoseconds.

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Lynn Sherr Leaving ABC News

Sherr_9.25.jpgTVNewser has obtained the internal email from ABC News president David Westin announcing that longtime correspondent Lynn Sherr is leaving the network.

From: Westin, David L.
To: #ABCTV News ALL
Cc: Sweeney, Anne X.
Sent: Thu Sep 25 17:14:18 2008
Subject: Lynn Sherr

After a long and distinguished career at ABC News, Lynn Sherr has announced she will be leaving us. She has agreed to be available for special projects for 20/20.

Throughout her time here, Lynn has covered a wide range of stories, specializing in women’s issues and social change, as well as investigative reports. She has received many awards, including a George Foster Peabody Award. Lynn joined ABC News in 1977. Before going to 20/20, she was a national correspondent for ABC News, where she was also part of the network’s political team for every election cycle through 2000. She reported on the NASA space shuttle program from its inception in 1981 through the Challenger explosion in 1986, anchoring almost every mission from launch to landing. She was one of 40 semifinalists in the journalist-in-space program. She is also the author of six books, and conceived and co-edited Peter Jennings: A Reporter’s Life, which was published in 2007. Her memoir, Outside the Box: My Unscripted Life of Love, Loss and Television News, just released in paperback, chronicles her pioneering work on and off the air.

I know that all of us wish Lynn well as she expands her horizons.