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CBS’ Maggie Rodriguez Interviews Miners’ Family Member in English & Spanish

CBS “Early Show” Co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez interviewed José Sanchez this morning in both English and Spanish. Sanchez talked to Rodriguez via satellite from Chile about his three family members who were trapped inside the mine:  Victor Segovia, Esteban Rojas, and Pablo Rojas.

“English-speaking anchors are at a disadvantage when it comes to stories like this,” Rodriguez tells TVNewser, “I’m so proud that we gave our viewers something they can’t get anywhere else.”

Rodriguez, who joined “The Early Show” from Miami’s CBS station in Dec. 2007, said the interview “happened so fast. My producer was with him all night, but this morning it was sit down, check levels, and go.” Sanchez had been at Camp Hope, near the mine site, for 69 days. His family members were some of the first rescued, but he “stayed until the last miner was rescued,” Rodriguez says.

When asked about CBS’ efforts to get an interview with one of the trapped miners, Rodriguez said “everybody in the entire world is trying for that interview.”

And if the next international tragedy happens in France or Italy, Rodriguez could jump into action again.

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Maggie Rodriguez Returns From Maternity leave

CBS “Early Show” anchor Maggie Rodriguez returned from maternity leave this morning, and was joined by her co-anchors Harry Smith and Julie Chen. Chen will be leaving the program full-time as she begins to focus on her upcoming daytime talk-show “The Talk.”

Warning: “yummy” pictures and lots of baby talk ahead:

CBS ‘Early Show’ Team to Reunite Monday

early_show_logo091610.jpgIt has been a crazy year for the team at CBS’ “The Early Show,” with many babies being born and a marriage thrown in for good measure.

Monday, co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez returns from maternity leave and the entire crew will be back together again. Rodriguez will be joining fellow co-anchors Julie Chen and Harry Smith, as well as weather anchor Dave Price.

Rodriguez, Chen and news anchor Erica Hill have all given birth this year, with Price tying the knot.

Florida Runs Your News

florida_9-2.jpgGrowing up in South Florida, I should have known I would someday end up somehow involved in TV news. For better or worse, the state of Florida — and in particular the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale market — has had maybe the biggest impact on the television news industry outside New York and LA.

For one, the number of major national anchors who did stints in South Florida will astound you. CNN’s Larry King and “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft both did stints at WPLG very early in their careers. King also once worked at current NBC O&O WTVJ, where Katie Couric would later be a general assignment reporter.

“Get this,” says current-HLN anchor and former Miami anchor/health reporter Robin Meade. “When I was at WSVN in 1994-ish, I did the mornings. Rick Sanchez was the main anchor at the station. Shepherd Smith was a street reporter for the same channel. Linda Stouffer (former HLN anchor) was the weekend morning anchor. And Charles Molineaux (former HLN anchor) was my co-anchor in the morning. Soon after I left, I believe Shawn Robinson started doing the mornings there before heading to access Hollywood.”

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Maggie Rodriguez Has Baby Boy

CBS “Early Show” anchor Maggie Rodriguez had her baby boy last evening at 6:20pm in New York City. Michael Tobin Rodriguez Jr. (7 lbs., 1 oz) joins five-year-old sister Daniella. Maggie’s husband, Michael Rodriguez Sr., is an executive at Telemundo. Rodriguez had her last day on “The Early Show” Friday before beginning her leave during which news anchor Erica Hill, who just returned herself from maternity leave, will fill-in.

Erica Hill Returns from Maternity Leave

CBS’ Erica Hill returns to her job as news anchor on “The Early Show” tomorrow morning — she gave birth to her son, Sawyer Steven Yount, in late March. And as the former CNNer returns, one of her colleagues prepares for another upcoming due date. June 11th will be anchor Maggie Rodriguez‘s last day before her maternity leave.

Latino Newsers Provide Scholarships for Future Journalists

Maggie_3.18.jpgCBS Early Show co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez is among the TV news anchor/reporters putting their money where the future is: offering $5,000 as part of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) scholarship program.

FOX News Senior Correspondent Geraldo Rivera, CNN Anchor and Special Correspondent Soledad O’Brien, and Noticiero Univision co-anchor Maria Elena Salinas are contributing as well.

The deadline to apply is March 31.

CNN to Disclose Hanna-SeaWorld Connection Going Forward

jackhanna_3-3.jpgIf you watched TV news after the killer whale incident last week, you probably saw celebrity animal expert Jack Hanna defending SeaWorld and the treatment of animals in captivity. What you might not have seen was a disclosure of his relationship with the theme park.

Busch Gardens, which owns SeaWorld, has advertised special events called “Jack Hanna Adventures,” and Hanna held regular events and breakfasts at both parks.

On “AC360,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduced Hanna as having “a long-standing relationship with SeaWorld, [and is] on its conservation board as well.” But many other CNN/HLN programs did not provide any information about the relationship.

A CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser, “Some of the shows did disclose the business connection, but we should have disclosed it consistently. We’re doing that now.”

Hanna also appeared on CBS’ “Early Show,” where he was interviewed by Maggie Rodriguez and again defended SeaWorld’s work. Rodriguez did not note the prior relationship, but Hanna did seem to make a roundabout mention, “I’ve done this for 40-something years, to bring the animal world to tens of millions of people through our zoo or through SeaWorld, whatever it might be.”

After the jump, Hanna and HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell have a heated discussion about the subject of whales in captivity.

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Early Show Baby Boom Continues

The CBS News “Early Show” baby boom continues. After contributor Debbye Turner Bell had her baby earlier this month, the show’s supervising producer Maryam Ayromlou gave birth to baby Max Cyrus Velgot last Thursday.

And apropos of the show his mom works on, Max arrived 12 days early.

Early Show anchors Maggie Rodriguez and Erica Hill and the show’s publicist Kelli Halyard are next. Hill is due in late March, Halyard in June and Rodriguez in July.

Michelle Obama’s Next Interview: ‘Early Show’

First Lady Michelle Obama will sit down with CBS News’ Maggie Rodriguez in Philadelphia for an interview that will air on Monday’s “Early Show,” TVNewser has learned. So far this month, FLOTUS has appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” and with NBC’s Matt Lauer for the “Today” show, and she is set to appear this weekend with Fox News’ Mike Huckabee.