Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean and WPIX reporter Magee Hickey were crowned New York’s funniest reporters over the weekend, marking the first year in the history of the eight-year contest that there was a tie for first place.
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This year’s field has a heavy Fox News influence. FNC senior meteorologist Janice Dean will be competing, as will FNC senior medical contributor Dr. Manny Alvarez and FBN contributor Charles Payne. The Blaze anchor Laurie Dhue (formerly of CNN and Fox News) will compete as well, alongside Magee Hickey of New York’s WPIX. Peter Schiff of Peter Schiff Radio and Newsday‘s Chris Serico round out the field.
Proceeds from the event go to the Humane Society of New York. More information, after the jump. Read more
The apprentice program, created by Ailes in 2003, awards each student a graduate certificate and a stipend. The apprentices are given monthly meetings with their mentors, exposure to all Fox News platforms through job shadows, and a private lunch with Ailes. The Ailes Rising Apprentice Scholarship also launched that night, which awards $10,000 to one student from each sponsoring school: Hofstra University and St. Augustine’s College.
The night was also the kick-off of Fox News Latino, an English-language website for the rapidly growing Hispanic population in the U.S. Will the website one day turn into a TV channel, like CNN en Espanol? “That’s nowhere in sight,” manager Francisco Cortes told The Miami Herald. “Though, trust me, it’s in the back of my mind.” Cortes himself is a graduate of the Ailes Apprentice Program.
Bill Hemmer, Roger Ailes, Anita Sthalasayee, apprentice, for Imus in the Morning and Tom Bowman, Imus EP and Anita’s mentor.
“I’m grateful all the docs showed up, it’s amazing, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, they’re all here. So if something happens, you’re going to be very well taken care of, and the whole world is going to know about it.”
Last night, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta threw a party in midtown Manhattan for the release of his new book, “Cheating Death.”
CNN/US President Jon Klein told the crowd that the turnout was attributable to Gupta’s reputation as both a good reporter and a good colleague. Klein said Gupta, who travels the world for CNN and still practices medicine every week, had taken the time recently to help him find a surgeon for his father.
Gupta’s “Cheating Death” recently made the WSJ list of best health books of 2009 (along with ABC News contributor Marie Savard’s “Ask Dr. Marie”), and Gupta said he was inspired by the larger role he thinks medical reporting can play.
“There are instances where I think media can help lead medicine,” he told the crowd. “But when we talk about reporting on things around the world, we typically think of that as news. In certain instances it can it can actually lead the charge.”
TVNewser caught up with Gupta at the party to ask him about his new book, the politicization of medical reporting, and his decision to pass up the surgeon general job. We also used to opportunity to solicit some free medical advice.