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Networks and Cable Channels Roll Out Key Talent For 2011 State Of The Union Coverage

All four major broadcast networks, along with the cable news channels, are bringing out the big name talent for coverage of the 2011 State of The Union address Tuesday evening.

On the broadcast networks, NBC has Brian Williams anchoring along with “Meet the Press” host David Gregory.

ABC has Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchoring, joined by a number of correspondents, hosts, and analysts, including Jake Tapper, Christiane Amanpour, Jonathan Karl and Deborah Roberts.

On CBS, “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric will lead the coverage, joined by CBS reporters and analysts.

On the Fox broadcasting network, Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith will anchor coverage. Smith will be joined by “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace and correspondent Wendell Goler.

On the cable news channels:

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Election 2010: Univision Goes All-Out for ‘Destino 2010′ Coverage

With English-language election coverage spread out across the cable and broadcast networks, there are plenty of choices for interested viewers. Spanish-speaking viewers that want to find out the latest results have fewer options.

Luckily, Univision is bringing out its star anchors for its midterm election coverage, which it is calling “Destino 2010.”

Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, who are the co-anchors of the network’s evening news program “Noticiero Univision” will lead the coverage, joined by late-night news anchors Edna Schmidt and Enrique Teuteló. Coverage will begin with the evening news at 6:30, followed by additional live coverage at 10 and 11:30 PM.

Analysts will include Democrat Maria Cardona and Republican Adolfo Franco, along with Arnoldo Torres, and Helen Aguirre Ferre.

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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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Orszag, Golodryga Attending WH State Dinner

The White House released its list of expected attendees at this evening’s State Dinner with Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, and OMB Director Peter Orszag and fiancée, ABC News’ Bianna Golodryga, are on it. Golodryga was recently named the new co-anchor of the “GMA” weekend edition.

Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas will be sitting at the head table with the president. Other notable non-politicos: Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Longoria-Parker, and, oddly, Jets QB Mark Sanchez along with his date: D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

(TwitPic via @LynnSweet)

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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.

Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas Discusses Her Career

mariaelenasalinas10-27.jpgKatie Couric may have become the first woman to anchor a national evening news broadcast in 2006, but Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas has been co-anchoring one since 1987.

“Noticiero Univision,” the broadcast Salinas co-anchors with Jorge Ramos, had its best season ever in 2008-2009, averaging 2.4 million viewers each weeknight. And it continues to grow.

TVNewser recently caught up with Salinas for a very interesting mediabistro.com interview. In it, she told us the story of her career, which is also the story of Spanish-language news in the United States. Here’s an excerpt:

At the beginning, people saw Channel 34 and the few affiliates that we had at the time as, you know, these little low-power stations with low quality that only undocumented immigrants watched. It was very difficult to cover, for example a presidential election, because we’d always have to be explaining who we were: “Channel 30-what?” You know, people just had absolutely no idea who we were. People who came into the industry always saw Channel 34 and Spanish-language media as a stepping-stone to bigger and better things. [Latinos] figured this is where we might learn a little bit about the profession and then move on to, you know, real TV: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN then was beginning to make a dent or to be heard. And what happened is little by little Spanish-language media has grown so much that now it’s the other way around.

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