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Maria Shriver Returning To NBC News as Special Anchor

Following an interview with playwright Eve Ensler on NBC’s “Today,” Maria Shriver announced that she was returning to NBC as a “special anchor.” Shriver left NBC in 2004, after becoming the First Lady of California.

In her new role Shriver will report on the impact women are having on society for all NBC News platforms, including NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and even NBC Sports. She will also serve as editor-at-large for the NBC News digital properties. NBC will also be the broadcast partner for “Shriver Reports,” the next of which will be released in 2014, about financial insecurity for women in America.

“I’m really excited to be profiling people like Eve Ensler, women and men I call architects of change who are taking us out beyond all areas of human endeavor,” Shriver said this morning. “I’m excited to be reporting along with all of you about women’s evolving experiences in the United States as parents, caregivers, care takers. There is so much going on. I’m excited to be coming forward, as I say, going forward with NBC and all of you.”

Shriver was the anchor of “Dateline” from 1986-2004. She returned to NBC for Papal coverage in March, spurring speculation that she would return to the network in some capacity.

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Maria Shriver Returns to ‘Today’ for Papal Coverage

For the last two days, former NBC News anchor/correspondent — and former California first lady — Maria Shriver has been reporting for the “Today” show from Rome. She’s had several reports, including the story behind the pope’s choice of names, and how the role of women in the church could change under Pope Francis. This morning she took part in an interview, with Matt Lauer, of New York Archbishop, Cardinal Timothy Dolan. “Your dad was a great man. He was a wise man too,” said Dolan speaking of Sargent Shriver who died two years ago.

Shriver’s career in TV news goes back 30 years. She co-anchored “The CBS Morning News” in the mid-1980s before moving to NBC News where she anchored “Weekend Today,” the weekend edition of “Nightly News” and, later, reported and anchored for “Dateline NBC.”

In 2007 — following the coverage of the death of Anna Nicole Smith — Shriver declared she was done with TV news. “It was then that I knew that the TV news business had changed and so had I,” Shriver said at the California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women . “I called NBC News and told them I’m not coming back.”

Of course, things change. Six years ago, “Today” was the undisputed No. 1 morning show. “Today” producers hope that by bringing back familiar on-air faces, some of the hundreds of thousands of viewers who tuned out over the past year, will also return.

Stahl to Schwarzenegger: ‘She Gave Up Her Television Career for You. I Mean, Wow’

Arnold Schwarzenegger tells all — or most of all — in his memoir “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life,” out Monday. But first he’s sitting down with Lesley Stahl on Sunday’s “60 Minutes.” (Schwarzenegger’s book is published by CBS Corp. company Simon & Shuster). The actor and former California governor gives the understatement of the year when he tells Stahl cheating on Maria Shriver and having an out-of-wedlock child with his housekeeper was “the stupidest thing I’ve done in the whole relationship.” Stahl proclaims: “She gave up her television career for you. I mean, wow!” Shriver’s career in TV news included co-anchoring CBS’s morning show in the mid-1980s before moving to NBC and anchoring weekend “Today” and “Nightly News” and reporting for “Dateline.”

Jodi Applegate, Soledad O’Brien, Campbell Brown Help Celebrate Weekend ‘Today’ 25th Anniversary

Sunday morning, NBC’s Weekend “Today” will celebrate a quarter century of being on the air. “Today” made its Sunday debut in 1987 and five years later, the Saturday edition premiered making it a 7-day a week franchise.

Former anchors Boyd Matson, Garrick Utley, Mary Alice Williams, Scott Simon, Jackie Nespral, Mike Schneider, Giselle Fernandez and Jodi Applegate will be in studio, while the show has assembled taped pieces from other former anchors including Campbell Brown, Maria Shriver, Jack Ford and Soledad O’Brien.

Will Amy Robach who left the show earlier this year and is now with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” make an appearance? Stay tuned. A permanent Saturday co-anchor has not been named. Jenna Wolfe and Lester Holt, who has anchored the show for 9 years, lead the anniversary broadcast Sunday morning.

Elizabeth Cole Named EP of ‘Dateline NBC’

Elizabeth Cole, who has been with NBC on and off for 20 years, has been named Executive Producer of “Dateline NBC.” Cole had been Executive Editor of “Dateline,” reporting to David Corvo who is Senior EP of “Dateline” and the new Brian Williams NBC News primetime newsmagazine.

Cole first joined NBC News in 1991, part of then-NBC News correspondent Maria Shriver‘s production unit. She went on to AP and segment produce at “Dateline” over the next 8 years. After a  brief stint at which went bust during the dot com bubble in 2000, Cole returned to “Dateline” where she’s been since.

Cole will oversee all aspects of “Dateline,” working closely with Corvo and anchor Ann Curry.

“Liz’s contributions to ‘Dateline’ have been tremendous,” says NBC News president Steve Capus. “She is not only a world-class producer, she’s admired by her peers and a true leader.”

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ABC News to Cover 2nd Shriver Report

shriver_8-24.jpgABC News has announced it will deliver coverage this October of “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s,” a study conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association and Maria Shriver for the California Women’s Conference. ABC will be the official media partner of the report.

This is the second such report from the first lady of California, and former NBC News correspondent. Last fall, NBC News teamed up with Shriver for the first report, titled “A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything.”

For the week of October 18th, all of ABC News’ broadcast programs will feature related coverage. During NBC’s coverage, Shriver was named “guest editor” and made an appearance on “Meet the Press.” No appearances been scheduled for Shriver on ABC, though that will likely change in the two months leading up. Shriver was the EP of HBO’s Emmy award-winning “The Alzheimer’s Project.”

‘Has it occurred to you that men’s balls are as vulnerable as women’s ovaries?’

NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow sit down for a new series of promo videos for NBC’s “A Woman’s Nation,” which begins next week and is guest edited by Maria Shriver. You can go here to see videos including Ann Curry, Meredith Vieira, Jenna Bush, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Mika Brzezinski. In this clip, Mitchell talks with Maddow about covering 3 Mile Island:

NBC News to Report on ‘State of Women in America’

nbc120.jpgBill Carter of the NY Times reports that NBC News will be devoting portions of their October broadcasts to discuss the current roles of women in America. Much of the information will come from a study led by former NBC correspondent and current First Lady of California Maria Shriver, who will appear on Oct. 18′s “Meet the Press” to discuss “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything.” Shriver will also be a “guest editor” for the NBC coverage. Carter writes:

Steve Capus, president of NBC News, said that he had not yet seen the study’s findings. “It just seemed like a natural idea to do news stories that look at where we are on these issues,” he said. Ms. Shriver’s previous relationship with NBC News — she left her position as correspondent after her husband was elected governor in 2003 — was important, Mr. Capus said, because “we are confident in her abilities.”

CNBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo will also have some involvement in the coverage.

Sunday Show Ratings: August 30, 2009

NBC’s “Meet the Press” topped the Sunday show ratings once again. Sunday’s episode featured a special interview with Maria Shriver the weekend of her uncle’s funeral. CBS’ “Face the Nation” tied ABC’s “This Week” in Total Viewers and tied “MTP” in the A25-54 demo. “Face the Nation” had Senators John McCain, Dianne Feinstein, and Orrin Hatch and Rep. Barney Frank.

Here is the ratings breakdown for Sunday:

Network Program Total
A25-54 Rating
NBC “Meet the Press” 3.06M 990K .8
CBS “Face the Nation” 2.61M 960K .8
ABC “This Week” 2.61M 880K .7
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.24M 510K .4

Maria Shriver to Appear on ‘MTP’

meet the press logo 8-29.jpgDavid Gregory sat down with Sen. Kennedy’s niece, Maria Shriver, for an interview that will air tomorrow on “Meet the Press.” “MTP” will devote the hour Sunday to Sen. Kennedy.

FishbowlDC has text and video excerpts from the interview.