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5 Questions for CNN International Anchor Robyn Curnow

CNN Robyn Curnow304CNN’s Robyn Curnow recently relocated from South Africa to Atlanta for her new show “International Desk with Robyn Curnow.” Today, only a few weeks since changing continents, she’s back in South Africa for the Oscar Pistorius sentencing. It’s been a wild ride for Curnow, who is getting used to a new country and a new role as an anchor.

TVNewser: What has been the bigger challenge, your new show or moving from South Africa to Atlanta?

Robyn Curnow: I’ve lived in Johannesburg, Sydney, London, Perth and Cambridge, so moving cities wasn’t as big a switch as shifting from the field to the studio. It’s been simultaneously terrifying and amazing to anchor my new show. I want to keep the fly-by-the-seat-of-your pants live reporting style I am used to, but at the same time I am acutely aware I also need to ‘front’ the show. I am still finding my feet but the I-Desk team is really fantastic and we pack the show with live interviews and guests so it’s pacey and intelligent.

TVNewser: You first interviewed Oscar Pistorius back in 2008. What was your initial reaction when you first heard that he was being charged with murder?

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Why Bill O’Reilly Wants Michelle Obama on His Show

JarrettOReillyFollowing his appearance in the White House audience for Pres. Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper inititiave, Bill O’Reilly sat down with Obama’s senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett. “I was pleased you invited me to this,” said O’Reilly in his first ever interview with Jarrett. “You shocked a lot of people — people were fainting when I walked in.”

O’Reilly gave his ideas of how the program could work: “You’re going to have to get people like Jay Z, like Kanye West, all of these gangsta rappers, to knock it off. That’s number one.”

O’Reilly then told Jarrett he’d like Michelle Obama to come on his program: “And I want Michelle Obama to look into that camera and say you teenage girls, you stop having sex. You stop getting pregnant. This is wrong. I want her to do that right here. Do you think she would?”

“Well,” said Jarrett, “I think what’s more important than Michelle Obama coming on Fox News is for her to spend time with young girls, which she does. She’s had a mentor-ship program for young girls since she first took office.”

The two also talked about the president’s poll numbers and military cuts. WATCH:

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Former First Daughter Chats With Current First Lady About Body Image

“Today” show corespondent Jenna Bush Hager has been traveling with first lady Michelle Obama this week, part of the fourth anniversary of Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative and the “Today” show’s Love Your Selfie campaign.

“You’re raising two teenage girls in the spotlight, I speak from experience, not always easy,” said Bush Hager, the daughter and granddaughter of former presidents Bush.

Bush Hager asked Mrs. Obama about how she talks to her daughters about body image and self-confidence. “We talk about health. We talk about what’s on the inside,” she says. WATCH:

‘There Will Be a Time When Coming Out is Not a Big Story’

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By any measure, 2013 was the Year of the Queer, especially for network anchors.

In addition to the death of DOMA, the increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage, and the Boy Scouts of America’s pledge of allegiance to sexual diversity, ABC’s Robin Roberts and Sam Champion and NBC’s Jenna Wolfe joined the growing pantheon of openly-gay anchors.

All three of their revelations were greeted with virtually unanimous support, which leads me to wonder: Have we reached a societal tipping point for acceptance of homosexual news personalities? Or does the culture of celebrity require that such disclosures launch blazing headlines?

Yes and yes.

“As long as we keep progressing, there will be a time when coming out is not a big story,” says CNN’s Don Lemon, 47, who disclosed his sexuality in his 2011 memoir. “… Maybe not in the near future; maybe over the course of a decade. I’m not an authority on when that will be. I’m not Nostradamus. I can’t predict things.”

To MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, we’re already at that point. Out since 2006, his September 2012 wedding to Patrick Abner was featured in the Sunday New York Times ’‘Vows” section.

“Times have changed,” Roberts, 41, says. “We have a President who believes in marriage equality, and a Supreme Court that believes in marriage equality, and more and more states that are enacting laws to recognize marriage equality. I think it’s fantastic.”

The momentum from this cultural sea change has enabled “great, wonderful people” such as Robin Roberts et. al “to step up and claim their rightful spots,” Roberts adds. “They’re showing that a successful personal life and a successful professional life can live within the same sphere.”

Roberts and Lemon point out that such exposure is crucial in the face of raging homophobes like ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson. Robertson is “free to cast aspersions,” Roberts says. “He throws gay people on the fire and uses the Bible as an excuse.”

Amen. Got a match?

Robin Roberts’ and Sam Champion’s approaches to acknowledging their sexuality publicly represent another cultural tipping point. Eschewing methods of the past — declarations on national magazine covers, for example — both chose a subtle, understated approach.

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Al Sharpton to Interview Michelle Obama

ObamaSharptonThe Rev. Al Sharpton used his Instragram account (left) to announce that an interview with First Lady Michelle Obama airs tomorrow on his radio show, with portions airing tonight on his MSNBC show.

The interview is for WVON, so any clips used on MSNBC will be audio-only.

Sharpton’s interview comes two weeks after another MSNBC host, Chris Matthews, sat down with Pres. Obama as part of Matthews’ Hardball College Tour.

Today’s ‘Bitchy’ Selfie Moment

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During a conversation about the appropriateness of the smiling “selfie” taken by Denmark’s Prime Minister with President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron at Nelson Mandela‘s memorial, Natalie Morales defended First Lady Michelle Obama‘s “resting face” outside of the picture.

“How many of us have photos taken of us…you just have that bitchy resting face, as we say,” Morales giggled.

“With all due respect to the First Lady,” a surprised Willie Geist interjected.

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Barbara Walters to Interview President and Mrs. Obama

abc_obama_walters_081125_mnBarbara Walters will interview President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in their first joint interview this year. The interview will be Walters’ fifth interview with the couple.

The interview will air on a “20/20″ Thanksgiving special on November 29. Excerpts will begin airing next week across all ABC News platforms, including on “The View.” With Walters set to retire next year, the “20/20″ special will include a look back at interviews she has done with every President and First Lady since Richard Nixon was in office.

ABC’s Cokie Roberts Moderates First Ladies Panel in Africa

ABC’s Cokie Roberts moderated a discussion with First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush this morning in Africa. Politico’s Mike Allen, who is covering the event in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania says the event “looked like a first ladies’ edition of ‘The View.’”

ABC’s Jonathan Karl will interview George and Laura Bush who are in Africa for the George W. Bush Institute’s first annual African First Ladies Summit. CNN’s Robyn Curnow also sat down with the Bushes. That interview aired on CNN last night.

ABC’s Jonathan Karl to Interview George and Laura Bush in Africa

ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will sit down with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush during their trip to Africa. The sit-down is scheduled to happen tomorrow after President Bush and President Barack Obama attend a wreath-laying ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to honor the victims of the 1998 bombing at the U.S. Embassy.

Portions of the interview will air tomorrow on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and Wednesday on “Good Morning America.” The full extended interview will air Sunday on “This Week,” which Karl will anchor.

In addition to a joint appearance for Bush and Obama, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama will participate in a panel discussion tomorrow at the Bush Institute’s African First Ladies Summit moderated by ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts.

>Update: CNN’s Robyn Curnow also sat down with George and Laura Bush. Watch the interview, which aired on “The Situation Room,” after the jump. Read more

Robin Roberts, MSNBC on Ebony Power 100 List

Ebony magazine has revealed its Power 100 list of the most influential African Americans. On the list, Pres. Barack and Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Bishop T.D. Jakes. On the media side, ABC’s Robin Roberts is on the list. And while it’s made up of 99 individuals or couples, a book and a movie, one entire entity — MSNBC — is on the list. MSNBC counts Rev. Al Sharpton, Tamron Hall, Melissa Harris-Perry and Toure as regular hosts and in the just completed October ratings report, MSNBC marked its 33rd straight month as the the #1 cable channel among African American viewers (Mon-Sun, primetime).

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