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The Morning Ticker: Sawyer’s Stand, Global Concert, Obama Statement

  • MaxNicholsDianeSawyerABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and her husband Mike Nichols hosted a screening last night for “Two Night Stand” – the film directing debut for Mike’s son, Max Nichols, (right). Max Nichols’ wife, CNN sports anchor Rachel Nichols, was among the attendees.

  • MSNBC will air the first-ever live broadcast of the Global Citizen Festival Saturday. The Central Park concert, featuring JAY Z, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, and more will be carried on MSNBC, while NBC News will air a primetime special at 9pmET hosted by Tamron Hall.

  • Before leaving for New York for the U.N. General Assembly this morning, Pres. Obama spoke from the South Lawn of the White House about last night’s airstrikes on ISIS and Khorasan militants in Syria. All the broadcast networks aired a special report. The president did not take questions.
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‘Hard-Nosed’ Sports Reporter, Still Hit On in the Locker Room, Gets CNN Back in the Game

nicholsWomen in sports journalism have come a long way, says CNN’s Rachel Nichols, but they have a long way to go.

“The very fact I’m allowed to go into the locker room after the game, with no one questioning it, shows significant progress,” says Nichols, 40, whose new weekly program, “Unguarded,” debuts Friday at 10:30 p.m. on CNN and CNN International.

On the other hand, athletes’ “attitudes and prejudices still need some work,” Nichols says. “When I meet players for the first time, they can be a bit guarded. Right off the bat, they assume you don’t know what you’re talking about. It’s harder to get the story sometimes.”

“Unguarded” will feature a long-form interview with an athlete as well as a panel discussion that will include entertainment stars in addition to jocks. For the opener, Nichols accompanied NBA star Lebron James in August on his annual promotional trip to China.

Sports have been a long time coming to CNN. The network has not had a dedicated sports show since “Sports Tonight,” a traditional daily roundup that began with CNN’s launch in 1980. Pre-empted by 9/11 coverage, it never returned.

Under CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker, “there’s a broadening of what CNN can be,” says Nichols, a veteran of ESPN and The Washington Post. “We’re moving to focus on more than just politics. When you pick up a newspaper, you want to be able to leaf through other sections. My show is part of that.”

Nichols joined CNN in January after a nine-year run at ESPN. Also a reporter for Turner Sports, she covers a wide variety of assignments, from major league baseball to the NBA to the Super Bowl. Also, she will be part of Turner’s Olympics team.

When it comes to football, Nichols acknowledges that women generally report from the sidelines while men occupy the more glamorous booth. (At ESPN, she did the former for “Monday Night Football.”) It’s an underrated gig, she insists.

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Diane Sawyer’s Big Night on CBS

Last night the Tony Awards were broadcast on CBS, the home of “60 Minutes” and the “CBS Evening News.” It was Diane Sawyer, however, the anchor for “ABC World News” that ended up getting a lot of screen-time during the awards ceremony.

Sawyer is, of course, married to the legendary director Mike Nichols, whose latest play, a revival of the Arthur Miller classic Death of a Salesman, won big at the Tonys last night. Nichols himself won for Best Direction, with Salesman winning for Best Revival of a play. The result: A lot of Diane Sawyer on CBS (pictured above).

Diane Sawyer: ‘I Love the Idea of Something that is Challenging in a New Way’

DSawyer_1.25.jpgNow a month in the “World News” anchor chair, ABC’s Diane Sawyer pauses briefly to talk with the AP, The Los Angeles Times and USA Today.

“I’m always startled that the sun is up,” she tells USAT of the move from mornings to evenings – and is grateful for “seeing my husband,” filmmaker Mike Nichols. “We’re going out at night.”

Sawyer demurs when asked if she prefers the sober evenings to a.m. infotainment, where she was seen jumping on trampolines. “You assume I’ve given that up!”

“I couldn’t have done 11 years if I hadn’t enjoyed the morning,” she says. But at night, viewers pay attention “in a different way. They’re expecting to be informed.”

To The Times Sawyer says the move, “wasn’t about a position for me.”

“I do think that I’m probably addicted, if anything, to stretching, and I love the idea of something that is challenging in a new way.”

And of the miles she traveled for the show already: Afghanistan, Haiti, and today to Washington to interview the president, Sawyer tells the AP’s David Bauder she wouldn’t have it any other way: “They have to restrain me. I will get on the plane at the drop of a
story.”

“I love the field,” Sawyer says. “I love to be there, sense it, experience it. I love, from my years of doing it, what people say to you and how it affects your understanding of the story.”

Brian Ross: ‘We Got a Rare Insight into a Chapter of American History’

rosssign_10-1.jpgTVNewser dropped by ABC News investigative correspondent Brian Ross‘ book party last night at ABC’s Times Square studios. “The Madoff Chronicles” hit store shelves this week and many of Ross’ colleagues were on hand to congratulate him last night.

ABC “World News” anchors, present and future, were there. Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer along with her husband Mike Nichols stopped by to offer their congratulations.

ABC News President David Westin described Ross as “The premier investigative reporter working today,” and said, “I think it’s also a bigger occasion to celebrate the work, in general, that you do with all of your colleagues. We at ABC news couldn’t be prouder of the work that you do.”

Ross also addressed the crowd and thanked Westin and everyone who helped him along the way including senior investigative producer Rhonda Schwartz and the rest of her team. He also added, “Finally, we have to thank Bernie and Ruth.”

GMA’s Chris Cuomo told TVNewser the turnout was a testament to how much everyone at ABC News respects Ross. Another GMAer, Sam Champion also attended along with GMA’s Senior EP Jim Murphy, EP Tom Cibrowski, and “Weekend GMA” anchor Bill Weir.

Also present, “Nightline” EP James Goldston, “Nightline” correspondent Vicki Mabrey, “World News” EP Jon Banner, correspondents Betsy Stark and Andrea Canning, and EP of ABC News magazines David Sloan.

We caught up with Ross and asked him about the current state and what the future holds for investigative journalism:

More photos from the evening after the jump:

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