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Abbie Boudreau Moves from CNN to ABC

ABC News has hired away CNN investigative correspondent Abbie Boudreau. Boudreau will be joining ABC News’ Los Angeles bureau beginning Monday.

The award-winning Boudreau joined CNN in October 2007 as an Atlanta-based correspondent in the Special Investigations and Documentary unit. She has worked on multiple CNN special reports, including “Killings at the Canal: The Army Tapes,” “Biden: Revealed,” and “Campus Rage.”

For ABC, Boudreau will be a general assignment reporter joining David Wright and Mike Von Fremd in the L.A. bureau. This is ABC’s first on-air correspondent hire since a massive round of cuts at the network earlier this year that resulted in the elimination of more than 350 positions, including several West Coast correspondent jobs.

The news was first reported by LA news site The Enterprise Report.

> More: ABC News president David Westin’s note to the staff after the jump…

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A TV News Family Affair: The Rooneys Stick Together in Good Times, and Bad


Brian Rooney, his father Andy Rooney and sister Emily Rooney in a LIFE magazine story from the Spring of 1993.

When you mess with one Rooney, you mess with them all.

Ergo, when veteran correspondent Brian Rooney becomes a victim of ABC News’ slash-and-burn cuts, the whole family fumes.

“Maybe ABC is in bigger trouble than we know,” says his father, “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney, 91. “It seems unfair. They should have more concern for their own employees, and find a way to keep the ones who have been there a long while.”

Brian Rooney, 58, an L.A.-based staffer for 22 years, was told last month that his contract, which expires April 30, would not be renewed.

Sister Emily Rooney, dumped by ABC in 1994 after a hiccup as executive producer of Peter Jennings‘ “World News Tonight”, says her kid brother was shafted.

“He’s been a loyal foot soldier, not one of the stars,” opines Rooney, 60, a producer at Boston’s WGBH. “He’s gone into war zones, covered wildfires, flown around the country in rickety airplanes. He’s put himself in harm’s way.

“For him to be given the brush-off like that is stunning.”

For his part, Brian Rooney is trying to choose his words carefully. The Rooneys “are kind of a hard bunch” when it comes to overt displays of emotion, he says, but this time is an exception to the rule.

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Brian Rooney, Laura Marquez, Lisa Fletcher Among the ABC News Correspondents Cut

Fletcher_3.24.jpgABC News correspondents Brian Rooney, Laura Marquez and Lisa Fletcher (right) are among the ABC reporters whose contracts will not be renewed as the network looks to shed anywhere from 300-400 jobs by the end of the year.

Rooney, who is the son of “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney and the uncle of Fox News Pentagon producer Justin Fishel has been with ABC since 1988 and covers the West Coast as a correspondent based in Los Angeles. In a note to colleagues (after the jump), Rooney writes, “A funny anchorman I knew in Chicago used to say, ‘One day we will all be justifiably fired, but for the wrong reason.’ My time has come.” The news was first reported in West Coast news site, The Enterprise Report.

Marquez_3.24.jpgMarquez, an Emmy-winning correspondent based in San Francisco, has been with ABC News since 2004, joining from ABC O&O KGO. Marquez is battling chronic breast cancer while continuing to work full time as a correspondent.

Lisa Fletcher, one of ABC’s newest correspondents having joined from ABC affiliate KNXV in November, 2007, is known for her investigative reporting for ABC News programs.

Another West Coast correspondent, Mike Von Fremd, will be staying on with the network for the time being. He made the shift from Dallas to Los Angeles in 2008 for ABC.

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Changes Coming For ABC News Correspondents

Marquez_10.20.jpgABC News is shifting several bureau correspondents to new cities.

Miguel Marquez moves from Los Angeles to the London bureau; Mike Von Fremd moves from Dallas to Los Angeles and Ryan Owens moves from New York to Dallas.

Marquez joined ABC news in May 2005, but has spent much of his time reporting overseas in Iraq. From LA, Marquez covered everything from the entertainment industry to the seemingly-endless California wildfires. For 30-year ABC News veteran Mike Von Fremd, the move to Los Angeles is the next stop after assignments in cities including Chicago, Washington (Congress & The White House), and Dallas. Von Fremd was part of the team that received the Edward R. Murrow award for the “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings‘” broadcast the day President Clinton was impeached.

Owens_10.20.jpgRelative newcomer Ryan Owens takes Von Fremd’s spot in Dallas. Owens has been a New York-based correspondent since March, before that, he was co-anchor of “World News Now” and “America This Morning.”

Today’s press release is after the jump…

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The Sincerest Form Of Flattery?

Wait. This may be a first. Is the New York Times now picking up on stories first seen on a television news broadcast?

For years TV News producers have been criticized for formulating stories for their broadcasts based on what’s in that day’s paper, on the local level and the national level. (I know, because I was one of them). For the networks, that meant the occasional pick-up from The New York Times.

NYTLogo_7.25.gifBut this morning, there’s a story about how big companies are listening to their customers by reading their blogs or by using the social networking tool Twitter. Here’s a portion from the Times piece by Brian Stelter:

Comcast is not the only company trying to reach out to customers online. Using the social messaging service Twitter, Southwest Airlines answers customer questions about ticket prices and flight delays, Whole Foods Market posts details about discounts, and the chief executive of the online shoe store Zappos shares details of his life with 7,200 “followers.” Many other companies also monitor online discussion groups.

ABC_7.25.jpgCorrespondent Mike Von Fremd reported a very similar on World News Tuesday night. Here’s a part of Von Fremd’s piece:

People are logging on to Twitter to share what’s on their minds, giving someone like Tracey an incredibly powerful bullhorn. Among those listening? Corporate America. Comcast, Southwest Airlines, Jetblue, Kodak, and Dell are just a few of the companies that now monitor Twitter. They are aggressively protecting their brand.

Coincidence? Maybe. But this might just bring some comfort to you TVNewsers criticized for taking too many leads from the old Gray Lady.

> Udpdate: Well, it appears Stelter has had this story in the works for a month. He uses (what else?) Twitter to update his followers:

JasonChupick@brianstelter on A1, nice!

brianstelter@jasonchupick thanks! I filed it before going on vacation and now it looks like I never left.

Another emailer tells us the Times’ sister publication the Boston Globe had a similar story earlier this month. So maybe ABC got the idea from the Globe?