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‘Morning Joe’ and ‘Good Morning America’ Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

MJ and GMA

“Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski and several “Good Morning America” personalities got drenched this week for a good cause.

On Thursday, the “MJ” duo accepted Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal‘s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, getting doused with ice water while sitting in a giant kiddie pool (must say Joe got the worst of it). The next day, “GMA’s” Lara Spencer, Paula Faris, Sara Haines, and Tory Johnson accepted colleague Michael Strahan‘s challenge. Standing in NYC’s Central Park, the GMAers received quite the cooldown on a sunny summer day.

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Paula Faris Joins ‘Good Morning America’

This morning, Paula Faris debuted as the new Weekend “Good Morning America” co-anchor. Faris takes over for Bianna Golodryga who is joining Yahoo! News. Dan Harris, Ron Claiborne and Sara Haines welcomed the former ABC News correspondent and “World News Now” co-anchor to the team.

Bianna Golodryga Leaving ‘GMA’ for Yahoo!; Paula Faris Promoted to Co-Anchor

GolodrygaFarris“Good Morning America” weekend co-anchor Bianna Golodryga (far left) is leaving ABC News and joining Yahoo! News where she will be news and finance anchor.

Paula Faris, who joined ABC News in 2011 as anchor of “World News Now” and has most recently been a correspondent for all shows, has been has been promoted to co-anchor of “GMA” weekend.

The New York Times reports Golodryga made the move for “the opportunity to delve into more detail on topics ranging from Russia to Wall Street and everything in between.” Golodryga joined “GMA’s” weekend show in 2010. We hear she might still pop up from time to time on “GMA” since Yahoo! and ABC News are partners. Golodryga joins other recent high-profile Yahoo! hires including Katie Couric and David Pogue.

Faris joins Dan Harris as anchor of “GMA’s” weekend edition which will also see a new meteorologist when Rob Marciano joins the network in September.

>>Update: Katie Couric is happy about Golodryga’s arrival. Read more

When Rambunctious Fans Invade World Cup Live Shots

As the USA-Germany game gets underway in Brazil, here’s a reminder of which lucky correspondents are covering the World Cup for their respective networks: CNN’s Lara Baldesarra, Fox News’ Bryan Llenas, CBS’ Elaine Quijano, ABC’s Paula Faris and NBC’s Natalie Morales, who found herself in the middle of a particularly noisy group of fans during her 9 a.m. live shot on “Today” this morning:

For those of you who work in TV news, and are not in Brazil, you may have the benefit of having a TV on your desk. And if you work for the state of New York, here’s some good news: Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved an extra hour of lunch for all New York State employees today. (Maybe he got the idea from his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo who was in Rio earlier this week covering the Team USA v. Portugal game.) See Gov. Cuomo’s tweet after the jump. Read more

The Saturday Ticker: Woodruff Kicks, Claman Steaks, Francis Tours

  • Bob Woodruff will be among the ABC Newsers at the World Cup next month in Brazil. Woodruff will report for ESPN and ABC News. Correspondent Paula Faris will also be in Brazil reporting on the tournament, breaking news and other highlights for “Good Morning America,” “World News” and “Nightline.”

  • FBN’s Liz Claman is among the biznewsers in Omaha for this morning’s Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. “I have had many steaks in Omaha,” Claman tells the Berkshire-owned Omaha World-Herald. “I feel really well-fed whenever I am there.” Claman will also get her annual interview with Berkshire chairman Warren Buffett.

  • Claman’s colleague Melissa Francis takes Closer magazine on a tour of her home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “The moment I walked in, I knew. But I hid it, because that’s not very strong negotiating,” she laughs.

Paula Faris Unexpectedly Announces Her Pregnancy on ‘GMA’

After losing her breath in the middle of the headlines on “Good Morning America” this morning, ABC News correspondent Paula Faris announced she is pregnant with her third child.

Faris struggled to finish the headlines in the 7 a.m. hour before finally saying, “Sorry, it’s the pregnant chick, everybody!” Josh Elliott jumped in to relieve her, saying, “Hang on. We’re going to to go the bullpen.” When he was done, he congratulated Faris, who said losing her breath is a side effect of pregnancy. She is 17 weeks along with her third child.

ABC News Shifts Correspondents

ABC News is making some changes to its correspondent ranks, according to a memo sent to ABC staff by president Ben Sherwood.

“ABC World News Now” co-anchor Paula Faris will become a correspondent for the network, reporting for all of the shows and platforms. Her last day on “WNN” will be Tuesday, where she is expected to receive a proper sendoff.  Faris will be replaced on “WNN” by regular fill-in anchor Diana Perez, who had been a correspondent for NewsOne. Perez will join Rob Nelson on the “WNN” anchor desk.

Linzie Janis will be joining ABC News in New York as a correspondent. She had been reporting for Bloomberg TV in London for the last four years.

Marci Gonzalez will join ABC as a correspondent for NewsOne, and joins the network from WABC where she was a correspondent.

More info in Sherwood’s note, after the jump.
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ABC News Adds Alex Perez to Chicago Bureau

ABC News has hired Alex Perez as a Chicago-based correspondent, ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced today.

Perez joins ABC News from WMAQ, the NBC-owned local station in Chicago, where he has been a reporter and anchor for six years. In a memo to staffers, Sherwood called Perez “a skilled and energetic reporter who understands the power of words and images.” He will spend the next few weeks in New York before returning to Chicago.

Perez is the third recent ABC News hire from NBC Chicago. He joins former WMAQ colleagues Ginger Zee, who is the “Good Morning America” weekend meteorologist, and Paula Faris, who is the co-anchor of “World News Now,” at ABC. The three ABC hires have the added benefit of pulling top talent from an NBC station, which competes with ABC-owned WLS in the Chicago market.

Read the full memo from Sherwood after the jump.

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Paula Faris To Join ABC As ‘World News Now’ Anchor

ABC News president Ben Sherwood has officially announced the hire of Paula Faris as co-anchor of “World News Now” and “America This Morning.”

Faris joins ABC from WMAQ, the NBC station in Chicago, where she has been a sports anchor and reporter for the past six years. News of her hire was first reported by Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder in October; an official announcement was delayed until Faris’ contract with WMAQ was finished.

In addition to co-anchoring the overnight newscast with Rob Nelson, Faris will contribute to “Good Morning America,” where she will join her former WMAQ colleague Ginger Zee.

Read the full announcement from Sherwood after the jump.

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ABC News Hires Two Anchors from NBC Station in Chicago

Two familiar Chicago faces are headed to New York. WMAQ meteorologist Ginger Zee (left) and WMAQ sports anchor Paula Faris (right) are both set to join ABC News in New York. Robert Feder, who knows about all things Chicago TV, has been reporting the developments of both.

ABC News tells TVNewser Zee will join “Good Morning America” weekend this Saturday.

GMA weekend has been without a regular weather anchor since the departure of Marysol Castro last September. (Castro jumped to CBS’s ‘Early Show’ but that only lasted 9 months.)

Meanwhile, Faris is expected to be named co-anchor of “World News Now” later this year, when her WMAQ contract ends. She will join Rob Nelson on the ABC overnight show.

Faris has been with WMAQ since 2005, Zee since 2006. A third WMAQ talent, morning co-anchor Zoraida Sambolin, is joining CNN as part of the revamp of their “American Morning.”

The Zee and Faris hires at ABC have the added benefit of taking top talent away from an NBC O&O which can help their competitors, including Chicago’s ABC station WLS (which doesn’t need much help since they’ve been #1 forever).

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