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ABC News Staffers Take on New Roles

A couple staffing changes at ABC News.

Dan Arnall
has been promoted to senior producer of business coverage at the network. In a memo to staff, obtained by TVNewser, ABC News president David Westin calls the six-year ABC News vet “a key member of our award-winning editorial team covering the economy and financial crisis.” And “World News” EP Jon Banner upped staffer Judy Isikow to senior producer of futures and features for the Diane Sawyer broadcast. Isikow joined “World News Tonight” as Peter Jennings‘ assistant.
A couple staffing changes at ABC News.

Dan Arnall
has been promoted to senior producer of business coverage at the network. In a memo to staff, obtained by TVNewser, ABC News president David Westin calls the six-year ABC News vet “a key member of our award-winning editorial team covering the economy and financial crisis.” And “World News” EP Jon Banner upped staffer Judy Isikow to senior producer of futures and features for the Diane Sawyer broadcast. Isikow joined “World News Tonight” as Peter Jennings‘ assistant.

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Rachel Maddow Wins Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award

Rachel Maddow.jpgMSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has been named a Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award winner by The Interfaith Alliance.

“Rachel’s passionate coverage of the intersection of religion and politics exhibits a strong personal intellect coupled with constitutional sensitivity to the proper boundaries between religion and government,” Interfaith Alliance president Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy says in a press release.

Previous Cronkite honorees include Tom Brokaw, Larry King, and the late Peter Jennings. Maddow will receive her award at an October 24 dinner in Manhattan.

‘ABC World News’ Honors Peter Jennings

Saturday marked five years since “ABC World News” anchor Peter Jennings passed away from lung cancer.

The network remembered the star journalist with a package looking at that day and his career, as well as providing some updated statistics on smoking and lung cancer. As David Muir said on the night’s broadcast:

“Always the reporter, he would likely want us to ask, has anything changed? And so tonight, new numbers that even Peter would welcome.”

Muir ends the report with a letter from a viewer, who says they had not touched a cigarette since Jennings’ death.

Gwen Ifill Accepts First Amendment Award

ifill_6-15.jpgPBS “Washington Week” moderator and “NewsHour” correspondent Gwen Ifill was honored Monday by Quinnipiac University with the 17th Fred Friendly First Amendment Award at a luncheon in New York.

Former recipients of the award include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Bill Moyers, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Jim Lehrer, Don Hewitt, Peter Jennings, Mike Wallace, and Tim Russert.

“I scanned the list of previous recipients and my insecure side kicked in,” reflected Ifill in her remarks. “Such company. Here I was a black girl from Queens walking among giants. And then I thought, if George Clooney could play Fred Friendly in the movies, then why couldn’t I get this award?”

CBS’ Andy Rooney and NBC’s Hoda Kotb were among the attendees.

More after the jump.

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John McKenzie Leaving ABC News

McKenzie_5.5.jpgABC News medical correspondent John McKenzie is leaving the network. McKenzie is one of more than 300 ABC News employees who took a buyout. He’ll remain with the network for another couple months.

McKenzie was brought to ABC News by the late Peter Jennings in 1980. Jennings hired McKenzie away from Canada’s CTV to cover the Solidarity movement in Warsaw, Poland. McKenzie returned to the U.S. and was a Boston-based correspondent from 1982-1988. He later moved to New York and from 1993-1995, was a correspondent for the newsmagazine “Day One.” For the last 15 years, McKenzie has been ABC’s medical science reporter.

Says ABC News spokesperson Jeffrey Schneider, “John’s a great guy and a terrific reporter and we’re all glad he’s going to be here in the coming months until his buyout takes effect.”

Five Years After Peter Jennings’ Diagnosis, Lung Cancer Rates Drop

Jennings_4.6.jpgFive years ago this week network news anchors, correspondents and producers (including yours truly) were in Rome covering the death of Pope John Paul II and, later, the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

One noticeable absence, was ABC’s Peter Jennings. On April 5, 2005 we learned why. On that night’s “World News Tonight” Jennings told his audience he’d been diagnosed with late stage lung cancer. It would be his final broadcast. The cancer would take his life four months later.

Last night on “World News” Diane Sawyer reported on news from the CDC showing lung cancer rates are dropping and the smoking rate among the young is at its lowest ever.

Sawyer’s report after the jump…

> From the TVNewser Archives — April 5, 2005:

Jennings Note to Staffers: “I Have Been Diagnosed With Lung Cancer”

Comments from Competitors

Westin’s Note to Staff: “Peter’s Been Given A Tough Assignment”

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News, Not Sports, is Headline At the Start of Opening Ceremony Coverage on NBC

BW_2.12.jpgNBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver Winter games did not begin the way so many have in the past — with celebration and hope. Instead Bob Costas and Matt Lauer opened NBC’s coverage with the somber news of the death this morning of Georgian luger 21-year-old Nodar Kumaritashvili during his final practice run.

Costas and Lauer then turned things over to NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams who reported in depth on the crash that took Kumaritashvili’s life and on the track which itself has become a news story — for its speed, dangerous for several sliders and deadly today.

TB_2.12.jpgBut the NBC News incorporation into the Opening Ceremony coverage didn’t end there. In the second segment NBC Newsman Tom Brokaw reported on the U.S-Canada relationship, at one point flashing pictures of famous Canadians, including his old friend and competitor, longtime ABC World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings.

Related: Olympic Luge Competitor Killed; Videos Quickly Pulled from YouTube

Charlie Gibson Signs Off ABC ‘World News’

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This evening was Charlie Gibson‘s final broadcast on ABC’s “World News.”

Gibson announced he would be retiring from the program and from ABC News in September. Diane Sawyer, who ended her run at “Good Morning America” last Friday, will take over the program starting Monday.

“It’s hard to walk away from what I honestly think is the best job in the world,” Gibson said at the end of the newscast. “There is so much to do in the years I have left, I don’t want to miss any of it. It has been a privilege and an honor to be here, working with reporters, producers and staff for whom I have unbounded respect. This is, for them, as it has been for me, as it was for Frank Reynolds, as it was for Peter Jennings, a labor of love.”

He also stressed how important objectivity is for his business and said,”It is what we strive for each night. It is my hope that is what you have looked for and that is what you have found when you come to abc’s ‘World News.’ You’ll find it with my pal Diane Sawyer, who assumes this chair on Monday.”

“That is ‘World News’ for this Friday,” he said at the close. “I’m Charlie Gibson, and I hope you’ve had a good day. I’ve had so many good days here.”

ABC then ran a montage featuring President Obama, former Presidents W. Bush, Clinton, H.W. Bush, and Carter as well as a host of comedians, musicians, actors, athletes, and many fellow journalists, including Joan Lunden, Katie Couric, and Brian Williams, sending their wishes. The broadcast concluded with an emotional scene of Gibson sitting at his desk, surrounded by the applause of the ABC News staff. (Video below, more photos after the jump.)

More: After the broadcast, we hear that around 150 staffers — including ABC News President David Westin — as well as Gibson’s wife and daughters gathered for a champagne toast.

“World News” EP Jon Banner delivered his toast to Gibson, describing what he meant to the show and to the staff personally. “After all you have accomplished professionally — as we re-lived over the past few days — you never forgot where you came from,” Banner said, according to someone in the crowd. “You not only taught us right from wrong in journalism, you taught us right from wrong in life. And for that, we are forever grateful.”

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Flashback: Berlin Wall Network Newscasts from 1989

On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, TVNewser takes a look back at the broadcast network newscasts from that day, November 9th, 1989.

NBC’s Tom Brokaw reports for “Nightly News” from Berlin:

Peter Jennings delivers the “astonishing news” for ABC (h/t Mediaite):

Dan Rather stands atop the wall, reporting for CBS News the next day:

You can also check out some of Richard Blystone‘s reports for CNN here.

Steve Kroft To Receive Paul White Award

Kroft Steve.jpgCBS’s Steve Kroft has been named the 2010 Paul White Award winner by The Radio Television Digital News Association (formerly The Radio and Television News Directors Association). Kroft will receive the award April 12 in Las Vegas, during the RTDNA annual convention.

“Steve Kroft’s practice of our craft stands as a benchmark providing substance, depth, public service and thoughtful style,” said Ed Esposito, chairman of the award committee, in a press release.

Previous Paul White Award winners include Bob Schieffer, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Christiane Amanpour, Peter Jennings, and Edward R. Murrow.

Earlier: Steve Kroft, Matt Lauer Honored

More: CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus‘ email to staff, after the jump…

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