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That Time Richard Engel Was Going to be a Human Shield for Saddam Hussein

NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel is back in New York this week and last night was on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Engel talked about the Senate report on CIA torture, and his experience covering the Middle East for the last 10+ years.

Engel talked about a reporting trip to Iraq before the U.S. invasion when he “volunteered to be a human shield” for former dictator Saddam Hussein in exchange for a visa to enter the country. He got in, and told Meyers what happened next:

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Ayman Mohyeldin Moves to New York, Will Fill-In Anchor for MSNBC

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 3.56.13 PMNBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin announced via Instagram an expanded role at the network, moving to New York where he will do fill-in anchoring at MSNBC, while also continuing in his role as foreign correspondent for NBC News:

It’s official! Happy to announce that I’ve relocated to New York…Still a foreign correspondent for NBC News but will also be taking on additional roles as a news correspondent and anchor across MSNBC shows too.

Mohyeldin made news over the summer, when he witnessed an Israeli airstrike that killed four Palestinian boys. Despite Mohyeldin’s presence at the scene, the story was reported for “NBC Nightly News” by Richard Engel. Mohyeldin was later pulled from Gaza by NBC, citing “safety concerns” only to have the decision overturned after a petition campaign.

NBC’s Richard Engel in Syria: ‘The Most Dangerous, Unpredictable War I’ve Covered’

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TVNewser caught up with NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, who is filing a series of reports this week for NBC News programs from the Syrian town of Kobane, a symbol of the U.S.-led fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. “It continues to be the most dangerous, unpredictable war I’ve covered,” Engel tells TVNewser. “In this case, however, everyone on our team felt the risk was worth the trip because what’s happening in Kobane is critical to understanding the U.S. strategy in the war on ISIS. It is also an amazing story of people standing up to a vicious enemy.”

One of those people is a 26-year-old female Kurdish fighter, Viyan Peyman, who is fighting to defend Kobane from ISIS. Her story is rich and human, but as with every person in Syria, there is intense risk anytime an American journalist ventures into the warzone and starts asking questions. “We felt comfortable with our contacts,” said Engel. “It takes time to build those relationships. No one just should pack a bag, grab a camera and go to Syria.”

After several days embedded with a group of Kurdish fighters in Kobane, Engel and his crew have safely returned to Turkey. We asked about the logistics of making such dangerous reporting trips, and how he avoids kidnapping or violence.

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The Morning Ticker: #FightEbola, Streaming, Sex Crimes

  • NBC News has partnered with Facebook for the launch of “Spread the Story #FightEbola.” Over the next 24 hours NBCNews.com will post 24 untold stories of the children and families impacted by Ebola to capture the untold personal tragedy.

  • As networks like HBO, CBS and others launch streaming services, VentureBeat writes about Bloomberg’s over-the-top strategy: “Bloomberg TV started way back in 2011, and it’s seeing a lot of success as a result of not waiting around.”

  • “Sex Crimes on Campus – One Year Later” debuts Al Jazeera America tonight at 9pmET. The three-part series is an updated look at the issue of campus sexual assault.


Martin Smith Wins Columbia Journalism School’s 2014 Chancellor Award

MartinSmithVeteran PBS “Frontline” producer Martin Smith has been announced as the winner of Columbia Journalism School’s 2014 Chancellor Award for his “courageous and insightful reporting on some of the most complex stories of our time.”

Past recipients include NBC’s Richard Engel, The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, and NPR’s Robert Siegel.

Smith has covered the world for 40 years, tracking everything from the rise of Al Qaeda to the global financial crisis. His next documentary, The Rise of ISIS, premieres October 28 on PBS.

Remembering James Foley: ‘Your Slaying Will Spark a Revolution Against Terrorists’

CBS’s Clarissa Ward changed her profile picture, Fox News’s Conor Powell remembers him as “a great guy,” while Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, himself imprisoned in Egypt, says James Foley‘s murder “will spark a revolution against terrorists.” These are just some of the ways, those who knew and worked alongside the intrepid journalist are remembering their colleague killed by ISIS militants.

Powell met Foley when he was an embed in Afghanistan. He tells TVNewser: “Jim was well liked by everyone, very easy going and engaging. Like many freelancers he was fearless, but he never appeared reckless. He wasn’t covering wars and conflicts for the rush, it was the story and the people that drove him.”

Beginning of ‘Today’ Airs Without Lower Third Graphics

TodayFor those watching the beginning of “Today” this morning, some routine visuals were missing.

The first 18 minutes of the program were missing lower third graphics on the bottom of the screen. Both Andrea Mitchell and Richard Engel reported during this time, but their names didn’t appear on screen and Mitchell’s package lacked lower thirds.

“Due to some maintenance done overnight, there was a disruption in our graphics system which affected a portion of the first half hour of the show,” an NBC spokesperson tells us. “The rest of the show was not affected, and other show feeds were updated with graphics.”

NBC Promotes Madeleine Haeringer to EP of International News

madeleine haeringerMadeleine Haeringer has been promoted to executive producer of international news at NBC News, SVP of newsgathering David Verdi announced today.

“In this expanded role, Madeleine will manage the overall editorial agenda for the network’s foreign news coverage, and identify and develop our long-range international story planning. She will also continue to lead Richard Engel’s production unit as well as maintain oversight of our Olympics news coverage,” Verdi wrote in a note to staff this morning.

Haeringer has been the executive producer of Engel’s production unit since it was created last year. Before that, she was the senior producer of NBC worldwide newsgathering.

Verdi’s full note, after the jump. Read more

S.E. Cupp: ‘Discipline Was Necessary’ for NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin, CNN’s Diana Magnay

CuppWhile guest hosting on “The View” this morning, S.E. Cupp chimed in on last week’s temporary removal of NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin and complete removal of her CNN colleague, Diana Magnay, from Gaza.

“Even reporters get into problems when they discuss this conflict,” Cupp said, pointing to social media posts both Mohyeldin and Magnay penned while covering the conflict. “You’re a reporter, and your job–no matter how passionate you are about this issue, everyone has strong feelings–your job is to be objective. Discipline was necessary.”

It should be noted, in the case of Mohyeldin, NBC never publicly acknowledged disciplinary reasons as the catalyst for pulling the veteran foreign correspondent from Gaza (following widespread pushback, the network reversed its decision and sent Mohyeldin back to Gaza over the weekend). Last Thursday, Glenn Greenwald reported Mohyeldin had been pulled by executives for security reasons. That report came a day after we reported some NBC staffers were angered by the network’s decision to have Richard Engel report for “Nightly News” Wednesday night on the Gaza port airstrike that killed four children since Mohyeldin witnessed the strike and reported on it throughout the day.

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Ayman Mohyeldin To Return to Gaza for NBC

Following public pressure, including a petition signed by more than 15,000 people, NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin will return to Gaza to continue reporting on the conflict there.

On Wednesday, Mohyeldin witnessed an Israeli airstrike that killed four Palestinian boys. Despite reporting throughout the day on the tragedy, “NBC Nightly News” chose to use chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel to report on the day’s news from the region. Engel had just arrived in Tel Aviv.

As we reported Wednesday night, the perceived snub led to some anger within the NBC ranks. On Thursday, Glenn Greenwald reported that NBC had pulled Mohyeldin from Gaza due to “security concerns.” The group Jewish Voice for Peace went so far as to assemble a petition requesting NBC re-instate Mohyeldin immediately.

“Ayman Mohyeldin has done extraordinary reporting throughout the escalation of the conflict in Gaza, filing 25+ reports over the past 17 days,” an NBC News spokesperson says. “As with any news team in conflict zones, deployments are constantly reassessed. We’ve carefully considered our deployment decisions and we will be sending Ayman back to Gaza over the weekend. We look forward to his contributions in the coming days.”

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