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Reporters Caught in the Middle of Deadly Protests in Ukraine, Venezuela

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Tensions between protesters and police in two parts of the world intensified overnight.

U.S. cable news networks kept cameras trained on Kiev, Ukraine as a fresh round of violence has left dozens dead, despite a ceasefire called hours earlier. Holly Williams is reporting from Kiev for CBS News, Richard Engel is there for NBC News, Nick Paton Walsh for CNN.

And in Venezuela, social and economic problems have fired up protesters for days in several cities. On Wednesday student and beauty queen Genesis Carmona died after being shot in the head at a protest in Valencia.

Venezuelan-born Fusion anchor Mariana Atencio, has been reporting from the country all week on the growing protests. Wednesday she tweeted a picture of her cameraman who was hit by the plastic bullets being fired by national police. Read more

The International Ticker: Engel, Damon, Kay

  • NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and his team are reporting from Kiev, Ukraine as protests continue to rage there today. Engel was live from Sochi last night for “NBC Nightly News” and was in Kiev for this morning’s “Today” show.

  • CNN’s senior international correspondent Arwa Damon has been reporting from Addana, Syria this week. Until recently, the town was under the control of the Islamist radical group, ISIS. CNN obtained video from Syrian activists showing the brutal tactics ISIS has been using.

  • The BBC’s Katty Kay is in Brazil to find out how the country is getting ready for two major global sporting events: the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Kay anchors BBC World News America from Rio tonight and will also report for BBC World News.

Brian Williams Reports Live from Sochi on Grounded Plane in Istanbul

Brian WilliamsNBC News broke into regular programming this afternoon with Brian Williams reporting from Sochi on a plane that was grounded in Istanbul with a hijacker on board trying to change its direction toward Sochi.

Richard Engel joined Williams, reporting the plane left from the Ukraine destined for Istanbul, but a hijacker told the crew there was a bomb on board, demanding them to change directions toward Sochi. Once in Turkish airspace, the pilot sounded an alarm notifying of a hijacking, drawing rescue efforts.

The hijacker has been taken into custody.

Williams report came over an hour and twenty minutes after CNN first reported the news at 12:12. Fox News was next at 12:15, with NBC breaking in at 1:36. The plane grounding happened during the same time the opening ceremony was underway at the Sochi Olympics, which is nine hours ahead of eastern time.

It’s ‘Hacker Hunting Season’ for Journalists Covering Sochi Olympics

EngelPhysical security is among the top concerns at the Sochi Olympics, but journalists are also in the cross hairs of hacking open season in a country  with some of the world’s most skilled.

In his own experiment with two new computers, it took NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel less than a minute to get hacked.

“Hackers were snooping around trying to see how secure the machines were,” Engel reported on “NBC Nightly News.”

He then received a customized email welcoming him to Sochi. When he opened it up, his computer was hijacked, with the same thing happening to his cell phone. Engel told Brian Williams the U.S. State Department has warned journalists not to expect privacy.

And it’s not just hacking that journalists need to worry about: basic living conditions are less than optimal for many, as our sister-site 10,000 words reports journalists are lodging with lack of running water, light bulbs, and door knobs.

Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel‘s offer says it all. Read more

5 Things to Know About The New NBCNews.com

Homepage DesktopAfter a year of work, the new NBCNews.com debuts overnight tonight, just in time for premium traffic coming from the Sochi Olympics coverage.

At an unveiling this morning at 30 Rock, NBC News President Deborah Turness says the new site is about “tearing down the walls that traditionally have divided TV and digital.” The new site will be a “continuous consumption model” that continues the story whether it was born first digitally or it originally aired on TV.

TVNewser attended this morning’s event. Here are our 5 takeaways from the new site…

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NBC News Hires Ben Plesser From CBS

nbc-newsBen Plesser has joined NBC News as the senior producer of chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel‘s production unit. Plesser comes from CBS News, where he has worked since 1999.

In his time at CBS, Plesser worked as a producer on “60 Minutes” and “Evening News.” Most recently, he has been a producer for CBS News foreign correspondent Clarissa Ward, who frequently reports from the same places Engel and his team travel. In 2011, he was the first Western journalist to report from Tripoli during the uprising in Libya.

Plesser joins executive producer Madeleine Haeringer and producer Jamie Novogrod in Engel’s production unit. He will be based in London.

Richard Engel Honored with John Chancellor Award

engel-121812NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel is the 2013 recipient of the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism recognizes Engel’s “courage under fire and reporting throughout his career that reflects a deep understanding of the Arab world.”

“From the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the Arab Spring and the West Bank, Richard Engel’s courage and integrity inform his reporting,” said Steve Coll, Dean of the Journalism School. “Engel’s work continues to be an example of the best of journalism. He embodies the spirit of the John Chancellor Award.”

Maria Hinojosa was presented the award last year, while Bloomberg’s David Evans was the 2011 recipient. The John Chancellor award is named for the longtime NBC News anchor and reporter who died in 1996. Engel will be presented with the $25,000 prize at a dinner at Columbia’s Low Library Nov. 13.

The Morning Ticker: Engel, Tuazon, Facts

  • NBC’s Richard Engel is the recipient of the 2013 Chancellor Award from Columbia Journalism School. Engel was honored for his reporting across the globe for NBC. More details here.

  • CNN Digital has named Bernadette Tuazon photo editor. Tuazon joins CNN from the AP, where she worked for 24 years, and will be responsible for the CNN photos blog and “exploring new ways of storytelling through still imagery.”

Pres. Obama: ‘I Have Decided the U.S. Should Take Military Action,’ But Will Seek Congressional Authorization First

In the Rose Garden this afternoon, President Obama said he has decided the United States “should take military action” against Syria, but he said he will wait for an authorization from the out-of-session Congress first.

The Saturday statement, during the long Labor Day holiday sent the news networks into high gear. Wolf Blitzer anchored coverage on CNN, Bret Baier was in for Fox News, Alex Witt anchored on MSNBC and  Richelle Carey anchored on Al Jazeera America. All had their White House and Pentagon correspondents as well as military analysts dialed in for coverage which began before 1pm. CNBC and FBN also carried the statement. The president’s remarks were supposed to have begun at 1:15. He was delayed about 35 minutes.

On the broadcast networks, George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC along with Terry Moran and Martha Raddatz. On CBS, Jim Axelrod anchored with Major Garrett at the White House and Elizabeth Palmer in Damascus. She is one of the few Western TV journalists in Syria right now. NBC aired two reports during coverage of the English Premiere League. The first anchored by David Gregory at 1:27 previewed with reports form Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Richard Engel. Gregory broke in again when the president spoke, then quickly returned to soccer following the statement.

CNN reports that Syrian State Television also carried the President’s remarks live.

One member of the press shouted a question as the president departed: “Will you forgo a strike if congress disapproves?” There was no answer.

Network Correspondents Converge On Syria And Surrounding Countries

All eyes are turning to Syria, as escalated rhetoric suggests that a U.S. attack could be imminent. Unlike Iraq, which saw correspondents reporting while embedded with U.S. troops or from the balcony of their hotels, it is not nearly as clear whether U.S. networks will have the same presence in Syria.

It seems as though the situation is fluid for pretty much every network, so things will likely change before any potential U.S. action. That said, some outlets have people in place inside Syria, while others are working on it. Interestingly, two U.S. networks (NBC and ABC) are relying on UK correspondents for reports out of Damascus.

CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer arrived recently in Damascus (see photo to above), and is expected to be there for some time. She reported for the “CBS Evening News” and “CBS This Morning.” NBC News’ Richard Engel reported from Syria earlier this week, and is currently on the Turkey/Syria border. ITN’s Bill Neely is in Damascus (NBC and ITN share some content and correspondents), and has been reporting there for NBC, and Ayman Mohyeldin is reporting from Beirut. ABC News has chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran and Middle East correspondent Alexander Marquardt reporting from Beruit, Lebanon, Muhammad Lila from Antakaya, Turkey, Matt Gutman from the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Molly Hunter from Jerusalem and the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen contributing to ABC News coverage from Damascus.

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