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Moment of Silence Marks First Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

The first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings was marked with a moment of silence at 2:49pmET, the time that the two bombs exploded near the finish line in 2013, killing three people and injuring hundreds more.

The broadcast networks presented special reports during the moment of silence: Brian Williams anchored on NBC, George Stephanopoulos on ABC and Scott Pelley on CBS. Pelley is in Boston, while Williams and Stephanopoulos anchored from New York.

Williams was joined by Ron Mott in Boston. ABC’s special report featured Dan Harris from Boston and former New York Police commissioner Ray Kelly, making his first appearance since joining the network.

The cable networks, which also provided live coverage of the moment of silence, have been dipping in and out of a tribute ceremony at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston since it began at noon. Fox News, MSNBC and CNN all aired Vice President Joe Biden‘s remarks live around 1:30pmET.

Read more about what the broadcast and cable networks have planned for Boston coverage this week here.

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How the George Zimmerman Trial is Playing on the Evening News

The cable networks continue live coverage of the George Zimmerman trial as lead detective Chris Serino is back on the stand this morning.

As the made-for-cable trial gets non-stop coverage on HLN, MSNBC, CNN and nearly non-stop on Fox news — to ratings success — here’s how Monday’s proceedings were covered on the three network evening newscasts.

  • ABC World News: 6 minutes into the newscast, a story by Matt Gutman
  • NBC Nightly News: 15 minutes into the newscast, a story by Ron Mott
  • CBS Evening News: 21 minutes into the newscast, a 20-second voice over by Scott Pelley

Day Runs Into Night for Matt Lauer

Old habits are hard to break.  Just ask Matt Lauer.

It was a long work day for the morning show veteran, who filled in tonight on Nightly News for the first time in ten years.  Known for his usually near-seamless anchoring, Lauer this evening waged a very human battle with his dayside-nightside references.

It all started when NBC’s chief legal correspondent wrapped up her analysis of the John Edwards trial.  Lauer thanked “Savannah Guthrie, in the studio this morning”.

After a commercial break, Lauer clearly was cognizant of the mix-up. Tossing to correspondent Ron Mott, Lauer said, “Good evening, Ron” – with a heavy emphasis on ‘evening’.

But when Mott completed his live tag and tossed back to the studio, Lauer thanked him for reporting from New York “this morning”.

The rest of the newscast then was smooth sailing…until the closing moments.

“And that’s our broadcast for this Thursday night, thanks for being with us. I’m Matt Lauer in for Brian tonight, and I’ll see you tomorrow morning on Tonight. On Today, excuse me!” he said while laughing.

Update: Checking the KUSA-TV/Denver feed, the Guthrie “morning” reference stayed in…as did the one with Mott. Lauer was able to re-do his farewell, though, telling viewers he’ll see them “tomorrow morning on Today“.

Scott Pelley Anchors from Dumbledore’s Lair

Actually, it’s the library at the State Capitol in Des Moines. Scott Pelley anchored tonight’s CBS Evening News from Iowa’s fanciest library. Brian Williams and Diane Sawyer anchored from their New York studios while  Andrea Mitchell, Ron Mott and Chuck Todd reported for “Nightly News” and Jake Tapper and David Muir reported from Iowa for “World News.” George Stephanopoulos was on set with Sawyer.

And click continued to see if you think the office of the Hogwarts headmaster bears some resemblance to the Iowa State Capitol library.
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Kristen Welker Named NBC White House Correspondent; Network Sets 2012 Politics Coverage

After several months of covering the beat, this morning NBC News has named Kristen Welker White House correspondent. The announcement comes as NBC announces their plans for covering the 2012 primaries and general election including the relaunch of NBCPolitics.com.

Welker, who joined NBC News in August 2010, was based in the Los Angeles bureau and began covering the White House when Savannah Guthrie left DC to join the “Today” show in New York.

“Today” show correspondent Peter Alexander will lead the network’s coverage of the Republican presidential race along with Ron Mott, following GOP candidates and the eventual nominee.

Chuck Todd, will continue to anchor his daily MSNBC show as well as his roles as NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent. He’ll oversee all aspects of the network’s political coverage.

NBC announced yesterday it had hired Perry Bacon as Political Editor of  TheGrio.com. He’ll write and help develop the African-American news site’s political coverage as well as be an on-air contributor to MSNBC.

More details in the release after the jump…

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A First and Lasts at Today’s Obama News Conference

Comings and goings for the TV press corps at today’s White House news conference.

This is the first newser for Jessica Yellin, as CNN’s Chief White House correspondent.

And this could be the final White House news conference for CBS’ Chip Reid and FNC’s Mike Emanuel. Reid becomes National correspondent ahead of former NBCer Norah O’Donnell‘s arrival at the White House for CBS next month. Emanuel is moving to the Hill for FNC ahead of the arrival of former CNN White House helmer Ed Henry at Fox News.

NBC’s Chuck Todd fronted today’s NBC News special (on MSNBC), but the network is still down one correspondent since Savannah Guthrie moved to New York earlier this month to co-anchor the third hour of “Today.” Ron Mott and Kristen Welker have been filling in, but NBC hasn’t made a final call.

  • Ben Feller of the Associated Press got the first question.

Obama to Feller on debt ceiling negotiations: “I think that what we have seen in the negotiations here in Washington is a lot of people say a lot of things to satisfy their base or to get on cable news, but that hopefully leaders at a certain point rise to the occasion and they do the right thing for the American people.”

  • NBC’s Chuck Todd got the second question.
  • Bloomberg TV’s Julianna Goldman got the third question.
  • Mark Landler of the New York Times got the fourth question.
  • FNC’s Mike Emanuel got the fifth question.
  • ABC’s Jim Scuitto, who as ABC’s senior foreign correspondent is rarely on the White House beat, got the sixth question.
  • Laura Meckler of the Wall Street Journal got the seventh question.
  • Antonieta Cadiz of El Mercurio newspapers got the eighth question.
  • Jessica Yellin was next. Obama: “Congratulations. Your first question here. No pressure. You’re going to do great.”
  • Caren Bohan of Reuters got question 10.

The newser wrapped up at 12:46pmET, 67 minutes after it started.

Anchors Away to Joplin

With the devastation from Joplin, MO becoming the big story Sunday night, the network news organizations are sending some of their top anchors to the city.

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams–whose first TV job was at KOAM in Joplin–will return to the city to anchor his evening newscast tonight. Ron Mott and Al Roker traveled to the city last night, and reported from there this morning on “Today.” Kevin Tibbles is also en route.

Joplin also has another personal co0nnection to NBC: it is the hometown of NBC senior investigative correspondent Lisa Myers.

On CBS, Harry Smith will anchor the “CBS Evening News” from there this evening, while Chris Wragge will co-anchor “The Early Show” from the city tomorrow morning.

ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer will anchor from Joplin tonight, and will be joined by David Muir. “Good Morning America”‘s Josh Elliott and Sam Champion reported for the program this morning, and will also contribute to “World News.”

Cable networks are after the jump.

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NBC’s Brian Williams returns to U.S. from London to Cover Aftermath of Deadly Southern Storms

Brian Williams had arrived at London’s Heathrow airport, picked up his bags and was on his way to NBC’s Royal Wedding encampment when the damage and death toll from last night’s southern storm began to sink in.

“Our NBC News staff in London was just awakening to the news from home,” writes Williams on his blog. “Minutes later, NBC News President Steve Capus made the call: He said I should go home. We both agreed the tragedy would dominate our newscast and our coverage.”

Williams will anchor “NBC Nightly News” from New York tonight and then travel with Lester Holt to hard-hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama for tomorrow’s broadcast. NBC News correspondents John Yang and Thanh Truong are in Alabama, Mark Potter is in Georgia, and Ron Mott is in Mississippi. As NBC is part owner of The Weather Channel,  meteorologists Dr. Greg Forbes and Bryan Norcross will provide analysis to NBC’s coverage.

“I never got to see our infrastructure in London,” writes Williams, “or any of my colleagues beyond the confines of my car. We had a magnificent setup — the result of months of planning — to cover the big day in London, and we still will, live and wall-to-wall. But for now, for us, for this story, one of us had to go back and lead a separate coverage team—as the death toll grows.”

To date, more than 160 tornadoes covering 15 states have swept through the nation; the preliminary toll shows at least 250 deaths.

Evening Newscasts Report from West Virginia Tonight

sawyer_westvirginia_4-6.jpgFollowing the explosion last evening in a West Virginia mine that claimed the lives of 25 people, the ABC and CBS newscasts tonight will be anchored from the area and NBC will feature reports from WV.

  • For ABC, Diane Sawyer will anchor “World News” from WV. She also reported for “Good Morning America” from there this morning.
  • Harry Smith will remain in WV after his “Early Show” appearance today and anchor “CBS Evening News.” He’s subbing for Katie Couric while she is in Haiti this week.
  • Brian Williams anchors from New York this evening with Tom Costello and Ron Mott reporting for “NBC Nightly News.” Norah O’Donnell will also be in WV.

> Earlier: Morning Anchors Head to West Virginia to Cover Mine Explosion

Morning Anchors Head to West Virginia to Cover Mine Explosion

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TV news anchors and correspondents descended on towns like Naoma and Marsh Fork, West Virginia overnight to cover the coal mine explosion in nearby Montcoal. Shortly after midnight the death toll jumped to 25, making this the worst mining disaster in the U.S. since 1984. For ABC, JuJu Chang. For CBS, Harry Smith; for NBC, correspondent Ron Mott; for CNN, anchor John Roberts; for FNC, correspondent Steve Centanni; and for MSNBC Norah O’Donnell.