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TV News Producers, Execs and Personalities Compete in NYC Triathlon

Cuomo071910.jpg Yesterday was the 2010 Nautica New York City Triathlon, and a flurry of TV news staffers, executives and personalities participated. As we reported over the weekend, Fox Business Network’s Liz Claman was among those biking, swimming and running to the finish line.

Other boldface names included CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and ABC News’ Chris Cuomo, who is pictured here with the medal given to those that complete the race. Cuomo posted the photo to his Facebook page.

CNN had a number of other staffers participate in the race, according to a blog post recapping the day’s festivities: executive producer Roni Selig joined Gupta and producers Anthony Fox, John Bonifield, Caitlin Hagan, Danielle Dellorto, Charlie Moore and Jeff Kepnes (who just happens to be Liz Claman’s husband) in the race.

In addition to Cuomo, senior producer Sharon Hoffman crossed the finish line for team ABC News.

WNYW, the local Fox affiliate, was a media sponsor of the triathlon, and had a number of staffers and executives participating, including former Fox News exec Jack Abernathy, who currently oversees the Fox Television Stations group.

As for Claman, she sent this tweet out shortly after finishing the race: “Gang,I’m back & I did it-Tough weather conditions HOT but I didn’t try 2 push it. Got kicked a few times in the river but the bike/run good!”

The Hudson river does get pretty crowded this time of year.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta Jumps in the Arctic Ocean to Prove a Point

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First he contracted swine flu in Afghanistan, now CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta is taking one for the team by jumping into the Arctic Ocean to test a medical theory.

Gupta has a jam-packed evening in New York tonight — he’s taping “The Colbert Report” then heading to the 92nd Street Y promoting his new book, Cheating Death. The book and a companion documentary are all about people who’ve survived extraordinary medical emergencies. It’s the first doc from new senior EP of CNN’s Health, Medical & Wellness unit Roni Selig.

For “Another Day: Cheating Death,” Gupta traveled to Norway to talk to an E.R. physician, who as a young medical school student, survived several hours in freezing water. She recovered despite her body temperature dipping to 56F. Her story supports the growing medical theory that, in some cases, hypothermia may actually help save lives since it allows the body’s metabolism to slow down enough to repair other damage.

And in taking one for the team, the recovering swine flu victim, even took a dip in the Arctic Ocean to demonstrate how quickly the body can become hypothermic.

“Another Day: Cheating Death,” premieres on CNN Saturday at 8pmET/PT. The book is out this week.

Roni Selig Joins CNN’s Medical Team

Another health news job move to report.

Roni Selig is joining CNN Worldwide as senior executive producer/director of the health and wellness medical unit. Selig will lead CNN’s medical reporting and investigations across all platforms, working alongside chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

“Roni Selig is the right match for Sanjay’s outstanding medical reporting,” said CNN SVP Nancy Lane. “Roni will help advance CNN’s health coverage pairing the unit’s dynamic breaking news and important health reporting with an increased focus on personal wellness reporting.”

Selig has 30 years of experience in news and program development for both broadcast and cable networks, most recently as SVP of east coast development and programming for Walt Disney Company/ABC Productions. Before that Selig worked at Oxygen Media, Warner Brothers/Telepictures, Lifetime, Universal Television and Sony Pictures Entertainment/Columbia Tristar Television.