- The Los Angeles Times talks to FBN anchor Lou Dobbs about how he’s slimmed down since his CNN days: “There were two periods when I lost control of my weight: when I was part of the team building CNN in 1980, and the other time was building the CNN financial network in the late ’90s. In both instances I became so consumed with everything I was doing, I rationalized that I didn’t have time to exercise and my weight really ballooned up. My life has been a course of gaining weight and fighting it off.”
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- Pulitzer prize winning journalist Edward Pound will head up Al Jazeera America’s 16-person investigative team. An alum of The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other pubs, Pound will be based at AJA’s Washington DC bureau. The new channel will launch on the former Current TV.
- As FBN’s Sandra Smith prepares to give birth to her first child, she tells the Chicago Tribune about the months of back-and-forth between her native Chicago, where her husband lived, and a new job in New York. “Flight delays, snowy weather, tight time schedules made it very challenging. But not once did John complain.”
- CBS Newsmagazine “60 Minutes” is experimenting with some new media. to promote a story about knuckle-ball pitcher RA Dickey, the program teased the segment with a six-second Vine on its Twitter feed.
- The New York Festivals honored CBS “48 Hours” EP Susan Zirinsky with a lifetime achievement award. The award was handed out at the NAB show in Las Vegas last night.
Melissa Francis jokes that she wants to be writer when she grows up. The Fox Business Network anchor is already on her second career. And with the publication of her memoir, “Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter,” she’s on her way to fulfilling that adulthood dream. Francis was feted last night at Astra, an event space overlooking Manhattan’s East River. The memoir is a brutally honest, sometimes painful, yet touching story of life as a child actor. After dozens of commercials, her first big break came on “Little House on the Prairie.”
In a Media Beat interview this summer Francis told us the book, includes “the typical family dramas, set against the backdrop of a very unusual childhood.”
But last night, no drama, just celebrating. Among the guests, FNC/FBN c0-founder and chairman Roger Ailes, FBN EVP Kevin Magee, anchors Neil Cavuto, Liz Claman, Lori Rothman, Cheryl Casone, Elizabeth MacDonald, Tracy Byrnes, Sandra Smith, Nicole Petallides, Tom Sullivan and Dennis Kneale.
From FNC, we spotted Bill Hemmer and chatted with Megyn Kelly about election night, and the moment that took her from the studio through the bowels of Fox News to the decision desk as they explained calling Ohio for Pres. Obama, giving him the election and giving Karl Rove agita. Following many long months of election coverage and, more recently, of Hurricane Sandy, which left her without power for a week, Kelly was looking forward to taking today off.
The three business networks have turned their focus to severe weather coverage today as Hurricane Sandy forced the close of the stock markets. Bloomberg TV, Fox Business and CNBC have all set special coverage plans for today that focus on the economic impact of the storm, expected to make landfall later today.
Bloomberg TV will shift into special Hurricane Sandy coverage at 1pmET, which is when the storm’s intensity is supposed to increase on the East Coast. Stephanie Ruhle and Erik Schatzker anchor the 1pmET hour, Betty Liu anchors the 2pmET hour and Trish Regan and Adam Johnson anchor from 3-6pmET. Meteorologist Bonnie Schneider is handling weather forecasts.
Fox Business broadcast a special report in place of “Imus in the Morning” this morning, anchored by Dagen McDowell and Connell McShane. FBN’s Robert Gray is in Battery Park and Sandra Smith is at the CME throughout the day. Neil Cavuto will host primetime coverage of the storm tonight beginning at 7pmET.
Today she turns 30, and tomorrow Lolo Jones begins her quest for gold in the 100m Hurdles at the London games. Jones was the favorite in the event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but came in 7th after clipping the 9th hurdle.
Earlier in her career, Jones was a standout at LSU winning three NCAA titles. One of her LSU teammates was Fox Business Network correspondent Sandra Smith, who will be cheering her on.
In our Media Beat interview earlier this year, Smith talked about being a student-athlete at LSU and how it prepared her for the real world. “It challenges you, it makes you smarter, it makes you more aggressive.”
- Mark Joyella, a CNN digital producer for “Erin Burnett OutFront,” is returning to local television. Beginning in June, he will be the weekend morning anchor for WFTV in Orlando, TVSpy reports.
- Fox Business Network’s Sandra Smith tells Alister & Paine how she keeps the audience interested. “Business anchors need to avoid jargon,” she said. “People don’t want to be talked down to.”
- Bobby Brown gave his first interview since Whitney Houston‘s death to NBC’s Matt Lauer. “‘I’m not the reason she’s gone,” Brown tells Lauer. The interview airs Wednesday and Thursday on “Today.”
Fox Business Network is going into insta-special mode this afternoon.
Gerri Willis will host “Crunch Times: Tim Tebow, Sean Payton, and the Business of the NFL” tonight at 8pmET/PT. The special will take an in-depth look at the league’s volatile post-season leading up to the NFL draft and how the news that Peyton Manning is going to Denver, Tim Tebow has been traded to the New York Jets and the one-season suspension of New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, will impact the teams’ bottom lines. Willis will be joined by FBN’s Connell McShane, Sandra Smith, and Dennis Kneale to explain the financial impact of the recent moves within the NFL.
- FBN reporter Sandra Smith talks to Self magazine about her diet. How does the breakfast enthusiast start her day? “I love granola,” Smith says. “I always keep several different kinds on hand.”
- MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan shares his favorite books with The Week. Among his picks: How by Dov Seidman, Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, and Richard Branson‘s autobiography, Losing My Virginity.
- CNN’s John King discusses the future of the television business with The Spinnaker, the student-run blog at the University of North Florida. “There’s so many ways to get the news when you want it, how you want it, in the form that you want it, that the whole appointment television model is in trouble right now,” King says.
While her LSU Tigers may have lost the BCS National Championship the other night, FBN reporter Sandra Smith says her time as a Tiger — on the Track & Field team — was invaluable. “It challenges you, it makes you smarter, it makes you more aggressive,” says Smith in Part III of our Media Beat interview. Smith also tells us why she’s shunning social media, for now: no Twitter, no Facebook. “I would only want to do that if I could give it my all.”
Part I: Monday, From the Windy City to Wall Street, FBN’s Sandra Smith Follows the Money
Part II: Tuesday, Sandra Smith Goes from Trader to Reporter
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