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The Afternoon Ticker: Vine, Zirinsky, Smith

  • 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.

Inside the Book Party for Melissa Francis’ Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter

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.

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With Markets Closed, Business Networks Shift to Hurricane Coverage

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.

CNBC will have regular programming until 7pmET. The network is replacing “The Kudlow Report” with a live two-hour special report anchored by Bill Griffeth and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

FBN’s Sandra Smith Ready to Cheer on ‘Running Mate’ Lolo Jones

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.”

The Ticker: Joyella, Smith, Lauer

  • 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.”

FBN Special on NFL News

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.

The Ticker: Smith, Ratigan, King…

  • 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.

How Being a College Athlete Prepared Sandra Smith for the Real World

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

Sandra Smith Goes from Trader to Reporter

For Sandra Smith the trading floor is like a second home. “That’s really the environment I grew up in,” says the Fox Business Network correspondent. Following in her father’s footsteps, she worked her way on to the floor of Chicago’s CME. But instead of trading on the action, she’s covering it for FBN. And for Smith, the road from trader to reporter doesn’t end there. Here’s part II of our Media Beat interview:

Part I: Yesterday, From the Windy City to Wall Street, FBN’s Sandra Smith Follows the Money
Part III: Tomorrow, How being an LSU Athlete Prepared Sandra Smith for the Real World

From the Windy City to Wall Street, FBN’s Sandra Smith Follows the Money

We know where Fox Business Network correspondent Sandra Smith will be tonight. The LSU grad will be watching her Tigers play for the National Championship against Alabama. And tomorrow morning, she’ll be back at the iconic Chicago Board of Trade building, with her picks for The Trade, her daily segment. As we found out in the first part of our Media Beat interview, the Chicago native is a rare breed of business correspondents who splits her time between the Chicago pits and Wall Street.

Part II, tomorrow: Making the move from trader to reporter
Part III, Wednesday: How being an LSU athlete prepared Sandra Smith for the real world

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