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‘There Will Be a Time When Coming Out is Not a Big Story’

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By any measure, 2013 was the Year of the Queer, especially for network anchors.

In addition to the death of DOMA, the increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage, and the Boy Scouts of America’s pledge of allegiance to sexual diversity, ABC’s Robin Roberts and Sam Champion and NBC’s Jenna Wolfe joined the growing pantheon of openly-gay anchors.

All three of their revelations were greeted with virtually unanimous support, which leads me to wonder: Have we reached a societal tipping point for acceptance of homosexual news personalities? Or does the culture of celebrity require that such disclosures launch blazing headlines?

Yes and yes.

“As long as we keep progressing, there will be a time when coming out is not a big story,” says CNN’s Don Lemon, 47, who disclosed his sexuality in his 2011 memoir. “… Maybe not in the near future; maybe over the course of a decade. I’m not an authority on when that will be. I’m not Nostradamus. I can’t predict things.”

To MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, we’re already at that point. Out since 2006, his September 2012 wedding to Patrick Abner was featured in the Sunday New York Times ’‘Vows” section.

“Times have changed,” Roberts, 41, says. “We have a President who believes in marriage equality, and a Supreme Court that believes in marriage equality, and more and more states that are enacting laws to recognize marriage equality. I think it’s fantastic.”

The momentum from this cultural sea change has enabled “great, wonderful people” such as Robin Roberts et. al “to step up and claim their rightful spots,” Roberts adds. “They’re showing that a successful personal life and a successful professional life can live within the same sphere.”

Roberts and Lemon point out that such exposure is crucial in the face of raging homophobes like ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson. Robertson is “free to cast aspersions,” Roberts says. “He throws gay people on the fire and uses the Bible as an excuse.”

Amen. Got a match?

Robin Roberts’ and Sam Champion’s approaches to acknowledging their sexuality publicly represent another cultural tipping point. Eschewing methods of the past — declarations on national magazine covers, for example — both chose a subtle, understated approach.

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Networks Plan Sandy Anniversary Coverage

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News networks are planning special coverage ahead of the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The storm made landfall Oct. 29, 2012.

NBC

Brian Williams will join David Gregory on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” On the “Today” show, Matt Lauer reports from the  Rockaways area of New York City and Al Roker will be live along the Jersey Shore. Williams will anchor “Nightly News” Tuesday from Breezy Point in Queens, much of which burned to the ground on the night of Oct. 29. Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Stephanie Gosk, Katy Tur and Dylan Dryer will all contribute reporting for NBC News.

ABC

Amy Robach will report from Breezy Point and Ginger Zee will be at the Jersey Shore for all ABC News programs and platforms. David Muir, Aaron Katersky and Dan Kloeffler will contribute reports as well.

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A spokesperson says the network will cover the anniversary “within our regularly scheduled news broadcasts.”

FNC

FNC senior correspondent Rick Leventhal will report from several New Jersey towns, providing updates on the rebuilding process. Additionally, “Special Report with Bret Baier” will provide coverage Monday and Tuesday looking back on the devastation and its aftermath.

FBN

Elizabeth MacDonald will host “Sandy: One Year Later,” a day-long, special on Monday. MacDonald will be live from Belle Harbor, NY to explore what homeowners are facing a year after the disastrous storm.

‘Today’ Anchor Jenna Wolfe and NBC Reporter Stephanie Gosk Welcome Baby Harper

Weekend “Today” show anchor Jenna Wolfe and NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk welcomed their baby girl into the world tonight. Wolfe gave birth to Harper Estelle Wolfeld Gosk, at 7:31 p.m. Harper Estelle weighs seven pounds, 13 ounces.

Wolfe went on maternity leave, and got a sendoff from her “Today” family, this past Sunday.

Jenna Wolfe Gets ‘Today’ Family Baby Sendoff

Weekend “Today” show’s Jenna Wolfe is now on maternity leave, awaiting the birth of her first child. Wolfe and her partner NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk announced they were expecting in March. On this morning’s show, Wolfe got a sendoff from her “Today” family  and also Barry Manilow. Said Matt Lauer, “In 17 or 18 years we get an intern. Which is fantastic. Free labor.”

On Saturday, co-anchor Lester Holt was on the show — even though he had the day off. Holt, who is subbing for Brian Williams on “Nightly News” during the week as Williams recovers from knee surgery, rode up to the show on his bike. Watch that clip, after the jump. As for Williams, he wrote about his recovery on the Daily Nightly blog.

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Jenna Wolfe Talks About Her Pregnancy

NBC “Today” correspondent Jenna Wolfe speaks to E! Online about her pregnancy with her partner, NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk. Wolfe and Gosk announced their pregnancy this week on the NBC morning show.

“We rock-paper-scissored it. I won 34-31, so I’m carrying the baby, bam!” Wolfe quipped.

As for which gentleman provided the donation to enable the pregnancy, Wolfe demurred in a joking fashion.

“The rumor is that it is Lester Holt, but it is not, you don’t have to worry,” she said.

NBC’s Jenna Wolfe, Stephanie Gosk Are Having a Baby

NBC News “Today” correspondent Jenna Wolfe and her partner, NBC News foreign correspondent Stephanie Gosk, are having a baby. Wolfe announced on “Today” this morning that she is pregnant with their child, which will be born in August.

“Stephanie is extremely adventurous, she has traveled all over the world, and you know me, there is not a building I haven’t jumped off of, for us, this is nothing like that, this is the adventure of a lifetime,” Wolfe said.

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A ‘Good Samaritan Cop’ Exclusive… On Three Networks

Yesterday afternoon, CBS News announced that senior correspondent John Miller scored the “first television interview” with NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo who was caught on camera giving a pair of boots to a homeless man. An excerpt ran on yesterday’s “CBS Evening News,” with the full report airing this morning.

One little problem: ABC’s Dan Harris also interviewed Officer DePrimo for “World News.” NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk spoke to the officer,  the Arizona tourist who took the photo and the sales clerk who sold the shoes, for a story that aired on yesterday’s “NBC Nightly News.” The officer and the tourist also appeared together this morning on “Today.”

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After the jump, the CBS story from this morning, with the mention of the “first TV interview” scrubbed:
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Broadcasters Gear Up For Gaza Coverage

With the situation in Gaza continuing to escalate, the broadcast news divisions are making sure their people are in the region. Additional changes may be made, but for now here is the latest on the assignments in Gaza, Israel and beyond.

ABC News has Christiane Amanpour in Jerusalem, joined by Lama Hasan. Matt Gutman is reporting for ABC from Tel Aviv, while Alexander Marquardt reports from Gaza.

NBC News has Ayman Mohyeldin and Richard Engel in Gaza, Stephanie Gosk and Martin Fletcher in Tel Aviv, Jim Maceda in Cairo, Egypt and Ali Rouzi in Tehran, Iran.

CBS News has Clarissa Ward reporting from Cairo, Charlie D’Agata reporting from Gaza and Allen Pizzey reporting from Israel.

Fox News has Jerusalem correspondents Leland Vittert and David Lee Miller reporting from southwestern Israel, near the Gaza border.

How the Evening Newscasts Reported the deaths of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros

British by birth, photojournalist Tim Hetherington called Brooklyn home. He was a dual citizen of the U.S. and the U.K. and much of his work at war was for American broadcasters. During his career, Hetherington had worked for ABC News and CNN. Hetherington and Getty photographer Chris Hondros, were killed yesterday during shelling in Misrata, Libya.

As for how the deaths were reported on the evening newscasts Wednesday, NBC’s Brian Williams, ABC’s Diane Sawyer and CBS’s Harry Smith in for Katie Couric reported short voice over stories, with Williams using a soundbite from Hetherington on “Morning Joe” last September.

All three broadcasts then went to their correspondents in Libya for the latest news: CBS’s Allen Pizzey, one of the few journalists to make it into Misrata, also reported on how Hetherington died during a Q&A with Smith: “Just bad luck as far as I can tell. Wrong place, wrong time. What can you say.” NBC’s Stephanie Gosk and ABC’s Miguel Marquez reported on the fighting from Benghazi.

All three stories after the jump…

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