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NBC News Shakes Up Management Team, New EP at ‘Rock Center’

NBC News has shaken up its leadership team, promoting DC bureau chief Antoine Sanfuentes (left) to senior VP of NBC News, promoting David Verdi to senior VP of newsgathering, upping Ken Strickland to DC bureau chief and naming Alex Wallace (center) EP of “Rock Center.” For Wallace, it’s a return to overseeing a Brian Williams broadcast. Wallace was EP of “Nightly News” in 2007-2008.

Rome Hartman, (right) the former longtime CBS News producer who launched “Rock Center” as EP, will be shifting to the specials unit with a focus on election coverage.

Announcing the changes, NBC News president Steve Capus highlighted that the new executive ranks all came from inside NBC.

As you read the list of promotions and changes spelled out in this note, please keep in mind I’ve decided to stay inside our talent-rich organization for each of these moves – a real testament to the contributions of these individuals and the bench strength of NBC News.

Sanfuentes, who joined NBC News as a desk assistant in 1990, rose through the producer and executive ranks and was named DC bureau chief in January 2011. In his new role he will be Capus’ chief deputy at NBC News in New York. Wallace, who had been Capus #2, will remain a senior VP and will add oversight of “Rock Center” as well as “Ann Curry’s production unit and our health initiative.”

Verdi, a longtime NBC Newser, who had been VP of newsgathering, is now a senior VP, adding oversight of news affiliate partnerships and the NBC News Channel.

Joining Strickland in DC will be Meaghan Rady, once a producer for Tom Brokaw, who rose through the ranks and will now be deputy bureau chief.

“I’m grateful to Rome for his leadership, signified by Rock Center’s first Emmy last week for Bob Costas’ breakthrough interview with Jerry Sandusky,” Capus writes in his note, which you can read in full after the jump.

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NY Post: George Zimmerman To Sue NBC News Over Misleading Edit

The man charged with shooting teenager Trayvon Martin earlier this year is planning to sue NBC News over a misleading edit on “Today,” according to the NY Post.

George Zimmerman‘s attorney’s plan to file charges soon, naming NBC News president Steve Capus and correspondent Ron Allen as defendants in addition to the organization as a whole.

The edit in question made national news, and seemed to suggest that Zimmerman was following Martin because he was black, when in fact a police dispatcher asked what race he was. NBC launched an internal investigation into the matter, and eventually fired a number of employees over the incident.

The Post adds:

A source tells us, “The suit will be filed imminently against NBC and its news executives. The network’s legal department has put everybody in the news department involved with this incident on notice, telling them not to comment.”

It’s Official: Andrea Canning Joins NBC’s ‘Dateline’ As Correspondent

As we first reported back in April, Andrea Canning is joining NBC News as a correspondent for “Dateline.” Canning will also contribute to all NBC News shows and platforms, including “Today” and “NBC Nightly News.”

“We are delighted to welcome Andrea as part of the NBC News family,” said NBC News president Steve Capus in a statement. “Andrea’s impressive body of work has quickly earned her an outstanding reputation and she will thrive at NBC News.”

Canning was most recently a correspondent for ABC News, which she called home since 2004. She has had a busy Summer since leaving ABC. In August, Canning and husband Tony Bancroft welcomed a baby girl into the family.

More information, after the jump.

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NBC’s Steve Capus Honored With Emmy Board Of Governors Award

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented NBC News president Steve Capus with the Board of Governors Award in Philadelphia last week. Capus began his journalism career in Philadelphia.

“We often hear how the business of news is on the decline,” Capus said in his acceptance speech. “Sure, these are challenging times for any news organization, but they are also times of great opportunity to move the needle on important issues.

We are just weeks from the 2012 presidential election, and as journalists, it is our job to make sure the electorate is informed about the issues, the policies, the perspectives and the candidates,” he added. “Every day, I press my producers on the need to drive at the heart these issues, and to hold these candidates accountable—not just to 8-second sound bites, but to thoughtful discussions about their plans to shape this country.”

Education Nation, The U.N. and CGI: Obama and Romney Make the Rounds in New York City

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are in New York City today delivering major speeches — several in fact.

All three of the general cable news channels carried the morning’s first two speeches — Romney’s address to the Clinton Global Initiative in the 9amET hour and Obama’s address to the U.N. General Assembly in the 10amET hour — in their entirety.

While Obama spoke live at the U.N., his taped interview with “The View” was about to air on ABC while another taped interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie was being played at Education Nation, NBC’s annual multi-day gathering focusing on education challenges and solutions. Guthrie’s Obama sit-down aired shortly after 10:30amET, leading in to Romney’s live interview with Brian Williams at the summit.

TVNewser stopped by the Romney appearance at the New York Public Library, home of the third-annual Education Nation. “There are more burly people with weapons in this building right now than ever before — but enough about Steve Capus‘ senior staff,” Williams joked before he introduced Romney.

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Brian Williams Hosts Mitt Romney During NBC’s ‘Education Nation’

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney confirms he will be a part of NBC’s Education Nation later this month. “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams sits down with Romney Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 11amET. The event, at The New York Public, will air live on MSNBC and stream live on EducationNation.com.

“On the ‘Education Nation’ stage, we’ll hear firsthand from Governor Romney about his plan to shape the future of our education system, our workforce and our country’s competitiveness,” says NBC News President Steve Capus.

NBC News launced “Education Nation” in 2010. In that time the initiative has become the country’s largest public conversation about education and opportunity. In addition to the annual summits in New York, “Education Nation” has toured in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver, Atlanta and Miami, where TVNewser caught up with the “Today” show’s Natalie Morales who was moderating one of the sessions.

Maria Hinojosa Presented 2012 John Chancellor Award

Maria Hinojosa, a reporter and anchor for NPR, PBS and CNN is the recipient of the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism. Presented by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, the award is named for the former anchor of “NBC Nightly News.”

The University says Mexico-born and Chicago-raised Hinojosa was selected “in recognition of the courage and independence she has shown over the course of her career reporting on those whose stories might not otherwise make it into the mainstream media.”

An eight-member committee, including NBC News president Steve Capus and Chancellor’s daughter, Mary, selected Hinojosa for the award, which bestows a $25,000 prize for the winner.

Tom Brokaw Rushed to Charlotte Hospital

NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw was taken by ambulance to a Charlotte hospital this morning after an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Brokaw, 72, who stepped down as anchor of “Nightly News” after the 2004 election, has been working a break-neck pace the last two weeks first at the RNC and this week at the DNC. Brokaw has been up early, appearing on “Morning Joe,” then reporting throughout the day and into the night. Last night, he appeared on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News show.

An MSNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser, “On the set of ‘Morning Joe’ this morning, Tom Brokaw felt light-headed. Out of an abundance of caution, he was taken to a hospital and is being evaluated.”

A gifted storyteller, and best-selling author, during his 7am appearance, Brokaw relayed a story involving former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin:

“There was a party at the top of a hotel yesterday,” said Brokaw. “A very sleek, modern hotel, and the glass is not exactly clear in terms of where you step next. So Bob Rubin, former Secretary of the Treasury, stepped confidently into the party room and deeply into the pool.”

> Update: At 10amET, Brokaw tweeted:

 

> Update: 12:30pm: Brokaw discharged from hospital. From NBC News president Steve Capus: “After medical evaluation and a round of tests, Tom was pronounced in great health and has been discharged. We’re immensely grateful to the team at Carolinas Medical Center for their excellent care and professionalism.”

Phil Griffin on MSNBC’s DNC Win: ‘Probably the Best Day in our 16 Year History’

After much of the day spent inside Time Warner Cable Arena (interviews with FNC’s Ed Henry, FBN’s Neil Cavuto, and CNN’s Piers Morgan to come) we stopped into the NBC News/MSNBC workspace where we talked with MSNBC president Phil Griffin about his network’s first ever head-to-head primetime win.

“This is a big day for MSNBC, probably the best day in our 16 year history,” Griffin tells TVNewser. “It is not just that people are tuning into us, but they are tuning in because they believe they are getting something they can’t get anywhere else, and that is really powerful.”

We also caught up with NBC News president Steve Capus, a top producer in the early days of MSNBC. “I think it is a sign that NBC has easily the best political team going, and we are fortunate to have the NBC network and MSNBC as two very strong platforms for them to showcase their work, that is what this shows,” says Capus. “We have easily the best teams here.”

Pat Fili-Krushel Named Chairman of NBCUniversal News Group

Changes in the executive suite at NBCUniversal today.

Pat Fili-Krushel who joined NBC when Comcast took over, will now oversee a new unit called the NBCUniversal News group comprised of NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC, The Weather Channel and all their digital properties.

The presidents of those divisions, including NBC News president Steve Capus and CNBC president Mark Hoffman will now report to Fili-Krushel. MSNBC president Phil Griffin continues to report to Capus.

Fili-Krushel (left) joined NBCU from Time Warner where she was executive vice president of administration. At NBCUniversal she had overseen human resources, operations and business strategy but those responsibilities will be reassigned to other members of the senior executive team.

Before Time Warner, Fili-Krushel was with ABC where she ran the ABC TV network, including ABC News. This was during the same time NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke was at the company. At ABC, insiders say, Fili-Krushel was Burke’s “fixer” and he may be closer to her than any executive at NBCU.

Hoffman and Capus will continue to serve on Burke’s executive committee.

In an email to employees, obtained by TVNewser, Burke writes, “This new division is designed to enhance collaboration among our news brands,” adding, “I am confident that placing all of these assets into one group will accelerate their growth, individually and collectively.”

Burke’s note after the jump…

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