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Tonight’s Ferguson Coverage Plans

As the National Guard arrives in Ferguson, where the overnight curfew has been lifted, the broadcast and cable networks have set plans to continue coverage of the escalating violence there. Here’s an update on who will be in Ferguson tonight:

As we told you earlier, Shepard Smith will anchor the 11pmET hour on Fox News tonight. We’ll continue to update as plans are set.

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Pres. Obama: ‘Police Should Not be Bullying or Arresting Journalists’

In a press conference from Martha’s Vineyard this afternoon, President Obama commented on the situation on Iraq and delivered his first public remarks on the escalation of violence in Ferguson, where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police Saturday.

The President addressed the media’s role in Ferguson, which has which has been in the headlines today after two reporters were arrested and an Al Jazeera America crew was tear gassed last night. “Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people on what they see on the ground,” Obama said.

NBC’s Lester Holt anchored a special report from New York with Kristen Welker on Martha’s Vineyard and Ron Allen reporting from Ferguson. Scott Pelley anchored a CBS special report, with Major Garrett reporting from Martha’s Vineyard. On ABC, David Muir anchored with Martha Raddatz in Washington, Jonathan Karl in Martha’s Vineyard and Steve Osunsami in Ferguson.

MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and Al Jazeera America all took the statement live.

Explosion in Texas: ‘Dad, I Can’t Hear. Please Get Out of Here’

A fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, TX, about 80 miles south of Dallas, is keeping CNN live on the air into the Midnight hour. The news broke around 10:30pm as cable news anchors were focused on the investigation into the Boston Marathon blasts. CNN’s Anderson Cooper covered the news during the 10pm hour, and remained with the story through the 11pm with Erin Burnett, then Piers Morgan live at Midnight. Fox News and MSNBC aired cut-ins but remained with taped programming, as of this writing. Update: MSNBC went into rolling coverage around 12:15am with Mara Schiavocampo and, later, Richard Lui anchoring until 5am. Fox News’ Elizabeth Prann anchored overnight coverage beginning at 12:38 until “Fox & Friends First” began at 4:30am. ABC’s “Nightline” was live for the East Coast, and then did a live update for the West Coast (3:35 am ET) with Terry Moran anchoring from Boston and Steve Osunsami reporting from Texas.

As the fire raged, a driver pulled out his camera phone and began recording. He wasn’t expecting what happened next. After the explosion shakes his vehicle, you hear screams and then his daughter: “Dad, I can’t hear. I can’t hear. Please get out of here.” Watch here.

An eyewitness told DallasNews.com “It was a small fire and then water sprayed the ammonia nitrate, and it exploded just like the Oklahoma City bomb.” The 18th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing is tomorrow. In fact, this part of Texas was in the news 20 years ago this week, when the final siege on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco began, resulting in the deaths of 76 people. West, TX is about 20 miles north of Waco.

Steve Osunsami, Mara Schiavocampo Take Home Two NABJ Awards

NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo (left) and ABC’s Steve Osunsami each took home two awards Saturday night at the NABJ’s annual Salute to Excellence ceremony, the culmination of the NABJ’s convention in New Orleans.

Schiavocampo won the International category with her story “Haiti Rubble Survivor” and in the Short Form Feature category for “Hudson River Survivor.”

Osunsami won for Spot News for “Alabama Tornadoes” and Specialty report for “Hunger at Home” along with several of his ABC News colleagues. Other double winners included “CBS Evening News,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” and “60 Minutes.”

ABC’s Pierre Thomas picked up his Journalist of the Year award, after which he Tweeted, “No one deserves the night I just had. Thank you to NABJ and my colleagues at ABC News.”

ABC Plans ‘Hunger at Home: Crisis in America’ Series

This week, ABC News is kicking off a division-wide series called “Hunger at Home: Crisis in America.” Reporting will be done by weekend anchor David Muir, who has also reported this summer on the famine in Somalia, as well as Steve Osunsami, chief medical editor Richard Besser, and Deborah Roberts. The reports, which will begin on Wednesday, will air on “Good Morning America,” as well as “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline,” and will draw attention to the growing hunger problem on the homefront:

Former PBS, CNN Correspondent Reflects on Being First Black Graduate of University of Georgia

ABC News correspondent Steve Osunsami reported the story earlier this week of the 50 year anniversary of a judge’s decision forcing the University of Georgia to desegregate. Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of two black students to attend the University that year. And in 1963, she would become its first black graduate.

Her journalism degree would take her to WRC-TV in Washington, DC, to The New York Times then back to TV in 1978 and PBS’ The MacNeil/Lehrer Report, where she would spend 19 years. Hunter-Gault moved to South Africa in 1997 where she worked for NPR, and later was CNN’s bureau chief and correspondent in Johannesburg.

Gibson Staying in NY This Week

bus_10-1.jpgABC News is revising its plan to have Charlie Gibson anchor World News from seven different cities beginning tomorrow as part of the ABC News/USA Today “50 States in 50 Days” initiative.

Gibson apologizes to Orlando and Valdosta, GA — the two cities he won’t be traveling to — on his blog today. “Because of the financial crisis that has consumed Washington and Wall Street, and the entire country, we have had to cancel the first leg of the trip that would have had us broadcasting from Orlando Thursday night and Valdosta on Friday,” he writes. “We will go ahead with the four state Midwestern trip next week. But the vote in the Senate tonight on the financial relief package and the likelihood that the bill will come up for a House vote Thursday or Friday requires us to stay in New York.”

This also means that, just as for Friday’s debate, Gibson will anchor tomorrow’ VP debate from New York.

Jeffrey Kofman and Steve Osunsami will report from the cities tomorrow and Friday for World News.