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Katie Couric on Career Goals, Words With Friends, and Her Best Christmas Gift Ever

Katie Couric is featured in 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30, a book by the editors of Glamour magazine that was released this week. Her advice? “If you’re not exactly where you wanted to be exactly when you wanted to be there, don’t sweat it.”

I didn’t make the deadline I had set for myself of becoming a network correspondent by 30, but my hard work paid off when I was 32 and Tim Russert asked me to be a deputy Pentagon correspondent. That’s when I thought, Wow, I’m on my way.

Couric is also the subject of Us Weekly’s “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” this week. Among her secrets: she’s addicted to Words with Friends, her best Christmas gift ever was a Bacon of the Month club membership from Al Roker, and she has a framed photo in her house of Colin Firth. (“Not with me. Just him.”)

Who are Jennifer Granholm’s Favorite Journalists?

Jennifer Granholm is four months into her television career as host of “The War Room” on Current TV. The former Michigan governor talks to the Atlantic Wire about who else in the business she admires:

My favorite journalists are Christiane Amanpour, Maria Bartiromo, Rachel Maddow and the person everyone looks up to, Tim Russert, God rest his soul. I admire them all but I don’t really even pretend to be a journalist myself. I’m just an ex-governor hosting a show with an opinion. One of the challenges for me, that traditional journalists don’t really have, is interviewing people whom I agree with.  People know I’m a Democrat and I’m not going to hide what I believe. So playing devil’s advocate is a little difficult.

Matt Lauer: ‘The Last NBC News Star From the Era When Broadcast Still Ruled’

With NBC News and Matt Lauer reportedly closing in on the terms of a new contract, New York‘s Gabe Sherman takes a look at how the negotiations have unfolded. As ABC’s “Good Morning America” continues to close the gap with “Today” in the mornings, and CBS’ “Face the Nation” trades off the top spot with “Meet the Press” on Sundays, Sherman points out NBC is left “needing Lauer even more than it might have expected to just a year ago”:

Today is a huge moneymaker for NBC, generating ad revenues in excess of $450 million in 2010, according to Kantar Media. Lauer is the key to that haul. After playing the beta to Katie Couric’s alpha, he’s now the linchpin of the franchise, his versatility and likability buoying the program ever since her departure in 2006. Lauer’s worth only increased when Meredith Vieira left and handed the co-anchor chair to Ann Curry, who in the eyes of many television-news executives has experienced a rocky transition to her new role.

With the death of Tim Russert and the retirement of Tom Brokaw, Lauer has emerged as the last NBC News star from the era when broadcast still ruled.

The Afternoon Ticker: O’Donnell, Baier, Current TV

  • CBS News correspondent Norah O’Donnell is one of Elle’s “10 Most Powerful Women in DC.” “‘The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that Norah O’Donnell’s departure…may be the biggest defection NBC has endured in nearly two decades,’ wrote one wonk”
  • FNC’s Bret Baier talks to Michigan Avenue about tonight’s Illinois primary, as well as who his mentors were in television: “My mentor Brit Hume was always someone I looked up to. I also looked up to Tim Russert in the way he conducted interviews and the preparation and effort he put into all of his interviews on Meet the Press.”
  • Current TV’s new morning lineup will debut Monday, March 26 at 6 AM. The new lineup features simulcasts of radio programs hosted by Bill Press and Stephanie Miller. In addition, Current will break into the programs at the top of every hour to provide two-minute political news breaks.

FNC’s Bret Baier: ‘A Very Gentle Demeanor With A Very Tough Underlying Message’

A Politico profile of Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier gives some insight on how the “Special Report” anchor — whose recent sit-down with Mitt Romney has made headlines — prepares, and conducts, his interviews:

“I always respected the way Tim Russert conducted interviews: Not only was he well prepared with a lot of backup material and quotes and that sort of thing, but he listened and, thereby, changed the follow-up question to be able to dig deeper on a certain issue that perhaps advances the ball in one way or another. So I think the key thing for me in those big interviews is listening to the person I’m interviewing and being able to react [in] real time.”

[...] A Republican consultant who has studied the interviews called Baier “a Boy Scout with a very sharp knife.” Read more

Former MTP Moderator Marvin Kalb Says the New Sunday Morning Ratings Battle ‘Almost Inevitable’

He was one of CBS’s “Murrow’s Boys”, then a moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, now a Fox News contributor.  Not surprisingly, Marvin Kalb has a lot to say about television news.

TVNewser caught up with Kalb, 81, during a visit to Chicago’s Pritzker Military Library Thursday night, during a speaking tour for a book he co-authored with his daughter Deborah KalbHaunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency From Ford to Obama addresses how the shadow of the war continues to affect White House decision-making to this day.

TVNewser: In your talk tonight you said that “today’s reporters are better educated about the military than they’ve ever been”. Which current tvnewsers do you think do a good job of covering the Pentagon, the military?

Kalb: Jim Miklaszewski at NBC does a very fine job. At CBS, David Martin is a highly-experienced, skillful, knowledgeable reporter who’s about as solid in covering the Pentagon as anybody you can find.  And there are many others as well, but those are two first-rate TV reporters.

TVNewser: I want to ask you about Andy Rooney, whom you know well and who’s in the hospital right now.  Do you know anything about his condition?

Kalb: No I don’t…Andy is a remarkable example of a reporter who started in World War II, and right up to the present day, was able to observe the nuttiness of life.  And reported with a touch of humor and class.  And he will always be among my favorites.

TVNewserFox News CEO Roger Ailes recently talked about a “course correction” for the network.  As an FNC contributor, what are your thoughts on that?

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NBC News GOP Debate Set for Eve of Florida Primary

About an hour after CNN announced it was partnering with the Florida GOP for a presidential debate days ahead of the primary there, NBC News announced a date for its GOP debate, in collaboration with National Journal and the St. Petersburg Times.

NBC News will hold its debate January 30, the night before Floridians go to the polls for their primary. As first announced in April, the debate will take place at the St. Pete Times Forum in downtown Tampa — where the GOP will hold its nominating convention next August — and will air on MSNBC and NBC affiliates throughout Florida.

It was NBC’s own Tim Russert who famously predicted “Florida, Florida, Florida” on election night 2000. And in late January, 2012 all political eyes will again be on Florida.

CNN’s Mark Whitaker: Anderson Cooper is the Anchor of the Future

CNN executive VP and managing editor Mark Whitaker gets interviewed by Ad Week. Among other things, Whitaker talks about the state of magazines (he used to be editor of Newsweek), diversity in media, ad Tim Russert‘s legacy.

He was also asked who he believes to be the “anchor of the future.”

I think we’re in a day and age when you can have all the qualities of a great journalist but have a human side as well, and even a sense of humor. In many ways Anderson Cooper is the model that we increasingly are going to, not that everyone has to be Anderson Cooper. But he has qualities that I think we want to see in our anchors and reporters. Anderson is not ideological, but he is demanding accountability; he’s asking tough questions; he’s not histrionic. He manages to relay the importance of events without being theatrical or over-the-top in any way.

Dads Are a Focus of TV News on Fathers Day

It is Fathers Day here in the U.S., and to help celebrate, dads were top of mind for many a TV news personality the last few days. On Fox Business Network Friday, David Asman invited his father, former NBC News special events producer Robert Asman, to talk about lessons learned from the great depression:


Elsewhere, in Parade magazine, NBC’s Luke Russert writes about his father, the late, great Tim Russert:

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Antoine Sanfuentes on his NBC Rise: ‘It’s a humbling experience.’

Newly-minted NBC News Washington bureau chief Antoine Sanfuentes is in Chicago this week, where last night his predecessor Tim Russert was honored posthumously with the Lincoln Leadership Prize.

This morning, TVNewser caught up with Sanfuentes at the “Morning Joe” taping at Chicago’s RL Restaurant.

Sanfuentes, who’s officially been on the job since Monday, began with NBC in 1989 as an intern at WRC-TV. “Twenty years later, here I am as bureau chief,” he tells TVNewser. “And it’s a humbling experience.”

Sanfuentes holds twice daily editorial meetings in the Tim Russert Conference Room, converted from Russert’s old office. “In some respects, it’s the heart of our bureau…And every single time we go in there, and we talk about what we’re going to do, we feel like there’s this towering presence that helps guide us to do the right thing. It’s a really powerful thing.”

Sanfuentes is at the helm just in time for the ramp-up to the 2012 Presidential election. “The adrenaline is already pumping, anticipating this political season,” says Sanfuentes, who was David Gregory‘s producer at the the White House during the Bush administration. As bureau chief, Sanfuentes also oversees Gregory’s “Meet the Press.”

The show “is number one for a reason,” he says. “It comes down to the moderator, and what they can do, and the way they do it.  And David is a natural.”

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