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CNN Staffers Reflect on Covering Iraq

CNN is asking six of its staffers to reflect on covering the wars in Iraq. Both the 1991 Gulf War and “Operation Iraqi Freedom” of the aughts are represented.

Correspondent Arwa Damon, former CNN President Tom Johnson, Producer Yousuf Basil, Producer Ingrid Formanek, Reporter Nic Robertson, and Cameraman Sarmad Qaseera are the staffers that reflect on their time covering the country.

You can see what they have to say in “Wars in Iraq: What I Remember” here.

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CNNers Past and Present Celebrate Network’s 30th Anniversary

Sat Party 4.jpgA large crowd of former and current CNNers gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Saturday night to celebrate the network’s thirtieth birthday.

The bash — an unofficial gathering organized by former CNN producer Elissa Free — drew over three hundred people and was emceed by former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw.

“It was a celebration of what we had built,” former CNN correspondent Kelli Arena tells TVNewser. Arena, who started her career at CNN in 1984, said that joining the then-four-year-old network “was a labor of love… There was an energy and an innocence about the place. We brought live to the air things that people had never seen live on the air before.”

CNN founder Ted Turner addressed the group, telling attendees he was proud of what staffers have accomplished. Former CNN president Tom Johnson also spoke.

Current CNNers in attendance included anchor Wolf Blitzer, News Standards and Practices EVP Rick Davis, Political Director Sam Feist, and correspondent Jeanne Meserve.

Former CNNers in the house included Cissy Baker, Ralph Begleiter, Charles Bierbauer, Mike Boettcher, Tony Collings, Roger Cossack, Patty Davis, Bill Dorman, Rusty Dornin, Bob Franken, David French, Frances Hardin, Leon Harris, Sandy Kenyon, Jamie McIntyre, Brooks Jackson, Kathleen Koch, Eileen O’Connor, Chris Plante, Frank Sesno, Mark Shields, Linda Taira, Mary Alice Williams, and Judy Woodruff.

“It was a lot of reminiscing about the little network that could,” Arena said. “There was no griping, no discussion about the current CNN — that’s not why people were there. People were there to celebrate what we had accomplished. It was like a family reunion.”

More photos, after the jump…

(photo by Richard Kolko)

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‘World News’ Staffing Changes; Rick Klein Upped in D.C.

Klein_5.14.jpgIn addition to the departure of senior producer Mimi Gurbst, which has been widely reported this week, “World News” EP Jon Banner is making some other moves.

TVNewser has learned, Rick Klein will join the show as Senior Washington Editor. Klein, who authors “The Note” on ABCNews.com and co-hosts the daily webcast “Topline” will also appear regularly on “World News Weekend.”

Also announced, Tom Johnson will become Senior Broadcast Producer of the show. Johnson, has been with the broadcast since it was anchored by Peter Jennings.

More changes in a note from Banner, after the jump…

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Staff Changes at ABC ‘World News’

diane_logo_1-6.jpgIt’s a new year, the newscast has a new anchor, and the staff has seen its first rearrangement. Yesterday, ABC “World News” EP Jon Banner announced some reassignments in his staff now that Diane Sawyer‘s iteration of the program has been launched.

Senior producers Mimi Gurbst and Tom Johnson have essentially switched roles starting today. Gurbst will handle domestic news and Johnson will take charge of features and long-term planning. In a note to staff, Banner said Johnson will be, “overseeing our new, reenergized closer look segment.”

“World News” is also adding “Good Morning America” producer Margaret Aro who will produce some of Sawyer’s overseas reporting.

Banner said the changes come “with our focus now firmly on the future.”