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The A.M. Ticker: Peabody, Strahan, De La Cruz

  • WBZ-TV and radio, for coverage of the Boston bombing, “Orange is the New Black,” and “Scandal” are among the Peabody Award winners just announced on “CBS This Morning.” Charlie Rose also won for his Bashar Assad interview.

  • CNN’s Brian Stelter reports Michael Strahan is close to signing on to “Good Morning America,” where he’ll contribute to the show’s first hour while continuing to co-host “LIVE with Kelly & Michael.”

  • Veronica De La Cruz has left MSNBC for San Francisco’s CBS duopoly. Starting in May, De La Cruz will co-anchor the 6pm weekday newscast on KPIX and the 10pm newscast on KBCW. TVSpy has details.

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Veronica De La Cruz Raises a Glass — and Dollars — For ‘Hope for Hearts’

NBC/MSNBC anchor Veronica De La Cruz‘s “Hope for Hearts” foundation raised $8,000 at a New York fundraiser last week.

Nearly 150 guests from the media, entertainment, banking and other sectors packed the Vinatta Project in the Meatpacking District for the fundraiser. De La Cruz co-hosted the event with MSNBC colleagues Thomas Roberts and Richard Lui.

De La Cruz started the foundation in honor of her brother Eric De La Cruz who died in 2009 of severe cardiomyopathy while awaiting a heart transplant. De La Cruz was 27 years old.

Much of the proceeds raised Tuesday will go to Kelly Salerno of Connecticut. Salaerno’s son Colby, 24, also suffers from cardiomyopathy and is awaiting a transplant.

“The people and companies who came together to donate money, items and their presence at this event have shown their strong support for Hope For Hearts’ work,” said De La Cruz. “We are overwhelmed and so appreciative of their assistance.”

‘Early Today’ Celebrates 8 Years with 9 Originals

“Early Today,” which airs before the early morning news on NBC affiliates, is celebrating 8 years and more than 2,000 shows today. Nine staffers, including EP Andy Jones, have been with the show the entire time — a lifetime in TV news, especially working the overnight/early morning hours. This morning, anchor Veronica De La Cruz gave a shout out to the original staffers. “Early Today” has been in its present form since 2004, originating from MSNBC studios, first in Secaucus, NJ and since 2007, at 30 Rock. From 1999-2004 the show originated from CNBC headquarters and before that it was known as “NBC News at Sunrise” and anchored by Ann Curry. Past anchors of “Early Today” include Natalie Morales, Amy Robach, Contessa Brewer, Kristine Johnson, Dan Kloeffler and Christina Brown.

Cablers Plan Extended Weekend Coverage for Hurricane Irene

It’s all hands on deck for the cable news networks, even though many of those hands will be in the path of Hurricane Irene (satellite image above from 2:17pmET.)

  • Fox News is planning to preempt the business block tomorrow from 10am-NoonET as well as “Huckabee,” and Jeanine Pirro tomorrow night. “Fox & Friends” goes on an hour early. And Shepard Smith will be in to anchor much of the weekend coverage.
  • CNN, which has its weekend programming originate from Atlanta, is planning extended coverage Saturday night from 8pmET-Midnight anchored by Kyra Phillips (whose fiance John Roberts is covering Irene from the Outer Banks for FNC) and Martin Savidge. Wolf Blitzer will anchor a 3-hour “Situation Room” from Washington Saturday from 5pm-8pmET. (Regular weekend night anchor Don Lemon is in Philadelphia where he’ll do a Q&A with TVNewser’s Gail Shister at the annual NLGJA conference tomorrow.) CNN is back on the air at 5am Sunday with T.J. Holmes, Candy Crowley picks up at 9am and NoonET, Fredricka Whitfield as usual in the afternoons and Sunday night programming from 6pmET-Midnight with Randi Kaye and Savidge.
  • MSNBC’s Chris Jansing will anchor “Hardball” tonight at 5pm & 7pm, with a Hurricane focus. Thomas Roberts is on from 10pmET-Midnight. The network, which normally goes to tape on Saturdays and Sundays at NoonET will be in extended coverage all weekend. Veronica De La Cruz anchors early mornings, Alex Witt anchors until Noon, Tamron Hall from Noon-5pmET, Jansing from 5-10pmET and Roberts picks up at 10pm.

And it will be an especially long weekend for all the newsers who live and work in New York City. Mass transit (subways, buses, commuter railroads) in New York City and the suburbs will be shut down as of Noon tomorrow.

Veronica De La Cruz Freelancing for MSNBC/NBC News

delacruz071310.jpg Former CNN reporter and anchor Veronica De La Cruz, seen most recently “anchoring” a corporate business conference, has landed some freelance work at NBC News.

A tipster noted that De La Cruz was anchoring “Early Today” on NBC this morning, and was also on MSNBC delivering overnight updates and appearing on “First Look.” A spokesperson for NBC News confirms that De La Cruz is freelancing for the company.

Former FNC meteorologist Domenica Davis has also been filling in as a freelancer on the programs recently.

Last year, De La Cruz made headlines when she turned to the web to help save her brother Eric, who was in need of a heart transplant. Eric died on July 4 of last year, leading De La Cruz to become an advocate for health care reform.

CNN Alums ‘Anchor’ Corporate Coverage of Business Conference

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Two former CNNers, Miles O’Brien and Veronica De La Cruz, are together at the anchor desk this week. But not on a news network. The pair picked up an unique gig in Orlando “anchoring” at the broadcast center of SAP’s annual “Sapphire Now” event — a three-day conference put on for the business software company’s customers and partners.

A SAP spokesperson tells us the newsers were hired to handle coverage for the Sapphire Now website during the conference in an effort to extend “the reach and viewpoints” of the event using a familiar and recognizable format. It’s the first year SAP has attempted the this type of pseudo-newscasting for the yearly gathering.

The “broadcast center” is on the show floor, and O’Brien and De La Cruz “anchor” segments throughout the day with various conference participants, including before and after keynotes.

In addition to the Orlando location, the conference takes place simultaneously in Germany. Another familiar face is anchoring there:

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From Trent Reznor to Tony Hawk: Help Pouring in for Eric De La Cruz

dlcruz_5-27.jpgFormer CNN anchor Veronica De La Cruz‘s mission to save her brother’s life has picked up tremendous steam from when we last wrote about it.

De La Cruz’s brother, Eric, is fighting for his life while awaiting a heart transplant. As she began asking for donations through her Twitter account and Website the response began to grow.

Celebrities from Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails to Tony Hawk have picked up the cause, as have thousands others now on Twitter and elsewhere. You can find more information, and donate, here and here.

Last week there had been approximately $5,000 raised. Two hours ago, Reznor tweeted: “Money raised for #ERIC as of Wed AM: $858,628.30.”

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De La Cruz Turns to Web To Save Brother’s Life

delacruz_5-16.jpgFormer CNN anchor Veronica De La Cruz has made an online push to save her brother, Eric De La Cruz, who is currently hospitalized in need of a heart transplant.

De La Cruz, who left CNN in December, has turned to Twitter in a bid to raise money, and awareness, about her brother. With the hashtag #Eric, De La Cruz has constantly updated Eric’s condition.

Donations can be made through De La Cruz’s Website and the Website started for Eric. More information can be found there as well.

Again, you can follow De La Cruz here.

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CNN “Redeploying” DC Bureau Correspondents, McIntyre Leaves Network

cnn_12-12.jpgCNN announced today it is “redeploying some of its Washington-based correspondents” today, making Ed Henry the senior White House correspondent, Dana Bash the senior congressional correspondent and Jessica Yellin the national political correspondent, among others. The full release is after the jump.

In the release, CNN announced correspondent Chris Lawrence as new Pentagon correspondent, with Jamie McIntyre, who has covered the Pentagon since 1992, leaving the network.

In an internal memo, McIntyre wrote he and CNN “were unable to reach an agreement on another assignment, so after a friendly discussion, I decided to pursue other opportunities.”

Although McIntyre wrote “CNN and I both agreed it was time for a change,” he is the latest in a series of departures at CNN since CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein told the New York Observer, “We can afford more people on our air and off our air. So, goddamn it, we’re going to have more people,” on November 18.

Since then, Miles O’Brien has left the network and the entire science, space, environment and technology unit in Atlanta dismantled, correspondent Veronica De La Cruz will be leaving the network and head of on-air hiring Henry Mauldin exited as well, among others.

> Update: Politico’s Michael Calderone has Klein’s internal memo today.

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De La Cruz and Eccleston Depart CNN

delacruz_12.8.jpgTVNewser has learned CNN correspondents Veronica De La Cruz (pictured) and Jennifer Eccleston are leaving the network.

De La Cruz reports for CNN’s American Morning from the dotcom desk on stories related to the Web. She is also a substitute anchor for CNN and CNN Headline News. She was one of the founding anchors of the disbanded CNN Pipeline, now CNN.com Live. An insider confirms her contract was not renewed and she will be leaving at the end of the year.

Eccleston, based in Rome, actually parted company with CNN in August. She joined CNN from NBC News in April 2005. Eccleston reported on the war in Iraq and was part of the CNN team covering the Death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.