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The Ticker: Strickland, Tapper, Menendez

  • NBC News DC bureau chief Ken Strickland is the newest member of the Gridiron Club, the oldest journalistic organization in Washington, D.C. Strickland joined NBC in 1995 and was named vice president and DC bureau chief in 2012.

  • Jake Tapper‘s book, “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” is headed to the big screen. The Oscar-nominated screenwriters of “The Fighter” have acquired the rights to the CNN anchor’s book, our sister site FishbowlDC reports.

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Katie Couric Wants Honey Boo Boo to Be in Her Wedding

Appearing on “The Wendy Williams” show this week, the recently-engaged Katie Couric revealed that she hasn’t set a wedding date or made any major decisions about the big day yet. Williams, who wanted to help Couric pick out a dress, showed a few pictures of how Couric would look in famous wedding dresses, including Honey Boo Boo’s mother’s camo dress.

“That’s the one! That’s the keeper,” Couric said. “And I want Honey Boo Boo as my flower girl.” Watch:

Are Kids in Sam Champion’s Future?

“Good Morning America” weather anchor Sam Champion stopped by Wendy Williams‘ show this morning. Champion, who is hosting the Daytime Emmys this week, talked about his bromance with fellow “GMA” anchor Josh Elliott and his friendship with “Today” counterpart Al Roker. Champion also revealed that he and his husband, Rubem Robierb, are considering having children.

“If it’s something that [Robierb] wants, and I think it is something he wants at some point, then we’ll do it,” Champion said. “I don’t know what a great dad I am, because I’m really scatterbrained. But he’ll be amazing at whatever he wants.” Watch:

Walters, O’Reilly, Couric and More Hit THR’s Media Power Party

As we told you yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter is out with its annual “35 Most Powerful People in Media” list. The honorees were feted at a “power-soaked New York party” at the Four Seasons restaurant Wednesday night.

From CBS News, chairman Jeff Fager was there, along with “CBS This Morning” co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer, “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley and “Sunday Morning” correspondent Mo Rocca. CNN’s Piers Morgan was there, as was Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. The “Today” show’s Willie Geist and “Live!” co-hosts Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa attended, along with talk show hosts Wendy Williams and Katie Couric. And from ABC News, president Ben Sherwood, “The View” anchor Barbara Walters, senior VP for content and development James Goldston and “Good Morning America” anchors Lara Spencer and  George Stephanopoulos, who was with his wife, Ali Wentworth.

More pictures of the event in THR’s gallery.

Soledad O’Brien: CNN ‘Talking About My Role’ At The Channel

CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show,” and appeared to dismiss a New York Post report earlier this week that she was heading out the door of the cable channel. Rather, O’Brien insinuated that while she is likely to leave the mornings, she is still hoping to stay with the channel.

“You know, we’re talking about my role,” O’Brien said in response to a question asked by Williams. “As you know, it’s been reported that the morning show is going a different direction, so we’re talking about what ways I can contribute to CNN. Doing stuff like I like to do which is hard-hitting journalism.”

O’Brien was then asked if what she would “like to do” involved an evening show.

“That would be a schedule I would like, actually,” O’Brien said. “But I like doing documentaries, I like doing hard-hitting–grilling people–it is sort of my thing.”

Reading between the lines, it is apparent what O’Brien’s situation is.

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Ken Strickland, Robin Roberts Named to Annual ‘TheGrio’s 100′ List

In honor of Black History Month, NBC’s theGrio.com has announced its annual “theGrio 100″ list of “African-American history makers and industry leaders who are making a difference in the lives of all Americans.”

Media personalities on this year’s list include NBC News Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland, ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts, “Live! With Kelly and Michael” co-host Michael Strahan and daytime talk show host Wendy Williams.

See the full list after the jump. Read more

Between the Morning and the Evening, Katie Couric Settles In to Her Comfort Zone

If today’s long-awaited debut of Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show resembled an infomercial for Weight Watchers, that’s because it was.

The first three segments of Couric’s Disney chatfest were devoted almost entirely to guest Jessica Simpson’s post-partum weight loss — thanks to Weight Watchers. There were so many rhapsodic plugs, I kept waiting for the 800 number and my free ginzu knife.

Simpson gushed about her new role as a Weight Watchers poster girl. Then came a sneak preview of her Weight Watchers ad, followed by a full segment joined by her Weight Watchers coach. The capper was a free two-week Weight Watchers membership, via ‘Katie’s’ website.

To be kind, Jessica Simpson was no Sarah Palin, but Couric appeared to be thoroughly enjoying the absence of heavy lifting. After her hellish tenure as anchor of ‘CBS Evening News,’ ‘Katie’ must feel like a fabulous, all-expenses paid vacation. Hey, if Anderson Cooper did it, why not Couric?

Call it ‘Today Extra Lite.’

As has become the fashion, ‘Katie’ opened with a cutesy taped bit. More than a little derivative, given that she did the same thing for her guest-hosting stint on ‘Good Morning America’ in April.

She wakes up from a weird dream and proceeds to tell it to a mystery person in the other twin bed. (An homage to ‘I Love Lucy?’) “I dreamed I left ‘Today’ to anchor the evening news, and I did it for five years, and then I dreamed I was going to be hosting my own daytime talk show!”

Peeling back the covers, a jammies-clad Matt Lauer says: “That wasn’t a dream, and the talk show starts right now!” Cue hilarity.

After almost a full half-hour of Jessica Simpson and Weight Watchers, however, I was reeling from estrogen-induced boredom. Thankfully, the next guest, Sheryl Crow, who composed ‘Katie’s’ up-tempo theme song and is a good friend of the host, had some interesting things to say.

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Wendy Williams: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” daytime talk show star Wendy Williams talks about landing her first job in radio and abstaining from sex while she struggled early on in her career.

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Katie Couric Chooses Bryant Gumbel Over Matt Lauer

Mediabistro was at Wendy Williams‘s studio yesterday where we taped our mediabistroTV series “My First Big Break.” When we got there, Katie Couric happened to be taping a segment with Williams for Couric’s upcoming daytime talk show. The exchange included a sort of “would you rather?” back and forth. At one point, Williams asks Couric who would she rather sleep with: Bryant Gumbel or Matt Lauer. Couric chose Gumbel, because, she says, she feels so close to Lauer it would just be weird. We’re told the shoot is for the debut of “Katie” which premieres Sept. 10. “My First Big Break” with Wendy Williams will launch on mediabistro.com July 26. Read more

Rachel Maddow Stops By ‘The Wendy Williams Show’

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was on “The Wendy Williams” show this morning as part of an ongoing promotional tour for her first book, Drift. Maddow talked to Williams about her high school yearbook photo, how her parents found out she was gay, and her favorite television show (hint: it’s not on MSNBC). WATCH:

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