- Former ABC News correspondent Yunji de Nies is joining Honolulu station KITV as news anchor. Starting Sept. 10, de Nies will co-anchor the 6 and 10pm newscasts. de Nies left ABC News in June, returning to her native Hawaii.
- Tonight on NBC she’ll be co-hosting the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, but back in the states, Meredith Vieira‘s production company has signed with ICM Partners. THR reports MVP is working on feature films as well as documentaries.
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Yunji de Nies has left ABC News and is returning home to Hawaii, TVNewser has learned.
de Nies Tweeted out this Instagram (right) on Friday writing, Last day at @abc – turning in my “gun & badge”. Saturday morning she Tweeted, “For the first time in six years, I’m waking up and not checking my work blackberry. Feels bizarre.”
de Nies was most recently based in Atlanta covering the Southeast for all ABC News broadcasts while also filling in on “World News Now.” She was previously based in Washington, DC, where she was a White House correspondent. Before that, she was a correspondent for affiliate news service NewsOne.
de Nies grew up in Kona, HI.
Former MSNBC/NBC News anchor Dan Kloeffler, who’s been filling in on ABC’s “World News Now,” came out as gay during the show Monday morning while reporting on an actor who had also recently come out. Kloeffler later wrote about the experience on ABCNews.com.
Kind of a big moment for me while filling in on World News Now, which is by far the most fun you can legally have at 3:00 in the morning! Yunji de Nies and I were talking about celebrity headlines, when I read the story about Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in “Star Trek,” coming out as gay in a magazine interview. Because WNN is a show where you can offer some personality, I had a little fun with the story saying that I would drop my rule against dating actors.
Kloeffer says he’d never shared that he’s gay on-air, even though he’s been out to family, friends and co-workers for years. “As a kid I wanted someone to look up to, someone that could relate to the feelings I was having,” Kloeffer writes. “Most of all, I wanted to know that it would get better. And it did.”
ABC News has made a number of changes to its correspondent assignments, both domestically and abroad.
Some of the more notable moves:
Matt Gutman, whose reporting for ABC News Radio during the BP oil spill drew praise from executives, will now be a correspondent for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, and will be based out of Miami. Gutman is currently in Haiti reporting on the cholera outbreak there.
Jim Sciutto will return to Washington from London, where he has served as senior foreign correspondent since 2002.
A number of other moves, after the jump.
> ABC’s Charlie Gibson anchors World News from London Tuesday-Thursday. Correspondents Jake Tapper, Jim Sciutto, Yunji de Nies will report from the G20 summit as well. ABC News Radio’s Ann Compton will be traveling with Pres. Obama.
> Katie Couric anchors CBS Evening News from London Tuesday-Thursday. Other correspondents will contribute from London for CBS’ “The Global Challenge: Recession to Recovery,” coverage as well.
> Francine Lacqua and Peter Cook anchor from the Summit for Bloomberg TV. Hans Nichols travels with Pres. Obama and Ryan Chicote follows onto the NATO summit.
• Earlier: NBC’s G20 coverage
WaPo’s Philip Rucker, himself on assignment in Honolulu, reports on the correspondent corps covering Pres.-elect Obama’s Hawaii vacation. It’s “a departure from past holidays hunkered down near President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Tex,” Rucker writes. “They’ve upgraded their offices from highway hotels in Waco to the Westin Moana Surfrider Resort on Waikiki Beach. They’ve traded a backdrop of rusted farm equipment and bales of hay for sailboats, longboards and crashing waves.
“What a difference a year makes,” NBC’s Savannah Guthrie tells Rucker as she leans back in a padded armchair on a veranda overlooking the Pacific Ocean. “No offense to the people of Crawford, Texas, but taking the presidential retreat from Crawford to Honolulu is change anyone can believe in,” CNN’s Ed Henry tells Rucker.
“The best part of this assignment is the shoes: flip-flops,” ABC News White House correspondent Yunji de Nies tells Rucker. “When you work at the White House like I do, you wear heels every day. Here, half the stand-ups I do, I’m barefoot.”