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Zoraida Sambolin Returns to Former Station

Zoraida_SambolinZoraida Sambolin, who signed off from CNN in December, is re-joining her former station, WMAQ in Chicago. Sambolin will begin at the NBC-owned station in May.

Sambolin joined CNN in 2011 as the anchor of the early morning newscast. During her time at the network, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. In announcing her CNN exit, she said “life is beckoning me back to Chicago.”

Sambolin will anchor the morning newscast at WMAQ. TVSpy has more details.

Christine Romans Named Co-Anchor of CNN’s ‘Early Start’

christine romansCNN has announced Christine Romans will join John Berman as the co-anchor of “Early Start.” Romans, who will continue in her role as the network’s chief business reporter, replaces Zoraida Sambolin, who left CNN last month.

“Given the audience’s interest in business news as the day begins, and markets across the globe have been open for hours, Christine will add a great dimension to the program that starts CNN’s programming day,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in a statement, also noting Romans’ “fantastic rapport” with Berman.

CNN has also named Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul anchors of “New Day Weekend.” Blackwell, who has been anchoring the program for several months, will continue to report from Atlanta during the week, and Paul will continue in her role as an HLN anchor.

“Victor and Christi have proven that they are consummate journalists and anchors,” Zucker said. “In expanding their roles, CNN is fortunate to have their depth of knowledge and breadth of experience to tell the compelling stories that people expect from CNN.”

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  • Recently departed CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin is looking to start her own production company, the Latin Post reports. Upon her exit this month, Sambolin told staff that her battle with cancer put life into perspective for her.

The 10 Biggest TV News Stories of 2013

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How to describe a year in which TV news had more turnovers than Pepperidge Farm? Business as usual.

The dramatic departures and arrivals of A-List talent weren’t the only big story of 2013, of course. Two new networks launched. Fox News made some major changes in its prime-time lineup. Serious health issues affected at least three anchors. And CBS’s venerable ‘Sunday Morning’ continued to kick ass on the Sabbath.

Herewith my choices for TV news’ Top 10, in no particular order:

Open mouth, insert foot.

Hosts Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin both left MSNBC after making what could charitably be called offensive comments.

On his November 15 broadcast, Bashir suggested that someone should defecate in the mouth of ex-vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin because of remarks she had made about slavery. Instead, it was Bashir who was forced to eat doo-doo. He resigned Dec. 4.

Actor-activist Baldwin hit the bricks Nov. 26, two weeks after he was caught on video calling a paparazzi a ‘cocksucking fag.’ His weekly show, ‘Up Late,’ lasted exactly five episodes. Maybe replacing ‘Lockup’ was bad karma.

Lara’s theme.

Ace ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Lara Logan was forced to take a leave of absence after her October 27 piece on the Benghazi attack was discredited. Politico says she’ll return early next month. CBS isn’t talking.

A CBS internal inquiry labeled Logan’s report ‘deficient in several respects.’ Among them: Over a full year’s reporting, she and her team somehow missed the fact that her major source, security contractor Dylan Davies, was a liar. Oops.

In a dubious distinction, Logan’s story led to ‘60’ winning Poynter’s Error of the Year award. If you call that winning.

A pair of newbies.

While other networks endured layoffs, two new cable channels debuted — Al Jazeera America on August 20 and Fusion on October 28.

AJA hired hundreds of journalists and staff – including many from U.S. networks. Among them: CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi, its first big-name hire; CNN International’s Joie Chen; MSNBC exile David Shuster and NBC’s John Seigenthaler.

AJA, whose corporate parent is based in Qatar, boasts 12 domestic bureaus and three broadcast centers. It reaches about 48 million homes.

Fusion, a joint production of Disney-ABC and Univision, features news and pop-culture fare targeted at English-speaking millenials. Based outside of Miami, it represents Univision’s first major foray into English-language programming.

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Zoraida Sambolin Signs Off From CNN

Today was Zoraida Sambolin‘s last day on CNN’s “Early Start.” “The thing about Zoraida Sambolin: when she says good morning, she means it,” co-anchor John Berman said. “She doesn’t just want your morning to be good, she makes it happen.”

Sambolin, who battled breast cancer this year, is returning to Chicago to be closer to her family. Watch Berman’s tribute to Sambolin here:

Zoraida Sambolin Leaving CNN

Zoraida_SambolinZoraida Sambolin, who joined CNN two years ago, is leaving the network and returning to Chicago, TVNewser has learned.

Sambolin, the host of “Early Start,” says battling cancer this year put life in perspective. “I love my job and the gifted and committed people I’ve had an opportunity to work with but life is beckoning me back to Chicago,” she writes in a note to staff.

“Zoraida Sambolin is one of the best journalists in the business,” a CNN spokeperson tells TVNewser. “Her insightful reporting, kind nature, strength and resilience are universally admired. Although we will miss her, we understand and support her decision and wish her and her family only the best.”

Sambolin joined CNN in 2011 from NBC-owned WMAQ, where she anchored the morning show. Work is in her future, she says, but it’s not known where.

Sambolin, a mother of two, was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and in May underwent a double mastectomy. She returned to CNN in August. Her final day with the network is next Friday.

Sambolin’s replacement will be announced soon, we hear.

Zoraida Sambolin Returns To CNN

“Early Start” co-anchor Zoraida Sambolin returned to CNN today, two and a half months after taking a leave of absence to undergo treatment for breast cancer. She received a warm welcome from John Berman and her colleagues.

“The hardest part wasn’t treatment, it was trying to find a way to tell two of the most important people in my life what was happening,” Sambolin said, before introducing a segment about talking to her children about cancer.

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CNN’s Zoraida Sambolin Speaks Out After Breast Cancer Surgery

CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin appeared on “New Day” Friday, where she updated viewers on her breast cancer treatment.

Sambolin revealed her diagnosis in May, and announced that she would undergo a double mastectomy.

“I gotta tell you, cancer has been a blessing, it has taught me a lot of lessons,” Sambolin said.

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CNN’s Zoraida Sambolin Shares Post-Mastectomy Photos

CNN “Early Start” co-anchor Zoraida Sambolin took to Facebook to share photos following her double mastectomy.

“Good Morning Friends! First look at reconstruction stage one. My amazing fiancée on daily drain duty, documenting fluid output. Loving support is key,” Sambolin wrote.

The CNN anchor announced on-air that she would undergo the procedure in mid-May, as actress Angelina Jolie penned an op-ed announcing her decision to undergo the procedure preemptively. Sambolin’s decision was not preemptive.

“As a woman your sexuality and your breasts and how attached you are to them, right, as a woman,” Sambolin said at the time. “So at the end of the day, it’s really difficult to say that I’m thinking about this, that this is something that affects me when I have two kids I want to live for. At the end of day I’m going to cut off my arms if it means that I am going to live to see them and to see them grow up.”

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