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After 2 Years at CNN, Zoraida Sambolin Rejoins WMAQ

zorida sambolinAfter two years at CNN, Zoraida Sambolin is returning to her old station — WMAQ in Chicago — as the co-anchor of the morning newscast.

“We are delighted that Zoraida will be returning to our newsroom,” WMAQ station manager Frank Whittaker said in a statement. “She’s a native Chicagoan and knows our city well.  I know our viewers will welcome her back.”

Sambolin replaces Daniella Guzman, who has been named the morning co-anchor at KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles. >Update: KNBC has officially announced Guzman as morning co-anchor.

“Daniella has been a key part of our morning news growth, and while we hate to see her go, we are happy that she can take advantage of this promotion within our company,” WMAQ general manager David Doebler said. Read more

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Jennifer Gray Joins CNN From WTVJ

jennifer gray cnn_304x200Jennifer Gray has joined CNN as an Atlanta-based meteorologist, the network’s vice president of newsgathering Terence Burke announced today.

“Jennifer brings a versatile skill set as a meteorologist,” Burke said in a statement. “She will be a great addition for CNN with her experience in production, multimedia and reporting in the field.”

Gray comes from WTVJ, the NBC owned station in Miami, where she was the weekend morning meteorologist and feature reporter. She returned to the station in 2011 after getting divorced from her husband. During her first stint at WTVJ, from 2007-09, she was known by her married name, Jennifer Reeves.

Larry King: My First Big Break

Allow us to wish Larry King a happy 80th Birthday!

In celebration, the mediabistroTV crew recently took the train down to Washington, D.C. to ask the iconic talk show host to look back on his long career and tell us how he got his first big break.

The host of “Larry King Now” on ora.tv told us a story that involved names like Ted Turner, Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin. Plus, he may have given us the key to his longevity as a talk show host when he told us, “Listening is as important as asking.”

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Christiane Amanpour: My First Big Break

She is one of the most recognizable foreign correspondents on network television today.  But did you know Christiane Amanpour’s journey to the front lines of reporting included a stint as a graphics coordinator at a local NBC station?

In this episode of My First Big Break, Christiane Amanpour talks about how escaping the Iranian revolution with her family started a journey that took her from WJAR in Providence, RI, all the way to the front lines of the first Gulf War as a reporter for CNN.

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Cable Networks Rely on Affiliate Coverage of Connecticut School Shooting

Fox News, CNN and MSNBC have all been in breaking news coverage of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. since shortly before 11 a.m. Friday morning. The early coverage provided by FNC, CNN and MSNBC relied heavily on affiliates from Hartford and New York City as the cable networks rushed to get their own correspondents to the scene.

Fox News used aerial coverage from WNYW, the Fox O&O in New York City, as well as images from WFSB, the CBS affiliate in Hartford, while WNYW’s chopper was en route.

MSNBC used aerial pictures provided by NBC O&O WVIT, which was the first station in Hartford to report the shooting this morning.

CNN is affiliated with three Hartford stations — WFSB, WTIC and WTNH, as well as New York City ABC O&O WABC (pictured). The network has used coverage from all of them today.

WPBF’s Victor Blackwell Named Weekend Morning Anchor at CNN

Victor Blackwell is joining CNN as an Atlanta-based anchor and correspondent, the network’s executive vice president Ken Jautz announced today. Blackwell will co-host “CNN Newsroom” on Saturday mornings alongside Randi Kaye.

Blackwell joins CNN from WPBF, the ABC-affiliate for West Palm Beach, where he anchors the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Tiffany Kenney. Prior to that, he worked at WLTV-WJXX in Jacksonville.

“Victor is a passionate and committed journalist,” Jautz said in a statement announcing the hire. “He will be a strong addition to our weekend morning team and in the field.”

Should More Gay Anchors Come Out of the Closet?

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper announced this week, ending years of speculation about his sexual orientation.

Now that Cooper has come out of the closet, should more gay news anchors do the same? Vote in our poll and we’ll share the results later this week.

KLAS Announces New Morning Anchor Team

Las Vegas CBS-affiliate KLAS is set to debut a new morning anchor team.

Beginning July 30th, the KLAS morning newscast will be anchored by Cale Ramaker and Shauna Khorrami (right).

Ramaker comes to KLAS after seven years at WOFL in Orlando, where he anchored the station’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.  Khorrami joins the station after anchoring the morning news at KSTU in Salt Lake City. Read more

Veteran CNN Producer Named KTUU News Director

Tracy Sabo, a 19-year veteran of CNN, has been named news director at KTUU, the Anchorage NBC-affiliate announced this week.

Most recently based in Dallas, Sabo produced both domestic and international coverage for CNN.  She also worked as a national assignment editor and spent time as a CNN radio anchor at the network’s Atlanta headquarters.

“Channel 2 News has a tremendous reputation, both inside and outside Alaska for its comprehensive news coverage,” Sabo said. “KTUU’s newsgathering style parallels my work at CNN in many ways, and I look forward to advancing and enhancing the great tradition of news excellence at [KTUU].” Read more

WMAQ’s Zoraida Sambolin To Anchor CNN Mornings

It’s official: Zoraida Sambolin is leaving WMAQ to become an anchor for CNN’s revamped morning show.

Although Sambolin’s departure from NBC owned-and-operated WMAQ has been widely reported, CNN officially announced her hire in a press release this morning. She will co-anchor the 5-7amET hours with Ashleigh Banfield.

“I am completely thrilled to be coming to CNN,” Sambolin said in a statement. “Ashleigh is an accomplished journalist with an incredible wit and dynamic personality.  I look forward to collaborating with her and working together to inform, enlighten and build a strong relationship with our viewers.”  Read more

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