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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

Starting Fresh with WGNO, Susan Roesgen Reflects on Infamous CNN Report

Susan Roesgen is looking for a fresh start in New Orleans, where she is now co-hosting WGNO‘s unconventional new show “News with a Twist.” Although she has moved on from CNN, where she worked as a correspondent for four years, she still can’t quite shake the memories of her now-infamous reporting from a Tea Party convention in Chicago (video above).

“Bad day and a tough crowd,” Roesgen told The Times-Picayune. “It is very difficult, sometimes, to get angry people to give a rational explanation for their anger. I might as well have been poking a stick in a hornet’s nest. It’s not something I’m eager to do again.”

“When you’re working at CNN, it was 24-7. I used to wake up at 4 in the morning and ask, ‘What city am I in?’ and ‘What’s the story?’ I’d get home and not know how to use my own shower. It was fun, because it was life on the road, but it was exhausting.”

Known for Her Controversial On-Air Comments, Susan Roesgen to Anchor WGNO’s ‘News with a Twist’

Susan Roesgen, who was let go by CNN following comments she made on-air while covering a Tea Party event in Chicago, has landed at New Orleans’ WGNO.

In April 2009, Roesgen, then a correspondent for CNN, described the Tea Party event as “anti-government, anti-CNN since this is highly promoted by the right-wing conservative network Fox.”  The video bounced around the internet, drawing the ire of Shepard Smith, Bill O’Reilly, and others.

Now Roesgen is set to co-anchor a new 6 p.m. program that the ABC-affiliate is calling “News with a Twist.”  The unconventional show will feature Roesgen and  LeBron “LBJ” Joseph, the morning drive-time DJ at New Orleans’ KMEZ-FM, going over the day’s stories in a newly constructed set that evokes a barroom.

The type of on-air commentary that got Roesgen in trouble at CNN will seemingly be encouraged at WGNO, where news director Rick Erbach says the mantra of the new show is “It’s not a newscast.” Read more

Former WPIX Weathercaster Chris Knowles Lands Gig with CNN

Former New York weathercaster Chris Knowles has landed a gig with CNN.

Knowles, who was fired by WPIX in October, provided live weather updates for “American Morning” on Tuesday, according to TVSpy’s sister site FishbowlNY.

As FishbowlNY points out, it’s unclear if Knowles’ Tuesday appearances were a one-time thing or part of a CNN tryout.

If he’s looking for someone to put in a good word for him at CNN, he has to look no further than his wife. Knowles is married to “American Morning” anchor Kiran Chetry.

WMUR Partnering with CNN for Debate Coverage

WMUR is once again partnering with CNN to cover a presidential primary debate in New Hampshire. The debate, which is scheduled for June 7, will bring together Republican presidential hopefuls. Joining WMUR and CNN in covering the contest will be local newspaper The New Hampshire Union Leader.

“WMUR is proud of its long tradition of producing Presidential Primary Debates,” said Jeff Bartlett, president and general manager of WMUR. “We are excited to partner with CNN and the Union Leader to continue our tradition in 2011.”

WMUR is a Hearst-owned ABC-affiliate based in Manchester, New Hampshire. The station teamed with CNN and The New Hampshire Union Leader in 2007 to host the state’s presidential debate. WMUR will be streaming the debate live on its website in addition to airing it on primetime TV.

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