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ABC Plans ‘Hunger at Home: Crisis in America’ Series

This week, ABC News is kicking off a division-wide series called “Hunger at Home: Crisis in America.” Reporting will be done by weekend anchor David Muir, who has also reported this summer on the famine in Somalia, as well as Steve Osunsami, chief medical editor Richard Besser, and Deborah Roberts. The reports, which will begin on Wednesday, will air on “Good Morning America,” as well as “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline,” and will draw attention to the growing hunger problem on the homefront:

Meredith Vieira leaving ‘Today:’ The News Conference

There’s a news conference happening right now on the anchor changes coming to “Today.” Taking part: Steve Capus, NBC News President, Jim Bell, Executive Producer of “Today,” and anchors Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, Al Roker, and Natalie Morales with Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, and Savannah Guthrie in the audience.

We’re listening in, and will update this post with the Q&A:

Capus: I appreciate you coming over on short notice… for the news of this state secret (laughter). It didn’t take Wikileaks to reveal this news.

Capus: Matt was absolutely right, Meredith is adored all around NBC News. To be able to turn to Ann and Natalie and Savannah in new roles and joining the linchpins of Matt and Al, we’re just thrilled.

Big round of applause for Hoda and Kathie Lee.

Bell: It’s truly been a pleasure working with Meredith. There’s no one else like here. I’m going to miss her terribly. We only had to go 10 feet over to the news desk for Ann Curry, who is really one of the best storytellers and beloved members of this family.

Vieira: I feel so good about Ann taking over because it will be entirely seamless. You don’t occupy a seat at TODAY forever. And now it’s time to go. And now it’s Ann’s Day.

Lauer: I have never enjoyed working with anyone more than Meredith.

Lauer: Ann and I have hosted the show together about 200 times in 15 years, so it feels totally natural.

Curry: [To Meredith] You’ve brought a graciousness to our broadcast. I don’t like change in the morning (laughter). [To Lauer] sitting next to you will be one of the greatest things in my life. [To

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Networks and Cable Channels Roll Out Key Talent For 2011 State Of The Union Coverage

All four major broadcast networks, along with the cable news channels, are bringing out the big name talent for coverage of the 2011 State of The Union address Tuesday evening.

On the broadcast networks, NBC has Brian Williams anchoring along with “Meet the Press” host David Gregory.

ABC has Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchoring, joined by a number of correspondents, hosts, and analysts, including Jake Tapper, Christiane Amanpour, Jonathan Karl and Deborah Roberts.

On CBS, “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric will lead the coverage, joined by CBS reporters and analysts.

On the Fox broadcasting network, Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith will anchor coverage. Smith will be joined by “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace and correspondent Wendell Goler.

On the cable news channels:

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Correspondents’ Dinner: The MSNBC After Party

Okay… we finally got around to pulling these pictures from our camera. They are from MSNBC’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner after-party.


The boldfacers we saw: Alec Baldwin, FBN’s Charlie Gasparino, the entire Today show front six: Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, Al Roker, (with his wife, ABC’s Deborah Roberts) Hoda Kotb, and Kathie Lee Gifford. Weekend Today co-anchor Amy Robach and husband Andrew Shue; MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough and FNC’s Greta Van Susteren. Also, Brian Williams and wife Jane. Brian dropped in for just a bit, he was going back to New York, only to catch a plane Sunday for New Orleans for a quick trip. He’s back in New York today covering the arrest in the Times Square bomb plot. (Programming note: Brian’s senior producer Subrate De is a guest on tomorrow’s Morning Media Menu podcast: 9:30amET)

But we left on the early side. FishbowlDC’s Betsy Rothstein stuck around for more.


More pictures after the jump…

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O’Brien, Roberts Headline Big Brothers Big Sisters Event

Tonight, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien emcees the Big Brothers Big Sisters Sidewalks of New York gala at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria. ABC’s Deborah Roberts will be presented with the Communication Award.

Who Will Co-Anchor ‘GMA’ Weekend?

With Kate Snow departing ABC, as we first reported earlier today, for NBC’s “Dateline,” the natural question arises: who will take over the “Good Morning America” weekend edition slot co-anchoring with Bill Weir?

Juju Chang and Bianna Golodryga both taped auditions for newsreader when the weekday edition added George Stephanopoulos as co-anchor late last year. Chang got the job, leaving Golodryga as the front-runner for the weekend show. But don’t rule out Chang for the job either.

Other internal candidates could be correspondent Deborah Roberts and GMA consumer reporter Elisabeth Leamy.

Chang and Elizabeth Vargas will co-anchor with Weir this Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

ABC Scores with Real Story Behind ‘The Blind Side’

A special edition of “20/20″ last night which featured the real story behind the movie “The Blind Side” drew 7.9 million Total Viewers — ABC’s biggest audience in five weeks. The hour, hosted by ABC’s Deborah Roberts, saw its audience grow by nearly 1 million viewers (7.5m to 8.4m) from the first half-hour to the second. The show came in second in Total Viewers at 10pm to CBS’ Kennedy Center Honors (9.21m).

The 10pm hour was Tuesday’s #1 program in two ad-friendly demos: Women 18-34 and Women 18-49.

Meet Al Roker’s #1 Fan

The Jay Leno Show contributor Liz Feldman went all Annie Wilkes on Al Roker last night. Roker’s wife, ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts probably got a kick out of (or not) this line: “You know what’s pretty hot right now? Transgressions.”

The Most Famous Family Feud of the Decade

Tonight on “20/20″ Deborah Roberts reports on scandal and deception during the final years of millionaire socialite Brooke Astor‘s life. Her son is accused of neglecting her and siphoning off her fortune for his own use. Astor died in 2007 at age 105. Roberts talks with Philip Marshall, Astor’s grandson, who brought to light many of the allegations against his father and step-mother. Tonight at 10pmET/PT on ABC.

The Ticker: Ifill, Kagan, Roberts, Roker

> Being an expert isn’t so easy — just ask PBS’s Gwen Ifill. Appearing on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire as last night’s “Ask the Expert” resource, she tried to help contestant Jennifer answer the question at hand…but guessed wrong. Politico has the video.

> Former CNNer Daryn Kagan is making the magazine rounds. She writes an essay in September’s Guideposts about creating her post-TV career, and she’s featured as September’s “Big Idea Profile” in the Martha Stewart publication body + soul.

> ABC’s Deborah Roberts and her husband, NBC’s Al Roker, will appear in a forthcoming Sesame Street special, “Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times”. The program, which will also feature Today financial expert Jean Chatzky, is scheduled to air in September.
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