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State of the Union Coverage Plans: Cable Networks

obama state of the union 2 Here’s what the cable news networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Fox News: Bret Baier will take over from Bill O’Reilly at 8:55pmET. Baier will be joined by chief White House correspondent Ed Henry, chief Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel and Shannon Bream, who will report on Bing Pulse results throughout the night. Baier will anchor until 11pmET, at which point Megyn Kelly will take over with a live edition of “The Kelly File.”

CNN: Chris Cuomo will host “New Day” live from Capitol Hill Tuesday morning. For the network’s evening coverage, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will anchor beginning at 7pmET. They will be joined by a host of CNN correspondents, including Jim Sciutto from Iran, Tom Foreman from the virtual studio and Suzanne Malveaux, who will moderate a focus group in Des Moines. Tapper will helm late night SOTU coverage solo. CNN en Español will also broadcast the address with anchor Fernando del Rincón and correspondent Juan Carlos López.

MSNBC: Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will host beginning at 9pmET. They will be joined by Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton, Steve Schmidt and Ed Schultz, who will be live from Washington, D.C. Matthews will anchor an additional hour of live coverage from 12am-1amET.

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Jim Sciutto On His Return to Reporting: ‘I Think I’m More Fearless, Because I Know More’

With foreign affairs continuing to dominate headlines in September, these are heady days for reporters who thrive on covering global policy matters. Count among them Jim Sciutto, who returned to TV news last week as CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent.

“Not a bad day to start, in the middle of a debate about military attacks on Syria,” Sciutto tells TVNewser, reflecting on his first day on air for his new employer.

Sciutto stepped away from television for nearly two years. In late 2011, he left longtime home ABC News to work abroad as chief of staff and senior adviser to U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke.

Beijing was a good fit, Sciutto says, given his longtime fascination with the country. He majored in Chinese history at Yale, and is proficient in Mandarin.

The job was meaningful as well, he explains, because “I’d long had a dream of doing public service, and I’m glad I did it.”  The diplomatic role, he stresses, is distinct from having worked in a political position or having taken a lucrative government-related consulting gig.

Still, Sciutto’s journalism homecoming prompted a difference-of-opinion debate on Twitter just last night.

“Turns out, it was a waste of US taxpayer $$ to move @jimsciuttoCNN to China to work for Obama. He didn’t stay long & now ‘reports’ for CNN,” tweeted media critic and Fox News contributor Richard Grenell.

Sciutto responded with a tweet of his own, inviting Grenell to “watch my reporting” and that ”my record stands.”

In an interview earlier this week, Sciutto told TVNewser he wouldn’t think twice about tough coverage of the administration’s handling of foreign policy. “I think I’m more fearless because I know more. I got a real education in so many of the national security issues, and foreign policy issues. It makes your questions smarter, and your stories smarter.”

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New Global Hires at ABC News

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ABC News has hired two new correspondents, brought back a third, and upped a fourth for posts around the world.

News president Ben Sherwood has hired Mark Greenblatt as a New York-based correspondent. Greenblatt joins from CBS affiliate KHOU in Houston where he was an investigative reporter. ABC is also bringing back into the fold Gloria Riviera, formerly a London correspondent who will now be based in Beijing. Riviera’s husband, former ABC Newsman Jim Sciutto just started his new job as chief of staff to U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, (whose wife Mona Lee Locke, incidentally, is a former local TV news reporter).

ABC News has also hired Muhammad Lila from the CBC as the new Digital Correspondent for South Asia, based in Islamabad. And Kirit Radia, a one-time ABC News desk assistant who worked his way up to producing at the White House and State Department, has been named ABC’s new Digital Correspondent in Moscow.

Sherwood’s note after the jump…

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Jim Sciutto Leaving ABC News

After 13 years with ABC News correspondent Jim Sciutto is leaving the network and TV news. He’s moving to China where he’ll be Chief of Staff to U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke. Scuitto spent most of the last 10 years in ABC”s London bureau covering Europe, the Middle East and Asia. As ABC News president Ben Sherwood writes in an email to staff, obtained by TVNewser, “Jim defied government restrictions to report undercover from Myanmar, Zimbabwe and Iran. He’s been arrested by Hezbollah, had his Twitter account hijacked by Iranian intelligence, and come face-to-face with Al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Somalia.”

Last November, Scuitto moved to ABC’s Washington bureau. In 2008 Sciutto wrote about the perception of America in the Middle East in his book “Against Us.”

“It’s hard not to know your nationality when you’re in that part of the world,” Scuitto told TVNewser at the time. “There’s a personal aspect in this. As an American, I like my country. I get worried when it is so hated and so resented.”

This will be a return to Asia for Sciutto. He was a Fulbright fellow studying Chinese history at Yale.

Sherwood’s note after the jump…

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Ann Curry’s Interview with Ahmadinejad Makes News on American Hikers

Ann Curry‘s 45-minute sit-down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today included a question about how the country could have sentenced two American hikers, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, to such a harsh sentence — 8 years — for straying into Iran in 2009. But she wasn’t expecting his answer, which made headlines about an hour before the “Today” show went on the air.

Ahmadinejad: They illegally crossed our borders, and they were arrested by the border guards, but we tried last year to free one of the three persons, and we are also trying to make arrangements for their freedom, for the freedom of the other two. I think these two persons will be freed in a couple of days.

Curry: In a couple of days?

Ahmadinejad: Yes. In a couple of days, they will be free.

“Good Morning America” also reported the news in the show open. ABC’s Jim Sciutto reported from Washington, DC: “ABC News confirming the president has said the hikers will be released in two days.” ABC spoke with their lawyer as well as Sarah Shourd, Bauer’s fiancee. who was released last year. On CBS, correspondent Mark Philips reported the story from London for the “Early Show.” Neither ABC nor CBS mentioned the news was made during an NBC interview.

Sarah Palin Parties with the Main (or is it Lame?) stream Media

Seeming to put politics aside for a few hours — not one but two GOP governors stopped in to the MSNBC After Party last night at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — often the target of MSNBC’s opinionated hosts — and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (right, meeting NBC News correspondent Luke Russert for the first time). Palin, as we reported yesterday, was the guest of Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren.

As MSNBC host/mixologist Rachel Maddow made a drink for “Glee’s” Jane Lynch, MSNBC boss Phil Griffin, worked the room. It’s his after party afterall. And not missing an opportunity to synergize, Cee lo Green, of NBC’s “The Voice” was the entertainment.

In addition to Van Susteren, we spotted Bret Baier from Fox News chatting with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” show EP Jim Bell — who’d both just returned from London covering the Royal Wedding and sharing ratings info on his Blackberry. Looks like “Today” was #1 again on Royal Wedding day. (Final numbers later on TVNewser).

Eliot Spitzer in tow with CNN’s chief communicator Christa Robinson; Roland Martin, David Bohrman, and Sam Feist also of CNN and ABC’s Jim Sciutto.

We chatted up CNBC’s Rick Santelli, in from Chicago, Carl Quintanilla and Hampton Pearson. NBC’s Janet Shamlian, and Kelly O’Donnell and MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan and Contessa Brewer, now almost four months along. Ed Schultz was proud to tell us he’s overtaken Anderson Cooper in the ratings at 10pm, in just his third month on the air. “Big news,” says big Ed.

Meanwhile, over at the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair party, tipsters tell us Jake Tapper, Dave Price, John Dickerson, Chris Isham, Gayle King, and Seth Meyers [who'd poked fun at the thought that the Bloomberg party was a hot ticket], were still in full party mode at 2:15am. “The patio is still packed,” we were emailed. “They started serving breakfast snacks.”

One hour ‘Nightline’ tonight on Egypt

ABC’s Terry Moran anchors a special one-hour “Nightline” tonight titled “Nightline: Revolution Day.” This is the second one-hour “Nightline” on the subject of Egypt in the last 7 shows. Moran is in Cairo as is ABC’s Jim Sciutto. “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour will contribute from New York. Last Friday was the first night of a shortened “Nightline” as “Jimmy Kimmel Live” now starts at MidnightET. Tonight, Kimmel goes on at 12:30am.

ABC News Correspondents Jim Sciutto and Gloria Riviera Welcome New Assignment: A Baby Boy

To say ABC News senior foreign correspondent Jim Sciutto and his wife and fellow ABC Newser Gloria Riviera had an eventful day yesterday would be something of an understatement.

Sciutto, along with two paramedics from the London Ambulance Service, welcomed a baby boy into their family when Riviera gave birth in their home. Both mother and baby are doing great.

Sciutto tells TVNewser:

Turns out the little guy was in a rush. All went very well – and mother and son are in perfect health. Unlike any other ‘assignment’ I’ve ever had. We are smiling at the kind of life he’ll lead after making such a dramatic entrance. Foreign correspondent will be boring by comparison.

Sciutto and his family will soon be returning to Washington DC as he takes a new assignment for ABC News.

ABC News Rejiggers Correspondent Assignments

ABC News has made a number of changes to its correspondent assignments, both domestically and abroad.

Some of the more notable moves:

Jeffrey Kofman will move to ABC’s London bureau, he had been based in Miami. Kofman was front and center during two of 2010′s biggest news stories: the Chilean miner rescue and the BP oil spill.

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.

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Cami McCormick to Accept CBS Award an Annual Murrow Dinner

CBS’s Harry Smith, CNN’s John Roberts, ABC’s Jim Sciutto, NBC’s Ann Curry, and MSNBC’s Tamron Hall will be among the presenters at the annual Edward R. Murrow Awards dinner in New York later this month.

CBS Radio News correspondent Cami McCormick, injured while on assignment in Afghanistan in August ’09, will accept the Overall Excellence Award for CBS Radio news, while NBC News president Steve Capus will accept the Overall Excellence Award presented to NBC News.

In all, 59 news organizations are being honored with 89 awards at the dinner being held Monday, Oct. 11.

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