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Paula Faris Unexpectedly Announces Her Pregnancy on ‘GMA’

After losing her breath in the middle of the headlines on “Good Morning America” this morning, ABC News correspondent Paula Faris announced she is pregnant with her third child.

Faris struggled to finish the headlines in the 7 a.m. hour before finally saying, “Sorry, it’s the pregnant chick, everybody!” Josh Elliott jumped in to relieve her, saying, “Hang on. We’re going to to go the bullpen.” When he was done, he congratulated Faris, who said losing her breath is a side effect of pregnancy. She is 17 weeks along with her third child.

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ABC News Shifts Correspondents

ABC News is making some changes to its correspondent ranks, according to a memo sent to ABC staff by president Ben Sherwood.

“ABC World News Now” co-anchor Paula Faris will become a correspondent for the network, reporting for all of the shows and platforms. Her last day on “WNN” will be Tuesday, where she is expected to receive a proper sendoff.  Faris will be replaced on “WNN” by regular fill-in anchor Diana Perez, who had been a correspondent for NewsOne. Perez will join Rob Nelson on the “WNN” anchor desk.

Linzie Janis will be joining ABC News in New York as a correspondent. She had been reporting for Bloomberg TV in London for the last four years.

Marci Gonzalez will join ABC as a correspondent for NewsOne, and joins the network from WABC where she was a correspondent.

More info in Sherwood’s note, after the jump.
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ABC News Adds Alex Perez to Chicago Bureau

ABC News has hired Alex Perez as a Chicago-based correspondent, ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced today.

Perez joins ABC News from WMAQ, the NBC-owned local station in Chicago, where he has been a reporter and anchor for six years. In a memo to staffers, Sherwood called Perez “a skilled and energetic reporter who understands the power of words and images.” He will spend the next few weeks in New York before returning to Chicago.

Perez is the third recent ABC News hire from NBC Chicago. He joins former WMAQ colleagues Ginger Zee, who is the “Good Morning America” weekend meteorologist, and Paula Faris, who is the co-anchor of “World News Now,” at ABC. The three ABC hires have the added benefit of pulling top talent from an NBC station, which competes with ABC-owned WLS in the Chicago market.

Read the full memo from Sherwood after the jump.

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Paula Faris To Join ABC As ‘World News Now’ Anchor

ABC News president Ben Sherwood has officially announced the hire of Paula Faris as co-anchor of “World News Now” and “America This Morning.”

Faris joins ABC from WMAQ, the NBC station in Chicago, where she has been a sports anchor and reporter for the past six years. News of her hire was first reported by Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder in October; an official announcement was delayed until Faris’ contract with WMAQ was finished.

In addition to co-anchoring the overnight newscast with Rob Nelson, Faris will contribute to “Good Morning America,” where she will join her former WMAQ colleague Ginger Zee.

Read the full announcement from Sherwood after the jump.

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ABC News Hires Two Anchors from NBC Station in Chicago

Two familiar Chicago faces are headed to New York. WMAQ meteorologist Ginger Zee (left) and WMAQ sports anchor Paula Faris (right) are both set to join ABC News in New York. Robert Feder, who knows about all things Chicago TV, has been reporting the developments of both.

ABC News tells TVNewser Zee will join “Good Morning America” weekend this Saturday.

GMA weekend has been without a regular weather anchor since the departure of Marysol Castro last September. (Castro jumped to CBS’s ‘Early Show’ but that only lasted 9 months.)

Meanwhile, Faris is expected to be named co-anchor of “World News Now” later this year, when her WMAQ contract ends. She will join Rob Nelson on the ABC overnight show.

Faris has been with WMAQ since 2005, Zee since 2006. A third WMAQ talent, morning co-anchor Zoraida Sambolin, is joining CNN as part of the revamp of their “American Morning.”

The Zee and Faris hires at ABC have the added benefit of taking top talent away from an NBC O&O which can help their competitors, including Chicago’s ABC station WLS (which doesn’t need much help since they’ve been #1 forever).

Audio: Reds Announcer Brennaman Rips Cardinals

During the Monday broadcast of the Reds-Phillies game on 700 WLW, Reds announcer Marty Brennaman called Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter a whiner and excuse-maker and said it’s always something with the Cardinals, whom he said might be the most disliked team in baseball. Of course this largely stems from the Albert Pujols hit-by-pitch contretemps during Sunday’s game with the Reds, when Cardinals players and coaches (most notably pitching coach Dave Duncan) took issue with Pujols getting plunked in the ninth inning, a development that put the tying run on base for the Cardinals and yet seemed nefarious to Duncan and others.

Here’s the link to the audio of Brennaman’s rant: