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A Fulltime Job and Twins, CNN’s Kyra Phillips Now Adds a Podcast to Her Routine

MomSquadIncreasingly, TV news anchors and hosts are going extra-curricular as they expand their “brand.” A few years ago, former CBS “Early Show” and local TV anchor Rene Syler launched parenting site Good Enough Mother while still continuing TV appearances. When she left CNN, Soledad O’Brien started her own production company and can now be seen on CNN, Al Jazeera America and other outlets. Then there are the TV news anchors who do double duty on radio, FNC’s Brian Kilmeade among them.

CNN anchor Kyra Phillips is getting into the multi-tasking fray. Phillips and two friends started “The Mom Squad Show,” a 3-times-a-week podcast which, in its first week on iTunes, was downloaded 7,000 times. The podcast is hosted by Phillips in Atlanta, and fellow moms Christine Eads in Washington, DC and Chaz Kelly in Connecticut. Kelly’s husband “Seton” O’Connor is a sidekick on the Dan Patrick show. Eads co-hosts a show on SiriusXM.

Phillips will continue her day job in the CNN Investigative unit, while recording the podcast in her off hours. She’s not allowed to pitch products, or otherwise overstep her CNN contract. Phillips and her husband, Fox News Atlanta-based correspondent John Roberts, are the parents of 3-year-old twins.

“The Mom Squad Show” already has distribution. It went live on iHeardRadio today, and will soon be carried on TuneIn.

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Zain Verjee Leaving CNN

zain verjeeAfter 14 years at CNN, Zain Verjee is leaving the network to start her own production company. Verjee anchors “World One” on CNN International.

“It’s been 14 years of friendship, growth, excitement and the greatest privilege anyone could ask for. From Nairobi to Atlanta, to Washington and New York to London and every major capital around the world in between,” Verjee wrote in a note sent to CNN staff this morning. “The assignments have been incredible.  I would like to thank each and every one of you for making it so special and so genuine for me.”

Verjee says she will be “creating and writing which I find personally fulfilling.” Read her full note after the jump. Read more

For CNN Correspondent, Nairobi Attack Hits Close To Home

For CNN International correspondent Zain Verjee, the terrorist attack at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya hit very close to home. Literally. Verjee grew up not far from the mall, and still lives nearby, as she shared today.

“This is where we have coffee, this is where I meet my friends, this is where I socialize, this is where diplomats, expats everybody goes to shop,” Verjee said. “Every Saturday morning we go to buy groceries, as hundreds of people did that Saturday morning.”

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Every network and cable channel has correspondents in Nairobi, following up on the latest from the hostile mall takeover by terrorists over the weekend. Among them: NBC’s Ron Allen, CBS’ Charlie D’Agata, ABC’s Linsey Davis and Kirit Radia and CNN’s Verjee, Nima Elbagir and Arwa Damon.

The Evening Ticker: Layoffs/ABC, Zahn/ID, Verjee/1D

  • The Disney/ABC TV Group delivered layoff notices today to some 175 employees, mostly in the TV stations group and technical operations. TVSpy has more.

  • The 100th episode of “On the Case with Paula Zahn” delivered its highest ever premiere household rating, and over one million total viewers. it was also its number two telecast ever in the adults 25-54 demo.

  • CNN anchor Zain Verjee was covering the premiere of the movie “This Is Us,” about teen pop stars One Direction (and directed by CNN host Morgan Spurlock). While on the red carpet, she receieved quite the surprise from 1D’s Harry Styles. Watch below.

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The Morning Ticker: Verjee, C-SPAN, Esquire

  • CNN’s Zain Verjee has been appointed UNICEF Children’s Advocate and will be engaged with issues around child survival around the world. Verjee has also completed a children’s book series about magical adventures in journalism.
  • C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” continued its long history (going back to 1980) of reporting on — and from — DC newsrooms this morning. But for the first time the show has gone remote from a non-newspaper newsroom, at Yahoo! News’s Washington Bureau.
  • Esquire Network will now launch on Sept. 23. The NBCU network takes over the channel now occupied by G4 as part of a brand licensing deal with Hearst which publishes Esquire. The network will debut with a two-hour special commemorating the magazine’s 80th anniversary.

The Afternoon Ticker: Dow’s Cramer, Columbia’s Coll, Oxford’s Verjee

  • Chris Cramer has joined Dow Jones as head of video operations. The one-time chief of newsgathering at the BBC and, later, head of CNN International, Cramer will oversee an expanded video team at the News Corp. publisher. He’ll report to Dow Jones EIC Gerry Baker.

  • Steve Coll has been named Dean of the Columbia Journalism school. An occasional cable news guest, Coll is an author, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and former Washington Post reporter. He’s been president of The New America Foundation for the last 5 years.

  • CNN’s Zain Verjee is one 15 students to be accepted into a creative writing program at Oxford University. Verjee will continue to anchor her morning show on CNN International as well as continuing to contribute to CNN/U.S.

Piers Morgan, Brooke Baldwin Hosting CNN’s Coverage of the Diamond Jubilee

CNN will have dedicated coverage of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next week. On Sunday from 11am-1pmET Piers Morgan and Brooke Baldwin will anchor the channel’s coverage of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, which will see a flotilla of boats travel down the river.

On Tuesday, June 5 from 9-11amET, CNN will cover the Royal Carriage Procession, which sees the Royals travel from Westminster to Buckingham Palace via horse-drawn carriage.

Becky Anderson, Richard Quest, Zain Verjee and CNN’s Royal Correspondent Max Foster will all contribute to the Jubilee programing.

As we reported earlier, ABC Newssecured the U.S. TV rights for the Jubilee concert, and also has the only U.S. interview with Princes William and Harry in advance of the Jubilee. ABC News broadcasts will originate from London next week.

CNN will also televise four Royal-related documentaries, and will have a digital component, more on those after the jump.

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President Obama Addresses Parliament

This morning, beginning at 10:50 AM, president Obama addressed Britain’s Parliament. CNN covered it is a co-production with CNNI anchored by Wolf Blitzer, Suzanne Malveaux, Richard Quest, Candy Crowley and Zain Verjee. The network started coverage about half an hour before the speech was slated to begin.

MSNBC and Fox opted not to have a dedicated preview leading up to the speech, but took it live once it began.

Obama’s speech to Parliament comes just a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress in Washington.

CNN/U.S. to start day at 4am with CNNi Simulcasts

Next Monday, CNN/U.S. will begin simulcasting two CNN International programs. At 4amET CNN will air “World Business Today,” anchored by Charles Hodson and Andrew Stevens from London and Hong Kong. At 5amET, CNN wills simulcast the newscast “World One” with Zain Verjee (left) and Monita Rajpal in London. Verjee is a familiar face on CNN/U.S. She joined the D.C. buro from CNNI in Atlanta in 2006. She spent three years in Washington, first as State Dept. correspondent and, later, news anchor on “The Situation Room.” Verjee returned to CNNI and moved to London in April, 2009. The two live hours replace a “Parker-Spitzer” reair at 4am and an “AC360″ repeat at 5am. “American Morning” begins at 6amET.

The Situation with Peanuts

During a report on Northwest Airlines’ new “peanuts” policy during The Situation Room yesterday, Zain Verjee made the unfortunate mistake of replacing the airplane snack with…something else. Twice. In June, Verjee was involved in another PG-13 moment (that time involving the female anatomy):