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Monday, July 23, 2007

The Debates Update and Nic Robertson

The countdown to the CNN You Tube debates is finally over and today is the big day. CNN"s coverage from The Citadel begins at 7 PM, Eastern, but I expect that most of the days programs will heavily feature reports concerning the big event. Here's a link to an editorial in Sunday's LA Times about the event and one on C/ If you've been living under a rock and don't have a clue about You Tube and the debates these links are a must see.

Book Asylum will be covering the debates Monday night for All Things CNN and I'll be posting my review on our sister blog All Things Anderson. Please take the time to post comments about what you liked, what surprised you and what, if anything, totally bombed. We always love to get your prospective.

We've been seeing a lot of Nic Robertson reporting live from London recently on CNN. He's also been doing the updates on the civil unrest in Pakistan. I also came across this podcast Nic did and thought you might enjoy watching.
I've been a Nic admirer for a long time and I thought, since he's been on the air so frequently, it might be a good time to pull out an old post from our sister blog All Things Anderson and add a few updates.
photos from Gracie
Nic was born Dominic Robertson on June 8, 1962. He began his career at the network in 1989, starting as a satellite engineer. He first came to public attention when he stayed in Baghdad with Peter Arnett at the start of the Allied invasion of Iraq in 1991. Later that year, he was moved to Chicago , where he became a producer in CNN's Chicago Bureau. He then became the producer for Christiane Amanpour and was moved to CNN's London bureau, where he later made the jump to reporter.

Did you know that People magazine voted Nic Sexiest News Correspondent in 2001?

Nic is married to Margaret Lowrie Robertson, who worked for CNN, as an international reporter from 1989 to 2002? They live in London and have 2 daughters.

Margaret joined CNN in September 1989 and contributed extensively to coverage of the Gulf War from Baghdad, one of the first female TV news reporters to broadcast live from Iraq. She was made an international correspondent in 1993 and was based in London for nearly a decade. From 1985-1988 she worked for CBS News in Cairo . Before that she worked as a freelance radio correspondent for CBS in Beirut andNational Public Radio in Poland during the Solidarity era. She began her career as a copy-person at the New York Times in 1978 and was a news assistant in the Times' United Nations Bureau from 1979-82. Raised in Virginia , Lowrie is a graduate of Boston University . Her novel, Season of Betrayal, set in Beirut 1983, was published by Tatra Press in October 2006. It has a blurb from Anderson that reads"A captivating journey into war-torn Beirut ".

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