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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Soledad O'Brien Mistress of Ceremonies for Performing Arts School Opening

NJ.com had an article on the opening of the Cicely Tyson School of the Performing and fine Arts. Soledad O'Brien was the mistress of ceremonies.

EAST ORANGE -- With the red carpet, celebrities and photographers, it could have been a Hollywood movie premiere, but this was the opening of a performing arts school in East Orange.

The celebrities, along with elected officials and other invited guests, came out for the official celebration of the new home for the Cicely Tyson School of the Performing and fine Arts in East Orange.

The $143-million state-of-the-art facility opened its doors to more than 1,000 students last month, but today was its formal unveiling.

"Its like carrying a child and giving birth," said Tyson, who has been an active participant in school decisions, graduations and other events since the school was named for her in 1995. "The birth date is Oct. 24."

The gray skies outside didn’t dampen the mood of the people as they streamed in to the school’s main entrance and were greeted by a bright, red carpet and the flashing lights of the media gathered to cover the event -- the theme of which was "All Things are Possible, Only Believe."

The celebrity guests included singer-songwriters Nick Ashford and his wife, Valerie Simpson, actresses Angela Bassett and Tamara Tunie, gospel singer BeBe Winans, an active supporter of the school, Susan Taylor, the editor emeritus of Essence magazine who is also an author and philanthropist, and Faye Wattleton, the former president of Planned Parenthood of America who is currently the president of the Center For Advancement of Women.

Gov. Jon Corzine headed up the elected officials who attended, including East Orange Mayor Robert Bowser, several members of the city council, and state Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex).

After the red carpet arrivals, guests were taken on a tour of the facility and then entertained by performances by Winans and others, including several students at the school. A formal dinner was to follow.

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, who served as mistress of ceremonies for the performances during the event, said she was "amazed" by the school and the students.

"In this school, the young people can follow their dreams, but also receive an intense academic experience," O’Brien said, adding that school officials and staff care about "the whole person here."



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Bullet hits Lou Dobb's Home


According to the AP, a bullet hit the side of Lou Dobb's New Jersey home on Oct. 5th. Lou's wife was at home but was not harmed. Mr. Dobbs told his listeners on his radio show that he had been receiving threatening phone calls for weeks now. Police are investigating. For more information read the article HERE.

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Michael Ware -- Afghanistan issues

Domestic finally got Michael Ware on the air Wednesday night. On Campbell Brown's program, he discussed the bombings in Afghanistan and Pakistan; on AC360 he took part in a panel discussion (with David Gergen and former CIA/current Time magazine analyst Bob Baer) about All Things Afghanistan, including the revelation that Karzai's brother is on the CIA payroll. Both clips are posted on my site:




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Campbell Brown Will Speak at The Power of Women Conference in Toronto

CNN's Campbell Brown will present "A Look At Current Events & How They Affect You" at The Power Of Women conference in Toronto, ON, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 30, 2009.


The Power of Women - Today's Most Dynamic Speakers Live and In Person. Their Lives, Their Careers, Their Experience! The Power of Women event was created to educate and inspire women seeking excellence. Women face unique challenges and pressures every day as they strive to achieve their goals and maintain a balance between their professional and personal lives. The Power of Women invites you to join us for the event of a lifetime!

Source: PowerWithIn website




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Ali Velshi Will Be in London Ontario for Power Within Conference

CNN's Ali Velshi will be discuss "The Global Economic Outlook: What it Means To You" at the Power Within Conference in London, Ontario at the London Convention Centre on November 17, 2009.

One Full Day of Inspiration, Motivation and Entertainment that will ignite your Spirit! For the first time ever under one roof see 7 of the most inspiring communicators of our time. Live and In Person! You will learn from real-world experts who are the best-of-the-best, in an incredibly entertaining environment that empowers you to take action immediately to transform your life forever.

Source: PowerWithin Website & Centennial College





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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Soledad O'Brien Will Lecture At Yale University

Yale University Office of Public Affairs has announced that Soledad O’Brien will give a lecture there on November 10, 2009. Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Soledad O’Brien, anchor and special correspondent for CNN Worldwide, will visit Yale as a guest of the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism on Tuesday, November 10.

O’Brien’s lecture, “Diversity in the Media: Behind the Scenes & in Our Lives,” will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium of Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m.





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Roland Martin Named Broadcaster of the Year

The Washington Informer posted an article on Roland Martin being named "Broadcaster of the Year" by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition:


Renowned journalist and author, Roland Martin, was honored by the Rainbow PUSH coalition and received the organization's "Broadcaster of the Year" Award at the 10th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference in Atlanta, Ga. on Fri., Oct. 16. Rev. Jesse Jackson, the organization's founder and president, presented the award to Martin, for his dedication and accomplishments as one of the nation's premier journalists at the "Keep Hope Alive Gala."

"Roland Martin's coverage and analysis of the 2008 Election was outstanding, as is the commentary he provides every night on CNN, and now on ‘Washington Watch with
Roland Martin on TV One,’" Jackson said.

"His reporting and commentary indicate that he has his finger on the pulse of African American thought, and is a respected voice of our community. Roland has a unique way of connecting with people; he is generous, intelligent and persuasive. So many people look up to him and say ‘he speaks for me.’ We want to honor Roland for his work, and we present this award to laud his pursuit of excellence in journalism."

Martin is a multi-faceted journalist, reporting on many different platforms including, television, radio, newspapers and online. As the host and Managing Editor for TV One's "Washington Watch with Roland Martin," he brings a new voice to Sunday morning news with a one-hour program focused on issues critical to African Americans.

He is also a CNN analyst appearing on a variety of shows, including “Campbell Brown,” “The Situation Room,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” and many others. He is also a senior analyst for the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” Named by Ebony Magazine in 2008 and 2009 as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States, he is the 2009 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for "In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview." He is also the 2008 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for "In Conversation: The Sen. Barack Obama Interview." In November 2009, his latest book, entitled "The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin" will hit shelves.

Other individuals honored for their contributions to civic and economic life during the Keep Hope Alive Gala included, Vicki Palmer, retired Coca-Cola Enterprises Executive Vice President; Congressman John Lewis; Sweet Auburn advocate Charles Johnson; civil rights activist Gail P. Davenport; Georgia Informer Publisher Herbert Dennard; and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.

The purpose of the 10th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference is to revive hope for those devastated by job and home loss, recover from the economic calamity with new investments in industry and infrastructure, and renew efforts to create a level playing field for workers and children.





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Suzanne Malveaux and Dan Lothian at Helen Thomas & Craig Crawford's Book Party

TVNewser has an article on a book party held for Helen Thomas and Craig Crawford on 10/19. In attendance were Suzanne Malveaux and Dan Lothian:

TVNewser was there as friends and colleagues feted veteran newswomanHelen Thomas and MSNBC political analyst Craig Crawford at their book party in Washington, DC last night. The pair have collaborated on Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do.

Crawford, also a Congressional Quarterly columnist, tells TVNewser he recently re-upped with MSNBC. Network colleague Andrea Mitchell was in attendance, as were CNN correspondents Suzanne Malveaux and Dan Lothian, and CNN political director Sam Feist.

Listen Up, Mr. President... explores the "qualities, attitudes, and political and personal choices that make for the most successful leaders, and the least."





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Michael Ware talks about Baghdad bombings

Michael Ware appeared on International three times yesterday to talk about Monday's twin suicide bombings in Baghdad and the overall situation in Iraq. For some reason, Domestic has not had him on, but the clips from International are available on my site:

World Report (w/Jonathan Mann)
World Report (w/Jim Clancy)
International Desk (w/Isha Sesay)




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Your Views on the News October 28



Today I wanted to post Jon Klein's pep talk to his CNN staff (found on TVNewser) as a starter. The conversation is certainly not limited to this, it's just something we'd love to hear your views on.
Yes, our ratings in prime were down in October. Remember - we are a 24hr network - not a 3hr network. We are also just one network in a group that attracts hundreds of millions of viewers a month. Media writers might not understand that. Our competitors don't either. Despite the bad press we don't lose sight of OUR business. We, CNN/U.S., still attracts millions and millions of viewers a month, more than our closest competitors. Writers don't talk about our users -- we are on air and on line, globally -- rather they break it down to one part of the day.
Excellent journalism is what we are focused on. We refuse to do the things that might get us a quick number or cater to the extremes that would alienate our core viewers. It's important to work at it every day - it's our mission. It's the key to our growth. If we are outstanding ALL the time (and we are getting better and better at it) we will have an impact over time.
I'm convinced of it, as is Jim Walton, Phil Kent and Jeff Bewkes. And to top it off, we get to have fun doing the GREAT journalism. We are the lucky ones. ~Jon Klein



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Nicole Lapin Interviewed for Vegetarian Awareness Month


Earlier this month, in celebration of Vegetarian Awareness Month, Ecorazzi interviewed CNN's Nicole Lapin. Below is an excerpt from the interview:


Ecorazzi: How long have you been vegetarian/vegan?

Nicole Lapin: 13 years vegetarian. 6 years vegan.

...

E: What’s one tip you’d give for somebody who might be interested in transitioning to a more plant-based diet?

NL: Sometimes it’s not what’s on the table, it’s who’s at it. Don’t make a fuss when options are limited. Learn how to be creative when you go out with non-vegetarians. Look at all the side dishes on a menu and remember the kitchen has those things to “soup up” a salad or to prepare as a side dish.

... ... to read the full interview




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Campbell Brown To Be At Courage in Journalism Awards

CNN's Campbell Brown will the Mistress of Ceremony at the The International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Awards. Below is a press release published earlier this week:

The International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Awards to Be Held in Los Angeles on October 28th

David Geffen, Angie Harmon, Kristen Bell, Rashida Jones, Arianna Huffington, Heather Tom, Ashley Jones, Lesley-Anne Down, Hunter Tylo, Alley Mills, Sarah Brown and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Among Others Come out to Support the IWMF’s Courage in Journalism Awards

--(BUSINESS WIRE)--International Women’s Media Foundation:

WHO: 2009 Courage in Journalism Award winners: Iryna Khalip of Belarus, reporter and editor in the Minsk bureau of Novaya Gazeta; Agnès Tailé of Cameroon, media consultant and former reporter for Canal 2 International, radio and television; and Jila Baniyaghoob* of Iran, freelance reporter and editor-in-chief of the Web site Kanoon Zanan Irani (Iranian Women’s Center). The 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award winner: Amira Hass, a reporter and columnist for Ha’aretz Daily, a newspaper based in Tel Aviv.

“These remarkable journalists have chosen to report the news in three countries where pursuit of the truth puts them at risk for arrest, physical attacks and even death,” said Judy Woodruff, chair of the IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards. “Still, they have consistently, for many years, chosen to risk their lives and livelihoods in pursuing stories that illuminate the lives of people in their countries and enlighten us all.”

*Baniyaghoob will not attend the event.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 @ 6:30 p.m.**

WHERE: Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills

Tickets can be purchased at:
http://www.iwmf.org/supportcourageapplication.aspx

For the fourth straight year, the IWMF is proud to have Bank of America as our national presenting sponsor of the Courage in Journalism Awards. Mistress of Ceremonies is Campbell Brown, anchor, CNN’s Campbell Brown. Event Chair is David Geffen, chairman, The Geffen Company.

Created in 1990, the IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards honor women journalists who have shown extraordinary strength of character and integrity while reporting the news under dangerous or difficult circumstances. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a woman journalist who has a pioneering spirit and whose determination has paved the way for women in the news media. Including this year’s award winners, 66 journalists have won Courage Awards and 18 journalists have been honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The 2009 awards were also presented in New York City on October 20, 2009 at the Waldorf-Astoria.

According to IWMF's website, earlier this year Brown was named the co-chair of the organization's Board of Directors.





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Dana Bash Keynote Speaker at Washington PR Woman of the Year

Washington Women in Public Relations has announced that CNN's Senior Congressional Correspondent, Dana Bash, will be the keynote speaker at the 20th Annual Washington PR Woman of the Year ceremony.

The event will be held at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center on Wednesday, November 4, 2009. More information is available at:
http://www.wwpr.org/woman-year.htm.


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Poppy Harlow At Second Annual VOICEBOX Executive Roundtable

Photos by Kelly Samardak
for MediaPost's Just An Online Minute
via Flickr



CNN's Poppy Harlow moderated the Weber Shandwick Second Annual VOICEBOX Executive Roundtable last week. Kelly Samardak posted an article about the event on Just An Online Minute...:

The moderator was Poppy Harlow of CNN, who up-talked when she announced the event's hashtag, "So, I guess I'm supposed to say hash? Voiceboxx? ... I don't tweet yet" which made me cringe.

... to read the full article


PRWeek's Kimberly Maul also posted an article about the event:

“Our spending habits have changed and that makes the job of communications different and more difficult,” Harlow said, before launching into questions about social media changes for the various companies in attendance.

... to read the full article>




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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

O'Reilly Provides His Opinion of CNN's Campbell Brown

A few months ago, CNN's Campbell Brown took a swing at ongoing battle between her 8PM rivals: FOX's Bill O'Reilly and MSNBC's Keith Olbermann...

Lyle Moran of Boston University's The Daily Free Press posted an article about an interview that O'Reilly gave last Friday's at Boston University. During that interview, O'Reilly took issue with Brown's program:

The discussion took on the elements of a “Factor” episode with O’Reilly sharing his opinions with the crowd on a variety of topics.

Media outlets must be stimulating and interesting in order to thrive, O’Reilly said.

O’Reilly cited Campbell Brown’s primetime news show on CNN as an example of a more traditional show that is not succeeding. O’Reilly said he received a letter from Brown’s mother saying that she watches “The Factor,” not her daughter’s program.

“Nobody watches Campbell Brown,” O’Reilly said. “You have to evolve if you want to survive in the commercial world. If you are going to do a straight newscast in primetime, you are going to lose.”

[Boston University alumnus Bill] Wheatley said most successful cable news programs such as O’Reilly’s are “dramatically produced.”

“These types of programs are designed to be entertaining and keep your interest throughout,” Wheatley said in an interview following the talk. “The Factor is a reflection of [O’Reilly’s] personality, and it is never boring.”

... the full article is available on The Daily Free Press' website.





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TJ Holmes Interview Part 2

The second part of Tibberly G. Ríchard's interview with CNN's T.J. Holmes posted today at EURWEB.COM. Here is an excerpt:

“Since becoming a part of the CNN team," T.J. says his work day is anything but ordinary. “It’s typical for my day to be unpredictable. I might be in NY filling in on American Morning. I might be reporting live in the middle of floodwaters in Atlanta. I might be in L.A. shooting a story for my weekend show. I might be making an appearance at an event somewhere. Who knows? I’m all over the place.”

That means that T.J. is getting lots of exposure as television news journalist. And, given that, the one thing that cannot be ignored is the fact that there are very few Black network news anchors. So we wondered, as a Black journalist is there a greater sense of responsibility to the black community??

“I think we all have a responsibility to our communities, no matter what field we happen to be in … whether you’re a teacher, a coach, a local florist, [or a] mailman, whatever. Our responsibility is to live an exemplary life,” he comments. “Yes, I devote a lot of my personal time to community events, non-profit organization, etc., but even if I didn’t, I still think I can serve my community by setting a good example for young people. Simply seeing a young, Black, college-educated man working as an anchor on the world’s premiere news network can serve to inspire young Black kids and give them something to aspire to.”

Holmes also hopes to inspire young men to be committed and faithful husbands by becoming one. T.J. and fiancée Marilee, an Atlanta based attorney plan to marry March 2010.

“We all have it in us to want to be seen, rich and famous. But wanting to be famous and known for the right reason is important,” he admits. “I tie that to family and marriage, in that, I can set a great example doing what I do and being a committed and faithful husband.”

... to read the full article




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Monday, October 26, 2009

Ouch!

From today's New York Times online:


To read the full article just follow the link.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Christiane Amanpour Article on Her New Show

The Independent has a new article titled "Back On The Frontline But Without a Flak Jacket" on Christiane Amanpour and her new show. Here's an excerpt:

Christiane Amanpour is surveying her studio, proud. It is typically, grandiosely, CNN. Her name scrolls in giant letters across a dozen flat-screen televisions, bathed in a rich red. Along the vast video wall that dominates one side of the set, a map of the world floats in blue.

"Teal," she corrects. "All the American shows use red, white and blue. We didn't want that." After all, the show – titled simply Amanpour – is a new daily flagship for prime time on CNN International. A "greatest hits" package is aired on Sundays in the US, but the programme is a deliberately internationalist contrast to most of the rest of the output from the New York newsroom where it is based. It is serious global news, from the quintessential global news reporter.

There is something inherently incongruous about the famed war correspondent confined in a studio. This is the woman who rose to worldwide prominence, with CNN itself, as one of the flak-jacketed rooftop anchors of the first Gulf War. Like the BBC's Kate Adie before her, Amanpour exists in the popular imagination as a fifth rider, a short distance behind the apocalyptic horsemen. Her reporting, most notably her heartfelt descriptions of ethnic cleansing in Sarajevo, has been credited with changing US foreign policy. Her laptop case, stickered with entry visas from war zones across the world, is on show in Washington's Newseum, an institution dedicated to journalism. What on earth is she doing behind a desk?

"For me, this is a real challenge," she says. "I am perfectly used to being out there fighting for the story. This, however, is outside my comfort zone. The common imperative is to explain. For me, that is my mission statement. To continue doing what I have been doing in the field, going to difficult places and bringing information back, and presenting it in an honest way, and in as human a way as possible. To tell stories that are vital and compelling, and to connect with people."





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Saturday, October 24, 2009

John Zarella wins Media Award

John Zarrella receives the Media Award at the 21st Annual Wernher Von Braun memorial dinner at the National Space Club, presented by award-winning author of “Rocket Boys” Homer Hickam.


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Your Views on the News, October 24


If you've got an opinion here's where the discussion starts.




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CNN.com, Oprah and Facebook Simulcast Announced


CNN.com, Anderson Cooper and Oprah join forces for an in-depth discussion simulcast LIVE on Oprah.com, CNN.com and Facebook Monday, November 9 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. To participate follow the link.

The simulcast focuses on Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan, Oprah's newest selection for her book club. The book is a collection of stories written from the perspective of a young child living with war and strife in Africa.

Here's the commercial that aired earlier on Friday during Oprah's syndicated program:




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Soledad O'Brien in The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun posted an article about Soledad O'Brien and her documentary "Latino in America". Here's an excerpt:

One of the great joys of TV journalism is seeing first-rate correspondents matched up with subject matter that they are passionate about. Think of the late Ed Bradley sitting down to interview a pop culture pioneer whom he admired like Lena Horne, orNBC's Richard Engel in the line of fire covering a war.

CNN's Soledad O'Brien achieves that kind of stature with "Latino in America," a four-hour, two-nightdocumentary series on the experiences of the nation's largest and fastest-growing minority, beginning Wednesday night at 9.

Some might argue that the 43-year-old journalist had already arrived in that elite company with "Black in America" in 2008 and "Black in America 2" this year. But while I think her work was first-rate in those shows, there is something extraordinary about O'Brien's performance and presence in the new Latino documentary.


She is in total command of the subject matter and seems so finely tuned to the nuances of assimilation, multiculturalism and changing notions of identity that you can't help but trust her after just a few minutes of watching. And she forges that same kind of bond with the people she is interviewing and reporting on in the film, getting sullen-looking teenage boys to confess their ethnic insecurities and clinically depressed adolescent girls to talk openly about the pain they feel in being caught between two cultures.

Conversations about race and identity do not come easily in this country, and members of the media do not achieve the kind of rapport O'Brien does by hot-dogging in for on-camera interviews after all the documentary grunt work has been done by producers and other reporters.

"I traveled for a lot of this year six days a week to do this documentary, which is really hard," O'Brien says. "I mean, I love to travel. It's one of the things I love about being a journalist. But six days a week is an insane travel schedule. A lot of the travel was to the West Coast, and I was doing three red-eyes a week."



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Friday, October 23, 2009

CNN.com to Roll Out New Look

The new CNN.com, launches on Monday, Oct. 26. Through a full-scale redesign, the new CNN.com is uncluttered, visually bold and promises it will dramatically improve the consumer experience. In addition to showcasing CNN’s in-depth reporting, the site includes the launch of new features that make it easier to browse and navigate, as well as a new opinion section, more integrated video and stunning photography. Adding new voices and a range of perspectives to CNN.com, the site will also feature deep content partnerships with Oprah.com, TED, People and EW magazines.
“This is a total reimagining of CNN.com, and we are extremely excited about unveiling it to the world,” said KC Estenson, senior vice president and general manager of CNN.com. “CNN.com has always been a destination for breaking news but the breadth and depth of the new site will give users a fresh new way to experience CNN’s content.”




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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Your Views on the News October 22


If you have something to say this is the place.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fareed Zakaria at Willamette University

Salem-News.com posted an article on Fareed Zakaria's recent speech at Willamette University.

(SALEM, Ore.) - The U.S. is struggling to effectively address issues like Social Security, immigration and health care because the government’s solution so far has been to “kick the can down the road in hopes the problem will solve itself,” Newsweek International editor and CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria told a group of Willamette University students Friday.

Zakaria visited campus to deliver the university’s fall Atkinson Lecture in Smith Auditorium. Prior to the lecture, he met informally with students in politics Professor Greg Felker’s “Capitalism and Democracy” class.

One of the books the students read in class was Zakaria’s The Future of Freedom, and they queried the journalist on everything from why American leaders seem unable to act on policies, to whether the country’s consumer-driven culture is impacting people’s attitudes toward politicians and spending.

As one student asked whether U.S. leaders were “inept,” Zakaria countered that the country’s politicians are “very intelligent people.” “But the system is one that encourages short-termism. … It’s not that our politicians are stupid. It’s that they’re smart. They’re responding to the infrastructure we have given them.



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Sanjay Gupta Appearances

Sanjay Gupta will be speaking at the 2009-2010 Bunker Hill Community College "Compelling Conversations" speaker series on 10/27.
"Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent, author and neurosurgeon, will open the 2009-2010 Bunker Hill Community College "Compelling Conversations" speaker series. Gupta will speak at 1 p.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2009, in the A300 auditorium. A leader in the national dialogue on healthcare, Dr. Gupta contributes frequent stories to the CNN television shows "American Morning" and "House Call with Sanjay Gupta." Based in Atlanta, GA, he teaches medicine at Emory University, writes a column for Time magazine and produces "Paging Dr. Gupta," a weekly podcast on health issues. Dr. Gupta grew up in Michigan, where his parents were engineers in the automobile industry. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School. In 1997, he won a White House Fellowship and worked for then-First Lady Hillary Clinton. "
Sanjay will also be speaking at Winston-Salem State University during their "Faces of a Healthy Future: National Conference to End Health Disparities II" conference. The conference is scheduled from Nov 3-6 with a reception with Sanjay Gupta on November 4th.

The Los Angeles Daily News has an article on his new book. Here's an excerpt:

Surgeons crowded around the 23-year-old driver who had been rushed into the University of Michigan hospital with head and chest injuries from a vicious automobile accident.

They scrambled to stop the bleeding. They tried to relieve pressure in the young man's brain. There was a flurry of movement, until his heart stopped.

And then it was over.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for CNN, recalls the incident in his new book, "Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles That Are Saving Lives Against All Odds" (Wellness Central).

Gupta was a third-year medical student at the hospital when the victim was brought in, treated and then suddenly pronounced dead.



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AC360 Talks with Musharraf


Anderson Cooper is scheduled to do an interview with former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf that will air on AC360 at 11 PM ET on Wednesday evening. In promoting the interview Cooper said he'll discuss how "Musharraf views the Taliban and Al-Qaeda as his country comes under increasing scrutiny from the White House and under increasing attacks from their own Taliban". That's Wednesday at 11PM on AC360.




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Eco Solutions, Archeological Discoveries, and Vampires

A few video clips from CNN.com that you not have seen before:

First, from Eco Solutions...A salty story

Rosemary Church introduces segments that includes Shasta Darlington reporting from San Narciso, Cuba about solar power usage. Frederik Pleitgen reporting on the search for incandescent light bulbs in Germany, and Isha Sesay interviews Dr. Carl Hodges who is using seawater to irrigate a desert in Mexico.



'I like my guys without fangs'

CNN.com anchor, Reggie Aqui interviewed author Charlaine Harris about her novels, the "Sookie Stackhouse" series, and the HBO series "True Blood" series.



Archaeologists find relics

Mohammed Jamjoom reports on an archaeological find in Iraq.



Small Stonehenge discovered

CNN's Max Foster reports on another archeological find: Blue Stonehenge




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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dana Bash at George Washington University October 17, 2009

George Washington University graduate and CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent, Dana Bash, spoke at the university this past weekend as part of the Colonials Weekend. Below is an excerpt that appeared on the GW Hatchet Newsroom:

Photo credit: Marie McGrory /Hatchet Photographer

“[By] covering Congress I really do have the best job on TV news,” Bash said.

While remembering her time as a GW undergraduate, she said, “One thing that has not changed is the incredible experience and support [of the University].”

Bash spoke about the various internships she secured through her professors in the political communication department.

She said one of her first internships was with CBS Washington Bureau where she was assigned the task of watching for then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas at the Palm Hotel in order to alert producers if he were to arrive there during the time of his contentious confirmation hearings in 1991.

... the full article is available on GW Hatchet



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Jeffrey Toobin & Christiane Amanpour Appearances

Jeffrey Toobin will be speaking at a conference hosted by Hofstra Law School on October 18-20.


Cyrus Vance, Jr., a candidate for Manhattan District Attorney and a partner at Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason Anello & Bohrer PC, along with Barry C. Scheck, professor of law and director of The Innocence Project at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School and Jeffrey Toobin, an author and CNN analyst, will be among the speakers at a legal ethics conference, hosted by Hofstra Law School from Oct. 18 to 20. The conference is titled Power, Politics and Public Service: The Legal Ethics of Lawyers in Government For more information or to register, visit law.hofstra.edu/Conferences. To view the webcast of the entire conference, visit law.hofstra.edu/Webcast. Call Sun Min 463-5013.


Christiane Amanpour attended the 6th Annual Keep a Child Alive Black Ball on 10/15. The event raises money to get medication to families with AIDS in Africa.




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Latino in America Panel Discussion


Photo ID from Left to Right: Millie Irizarry, CEO of the Latin America Association, Alex Garcia, NASCAR driver, Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, Claudia Goffan, CEO of Target Latino, Soledad O’Brien ,CNN anchor and special correspondent and Mark Nelson, vice president and senior executive producer of CNN Productions


CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien moderated a panel at the Atlanta screening of Latino in America held at the Woodruff Arts Center on Oct. 19th. The evening focused on the Latino community, issues of Education, Latino identity and overall empowerment.

CNN Presents Latino in America Anchored by Soledad O’Brien New “…in America” Documentary Series Debuts on CNN and CNN en Español on Oct. 21& 22. The two, two-hour documentaries will air at 9p.m. and 12a.m. ET and PT.


To read more follow the link to the program's webpage at CNN.com.




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Monday, October 19, 2009

Larry King at Bradley University Mid-Year Commencement

According to the Peoria Journal Star, Larry King will give the commencement address at Bradley University on December 19, 2009. Below is an excerpt from the announcement:

Larry King, the Emmy Award-winning host of CNN's "Larry King Live," the trend-setting worldwide call-in TV talk show, will give the mid-year commencement address at Bradley University on Dec. 19 at the Peoria Civic Center.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Exhibit Halls B and C.

"It's wonderful that Larry King has agreed to speak to our graduates and their family and friends in December," President Joanne Glasser said. "Mr. King is one of the nation's pre-eminent television talk show hosts, a skilled interviewer and an incisive journalist. He has been a key observer of history for a half-century, and I expect his unique insights will be of great value to our commencement audience.

"Bringing Larry King to Bradley follows our tradition of bringing influential, interesting and nationally recognized figures to our commencement ceremonies. Mr. King is a particularly appropriate fit this year because early in his career he worked as a sports commentator and this is the inaugural year of our sports communications program."



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Sanjay Gupta's New Book: "Cheating Death"



Sanjay Gupta was recently on Good Morning America who also posted an excerpt of his new book, Cheating Death, on their website:

Prologue

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying. —Woody Allen

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: When the heart stops beating, it's not the end. In fact, you might say that your troubles have only just begun. As it turns out, life and death is not a black-and-white issue. There is a gray zone—a faint no-man's-land where you are neither truly dead nor actually alive. In order to control it, in order to cheat death, we have to fi rst better understand it.


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Paula Zahn

Former CNN anchor Paula Zahn was back on primetime TV last night with the first episode of "On the Case with Paula Zahn". The progam airs on the Investigation Discovery (ID) channel at 10pm ET on Sunday evenings. "On The Case" unravels investigations that have dominated news headlines and includes first-ever TV interviews with the subjects. To read more about the program follow the link.
Zahn was with CNN from 2001 until mid 2007 and anchored American Morning, Live from the Headlines and Paula Zahn Now during her tenure.



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This Is CNN

As John King went to a commerical break during Sunday's State of the Union, he decided to quote James Earl Jones' famous CNN tag line: "This is CNN."

Bill Bennett got it right: "It's not the same!"


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John King Visiting Main Street

CNN's John King was quoted in an article by Salena Zito on RealClearPolitics.com. Here's an excerpt:

That's not so different from how anyone who lives 15 minutes outside of Washington, D.C., feels about those who govern their lives and deliver their news.

"Absolutely," agrees John King, CNN's "State of the Union" host and chief national correspondent.

King spends considerable time outside of Washington's beltway, reporting the news. He says he's a better reporter because he's gotten to know the real feelings of people not tied to Washington or New York.

In fact, he uses the people he has met along the way as sources when a new political or policy debate hits the fan.

King said he learned early that Congress's health-care legislation was generating serious concerns about costs and spending, even among strident supporters of the president and health-care reform.

"If I was a hostage to Washington, I probably would not have received that kind of feedback," said King, fresh from a visit to Alaska.

... to continue reading The Gap Between Main Street and the Elites.



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Sunday, October 18, 2009

State of the Union October 18. 2009

A few quick highlights from this morning's State of the Union with John King. Today's program focused on health reform, the war in Afghanistan, and the economy.

King interviewed White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senator John Kerry.


During the first part of the Sounds of Sunday, we heard from Bill Bennett, Donna Brazile, and David Gergen.

The conversation continued with the addition of Jessican Yellin and Gloria Borger.

The Last Word went to Hew Hampshire's Republican Senator Judd Gregg.

King visited his 40th state this week: Alaska. He took a look at the impact the recession has had in this week's American Dispatch as well as spoke with Zina Egbert, David Newlon, and Dan King in Wasilla, Alaska for the CNN Diner segment.



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