Thursday, September 22, 2005


Over recent months the major TV broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, along with the cable 24 hour news delivery, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and CNN Headline News, have been adding gifted news reporters, both male and female who will provide the talent for the headlining roster of the TV news
personalities of tomorrow.

As has been apparent in recent years, the classic star anchor slots of broadcast news since televisions beginnings are being phased out with the weakening of the major broadcast primetime evening time slots viewship as the numbers decrease and viewing age increases. Slowly the news focus is moving to the 24 hour cable news lead since it's groundbreaking inception by CNN in 1980 and the subsequent addition of Fox and MSNBC, and also the last 2 years or so increasingly to the internet, as Google news and other pure news sites are competing with the ever-increasing blogs. And the millions of office workers interested in ground news or political news click on their favorite recorded TV news shows on the internet, or news blogs, and leaving work and upon arriving home, switching on the 5 o'clock news is the last thing on their minds as they get on with their busy post work home life.

In this rapidly changing world of handsome and bright young men and women, not quite actors, not quite models, not quite writers, but a bit of all, and fast on their feet. Six men stand out. All six recent arrivals. Four news reporters and anchors, and two political commentators. All single. All in their forties. All never married. All with very private lives outside the media limelight.

Anderson Cooper
A great reputation for being an all around good guy born with a silver spoon, and a friend of Andrew Sullivan.
"Anderson was born on June 3, 1967 to prominent socialite/writer/designer Gloria Vanderbilt and author Wyatt Cooper. He grew up in New York City and graduated from Yale University with a degree in Political Science in 1989.
In 1992, Anderson began working for the news show Channel One, designed to air in junior high and high school classrooms, as a fact checker. His on-air break came when he moved to Vietnam to study Vietnamese language at the University of Hanoi. Persuading Channel One to allow him to bring a Hi-8 camera with him, Anderson soon began filming and assembling reports of Vietnamese life and culture that aired on Channel One. His career had been launched. After Vietnam, Cooper's unforgettable stories from such places as Somalia, Bosnia, Iran, and the Ukraine made students actually pay attention to Channel One.

In 1995, the young reporter, a veteran at 28, signed a contract with ABC News, making him the network's youngest correspondent. Anderson's reports brought an intimacy and approachability the evening news had lacked before, a quality which made him an ideal occasional guest anchor for ABC's overnight broadcast, World News Now. He became the permanent, quasi-official World News Now anchor in September 1999. In fall 2000, he stepped down to serve as host of ABC's acclaimed reality show, "The Mole". He returned to journalism in 2001 with an anchor spot on CNN's "American Morning with Paula Zahn" and can now be seen on a variety of CNN programs, including "Newsnight with Aaron Brown". After completing his hosting duties on the second season of "The Mole", Anderson left the show to focus more on his work at CNN, where we hope to see him more in perhaps a show of his very own. Anderson now lives in New York City with his dog, Ozzie. Thanks to TriPod.

Since September 8, 2003, he has anchored Anderson Cooper 360°, a slick weeknight news program on the CNN television network.

A very comprehensive biography can be found at WikiPeda. A must read.

Dan Abrams

The second anchor with his popular MSNBC hour long prime time ABRAMS REPORT, a one man show featuring the legal aspects of the daily news, is the son of the famous first-amendment lawyer, Floyd Abrams.

"NBC News Chief Legal Correspondent Dan Abrams hosts “The Abrams Report,” weeknights on MSNBC.

Abrams joined NBC News as a general assignment correspondent based in New York in 1997. A former Court TV reporter and anchor, Abrams has continued his legal reporting at NBC News covering legal stories for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today” and “Dateline NBC.” He has covered all of the highest-profile trials of the past decade, including the Bush v. Gore post-election legal battles, President Clinton’s impeachment trial, the Oklahoma City Bombing Trials and Appeals, and as of late the Scott Peterson trial and the legal issues associated with the war on terror.

Prior to joining NBC News, Abrams served as an anchor and reporter for Court TV. During his tenure, he covered the O.J. Simpson murder trial from Los Angeles, the International War Crimes trial from The Hague, Netherlands, and the assisted-suicide trails of Dr. Jack Kevorkian from Detroit and Pontiac, Michigan.

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Hemmer was involved in a strange demotion at CNN this July, reasons not publically known, demoteing him. He soon announced that he would be going to Fox mid September.

For the past 10 years, Hemmer worked as an anchor and correspondent at CNN where he most recently co-hosted "American Morning." While there, he also anchored "CNN Live Today" and "CNN Tonight." Earlier this year, he reported live from Rome and Vatican City on the death of Pope John Paul II and in 2004 he covered both the Democratic and Republican conventions and served as one of CNN’s prime-time anchors on election night.

style="font-family: verdana;">In 2003, Hemmer traveled to Kuwait to report on escalating tensions in Iraq and remained on-site to cover Operation Iraqi Freedom when the war began. Prior to that, he reported from Ground Zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and, shortly after, traveled to Jerusalem to provide live coverage on tensions in the Middle East. Hemmer also reported live from Tallahassee, Florida for 37 straight days during the election 2000 recount.

During his stint at CNN, Hemmer also covered Hurricanes Ivan (2004), Jeanne (2004) and Floyd (1999) from Florida. In 1998, he spent more than a month covering the crisis in Kosovo, where he reported on the aerial bombing missions from Aviano Air Base in Italy, he refugee crisis from Skopje, Macedonia, and on the latest NATO developments from Brussels.

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Adam Housley

Adam Housley joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in 2001 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent. Most recently, Housley was seen in and around Thailand providing extensive on-site coverage in the wake of the Southeast Asia tsunami tragedy.

During his tenure, Housley has been FNC’s lead reporter for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2003 campaign and has covered the trials of Robert Blake and Winona Ryder. He also reported during Operation Iraqi Freedom from Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain and the Persian Gulf.

Prior to joining FNC, Housley served as a reporter at KTXL-TV (FOX) in Sacramento, California from 1999-2001, where he received an array of awards including the 2001 Regional Associated Press Reporting Award and a Regional Emmy Award. In addition, he was the lead reporter for KFTY-TV, an independent station in Santa Rosa, California, from 1998-2000. Before that, Housley was a live reporter for KCPM-TV (NBC) in Chico, California from 1997-98, where he won a Department of Forestry Award for capturing a wanted acre arsonist.

Housley began his career as a reporter for KVON-KVYN radio in Napa, California, where he developed and produced newscasts. Prior to his career in television, Housley played professional baseball and was drafted by the Montreal Expos and played for both the Milwaukee Brewers and the Detroit Tigers organizations. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Housley received Bachelor degrees in both political science and telecommunications.
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Dana Milbank

Born: c. 1968

Gender: Male
Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Journalist

Level of fame: Niche
Executive summary: Washington Post White House reporter

"The most hated man in the White House press corps."

In July 2001, Milbank filed a pool report which managed to incense the White House. The summary of the President's morning, never meant to be read by the general public, was then leaked to National Review who promptly published the thing in an effort to shame the reporter. Instead, Milbank responded by producing a series of even more grandiloquent memos.

A member of Yale's secret society Skull and Bones, in March 2004 Milbank allegedly confided to Washington gossip columnist Lloyd Grove: "I have been assigned to monitor all secret hand signals during the debates. [...] I have it on good information that if this one gets tied up in a recount, Potter Stewart will return from the grave to write the majority opinion."

Wife: (unknown)

University: BA, Yale University (1990)

The Washington Post
The New Republic 1998-
The Wall Street Journal 1990-98
Skull and Bones Society
Recently ended an interview re Chief Justice SCOTUS Williams, "...a comb over with blue contacts." Ouch.

Craig Crawford


Craig Crawford is a columnist and special contributor for Congressional Quarterly.

For the past six years, Crawford has run The Hotline, a daily online political briefing published by the National Journal Group. Previously he was a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where he covered political campaigns throughout the South. Crawford was the newspaper’s Washington bureau chief from 1989 to 1997. Before becoming a journalist, he served in 1984 as the Alabama State Field Director for the John Glenn presidential primary campaign, and the Georgia State Field Director for the Mondale/Ferraro general election campaign.

Not any other biographical information about Craig. Only child, and very close with mother, often speaks of her. Also no web pics. Recently Craig is on MSNBC almost daily as a a freelance political commentator, and apparently well liked with a wicked and sharp sense of humor.
A new blog, CrawfordsList, and a new book, ATTACK THE MESSENGER

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