Dan Gross: NBC News snags Rendell

Ed Rendell: Position is unclear.
Ed Rendell: Position is unclear.
Posted: January 25, 2011

LOOKS LIKE Ed Rendell is being hired at NBC News, though in what capacity is not yet clear, sources say.

Politico.com reported yesterday that Rendell was close to signing with MSNBC, for which he would become a "regular political contributor for the 2012 campaign cycle," according to Politico's David Catanese. We're told Rendell could be used on other NBC News broadcasts, too.

An NBC News spokeswoman declined comment yesterday.

"I'm doing it mostly because I want to continue to participate in the public dialogue and speeches and television are the best venues to do that," the former governor told Catanese. Rendell was in D.C. yesterday and did not return our request for comment by deadline.

The People Paper's Chris Brennan reported in November that Rendell was being represented by the William Morris Endeavor Entertainment agency in Beverly Hills and was looking for a TV gig.

Rendell, who does a postgame show for Comcast SportsNet after every Eagles game, spent hours appearing on cable-news programs before and after the Nov. 2 general election.

Of course with Comcast taking over NBC, people speculated that the cable behemoth, whose No. 2 exec is Rendell's longtime friend and former deputy mayor David L. Cohen, had something to do with Rendell's being hired by NBC News.

"Comcast is not involved in any hiring decisions at NBC News since the deal has not yet closed," said Comcast spokesman John Demming.

Meanwhile, Rendell is also returning to his former law firm Ballard Spahr. Read more about that on Page 7.

Out and about

Vice President Joe Biden yesterday afternoon went for a well-done burger at the Public House (900 N. Market) in Wilmington, where he was said to be very nice and a good tipper.

* NBA star Grant Hill and a

friend ducked into Davio's (111 S. 17th) Sunday night for dinner. Hill, whose Phoenix Suns played the Sixers last night, had scallops, lobster, a steak, and a glass of wine and tipped generously.

* Eagles QB Michael Vick did

some shopping Sunday afternoon at the Best Buy on Columbus Boulevard in South Philly where he was happy to pose for cell-phone photos with fans.

All the best to Bell

Good luck to renowned jazz flutist Walter Bell, who on Friday will undergo Gamma Knife surgery at Temple University Hospital to repair arteriovenous malformations and other blood-vessel problems in his brain. Bell, of Chestnut Hill, had Gamma Knife surgery in 2007 after a stroke. Bell told friends he plans to "be home shortly after the procedure and back to giving thanks, creating music and living life."

Local women on 'Millionaire'

Three local women will be contestants on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," this week. First up today on the show (12:30, 6 ABC) is Bridget Irelan, 26, a residence assistant at the Rock School for Dance Education. Wilmington's Mary Lally, 50, appears tomorrow and Thursday. Also on the show Thursday will be Lower Merion High grad Nora Goldman, 22, of Bala Cynwyd, an administrative assistant.

He hopes to cook

Cherry Hill's Stuart Davis is in contention for a spot in the fifth annual Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-Off March 31 in New York, where he hopes to prepare his chicken and egg donburi. The contest, also featuring Devon's Christina Verrelli among finalists, asked contestants to create a recipe using Manischewitz broth that can be cooked in under an hour. Top prize is $25,000. You can vote at manischewitz.com until Jan. 31.

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