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June 7, 2011 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Columnist
Katie Couric will be getting a 3 p.m. weekday talk show on big-city ABC stations in September 2012, and she will join ABC News this summer, in a deal announced by Disney/ABC Monday. Couric, 54, will appear on all ABC News programs and platforms, the company said, and will "anchor specials, contribute interviews, [and] participate in special events coverage. " Diane Sawyer will remain as anchor of the flagship ABC World News . Disney will syndicate Couric's talk show, executive-produced by former NBC boss and longtime Couric crony Jeff Zucker, which means it would be sold around the country to station groups and local independent stations, which could air it whenever they want.
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February 2, 1989 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's confirmed. Diane Sawyer will quit her starring gig on CBS's 60 Minutes to co-anchor a new prime-time news show with Sam Donaldson on ABC. Both ABC and CBS announced the move yesterday, confirming rumors that had been making the rounds since last week. It was then, say network insiders, that negotiations apparently began between Sawyer's agent and ABC News president Roone Arledge. ABC did not reveal the name of the new show nor say when it would debut, though there were reports it would air Thursday nights.
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June 23, 2010
BOSTON MED. 10 p.m. tomorrow, Channel 6. NEW YORK - PLAYING fly on the wall of a big-city hospital might seem like a good way to get swatted. But for ABC News' Terence Wrong, who's been doing just that off and on since 1999, producing "Hopkins 24/7" in 2000, a follow-up, "Hopkins," in 2008, and starting tomorrow, the eight-part documentary series "Boston Med," the wall's been a productive place. And the buzz has been good, too. Not that it's easy telling the stories of real people at vulnerable times in their lives, and in a way that will interest those of us lucky enough not to be there ourselves at the moment.
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July 6, 1995 | By Carlin Romano, INQUIRER BOOK CRITIC
While her intended has been doing the book promotion bit in the living room, Alison Craiglow, scheduled to be Mrs. John Hockenberry on Oct. 22, has been relaxing with a book in the bedroom, her sole distraction the New York vista that wraps this East Side high-rise like Christo-canvas around the Reichstag. But now it's time for a second opinion on Hockenberry, the ex-National Public Radio host and current ABC News correspondent for Day One who happens to have published a memoir - a brilliant, explosively thoughtful memoir called Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence (Hyperion, $24.95)
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July 3, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
FOX 29 reporter Claudia Gomez announced that she would not be renewing her contract after 12 years with the local affiliate. Her last story aired Friday. Gomez, who called from vacation, said the decision was motivated by the recent, sudden death of her mother. "She was the most amazing woman, and it was because of her that I could accomplish anything at all. It was sudden and jolting. I had to make some changes," Gomez said. "I love being a reporter, so in some ways it wasn't an easy decision, but in other respects it was an instantaneous decision.
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September 10, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
When in doubt, punt! That may have been the thinking at ABC Television when they found that the first night of the Republican and Democratic presidential debates scheduled for Dec. 7 and 8 in Boston will conflict with ABC's highly profitable Monday night football. The game plan now is for the debates to be telecast nationally only by the Public Broadcasting Service - even though ABC News is one of the sponsors. The debates will be held at Faneuil Hall in Boston. They are being co- sponsored by The Boston Globe and ABC News in association with PBS. The candidates will be questioned by a three-member panel of journalists, comprised of one representative each from the Globe, ABC and PBS. The final format of the debates has yet to be worked out. The debates will start at 8 or 9 p.m. Originally, ABC News planned to show the debates during the "Nightline" time period, said Richard Wald, senior vice president of ABC News.
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January 23, 1995 | For The Inquirer / SHARON GEKOSKI-KIMMEL
Lynn Sherr of ABC News was the guest speaker at the Alice Paul Centennial Foundation brunch in Cherry Hill yesterday. She posed between a poster of her book and a cut-out of Paul, a women's rights leader.
NEWS
June 2, 2010
NEW YORK - The 40-year-old son of former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel was found dead in an apartment in upper Manhattan after a day of bar-hopping, a detective said yesterday. Andrew Koppel was declared dead about 1:30 a.m. Monday in the apartment in the Washington Heights neighborhood, Detective John Sweeney said. The cause of death had not been determined, but no evidence so far indicates criminality, Sweeney said. Koppel was appointed attorney for the city Housing Authority's civil-litigation division in 2001, a post he resigned in 2008, the agency said yesterday.
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November 12, 2011
Hal Bruno, 83, the longtime political director for ABC News and a political analyst who hosted a weekly radio program, has died. Harold Bruno III said his father died Tuesday at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. The son said the cause was heart arrhythmia after a fall. Mr. Bruno worked for newspapers and spent 18 years at Newsweek before landing at ABC News in 1978. For most of the 1980s and 1990s, he oversaw campaign and election coverage for ABC television and radio, where his duties included moderating a 1992 vice-presidential debate.
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May 12, 2011
Jeff Gralnick, 72, a longtime television producer who helped shape the CBS show 60 Minutes , made NBC Nightly News the top-rated show, and served in various roles at ABC News, has died. NBC said Mr. Gralnick died Monday night at his home in Weston, Conn. He had battled cancer for years. Steve Capus, president of NBC News, called Mr. Gralnick a pioneer who changed the way news was produced, reported, and presented during his 52-year career at the three broadcast networks.
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May 29, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IOWA FARM boy Chris Soules (a/k/a "The Bachelor") and his beloved, fertility nurse, Whitney Bischoff , have ended their engagement, ABC News has confirmed - because at ABC, this is news. The couple has "mutually and amicably decided to end their engagement," his rep said in a statement. "They part with nothing but respect and admiration for one another and will continue to be supportive friends. They wish to thank everyone who has supported them through this journey. " The "journey" being meeting on a TV show, enjoying weeks of faux dates and Whitney beating out Becca Tilley for a chance at true love.
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May 15, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, DANA DiFILIPPO & WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writers bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
THE MAN WHO could best explain why Amtrak Train 188 quickly accelerated to twice the speed limit Tuesday night just before it careened off the tracks at the sharp curve at Frankford Junction - killing eight people and injuring roughly 200 others - reportedly has told his attorney that he doesn't remember what happened. Robert Goggin, the Philadelphia-based attorney for Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian, 32, told ABC News yesterday that his client suffered a concussion and other injuries - and that although he was devastated to learn about so many dead and injured, he doesn't recall the derailment.
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May 6, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
IF YOU'RE a public-radio fan and the idea of money talk strikes your fancy, catch David Brancaccio , radio and TV journalist and host of the National Public Radio program "Marketplace" at WHYY's studios (150 N. 6th St.) tomorrow night. Brancaccio plans to take us behind the scenes of the production of his morning radio show and provide insider information on a topic of economics he promises will affect everyone in 2015. I'm told the WHYY visit will be the Peabody, Emmy and Walter Cronkite award winner's only public appearance in Philadelphia.
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October 19, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
IF THERE'S only one thing, OK two, two things we've learned this week writing Temporary Tattle, it's that (a), even if you're a money-making brilliant legal novelist, you're bound to say stupid bleep that you will later retract and (2), Stephen Collins' story keeps getting ickier. Have fun on the bullet train to Celebrityville. Yesterday U2 singer Bono shattered Temporary Tattle's notion that he was making a fashion statement by wearing his sunglasses all the time. Unfortunately for the frontman, he has suffered from glaucoma for 20 years, the Associated Press reports.
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September 18, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leonardo DiCaprio to run U.N. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration. But the United Nations has, indeed, bestowed an honor on the Inception star. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday named DiCap a Messenger of Peace. He joins 11 other boldfacers including Stevie Wonder , Michael Douglas , George Clooney , and Jane Goodall . "I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history," said DiCap, who next week is hosting an informal climate change conference at the U.N.   Streisand & Elvis Barbra Streisand 's new LP, Partners , due Wednesday, features duets with a host of male singers, including John Legend , Stevie Wonder , Billy Joel , Michael Bublé , and Blake Shelton . She even does a virtual duet with Elvis . "To sing with [him]
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August 22, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michelle & Zac: Splitsville Um, well, they seemed to be going out . . . maybe it was just a spit-swappin' summer fling. Whatever it was or wasn't, the much-Instagrammed affectionfest between Michelle Rodriguez (of the Fast and Furious flicks) and Zac Efron , of Neighbors and every girl's dreams, this liaison so prominent in the tongue-wagging pages, is over. An Anonymous Insider somewhat acidly tells People that the break was "very mutual. " Michelle had been linked with model Cara Delevingne , and Zac had split atomically up with Vanessa Hudgens in 2010.
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June 27, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* NY MED. 10 tonight, 6ABC.   NEW YORK - Acting student Juan Vasquez never expected to make his national television debut lying on an ER bed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, looking up at Dr. Mehmet Oz. But there he is tonight in the return of ABC's "NY Med," one moment running through his medical history - and theater credits - for the daytime talk-show host, there in his lesser-known role of cardiothoracic surgeon, and the next...
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June 19, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mae Aronovitz Ciociola, 54, of Rydal, a businesswoman and animal lover, died Friday, June 13, of glioblastoma multiforme, a brain cancer, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Ciociola was president and chief executive officer of API Scientific, a division of Aronovitz Products Inc., in Jenkintown. The firm supplies equipment to big food and beverage companies for testing the quality of products. Reshaping and revitalizing a corporation begun by her family in 1979, Mrs. Ciociola launched API Scientific as a home business in 1998 and then established an office on Old York Road.
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April 9, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Say bye to Walters May 16 More than half a century after entering the TV news biz, Barbara Walters will retire from the tube after a final appearance on ABC's The View on May 16, the network, a unit of Walt Disney Co., announced Monday. "In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there is Barbara Walters," Bob Iger , chairman and chief executive of the Walt Disney Co., said in a statement. "She broke barriers, defied convention, made history, and set the standard for journalistic excellence for more than 50 years.
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April 7, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
An aide to Gov. Christie appeared before a federal grand jury Friday in Newark in connection with the U.S. attorney's investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures, ABC News reported. An attorney for Michael Drewniak, the governor's press secretary, told ABC Drewniak had appeared before the panel as a witness and was not a target of any investigation. "We're here to answer questions, and that's what Michael did today," lawyer Anthony Iacullo told ABC. Iacullo said he wouldn't comment on what Drewniak was asked during the proceeding but said Drewniak had "been assured that he continues to be a witness" and had "continued to cooperate as requested by the government into this inquiry.
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