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Things Might Get Even Worse for Kelly Ripa

Many are speculating 'Live!' will ultimately lose its time slot

(Newser) - Kelly Ripa is apparently already unhappy about Michael Strahan's exit from Live! , but it sounds like things could get even worse for her. As the Hollywood Reporter puts it, "ABC News executives have long coveted a third hour for Good Morning America," and there are some whispers... More »

ABC News Doctor Drowns in Hawaii

Jamie Zimmerman was 31

(Newser) - ABC News doctor and reporter Jamie Zimmerman packed so much into her short life it was "as if she knew her time was limited," her mother says in a moving Facebook post . Dr. Zimmerman, who was 31, was on vacation in Hawaii and drowned after being swept out... More »

First Female Network News Anchor Dies

Trailblazer Marlene Sanders was 84

(Newser) - Marlene Sanders, a veteran television journalist for ABC and CBS News at a time when relatively few women did that job, has died of cancer. She was 84. Sanders was a producer for the late Mike Wallace in the early stages of his career. She wrote, reported, and produced news... More »

20/20 Anchor Back in Rehab

Elizabeth Vargas once again getting treatment for alcohol dependency

(Newser) - ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas checked herself back into rehab for alcohol dependency while on vacation. In a statement, the 20/20 co-anchor wrote that overcoming the disease is an "incredibly difficult process. I feel I have let myself, my co-workers, and most importantly my family down and for that I... More »

Diane Sawyer Stepping Down at ABC's World News

To be replaced by David Muir

(Newser) - Diane Sawyer is stepping down as anchor of ABC's World News in September after nearly five years in the job, to be replaced by her regular substitute, David Muir. The network also said today that George Stephanopoulos will add the role of chief anchor for live news events to... More »

'Pink Slime' Lawsuit Gets Green Light

State supreme court allows suit against ABC to proceed

(Newser) - ABC's news anchor Diane Sawyer, two of the network's correspondents, and other defendants in a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against the company related to its coverage of a meat product known by critics as "pink slime" could be deposed following a ruling by the South Dakota... More »

Katie Couric Set to Leave ABC for Yahoo: Report

Marissa Mayer looking to beef up media presence: Hollywood Reporter

(Newser) - It looks like Katie Couric is just about done with network television. The Hollywood Reporter says she's in talks to leave ABC and join Yahoo, after being personally wooed by Marissa Mayer. The report says her daytime talk show, Katie, will likely be done after this season, its second.... More »

ABC Anchor's on-Air Mammogram Finds Cancer

Amy Robach was reluctant to do 'Good Morning America' segment

(Newser) - It's a scene that has played out onscreen many times: A beloved TV journalist gets a standard medical test on a popular show, in an effort to convince viewers of a certain age to do the same. But this time the story had a very surreal ending: After reluctantly... More »

20/20 Anchor: I'm in Rehab

Elizabeth Vargas of ABC News is speaking out about alcohol addiction

(Newser) - Elizabeth Vargas, who's been with ABC News since 1996 and has been co-anchoring 20/20 since 2004, confirmed yesterday that she is in rehab for alcohol abuse, E! reports. "Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction. I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol," Vargas... More »

ABC Newsman Switches Back From Female to Male

Don Ellis suspects females hormones led to his confusion

(Newser) - An ABC News editor who announced he was transgender—and wore a little black dress to match—now says a bout of amnesia has made him a man again, the New York Post reports. Don Ellis became a full-time female in May, when he declared his 17-year marriage kaput and... More »

This Girl, 9, Scolded McDonald's CEO

'Don't you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and healthy life?'

(Newser) - Nine-year-old Hannah Robertson knows it's important to eat her fruits and veggies (more so than most; this is her mom ), but she thought Don Thompson ought to know, too. Thompson just so happens to be the CEO of McDonald's, and Robertson addressed him at the fast-food giant'... More »

Amanda Knox Giving First Interview

Will talk to Diane Sawyer in special airing April 30

(Newser) - Amanda Knox will give her first interview more than a year and a half after being acquitted of murdering Meredith Kercher and leaving an Italian prison. Knox will talk to Diane Sawyer in a primetime special airing on April 30 at 10pm, Mediabistro reports. Knox won't be paid for... More »

Obama 'Shuns' Fox at Press Conferences

ABC gets called on the most: study

(Newser) - Does President Obama play favorites with the press? A new study shows certain media outlets getting a healthy dose of attention at news conferences, while others—notably Fox News—receive less, Politico reports. Smart Politics finds that Fox is "still shunned" at the events; its reporters, the study says,... More »

Sam Donaldson Charged With DUI

ABC News veteran pulled over in Delaware

(Newser) - Former ABC News fixture Sam Donaldson faces DUI charges in Delaware, reports TMZ . Police pulled over the 78-year-old for a traffic violation about 8pm on Dec. 1 and say he failed sobriety tests, reports AP . He was about 100 miles away from his home in McLean, Va., at the time.... More »

Jamie Oliver, ABC Sued Over 'Pink Slime'

Former beef worker says phrase figured in his firing

(Newser) - The war over pink slime has resurfaced: Now, a former beef worker is suing TV chef Jamie Oliver, ABC News, and a food blogger for using the unappealing term . Bruce Smith brought the lawsuit after he and some 750 others were fired from a company that makes lean, finely textured... More »

Was Diane Sawyer Totally Drunk Last Night?

Plus: Brian Williams slams Donald Trump

(Newser) - If you were watching ABC's election coverage last night, there was probably just one question on your mind: Is Diane Sawyer really drunk, or just tired? Gawker has an amusing video montage that seems to support what many assumed: She was smashed. The video pieces together clips of Sawyer... More »

Walters Sorry for Trying to Score Job for Assad Aide

She tried to help Syrian leader's media adviser find job, university place

(Newser) - Barbara Walters has apologized for trying to find a job and a spot at an Ivy League university for one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's aides. Emails obtained by the Telegraph reveal that the veteran ABC journalist struck up an ill-advised friendship with Assad media adviser Sheherazed Jaafari as... More »

Obama: Gay Marriage Should Be Legal

Says it's clear to him now after his own evolution on the issue

(Newser) - President Obama stepped into the fray over gay marriage in a big way today, telling ABC News flatly that he thinks it should be legal. Here's the big quote from the interview with Robin Roberts, which will air on the evening news:
  • "I have to tell you that
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Gingrich Admits Debate Answer Was Wrong

He didn't actually offer ABC any witnesses to refute ex-wife

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich's campaign today admitted that it hadn't actually offered ABC any character witnesses to refute allegations made by his second wife , as the speaker had angrily insisted it had. "The story was false. Every personal friend I have who knew us in that period says the... More »

Gingrich: What My Ex-Wife Told ABC Is Old News

Says he's not worried what Marianne Gingrich will say

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich isn't worried about the allegedly devastating interview given by his ex-wife that ABC is set to air tonight—or at least, that's what he told Today this morning, dismissing the "16- and 20-year-old stories" she might tell. "I’m not going to say anything... More »

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