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Fox News Honors Two Correspondents at an Association Dinner

The Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association represents the interests of radio and television reporters covering the United States Congress.

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Two Fox News journalists were honored this week at the Radio & Television Correspondents Association dinner in Washington D.C. 

Congressional correspondent Chad Pergram and photojournalist John Wallace both received awards days after their colleagues Pierre Zakrzewski and Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova were killed covering the war in Ukraine.

Foreign correspondent Benjamin Hall was injured in the same attack but is reportedly recovering and has been moved out of Ukraine. 

Pergram was honored with the prestigious Joan S. Barone Award for excellence in journalism. It was the second time he received the award. In 2006, he became the youngest recipient ever. 

“In light of the tragedy involving my colleagues earlier this week, we come here as a profession confused, stunned and saddened. Tonight, for me and many of my colleagues at Fox is a somber occasion,” Pergram said.  “I accept this honor on behalf of Pierre [Zakrzewski], Sasha [Kuvshynova], and Benjamin [Hall]. 

The Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association represents the interests of radio and television reporters covering the United States Congress.

John Wallace, who will be retiring later this year, was honored with the Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress. Wallace used part of his acceptance speech to reflect on his colleagues who were killed this week and the atrocities committed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.  

“Let us all hope that this senseless slaughtering of the Ukrainian people stops and all of our fellow reporters, camera people, and producers, come home safely and the Ukrainian people can live in the peace that they earned,” Wallace said.

Wallace said the proudest achievement of his career was organizing a fundraiser that earned $60,000 for the family of his former crew partner, CNN cameraman Jerry Thompson, who died of cancer in 2011.

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Sinclair CEO Says Political Environment Is “Very Good for Our Business”

Sinclair’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

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The midterm elections are here, and according to one television executive, it’s the best time considering the amount of political advertisement money pouring into stations at the local and national. 

One key beneficiary of that cash inflow is Sinclair Broadcast Group, the No. 2 owner of local TV stations in the U.S. The company’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

“Some of these primary races are crazy,” Ripley said, per Deadline. “On the one hand, I lament that we’re in the political environment that we are. On the other hand, it’s very good for our business.”

Ripley used an example to make a point with his claim, citing U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance who won his primary race after spending a heavy amount ont television ads. 

Furthermore, the television executive adds that the $75 million spent on TV ads for the primary was 40 times more than what was spent on the primary in the last election. Ripley also added that spending on ballots is also up and should continue to increase as issues like abortion and legal gambling arise. 

“More and more issues are going on direct ballots,” he said. “With what’s going on with abortion rights, that’s going to just even add to that category.” Legalizing sports betting or cannabis are other issues generating significant ad spending.

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NBC News Correspondent Pete Williams to Retire

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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NBC News has announced Justice Department and Supreme Court correspondent Pete Williams will be retiring from the company. The reporter has been with the network for nearly three decades and has been at the forefront of many breaking news stories in Washington, DC. 

“Pete has been one of the nation’s foremost authorities covering the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice for nearly three decades,” NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said in a memo to staff

“His career has been defined by his reputation for accuracy, reliability, and unmatched expertise in the subjects he covers.” 

Williams has covered various topics for NBC News, including the court cases dealing with the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality. Earlier this year, the correspondent was the one who reported the news that Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer would retire at the end of the current term.

“In short, for generations of NBC News reporters, working alongside Pete has been a daily masterclass in journalism. But perhaps more importantly, it has been a masterclass in what it means to be a good colleague,” Oppenheim added.

“Pete’s decency, kindness, and generosity are unmatched. For those that know Pete well, it’s his warmth, humor, wit, and compassion that will be missed most.”

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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Chris Licht: CNN Must Be Beacon of Journalism to Functional Democracy

“Now, the next chapter of CNN is one where we aspire to be a beacon for the kind of journalism essential to a functioning democracy,” Licht said

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CNN’s new president Chris Licht shed some light on the direction he plans to take the company at the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront. 

Licht spoke at the presentation alongside Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who expressed that CNN will be organized “to advocate for journalism first” and deliver for viewers “seeking more accurate information and less yelling and conflict.”

Furthermore, Licht proposed similar aspirations as he summarized his plan for the cable news channel to double down on what many might call sane news. 

“Now, the next chapter of CNN is one where we aspire to be a beacon for the kind of journalism essential to a functioning democracy,” Licht said, per Mediaite.

“In a time where extremes are dominating cable news, we will seek to go a different way — reflecting the real lives of our viewers and elevating the way America and the world views this medium.”

The new CNN president also vows to “challenge the traditional philosophy of cable news, delivering programming and commentary that questions the status quo, shatters group-think, holds our leaders on both sides of the aisle accountable to facts, and fights fearlessly to get to the truth.”

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