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Lara Logan Talks ’60 Minutes’ On Kreiner’s Korner

Lara Logan

Well, she doesn’t actually talk for 60 minutes. It’s more like 34 minutes, but she does talk about her time on the show, 60 Minutes, on one of Jeff Kreiner’s podcasts, Kreiner’s Korner.

Among the topics discussed include her favorite and most memorable stories she’s done on 60 Minutes, stories about the Holocaust, the gorilla doctors of Africa, the story about Iraqi orphans, and the story about vets who do extraordinary things.

Kreiner also asked her about what motivates her to do the stories she does at CBS News, covering war zones around the world, and where she got the passion to cover news.

Among those who have sat down in front of Kreiner’s mic are Les Moonves, president of CBS, Harry Jessell, editor of TVNewsCheck, Jeff Fager, executive producer for 60 Minutes, Van Gordon Sauter, former president of CBS News; Sean McManus, CBS Sports chairman; Neal Shapiro, former president of NBC News; Kenny Lawrence, former local TV marketing executive and current general manager of WJHL; Scott Jones, editor of FTVLive; and yours truly.

Jeff Kreiner is a former VP and creative director at both CBS and NBC, and the author of two books, is now sitting down with television leaders and recording conversations as podcasts that can be heard on iTunes and Soundcloud.

TVNewsCheck’s Harry Jessell Talks TV On Kreiner’s Korner

Harry Jessell

Harry Jessell, editor of TVNewsCheck, is the latest in a long list of prominent television professionals to sit down with Jeff Kreiner on his podcast, Kreiner’s Korner.

Kreiner and Jessell cover some controversial issues like fake news, forced editorials and the future of network news.

Among those who have sat down in front of Kreiner’s mic are Les Moonves, president of CBS; Jeff Fager, executive producer of 60 Minutes; Van Gordon Sauter, former president of CBS News; Sean McManus, CBS Sports chairman; Neal Shapiro, former president of NBC News; Kenny Lawrence, former local TV marketing executive and current general manager of WJHL Tri-Cities; Scott Jones, editor of FTVLive; 60 Minutes‘ Lara Logan, and yours truly.

Jeff Kreiner, a former VP and creative director at both CBS and NBC and the author of two books, is now sitting down with television leaders and recording conversations as podcasts that can be heard on iTunes and Soundcloud.

Again, Local TV Delivers During Crisis

The extraordinary flood coverage local TV stations provided in Texas and Louisiana has not gone unnoticed.

“If anything is seriously amiss in town, you can be sure that the TV stations will be on it and you can trust what they report.”

That’s from our own Harry Jessell, TVNewsCheck’s editor, in the insightful piece he wrote about the “irreplaceable role” local TV plays “when disasters strike as one did in Houston this week.”

So it’s no wonder that, according to a TVNewsCheck article on a recent study by the TVB, that Southern Texas communities overwhelmingly chose local broadcast television as their preferred news source for storm coverage over all other media.

In my 30 plus years of working in local TV news and its marketing, I’ve seen how local TV newsrooms come together during a crisis, whether it’s a wildfire, a tornado, a hurricane, or something man-made, like when crack cocaine turned some quiet residential New Orleans streets into a drive-by shopping mall back in the 1980s.

Mostly, the people who work in local TV news are in it for the right reasons, to serve the public, to inform, to expose injustice, to make a difference.

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WGCL Editorial Ponders Real Vs. Fake News

I follow many TV stations’ Facebook pages. It’s fascinating to me to see what news stories these stations are sharing on Facebook.

And from time to time, I’ll share them on Market Share.

In November, TVNewsCheck’s editor, Harry Jessell, in one of his weekly “Jessell at Large” feature, tackled the issue of stations airing editorials, an idea he once favored.

“But, now, in the wake of the extraordinary presidential campaigning and the erosion of trust in media it exposed, I think editorials and commentary are the last things TV stations ought to become involved in,” he wrote.

His provocative column generated quite a few comments and soon, other industry titans took issue with his stance and penned their own ideas.

Last year, Meredith’s CBS affiliate WGCL Atlanta started a segment called Just a Minute, which features editorials and opinions from 10 former well-known news people in the Atlanta market, a sort of Who’s Who of former Atlanta broadcast journalists.

Click here to go the Just a Minute web page to see more editorials.

Here’s one I caught last night that wonders who’s in charge of determining what is real and what is fake news.

Just a Minute Contributor Paul Crawley wonders who will be in charge of determining what is real or fake news.

Posted by CBS46 on Thursday, December 29, 2016