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Robert Costa Joins CBS News as Election, Campaign Reporter

Costa arrives from The Washington Post, where he’s been since 2014, reporting on the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. 

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This year is a midterm election year, and CBS News is beefing up its team to provide coverage as the network announced Robert Costa is coming on board as the new chief election & campaign correspondent. 

Costa arrives from The Washington Post, where he’s been since 2014, reporting on the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. 

In his new position, Costa will help deliver coverage of the 2022 midterm elections, the 2024 presidential election, and the evolving state of American democracy.

“Bob Costa is one of the best political reporters of his generation,” Neeraj Khemlani, president and co-head of CBS News and Stations, said. 

“From Peril and print to television and streaming, Costa’s fearless political reporting and unrivaled access to key decision-makers consistently stand out, bringing clarity and deep insight to readers and viewers everywhere. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the CBS News team.”

Costa’s first day with CBS News will be on Feb. 13, where he’ll work out of the network’s Washington bureau and report for CBS News’ broadcast, streaming, and digital platforms.

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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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MSNBC Airing Four-Part Series Celebrating Women of Color

The MSNBC series seeks to encourage authentic and thought-provoking discussions across societies of women

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MSNBC president Rashida Jones announced a four-part series celebrating women of color called “The Culture Is.” 

The MSNBC series seeks to encourage authentic and thought-provoking discussions across societies of women, including Black, Latina, Asian American Pacific Islander, Indigenous women, and beyond.

Each standalone special concentrates on one community and will be aired on MSNBC, and for those who are unable to watch it on the cable news channel, it will be available for stream on the MSNBC hub on Peacock.

The Culture Is amplifies our efforts to elevate diverse voices across MSNBC’s cable and streaming platforms,” Jones said. “It puts women at the forefront to tell their own stories and share their experiences directly with audiences.”

The series will kick off on Sunday, June 19 at 10 pm ET, with Joy Reid and Tiffany Cross hosting and executive producing the first special in the series, “The Culture Is: Black Women.” The guests at the discussion include: 

  • Ryan Michelle Bathe, Actress, and Producer, Star of NBC’s The Endgame
  • Tarana Burke, Activist, Author, and Founder of the Me Too Movement
  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Creator of the 1619 Project
  • Captain Timika Lindsay, Retired U.S. Navy Captain, and former Chief Diversity Officer, U.S. Naval Academy
  • Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Congresswoman, D-MA 7th District
  • Maria Taylor, NBC Sports, Host
  • Robin Thede, Creator, and Showrunner, HBO Max’sA Black Lady Sketch Show
  • Tamika Tremaglio, The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), Executive Director
  • Chef Melba Wilson, restaurateur and author

Actress Justina Machado will host “The Culture Is: Latina,” the second part of the series, which will debut this summer on MSNBC. Meanwhile, Katie Phang, host of MSNBC’s “The Katie Phang Show,” will host “The Culture Is: AAPI Women. 

Finally, Alyssa London, producer and host of “The Culture Stories” series and NBC News and MSNBC contributor, will host “The Culture Is: Indigenous Women.”

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Chris Licht Intends to “Reimagine” CNN’s Morning Program This Fall

“We will reimagine our morning show leveraging our correspondents and unmatched resources in the U.S.” Licht said

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One of the first major decisions that CNN President Chris Licht had to make even before officially taking over the position, was to pull the plug on CNN+. So now his next major shakeup will be tacking the network’s morning show. 

Licht states the cable news channel intends to “reimagine” its morning program this fall to shake up the market during his presentation at Warner Bros. Discovery’s Upfronts on Wednesday. 

“We will reimagine our morning show leveraging our correspondents and unmatched resources in the U.S. and around the world to provide news that viewers need to know as they start their day,” Licht said, per The Wrap.

“[To] be honest there, we are seeking to be a disrupter of the broadcast morning shows in this space, and we believe we have the people and resources who can do it.”

These remarks didn’t come in much detail. Still, it is a common understanding that CNN is behind some of its competitors for morning news, and this area appears to be Licht’s first crack at reshaping the company in his vision, whether that means anchors exiting and new ones coming in remains to be seen. 

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