Newsrooms generally cheer when their exclusives get picked up and credited by others. But in the case of a recent WMAQ investigative report, the NBC-owned station isn’t happy about how it’s being used at all. At issue is a 30-second spot that began airing throughout Illinois Friday for Democratic Governor Pat Quinn in his campaign for reelection against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. The commercial excerpts an NBC 5 report about Rauner and includes the voice of political editor Carol Marin.
Carol Marin, Chicago’s preeminent broadcast journalist, will host a new online newscast for the Sun-Times website. Starting next week, The Marin Report will appear at noon Monday through Friday on the home page of suntimes.com. From a studio in the Sun-Times‘ newsroom, she will deliver a 90-second roundup of headlines and highlights of her colleagues’ work. Jim Kirk, Sun-Times media editor-in-chief, said Marin will go in-depth on bigger topics some days, talk to newsmakers on other days, and bring reporters in to discuss major stories.
WMAQ Chicago’s Carol Marin describes what Sept. 11, 2001, was like for her as a CBS reporter at Ground Zero in New York. When she saw the World Trade Center attack on television, she bolted from CBS News headquarters, hopped a taxi to get to the scene, figuring she could find a crew later. She was lucky she got out alive.
This week, TVNewsCheck will be presenting a series a stories on how broadcasters responded to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that killed nearly 3,000 and shocked the nation, how they were affected and how they plan to commemorate the 10th anniversary. The series begins today with the personal account of Carol Marin, then of CBS News, one of the many broadcast journalists who instinctively went to where the news was happening despite the obvious dangers. See below.