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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin Claims Zoom Incident Is in the Past

Toobin was a guest of a guest at a party in Manhattan to celebrate the paperback release of CNN’s Brian Stelter’s book “Hoax.”

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Last week, CNN Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin returned to CNN airwaves following an eight-month hiatus due to an incident where he exposed himself on a Zoom call with colleagues at The New Yorker

Nonetheless, the legal analyst is ready to put that behind him as Politico Playbook wrote that the network contributor was out mixing and mingling with colleagues. Toobin was a guest of a guest at a party in Manhattan to celebrate the paperback release of CNN’s Brian Stelter’s book “Hoax.”

“It’s in the past; people have moved on,” Toobin told Politico. 

Politico spotted the CNN contributor having a deep discussion with New York Times media columnist Ben Smith. Toobin was also hanging out beside a number of the network’s top anchors and hosts. 

In a first appearance on the network since the incident, the legal anaylst addressed the matter during an appearance on “CNN Newsroom.”

“I’m sorry to the people who read my work and who watched me on CNN who thought I was a better person than this. And so, you know, I got a lot to rebuild, but I feel very privileged and very lucky that I’m going to be able to try to do that,” Toobin said. 

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CNN President Pushes Back Date for Staffers Return to Office

CNN president Jeff Zucker advised staff to get the booster as the company will formalize the policy in the coming weeks. 

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Following a surge in coronavirus cases in the United States during and after the holiday season, CNN reacted by going back to remote work for staffers who didn’t need to be in the office. Initially, they were set to return next week, but that has now changed.

CNN’s Oliver Darcy revealed an email president Jeff Zucker sent to employees stating, “we are looking at Monday, January 31.” “I know some of you have been looking forward to returning, and this is frustrating news,” Zucker added. 

The network will have essential employees still in their offices, and they’ll have to be vaccinated and boosted. Hence, the CNN president advised them to get the booster as the company will formalize the policy in the coming weeks. 

“We are asking anyone who comes into our offices and who is eligible to be boosted. We expect that this may become even more formalized in the weeks ahead, so we encourage everyone to get boosted,” Zucker said. 

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Mark Becker Discusses Retiring From WSOC-TV After 38 Years

WSOC reporter Joe Bruno adds that Becker has deep connections within the Charlotte community and that his sources rival that of sports insiders like ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 

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Charlotte is saying goodbye to a mainstay in the market, as Mark Becker calls it a career after 38 years at WSOC-TV. 

Becker will be retiring from his on-air reporter role at the television station, covering various events like killer tornadoes and hurricanes, Jim Bakker and the PTL scandal, 9/11, the Democratic National Convention, the protests after the Keith Lamont Scott shootings, and COVID.

“I enjoyed what I did. I’m not leaving because I don’t like it,” Becker told The Charlotte Observer. “I’m leaving because I’ve been doing it long enough. It’s great work, but it’s also relentless. It’s every day having something on at 5 or 6. The deadline devil dances frequently upon my shoulders.”

WSOC reporter Joe Bruno adds that Becker has deep connections within the Charlotte community and that his sources rival that of sports insiders like ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 

“He will find out what happened and why it matters. More importantly, not only will be first, he will be right. [Becker’s] deep sources in Charlotte rival Adam Schefter’s in the NFL.”

In his retirement, Becker plans to help take care of his mother-in-law, who lives with him and his wife, former WSOC-TV anchor, and reporter Suzanne Stevens. He will also look to sustain an exercise routine following surgery last winter to repair a torn meniscus.

I’ve run shorter distances, but mostly I’ve been riding the bike,” Becker said. “I tell my wife, ‘Well, my knee’ll be fine, but every other bone in my body’ll be broken because I got hit by a car on Park Road.”

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WGN Announces Patrick Elwood as Co-Anchor for Midday News

Elwood joins Dina Bair as co-anchor as the two will provide in-depth reporting to WGN News.

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WGN has a new co-anchor for its midday news programming as the television station announced Patrick Elwood takes over the position on WGN Midday News effective January 17. 

Elwood joins Dina Bair as co-anchor as the two will provide in-depth reporting to WGN News. He joined the television station in December of 2013 as a general assignment reporter. 

“It is truly an honor to deliver the news alongside Dina, Demetrius, Dean, and the whole team at Chicago’s Very Own,” Elwood said. 

“Between my dedicated colleagues and the work environment fostered by my bosses, everyday offers a challenge to create journalism that makes a difference in all of our lives. I am looking forward to making an impact in joining the team.”

Since then, he’s appeared as a reporter on various news programs at WGN such as “WGN Evening News,” “WGN News at Nine,” and “WGN News at Ten.”

“A fourth-generation south side Chicagoan, Patrick is truly one of Chicago’s Very Own,” Dominick Stasi, WGN news director, said. 

“Pat is a dedicated and knowledgeable journalist. His many years covering a depth and breadth of stories, as well as his experience on the anchor desk, make him the perfect choice as WGN Midday News anchor.”

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