Headlines http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines The latest Headlines, news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:38:33 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Veteran Runs 160 Miles in 160 Hours to Honor Fallen Servicewomen http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/veteran-runs-160-miles-in-160-hours-to-honor-fallen-servicewomen/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/veteran-runs-160-miles-in-160-hours-to-honor-fallen-servicewomen/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:38:33 +0000 Caterina Andreano http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525948

It’s a bit of a crazy idea when you think about it — 160 miles in 160 hours.

That’s what Capt. Nancy Lacore, 46, of Virginia, did in little more than 6.5 days during the Valor Run.

The run honors the 160 women who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. There’s one mile for each of the fallen servicewomen.

“It’s not about me running. It’s about the people coming together and recognizing all the women who have died,” Lacore said.

The decorated 24-year U.S. Navy vet, and the mother of 6, started the run in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Oct. 12 and completed the journey at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, on Oct. 18.

She was joined on the run by several people. Some ran the 160 miles; others were there for support along the way. Her husband, Patrick Lacore, drove alongside her the whole way, helping her with food, water, and most of all, encouragement.

The goal of the run was to raise $10,000 for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation and $25,000 for Wounded Wear. So far the run has raised $16,320 for Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation and $16,625 for Wounded Wear.

Although Lacore, who trained for the Valor Run for the better part of a year, was tired and nauseous toward the end, she ended the run strong.

“I feel good! I feel like I could keep running. It’s amazing to see all these people here, all for this reason,” she said.

“There’s no greater love than being a veteran,” said Air Force veteran Patricia Sherwood, who also ran. “This run, symbolizing 160 of our fallen sisters, there’s no way to explain it but it hits right here and I’m proud to be representing one of my Air Force sisters.”

At the beginning of each leg of run, she read the names of the women she was remembering on that particular day. During the last leg, she carried a picture of Major Megan McClung. McClung was the first female Marine killed during the Iraq War.

“She was a Marine, she was a runner, triathlete. Her mother reached to me before I started, and her mother said, ‘I’m sure Megan’s going to be running right along with you,’” Lacore said.

Lacore said in the end the run was all about bringing people together to honor the fallen servicemen and women.

“I really wanted to bring people together and that’s what we did…There were families who lost women, but there were families here who lost men too. And they’re equally supportive that we have to recognize all sacrifices,” she said.

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Nancy Lacore, a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, ran 160 miles in 160 hours to honor fallen servicewomen. (Credit: ABC News)

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“BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS: THE 10 MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE OF 2014,” RETURNS TO ABC PRIMETIME DECEMBER 14, 9-11 PM ET http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/barbara-walters-presents-the-10-most-fascinating-people-of-2014-returns-to-abc-primetime-december-14-9-11-pm-et/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/barbara-walters-presents-the-10-most-fascinating-people-of-2014-returns-to-abc-primetime-december-14-9-11-pm-et/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:34:35 +0000 ABCNewsPR http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525984 Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, and Scarlett Johansson

 First Announced on the Most Fascinating List of 2014

Barbara Walters will return to ABC primetime with her popular long-running special, “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014,” a two hour ABC News special highlighting some of the year’s most prominent names in entertainment and pop culture.  Walters will interview Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, and Scarlett Johansson for the special.  Additional names will be announced shortly.  The #1 most fascinating person will be revealed on the special. “BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS: THE 10 MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE OF 2014″ will air on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 (9:00 – 11:00 pm ET) on the ABC TELEVISION NETWORK.

“I was absolutely delighted when ABC approached me to do another year of ’10 Most Fascinating People’,” said Walters.  ”I know we said last year was our last, but there are just too many fascinating people out there… and you never pass up the opportunity to interview Oprah, Neil, Chelsea, or Scarlett.”

Since its first airing in 1993, “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People” has consistently been one of the highest rated specials of the year.  Last year it dominated its 90 minute time period with Total Viewers and all key Adult demos, and drew its largest overall audience in three years.  “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014″ is executive produced by Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie. Bill Geddie also directs the program.

 

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“World News Tonight with David Muir” is Having its Best Season Start in Total Viewers in 9 Years and Among Adults 25-54 in 5 Years http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/world-news-tonight-with-david-muir-is-having-its-best-season-start-in-total-viewers-in-9-years-and-among-adults-25-54-in-5-years/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/world-news-tonight-with-david-muir-is-having-its-best-season-start-in-total-viewers-in-9-years-and-among-adults-25-54-in-5-years/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:59:50 +0000 Van Scott http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525976 Season to Date “World News Tonight” Delivers Increases in All Key Measures and is Up the Most in Total Viewers (+8%) and Adults 25-54 (+8%) Compared to Last Year

For the Season, “World News Tonight” is the #1 Evening News Program in Adults 25-54 for the First Time in 7 Years

“World News Tonight” Ranks #1 for the Fourth Time in Four Weeks This Season Among Adults 25-54


ABC‘s “World News Tonight with David Muir” finished as the No. 1 evening newscast in Adults 25-54 (2.114 million) for the week of October 13, 2014, based on Live +Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. Winning the first four weeks of the season, “World News Tonight” is seeing its strongest start to a season in 7 years – since the 2007-08 season.

For the 3rd straight week, “World News Tonight” turned in year-to-year increases (7.768 million, 2.000 million and 1.420 million, respectively, on w/o 10/14/13) in Total Viewers (+4%), Adults 25-54 (+6%) and Adults 18-49 (+1%).

“World News Tonight” posted week-to-week gains (2.072 million and 1.366 million, respectively, for w/o 10/06/14) in Adults 25-54 (+2%) and Adults 18-49 (+5%) to deliver season highs in both adult demos.

On Monday (10/13/14), “World News Tonight” aired the season’s No. 1 evening news telecast in Adults 25-54 (2.590 million) to-date.

Season to date, “World News Tonight” stands as the No. 1 evening newscast in Adults 25-54, leading “NBC Nightly News” by 72,000 news demo viewers. This marks the first time in 7 years that “World News Tonight” ranks as the top evening newscast in Adults 25-54 during the season – since the 2007-08 season. In addition, “World News Tonight” slashed its season gaps with “NBC Nightly News” in half in Total Viewers (-48% – 410,000 vs. 796,000) and Adults 18-49 (-54% – 100,000 vs. 217,000) to its closest performances in 6 years and 7 years, respectively – since the 2008-09 and the 2007-08 seasons, respectively.

“World News Tonight” is improving versus the same point last season in Total Viewers (+8%), Adults 25-54 (+8%) and Adults 18-49 (+3%). Delivering increases for the 2nd season in a row, “World News Tonight” is posting its best overall viewer start to a season in 9 years and strongest in the key adult news demo in 5 years – since the 2005-06 and the 2009-10 seasons, respectively. In addition, “World News Tonight” is improving the most in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 compared to “CBS Evening News” (+1%/+3%) and “NBC Nightly News” (+2%/-8%)

For the week, “World News Tonight” led the “CBS Evening News” by 1.657 million Total Viewers, by 516,000 Adults 25-54 and by 343,000 Adults 18-49.

NOTE: “CBS Evening News” was retitled to “CBS Evening Nws” on Thursday (10/16/14) for NFL and was excluded from the averages. CBS’ weekly averages are based on 4 days (Mon-Wed and Fri).

ABC “World News Tonight with David Muir” airs at 6:30 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network. Almin Karamehmedovic is the executive producer of the broadcast. Follow David Muir and the “World News Tonight” team online: @DavidMuir; @WNTonight; facebook.com/DavidMuirABC; facebook.com/WorldNewsTonight.

EVENING NEWS (Week of October 13, 2014)

TOTAL VIEWERS ADULTS 25-54 ADULTS 18-49 HOUSEHOLDS
ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT 8,095,000 1.8/7; 2,114,000 1.1/5; 1,432,000    5.4/11
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS 8,782,000 1.8/7; 2,108,000 1.2/6; 1,541,000 5.8/12
CBS EVENING NEWS 6,438,000 1.3/5; 1,598,000 0.9/4; 1,089,000 4.3/ 9

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD weeks of 10/13/14, 10/6/14 and 10/14/13. Most Current: 2014-2015 Season (9/22 – 10/19/14) and 2013-2014 Season (9/23 – 10/20/14). All averages based on regular telecasts.

– ABC –

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South Korean Superfan Returning to US to Root for Royals in World Series http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/south-korean-superfan-returning-to-us-to-root-for-royals-in-world-series/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/south-korean-superfan-returning-to-us-to-root-for-royals-in-world-series/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:25:35 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525944 AP korean royals fan 1 sk 141003 16x9 608 South Korean Superfan Returning to US to Root for Royals in World Series

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If any die-hard fan deserves to see the Kansas City Royals playing in the World Series in person, this is that guy.

After watching the American League Division Series games from his home in South Korea, superfan SungWoo Lee, 38, is headed back to the U.S. to cheer on his favorite major league team.

“It’s an indescribable feeling,” he told the Wall Street Journal.

Lee is considered a bit of a good luck charm for the team, which hasn’t won a World Series since 1985. They face the San Francisco Giants in this year’s World Series, which begins Tuesday.

He admitted being nervous about fans putting the fate of a team on his shoulders.

“Baseball is a superstitious sport, and I worry about a jinx,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “All the credit should go to the players on the field.”

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For 15 years, Lee has been one of the most ardent and prolific Royals fans online. Watching Royals games and posting on various sports forums also helped him learn English, he has said.

When the team found out about Lee, thanks to some hard-core fans, it invited him to the U.S. to throw out the first pitch in August at Kaufmann Stadium.

 

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During Lee’s stateside visit, the Royals won nine out of 10 games and the team retook first place in its division. Lee also got a team shirt, did some interviews and generally got the red carpet treatment before heading home.

Initially, it appeared that Lee would not likely be making a trip to the U.S. because he’d just gotten a new job. That prompted a massive Twitter campaign under the hashtag #BringBackSungWoo.

His boss reportedly gave him the go-ahead to leave, however, much to the relief of Kansas City fans who are hoping he can help the team pin down some more Ws.

ABC News’ Susanna Kim contributed to this report.

 

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ABC News Radio to Provide Extensive Coverage of the 2014 Midterm Election http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/abc-news-radio-to-provide-extensive-coverage-of-the-2014-midterm-election/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/abc-news-radio-to-provide-extensive-coverage-of-the-2014-midterm-election/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:14:38 +0000 ABCNewsPR http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525955

Live Anchored Coverage and Status Reports Starting at 7 p.m. ET on November 4th

On Tuesday, November 4th, ABC News Radio will provide listeners with extensive coverage of the 2014 Midterm Election. Correspondent Aaron Katersky will anchor wall-to-wall live coverage for seven hours, from 7pm ET until at least 2am ET.  ABC News Radio’s team of correspondents will be located strategically throughout the country to report on key races.  Among its team of more than a dozen reporters, correspondent Steven Portnoy will report from Kentucky, correspondent Alex Stone will report from California and correspondent Jim Ryan will report from Dallas, Texas. Special Contributor Ann Compton will join us from the nation’s capital and correspondent Richard Davies will report from the ABC News Decision Desk.  Additionally, ABC News Radio will provide one minute Election Day Status Reports throughout the day and four times an hour from 7pm ET through 2am ET on Wednesday, November 5.

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Sweden Expands Hunt for Suspected Russian Sub http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/sweden-expands-hunt-for-suspected-russian-sub/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/sweden-expands-hunt-for-suspected-russian-sub/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:07:52 +0000 Kirit Radia http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525932 AP Sweden Submarine mar 141020 16x9 608 Sweden Expands Hunt for Suspected Russian Sub

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MOSCOW — Sweden is widening its search for what may be a distressed Russian submarine in the waters near Stockholm.

Authorities today ordered all ships to leave the large cluster of some 30,000 islands where the vessel was possibly spotted. A no fly zone has also gone into effect over the area.

The Swedish military has been searching for the mysterious vessel from the air and on the water since Friday.

Submarine Hunt Sends Cold War Chill Across Baltic

“It’s likely that foreign underwater activity is taking place in the Stockholm archipelago,” Sweden’s Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad said at a news conference on Sunday.

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Grenstad notably did not identify the origin of the suspected vessel, despite a Swedish newspaper report that says an emergency message in Russian was intercepted on a Russian emergency frequency.

Swedish authorities maintain this is an intelligence operation. They said object may have been seen three times in recent days and released a grainy photo that may show it on the surface.

“We consider all those observations to be very credible,” Rear Admiral Grendstad said.

Russia has denied any involvement. Instead, the Russians suggested it was actually a Dutch submarine.

The Dutch Defense Ministry spokeswoman, however, told the BBC that “it was definitely not a Dutch submarine.”

With renewed Russian military aggression in the region, the incident has sparked Cold War memories of when Sweden regularly combed its waters for Russian submarines.

In 1981, a Soviet submarine ran aground in southern Sweden, sparking a diplomatic standoff that lasted ten days until Sweden towed it back out to sea and handed it over.

If this incident does turn out to be a Russian submarine, the first question will be what it was doing there. But equally concerning may be how Russia decides to respond.

In 2000, the Kursk, a large nuclear-powered Russian submarine, sank in Russian waters in the icy Berents Sea. The country’s new president Vladimir Putin ignored international offers for rescue and all 118 men on board died.

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ABC News Announces Coverage of the 2014 Midterm Election Across All Programs and Platforms http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/abc-news-announces-coverage-of-the-2014-midterm-election-across-all-programs-and-platforms/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/abc-news-announces-coverage-of-the-2014-midterm-election-across-all-programs-and-platforms/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:05:27 +0000 Van Scott http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525929 On Tuesday, November 4 Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos Leads Live Coverage on the ABC Network and Digital Platforms

Two Live One-Hour “Your Voice, Your Vote” Programs Air on ABC at 10:00 PM ET and 10 PM PT

Uninterrupted Coverage Online from 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM ET

Coverage Kicks Off with a Special Edition of “World News Tonight with David Muir” at 6:30 PM ET

ABC News’ Powerhouse Political Team Will Provide Comprehensive Coverage and In-Depth Analysis from New York, Washington and Key Battleground States Across the Country

“This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Will Preview Election Day Races on Sunday, November 2

On Tuesday, November 4 ABC News‘ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos will lead live, uninterrupted coverage online from 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM ET. At 10:00 PM ET and 10:00 PM PT it will be simulcast live for one-hour special reports on the ABC broadcast network with additional live updates at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 11:00 PM and 12:00 AM ET as polls close in various states.

The network’s Election Night coverage kicks off with a special edition of “World News Tonight with David Muir” at 6:30 PM ET, with live updates throughout the night.

Starting at 7:00 PM ET Stephanopoulos will anchor live coverage from ABC News Election Headquarters in Times Square in New York bringing viewers the whole picture on election results. Stephanopoulos will also be joined by ABC’s Diane Sawyer, “World News Tonight” Anchor David Muir, Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, “Nightline” Anchor Dan Harris and Fusion Anchor Alicia Menendez. ABC contributors Matthew Dowd, Donna Brazile, David Plouffe, William Kristol and Nicolle Wallace will provide analysis live from Election Headquarters. They will be joined on the air by ABC News veteran political journalist Cokie Roberts in Washington, DC.

In addition, ABC News will report live from our ABC stations, polling places and election headquarters across the country. ABC’s Ron Claiborne, Jeff Zeleny, Cecilia Vega, Tom Llamas and Linsey Davis will be on location, with results and reaction on the ground, traveling to key races.

The team from FiveThirtyEight, led by founder and Editor-in-Chief Nate Silver, will live blog and join Stephanopoulos and the ABC News team, adding context as the results come in. Additionally, ABC News Political Director Rick Klein and veteran pollster Gary Langer and team will break down the polls throughout the night.

Special live editions of “Nightline” anchored by Dan Harris will air at 12:35 AM and 3:35 AM ET. “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” will preview Election Day races on Sunday, November 2. “Good Morning America” will report the latest on all the results on Wednesday, November 5.

The live stream anchored by Stephanopoulos from 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM ET will be available on ABCNews.com, ABC News mobile apps and Apple TV. ABC News Digital will introduce personalized alerts for Election Night, updating users with all the results from their local races.

ABC News Radio will cover key races with reporting from correspondents Aaron Katersky in New York and Steven Portnoy in Washington, D.C.

ABC NewsOne, the network’s affiliate news service, will provide reporting during the lead up to Election Day for ABC stations and clients. Correspondents Tahman Bradley and Karen Travers will cover important races and the balance of power in Congress.

Marc Burstein is the senior executive producer of ABC News Special Events.

-ABC-

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Jeffrey Schneider Launches Schneider Global Strategy; Townsend to Lead Communications at ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/jeffrey-schneider-launches-schneider-global-strategy-townsend-to-lead-communications-at-abc-news/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/jeffrey-schneider-launches-schneider-global-strategy-townsend-to-lead-communications-at-abc-news/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:13:33 +0000 ABCNewsPR http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525924  

ABC News President James Goldston sent the following note to the news division this morning announcing Jeffrey Schneider will launch his own communications and media relations firm, Schneider Global Strategy, and Julie Townsend will lead communications at ABC News. See below for note followed by press release. 

Team,

I have some big news to share with all of you.

Jeffrey Schneider, a key player in our news division over the past 14 years, will be founding his own firm, Schneider Global Strategy, specializing in media relations and crisis management.

Jeffrey has been our champion in great and tough times.  He’s done it with good humor, nearly superhuman drive and a deep love for this institution.  We have all seen him in action, promoting and defending this news division with passion and intensity.  And for 14 years, 365 days a year, at all hours of the night and day, he has treated ABC News as family, advising with the utmost care and wisdom so many in this division and company.

When Ben was promoted in March, Jeffrey informed him and Kevin Brockman that it might be the right time for him to do something he had long wanted to do – start his own firm.  They asked Jeffrey to remain at ABC News to handle coming executive and anchor transitions and provide counsel to me when I was named President of the News Division.

With ABC News in its strongest journalistic and competitive position in decades and our leadership team and anchors in place, the time has arrived for Jeffrey to embark on that adventure.  I’m glad to report that the News Division and DATG will be his very first clients, so we will continue to benefit from his years of experience.

A list of accomplishments, which he would be the first to credit to his amazing team, would make for a very long note indeed.  But just a few highlights that give perspective to the scope of some of the issues: terrorism and wars; an anthrax attack on our newsroom; the wounding of Bob Woodruff and Doug Vogt in Iraq; our historic run at Good Morning America; and on and on.

Jeffrey’s communications team is recognized as the best in the business, consistently delivering the biggest and most effective roll outs of our world class content and exclusive interviews, impactful investigations and breaking news.  To ensure a smooth transition, Jeffrey will be here through Election Day and then Julie Townsend, who has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with him on so many issues, will step up to oversee communications strategy and lead the public relations team for the news division, reporting to Kevin Brockman.

Julie is a persuasive storyteller and a passionate champion for ABC News.  She believes deeply in our team and in the importance of the work we do.  She has worked for us in both New York and in Washington and with every program and platform, providing her invaluable insight to all corners of our news division.

In 2001 she began her career in our Washington bureau as PR Coordinator for Nightline and This Week, working her way up to Publicity Director in New York for Digital.  After several years in corporate communications for NBCUniversal, where she worked closely with the company’s General Counsel, she returned to ABC News as our Vice President of Communications in 2011.

Since then, Julie has collaborated with many of you on some of our biggest initiatives.  She shepherded us through the launch of our game-changing partnerships with Yahoo and Fusion and has helped build anticipation for our biggest specials and interviews by driving extensive press coverage.  Time and again Julie has shown her versatility, determination and dedication to ABC News.  She has proven herself a leader and as a valuable advisor to so many of us – helping us navigate every issue with a steady hand.

Please join me in congratulating Julie on this new role.

We will have many opportunities to celebrate Jeffrey, and raise a glass to him, in the coming weeks.  For now, I know that you will join me in thanking him for his tireless and remarkable work for ABC News and wish him all success in his new venture.

James

 

 

 

Press Release:

 

JEFFREY W. SCHNEIDER FOUNDS SCHNEIDER GLOBAL STRATEGY

 ABC News Executive to Open Communications Firm in Fall of 2014

 SPECIALITIES INCLUDE REPUTATION AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT AND MEDIA RELATIONS

Jeffrey W. Schneider is pleased to announce the founding of Schneider Global Strategy, a full service communications and media relations firm dedicated to helping clients tell the stories that drive their businesses and personal profiles to new heights while protecting and enhancing their reputations.

ABC News and The Disney ABC Television Group are the first clients of the new venture, which will be based in New York.

“I’m excited to counsel a broad range of clients to expand their business and protect their interests,” said Jeffrey W. Schneider.

“It has been an incredible honor and privilege to work with such exceptional journalists over the past 14 years.  I’m very grateful for the thrilling experiences I’ve had at the news division and embark on this new path with tremendous affection and respect for all the people of ABC News,” Schneider said.

Over the course of his career, Schneider has represented world famous individuals and media, entertainment, government and not-for-profit institutions.

Kevin Brockman, EVP of Global Communications for DATG, said, “Jeffrey Schneider is a force of nature, with an unrivaled passion for those he represents.  Over the years, I’ve come to value Jeffrey’s counsel, his drive, and his competitive zeal.  I’m thrilled we’ll be able to continue to work together as he starts this new chapter in his career.”

James Goldston, President of ABC News, said in a note to staff announcing Schneider’s new venture, that, “Jeffrey has been our champion in great and tough times. He’s done it with good humor, nearly superhuman drive and a deep love for this great institution.”

Schneider has served as a leader at ABC News as Senior Vice President for Communications responsible for Good Morning AmericaWorld News Tonight with David MuirNightline20/20 and This Week with George Stephanopoulos.  Schneider handled for communications for the biggest names in news, from Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, and Robin Roberts to David Muir, George Stephanopoulos and dozens of high impact correspondents and anchors.

Schneider will remain at ABC News through November 2014, at which point he will dedicate himself to building this new business.

A lifelong resident of New York City, Schneider graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  Prior to ABC News Schneider worked at the William Morris Agency, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Rubenstein Associates and began his career in New York State Government.

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Contact: Jeffrey W. Schneider 212 456 3587

For more information: schneider-gl.com

 

 

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Dashcam Video Captures Wild Police Chase in New Jersey http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/dashcam-video-captures-wild-police-chase-in-new-jersey/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/dashcam-video-captures-wild-police-chase-in-new-jersey/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:08:06 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525888

Police in New Jersey have released dramatic dashcam video of a car chase that lasted 30 minutes and included the suspect going the wrong way down a highway and injuring a cop.

Denny Oh, 25, of Hackettstown, New Jersey, allegedly was behind the wheel of a stolen minivan being pulled over by Ridgefield police officers on Oct. 7.

When Officer Kevin Nebbia started to arrest Oh on outstanding warrants, authorities said the minivan peeled out, dragging Nebbia down the road. Nebbia reportedly suffered a broken arm.

During the police chase, a mother and young boy traveling in a sport utility vehicle were forced to crash into a building. They were not seriously hurt.

“It sounded as if it was a big explosion. There was a lot of smoke. Everyone was running,” witness Janet Cava told ABC station WABC-TV in New York. “He was just going so fast, absolutely reckless.”

Nearly 30 minutes later, the suspect allegedly stopped the car and tried to flee. He was arrested and jailed on $250,000 bail.

He faces charges that include aggravated assault on a police officer and driving under the influence.

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“GMA” is #1 for the Week of October 6th http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/gma-is-1-for-the-week-of-october-6th/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/gma-is-1-for-the-week-of-october-6th/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:36:23 +0000 ABCNewsPR http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525883  

“GMA” is #1  for the Week :

Outperforming NBC’s “Today” by 786,000 Total Viewers and 154,000 Adults 25-54

 

 ”GMA” Increases Adults 25-54 Year-Ago Lead Over “Today” by Triple-Digits (+711%)

 

“GMA” is Posting its Widest Season Margins Over “Today” in More Than 23 Years

 

Season-to-Date, “GMA” Leads “Today” in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54, and Adults 18-49

 

 

ABC News’ “Good Morning America” finished as the No. 1 morning newscast for the 3rd time in three weeks this season in Total Viewers (5.367 million) and Adults 25-54 (1.959 million) for the week of October 6, 2014, based on Live +Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. 

 

“GMA” led the No. 2-ranked “Today” (4.599 million and 1.805 million, respectively) by 768,000 Total Viewers and by 154,000 Adults 25-54.  “GMA” increased its year-ago (w/o 10/7/13) Total Viewer lead over “Today” by double-digits (+10% – 768,000 vs. 700,000) and its Adults 25-54 advantage by triple-digits (+711% – 154,000 vs.  19,000).   

 

“GMA” has won the last 33 weeks in both overall viewers and the key adult news demo since the end of the 2014 Winter Olympics. In Total Viewers,  “GMA” has ranked No. 1 in 115 of the last 119 weeks (since w/o 6/25/12), finishing behind “Today” only during the two weeks of the 2012 Summer Olympics and the two weeks of the 2014 Winter Olympics.  

 

Season to date, “GMA” is the No. 1 morning newscast in all key demos: Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49.  “GMA” is leading NBC’s “Today” by 914,000 Total Viewers, by 261,000 Adults 25-54 and by 59,000 Adults 18-49.  In fact, “GMA” has widened its season margins over “Today” versus the same point last season in Total Viewers by 23% (914,000 vs. 742,000) and by a significant 314% in Adults 25-54 (261,000 vs. 63,000), and is now leading “Today” in Adults 18-49 this season.  

 

Ranking No. 1 for the 3rd straight season, “GMA” is seeing its widest season margins over “Today” in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 in more than 23 years - since at least the 1991-92 season (Nielsen’s electronic database started on September of 1991).

 

During the week, “GMA” beat “CBS This Morning” in Total Viewers (+71%), Adults 25-54 (+102%) and Adults 18-49 (+113%).

 

Emmy Award-winning “GMA,” featuring the anchor team of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer, Amy Robach and Ginger Zee airs live Mon.-Fri. (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET) on ABC. Michael Corn is the senior executive producer.

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