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CNN Adds Meena Duerson, Mike Valerio to Growing List of Correspondents

Duerson will be based in New York while Valerio will relocate to Asia later this month.

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A day after announcing the addition of former VICE News correspondent Isobel Yeung, another reporter from the defunct outlet is joining CNN.

Former VICE correspondent Meena Duerson is joining the network and will be based in New York.

She has plenty of news media experience. Before joining VICE, she spent 8 years at NBC’s Today show as an editorial director. She also worked at the New York Daily News and ABC News.

Additionally, the network has announced Mike Valerio is joining as a new Asian-based international correspondent.

An eight-time Emmy Award winner, Valerio was previously a national correspondent for CNN Newscource based in Los Angeles.

“We are delighted to welcome Mike to CNN International to cover the many important stories from the Asia Pacific region.” said Senior Vice President & Managing Editor APAC, CNN International, Ellana Lee. “Mike’s versatility, his experience in the political sphere, and his strong background in investigative reporting will provide fresh insights to regional events in this dynamic part of the world.”

Valerio will relocate to Asia later this month.

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NBC Nightly News Host Lester Holt the Most Trusted News Anchor, New Study Shows

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Many stories about the credibility of news media members in 2024 is about a decline. However, according to a new poll conducted by Morning Consult and The Hollywood Reporter, many news consumers still have faith in hosts like NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt.

In the study, Holt was listed as the most trusted man in television news, with 63% of respondents saying they had “a lot” or “some” trust in the NBC anchor. Lester Holt has served as the weekday anchor of NBC Nightly News since June 2015.

David Muir, who hosts ABC World News Tonight, wasn’t far behind Holt in the trust category. 63% of those surveyed said they had the trust in the anchor. Meanwhile, CBS Evening News host Norah O’Donnell lagged behind with 53% of those responding similarly.

In the cable news world, CNN saw the top two most trusted hosts and anchors. Both Anderson Cooper and Chris Wallace saw 60% of respondents say they had “a lot” or “some” trust in them.

At MSNBC, Ali Velshi earned 55% of those surveyed’s trust, while Rachel Maddox was at 51%.

Fox News host Harris Faulkner led the way for the conservative cable channel with 53% claiming to trust her. Sean Hannity, who is not a news anchor but an opinion host, only earned the trust of 38% participants.

NewsNation primetime anchor Dan Abrams, who, like Sean Hannity is an opinion host, saw a 48% rating on the trust scale.

Former Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Tucker Carlson, who are also commentators and not anchors, earned scores of 39% and 40%, respectively.

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Greg Gutfeld Scores Largest Audience in Program History During Fox News Interview with Bill Maher

The discussion between the two topped both the late-night cable news ratings, as well as the late-night network shows hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon.

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Comedian Bill Maher made just his second-ever appearance on Fox News Monday during an interview with Greg Gutfeld. It turned out to be a record-breaking arrival.

During Monday’s edition of Gutfeld! averaged 2.9 million viewers as the longtime comedian and news host conversed with the Fox News star about a bevy of topics. Included in that 2.9 million figure was 342,000 viewers in the coveted adults 25-54 demographic.

The discussion between the two topped both the late-night cable news ratings, as well as the late-night network shows hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon. The Fox News program, however, benefits from airing from 10-11 PM ET while the other shows do not start until 11 or 11:35 PM ET.

Since launching in 2021, Gutfeld! has continuously battled for the top spot in the late-night TV ratings, and has frequently bested the network competitors.

During a previous appearance on the Club Random podcast, Bill Maher congratulated Greg Gutfeld on his success, stating while he didn’t “have to love” the heights the Fox News host has reached, he does “have to respect” the success.

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NewsNation to Complete 24/7 News Lineup on June 1

“This milestone marks the culmination of our efforts to continue expanding and growing the network since launching it in 2020.”

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NewsNation has slowly but surely been building out its lineup to feature news on a 24/7 basis. On Saturday, June 1st, that goal will be realized.

The network is expanding its weekend programming to include NewsNation Now with Adrienne Bankert on Saturdays and Sundays from 4-7 PM ET. That expansion coincides with recent launches of weekend shows like Morning in America with Hena Doba (7-10 AM ET), NewsNation Live (10 AM-1 PM ET), NewsNation Now with Anna Kooiman (1-4 PM ET), and The Hill Sunday with Chris Stirewalt, which all debuted earlier this year.

“We are immensely proud to announce that NewsNation is now a 24/7 cable news network,” said Nexstar Networks Division President Sean Compton. “This milestone marks the culmination of our efforts to continue expanding and growing the network since launching it in 2020. It reaffirms our commitment to delivering unbiased news coverage, a mission that resonates deeply with our viewers, fostering their trust in the brand, and strengthening their loyalty to NewsNation.”

In addition to its expanded programming, NewsNation also announced the hiring of three new anchors and correspondents.

Kooiman joined NewsNation in March, hosting NewsNation Now on Saturdays and Sundays. Former Fox News correspondent Laura Ingle has joined the network as senior correspondent. She worked at Fox from 2005-2023. Also, Alicia Nieves will serve as a New York-based correspondent for the upstart network.

The network’s weekend lineup now includes:

Saturdays
7-10 AM ET– Morning in America with Hena Doba
10-1 PM ET – NewsNation Live
1-4 PM ET – NewsNation Now with Anna Kooiman
4-7 PM ET – NewsNation Now with Adrienne Bankert 
7-10 PM ET – NewsNation Prime with Natasha Zouves

Sundays
7-10 AM ET– Morning in America with Hena Doba
10-11 AM ET – The Hill Sunday with Chris Stirewalt
11-1 PM ET – NewsNation Live
1-4 PM ET – NewsNation Now with Anna Kooiman
4-7 PM ET – NewsNation Now with Adrienne Bankert 
7-10 PM ET – NewsNation Prime with Natasha Zouves

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