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Soledad O’Brien’s Next Move – News in the Making

February 21, 2013  –  Lincoln Univ., PA

By:  Kita Williams

The future plans of CNN’s award winning journalist, Soledad O’Brien, is perking more and more speculation by the minute.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that, “Soledad O’Brien is on her way out at CNN as new boss Jeff Zucker moves Erin Burnett into her morning slot…”

Zucker who was named the new president of CNN Worldwide in November, 2012, was formerly NBC’s chief executive and is credited for leading NBC’s Today Show back to rating dominance.

Zucker’s first tactical moves at CNN seem to focus on morning programming.

This January 29 memo from Zucker to CNN staff was published by TVNewser:

I want to share some exciting news with you.

This morning we are announcing that Chris Cuomo is joining CNN.

Chris will be an anchor on a new morning show we are going to develop for CNN. He will also be an important part of our event news coverage across the network. Chris has deep experience in both roles, most recently at ABC News, and he’s one of the smartest, most engaging journalists in television news. I’m pleased that he’s joining us and really looking forward to working with him at CNN. The press release with the news follows. Thanks.


On January 29, 2013 the Washington Times reported Chris Cuomo was leaving ABC to host a new morning show (Obrien’s slot) at CNN with Erin Burnett, a prime-time anchor for the network.

A CNN spokeswoman said in an e-mail January 29, “Soledad is very important to the network, and we’re discussing various options with her.”

Perhaps morning viewers captured “Zucker Style” for NBC’s Today Show will now be wooed to CNN’s new morning format.

January 29 marked an exodus of sorts from CNN. Mark Whitaker, the network’s managing editor announced that he was quitting, and on-air contributors James Carville, Mary Matalin, and Erick Erickson all announced their departures as well.

New York Post sources have reported “inside information” besides the exclusion of their own names, that O’Brien has indicated that she’ll be leaving CNN.

Without any official statements on behalf of O’Brien or CNN, its safe to say there’s more to come.


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African and Latin American Growth in the Catholic Population Raises Questions About Pope’s Successor

CNN Belief Blog

By Eric Marrapodi and Dan Merica, CNN

(CNN) – Despite calls for a new pope from Latin America or Africa, the areas of the Catholic Church experiencing the most rapid growth, the power in the College of Cardinals is decidedly European.

The rapid growth of the Catholic population in Latin America and Africa has not yet led to a proportional balancing of the College of Cardinals.  The makeup of the college skews overwhelmingly European, while the majority of the congregants are increasingly not European.

“It (the College of Cardinals) doesn’t reflect the population, it reflects the power structure,” said William D’Antonio, a professor at The Catholic University of America. “It is like a corporation. The corporation picks its own board of directors. You might own some stock in it, but you are really fighting a battle against a corporation here.”

Dubbed the “princes of the church,” the cardinals’ main…

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Herr Foods Provides Sponsorship Donation to Benefit the “Unfailing Legacy” Lincoln University Scholarship Program

Ed Herr, humanitarian, community leader, role model and President of Herr Foods presents check to Carol Black, President of the Chester County, Pa Alumni Association of Lincoln University on February 8, 2013. Proceeds benefit scholarships for Lincoln University students. Thank you Ed Herr and the entire Herr Food Family!

The “Unfailing Legacy” book signing event was held at Milestone Events in West Chester, PA on February 10, 2013. Thank you to all alumni, friends, and faculty for your attendance and support.

A special thank you to all of the co-authors of the book, “Unfailing Legacy”.

Our outpouring of thanks to the DeBaptiste family for your unfailing generosity.

We would also like give a special thanks to our Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell, as well as West Chester Mayor – Carolyn Comitta.

Thank you Lincoln University contributors including Dr. Robert Jennings, President; Dr. Carolyn Thomas, VP Institutional Advancement; Dr. Alvin Amos, Dean of Arts; Mr. Jeffrey Chapp, Professor of Arts;  Mr. Robert Ingram, President – Baltimore Alumni Association.

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