Networks Send Anchors, Correspondents to Brussels in Wake of Terror Attacks

By Mark Joyella Comment

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The broadcast and cable networks broke in early and have devoted the morning to extensive breaking news coverage of the terror attacks in Brussels.

Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie are anchoring a special edition of Today, Terror in Brussels, following live breaking news coverage that began at 5:00 a.m. ET.

MSNBC broke in at 4:00 a.m. ET. Brian Williams will anchor MSNBC breaking coverage throughout the morning. Guthrie will anchor on MSNBC from 1-3 p.m. ET.

Correspondents contributing to NBC’s coverage include Andrea Mitchell in Havana with President Obama, Richard Engel, Pete Williams, Tom Costello, and Keir Simmons.

NBC News and MSNBC correspondents en route to Brussels include Kelly Cobiella, Bill Neely, Thomas Roberts, and Chris Jansing, who was reporting from Cuba with the president the last two days. Also en route, Kelly O’Donnell, Ayman Mohyeldin, Chris Hayes, Gabe GutierrezKeir Simmons and Cal Perry.

Stephanie Gosk, Erica Hill, and Claudio Lavanga have been added to the NBC/MSNBC list en route to Brussels.

NBC is also sending Chris Dickey, an NBC news contributor, to Brussels from Paris.

ABC News’ devoted a special edition of Good Morning America to the attacks, anchored by George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts in New York. Pierre Thomas provided additional reporting from New York.

ABC coverage began at 4 a.m. ET, with Stephanopoulos anchoring starting at 5.

Alex Marquardt is reporting from Brussels, with Terry Moran en route. Martha Raddatz is reporting from Washington DC.

Jonathan Karl is contributing to coverage from Havana. And all of ABC’s consultants are in play: Matt Olsen, Dick Clarke, John Cohen, and former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly.

BelgiumCBSCBS News coverage this morning includes Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King and Anthony Mason.

CBS This Morning began live coverage of the attacks at 3:59 a.m. ET, with Anne-Marie Green anchoring and correspondent Charlie D’Agata in Brussels. Vladimir Duthiers joined Green at 5 a.m. ET.

CBSN began live rolling coverage at 4:10 a.m. ET. CBS newcomer Josh Elliott began anchoring at Noon ET. Elliott was to begin tomorrow, but started today with the breaking news.

Also contributing to the coverage are CBS News senior security contributor Michael Morrell in Washington and Elizabeth Palmer is in London. Allen Pizzey is en route to Brussels, and Holly Williams is en route to Paris.

Update: Coverage on ABC, CBS and NBC is continuing past 9 a.m. ET. All three network evening newscasts will be one hour tonight.

CNN has Anderson Cooper anchoring this morning, with Nima Elbagir in Brussels. She has been reporting from the airport since 3:22 a.m. ET.

Also assigned to report and anchor coverage from Brussels: Clarissa Ward, Fred Pleitgen, Anika Shubert, Phil Black, Alisyn Camerota, Hala Gorani, Max Foster and Jose Levy.

CNN has Evan Perez providing national security reporting from Washington, and Nic Robertson in London. In Paris, CNN has Jim Bitterman, Nick Paton Walsh and Erin McLaughlin.

Fox News has Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum anchoring in New York.

FNC broke in at 3:42 a.m. ET with reports of the explosions at the Zaventam Airport. Fox & Friends First started early, at 4:30 a.m. ET. The network has incorporated reporting from FNC correspondents, as well as Sky News reporters in Europe.

Greg Palkot, John Huddy and Mike Tobin will report from Brussels, with Benjamin Hall in London. Rick Leventhal will cover national security from New York, and Catherine Herridge will report from Washington.

Fox News will be live tonight throughout prime time with a focus on Brussels and the Western primaries. Bret Baier will lead coverage from New York, with Shepard Smith reporting from London. Smith will lead the network’s coverage from Brussels beginning Wednesday morning.

Fox Business Network has been live since 5 a.m. ET.

Bloomberg Television is sending correspondents Ryan Chilcote and Caroline Connan to Brussels.

CNBC is sending Michelle Caruso-Cabrera to Brussels (directly from Cuba), where she will report along with CNBC International’s Hadley Gamble.

Univision has sent correspondent Pablo Monzalvo to Brussels.

Yahoo News has been live all morning with Bianna Goldodryga and Katie Couric. Yahoo expects to continue live coverage throughout the day.

UPDATE: NBC News will have Matt Lauer and Lester Holt in Brussels in time for Today and Nightly News Wednesday.

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