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Jose Antonio Vargas Released From Federal Custody in Texas (TVNewser)
Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was the focus of the recent CNN documentary Documented, was released from the custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents Tuesday evening. FishbowlDC Vargas was detained in McAllen, Texas Tuesday, days after speculating that he may be stuck in the border town. On Friday, Vargas wrote an essay for Politico, where he described his visit to a children’s shelter for Central American refugees. FishbowlNY Vargas was leaving the town to go to a screening of his film in Los Angeles when he was arrested. He was brought to a border patrol station for questioning. Supporters and members of the media gathered across the street, and were warned that if they approached the station any closer, they would also be arrested. HuffPost Vargas flew to the border last week to interview and film undocumented immigrants who have fled their home countries in Central America due to escalating violence. A TSA agent at the McAllen-Miller Airport initially cleared Vargas’ Philippines-issued passport when he attempted to board a flight Tuesday morning. He was placed into custody soon after, however, when he couldn’t produce a U.S. visa at the request of a border patrol agent. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Vargas, who won a Pulitzer as part of a Washington Post team in 2008, has become an outspoken advocate for undocumented immigrants after “coming out” as undocumented in a New York Times story in 2011.

Greta Van Susteren, Katie Couric to Sit Down With Ousted New York Times Editor Jill Abramson (TVNewser)
FNC’s Greta Van Susteren will sit down with ousted New York Times editor Jill Abramson for a live interview Wednesday on her show On The Record. It’s Abramson’s first television interview since being fired in May. Mediaite Previously, Yahoo! News announced that Abramson would be sitting down for her first post-firing interview with Katie Couric on Thursday, a booking that has been effectively scooped by Fox. THR / The Live Feed During the Yahoo! interview, Couric and Abramson “will discuss life at The New York Times, challenges facing women in the workplace and the changing media landscape,” a Yahoo! spokesperson said. Couric’s interview is currently scheduled to run on the Yahoo! homepage on Thursday afternoon. Capital New York On Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby’s afternoon radio show on 77 WABC, Abramson said that she had “few regrets and only good feelings” about the nearly two decades she spent working for the paper of record. “I look back on it with a lot of pride because I had a wonderful career at The New York Times, and I loved being a reporter and editor there,” Abramson said Tuesday. Shortly before her WABC spot, which appears to be her first broadcast interview since being fired, Cosmopolitan published a wide-ranging interview with Abramson that will appear in its September issue.

NPR’s Margaret Low Smith Named President of AtlanticLIVE (FishbowlDC)
NPR’s Margaret Low Smith was named VP of The Atlantic and president of AtlanticLIVE, its events division. In this role, she’ll oversee all aspects of AtlanticLIVE and lead Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic and head of LIVE content, and Emily Akhtarzandi, the LIVE sales team’s managing director of business development. FishbowlNY Smith, who first came to NPR in 1982, most recently served as its senior VP of news; a role she held since 2011. Poynter / MediaWire At The Atlantic, Smith will replace Elizabeth Baker Keffer, who founded AtlanticLIVE. Baker Keffer left the company early this year to join an investment firm in Chicago. Among the events AtlanticLIVE produces is the Aspen Ideas Festival. NYT Smith’s departure comes just two weeks after the arrival of NPR’s newest chief executive, Jarl Mohn, and leaves him with a major post to fill. As senior vice president for news, Smith has overseen a division of nearly 400 journalists. Previously, she oversaw all NPR programming, after working her way up from her first job at NPR, as an overnight production assistant for the newsmagazine Morning Edition.