The Evening Ticker: Woodruff,, Walters

By Alex Weprin 

  • ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff is planning a series of reports for “Nightline,” highlighting “the most dangerous and extreme places across the globe.” The debut segment airs tonight, and features a look at child coal miners.

  • continues to staff up. The latest additions include Irin Carmon and Tim Noah as reporters and Nisha Chittal as a social media content editor. Richard Wolffe’s memo to staff, after the jump.

  • Barbara Walters will be given the Excellence in Journalism Award by The American News Women’s Club at the National Press Club Friday. Norah O’Donnell will emcee, with Ted Koppel set to speak.

Richard Wolffe’s MSNBC memo:

From: MSNBC Communications (NBCUniversal)
Sent: Monday, June 17, 2013 2:30 PM
To: @MSNBC Everyone
Subject: Note from Richard Wolffe

From Richard Wolffe, Vice President and Executive Editor of

We’re continuing to build an outstanding digital team of writers and editors at MSNBC, and we’re excited to announce our latest additions, ahead of our launch later this year:

Irin Carmon joins us as a national reporter focused on women, politics and culture. Writing prominently at Jezebel and then Salon, Irin has quickly become a leading voice of her generation. This year, Forbes named her to its “30 under 30” list in media. Her keen observations and passionate views have made her a regular on MSNBC. Since she was in the building so often, we thought she might as well just move in.

Tim Noah joins us as a contributing writer focusing on politics and the economy. Tim is a former senior editor and columnist at The New Republic, a writer for Slate and is the author of the exceptional book, The Great Divergence. Political junkies recognize Tim as one of the most influential voices on American politics and economic justice. Others might know him as Adam Levine’s uncle.

Johnny Simon joins MSNBC as a photo editor, working closely with Amy Pereira. He was previously an editor at Slate Magazine and a photographer for Newsday. He has also interned with the White House Photo Office and several newspapers.

Nisha Chittal is a new social media content editor for MSNBC working with our shows on strategy and community, as part of Farra Kober’s team. Nisha joins us from the Travel Channel. She has also written for The American Prospect,, and Poynter on social media and technology.

Traci Lee joins the Martin Bashir team as the show’s digital writer and producer. Traci joined the video team of MSNBC digital last year as a primetime multimedia producer and writer.

Alicia Maule joins MSNBC as a digital project manager. She was previously a project manager on President Obama’s re-election campaign in Chicago and with the inauguration committee in D.C. She also served as assistant to the chair at the School of Visual Arts’ MFA program in Design for Social Innovation.

If you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions, feel free to contact me, Sam Go or Dafna Linzer.

And please stay tuned for more news as we get ready for our rollout. We’ll want all hands on deck when the time comes.
All best,