Reporters Who Cover Politics today pored over thousands of formerly withheld documents from the Clinton White House released from the National Archives. With Hillary Clinton already an official presumed presidential candidate in 2016, as NBC and CNN learned the hard way, the reporters are keeping a sharp eye out for anything Hillary-related — including a 1995 suggestion by her then-press secretary that the First Lady guest star on an episode of ABC’s Home Improvement, found by New York magazine:
Little did they know that another First Lady would make a sitcom appearance less than 20 years later.
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Rick Kaplan, whose last day as executive producer on the CBS Evening News With Katie Couric was today, already has a new gig: He has been tapped to be exec producer of ABC News’ This Week With Christiane Amanpour. He also will oversee the division’s political coverage, said ABC News president Ben Sherwood, who made the announcement. Kaplan, who has 44 Emmys, spent two decades at ABC as executive producer of Good Morning America, Nightline, PrimeTime Live and World News Tonight With Peter Jennings and has worked at all four major networks.
The changing of the guard at CBS Evening News is complete. Patricia Shevlin has been named executive producer of the CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley effective June 6, when Pelley will make his debut as CBS’ lead news anchor. Shevlin, a 38-year CBS News veteran, has been the executive producer of CBS Evening News, Weekend Editions since January 2000. Shevlin replaces Rick Kaplan, who has served as executive producer for Pelley’s predecessor Katie Couric. His last day is tomorrow.