The Insider

Sep 15, 2003  •  Post A Comment

The Insider hears that correspondent Chip Reid, one of the NBC News workhorses who distinguished themselves covering the war on Iraq, is headed for Washington, where some say his beat will be Capitol Hill.
The move is a homecoming for Mr. Reid, who practiced law in D.C. for six years (including four as counsel and chief investigator for the Senate Judiciary Committee) before switching in 1988 to TV journalism as a field producer in Washington for ABC News. Mr. Reid’s journey since then included stints as a Washington reporter and producer for Fox News and a reporter for ABC affiliate WJLA-TV. In 1996 NBC News signed him to cover, among other things, the White House. He has been based in Los Angeles since 2000.
Meanwhile, a pleasant vacation is over for Bruce Perlmutter, the former CNN senior executive producer of “Connie Chung Tonight,” which was abruptly dumped last March when CNN decided to return to its more staid and ratings-challenged news roots. Mr. Perlmutter, who was looking positively buoyant and carefree when The Insider ran into him last summer after he had taken quiet leave of CNN, reported to work recently as the senior executive producer of MSNBC’s scrappy “Dan Abrams Report.”
The arrival of Mr. Perlmutter sends Meghan Schaefer to “Countdown With Olbermann” and Dennis Murray to broader prime-time MSNBC duties.
NBC News President Neal Shapiro didn’t take paternity leave after the Sept. 5 birth of his and wife (and ABC News correspondent) Juju Chang’s second son. But he did work more than usual from home so he could bond with Travis Heath Shapiro, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, while making sure that first-born Jared, now nearly 3 years old, doesn’t suddenly feel out of the loop.
Meawhile, Ivey Van Allen, Twentieth Television’s VP of media relations, will be working from home until Sept. 29. She has been hanging on every noise and gesture made by Jackson Peter Steinberg, whose adoption by Ms. Van Allen and hubby Eric Steinberg, senior VP of research at CBS, had been in process since spring and was finalized shortly after he weighed in Aug. 20 at 7 pounds and 19 inches. “He’s a cutie,” Ms. Van Allen said. “I can say that without bragging, because I had nothing to do with it.” He does, however, appear to have the reddish-brown locks of his birth and adoptive mothers.