Another post by our guest blogger Cyn:
~ Tanya Tucker?!? Am I the only one tortured by the memory of Helen Reddy's number one hit? (And now earwormed by it, thanks so much, Anderson!)
~ Loved the "g and t" reference. We are so very WASP. (I don't suppose Anderson is a Douglas Adams fan, which is a shame. There's a very funny bit about the gin and tonic in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series.)
~ Dan Rivers, who reported last night from Burma, is the CNN Bangkok correspondent. He did a stint recently in Baghdad, and I have to admit to wondering why they were letting a high school kid do such a dangerous assignment. Well, turns out this "kid" has quite an impressive resumé:
Dan Rivers is CNN's Bangkok Correspondent. Based in Thailand he covers news and business stories from across South East Asia and has reported on stories including the Indonesian earthquake, the eruption of Mount Merapi, flooding in Thailand and the release from prison of controversial Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir.
Prior to joining CNN in April 2006, Rivers was ITN's Crime Correspondent for ITV News. During his career at ITN, Rivers broke the story, in August 2005, that a series of police blunders led to the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes who was shot and killed at a London underground station after being mistaken for a terrorist. Rivers' report was subsequently nominated for a Royal Television Society Award in the UK.
While at ITN Rivers covered major national and international stories, including exhaustive minute by minute coverage and analysis of the Hutton Inquiry, an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr. David Kelly in the UK, for the ITV News Channel.
In March 2003, Rivers was one of the ITV News reporters covering the War in Iraq as an embedded reporter with the Royal Navy, broadcasting live from a ship in the Gulf. He was first with a tip-off of the initial attacks on Baghdad and also filed exclusive reports on mine sweeping operations off the coast of Iraq. During the three weeks after the fall of Baghdad, Rivers covered the unfolding humanitarian and aid problems in southern Iraq. Further international experience includes his coverage of the Asian Tsunami and the break-up of Yugoslavia.
During his first 18 months as a reporter for ITV News, Rivers covered major UK stories such as the Potters Bar rail crash, the foot and mouth crisis, the 2001 UK General Election and numerous high profile trials, including breaking the verdict for the Lord Archer trial as well as the events of 9/11.
Prior to joining ITN, Rivers worked for EuroNews in Lyons, France, where he reported on a variety of international news stories, including the fall of President Milosevic in Serbia.
Before that, he freelanced for LNN on 'London Tonight', producing and occasionally reporting around the British capital. Rivers' first job in journalism was as a journalist and newsreader on an independent local Radio station, Pirate FM.
Rivers studied Social Sciences at Durham University and Broadcast Journalism at Falmouth College of Arts.
Okay, he only LOOKS like a kid... or am I just getting old? Hmm...
~ Finally, since there was so much discussion earlier in the week about Anderson's biceps, I thought I'd share some screengrabs from the June 11th show (in NOLA). Happy weekend, everyone! ~Cyn