A busy Labor Day weekend: How the networks covered multiple big stories

The “slow news month” of August (does anyone really believe that anymore?) ended over Labor Day weekend, with Hurricane Dorian, a mass shooting and boat fire dominating the news headlines.

Here’s a look at how the networks covered the news this past weekend:

Friday, Aug. 30, 2019

All “big three” anchors were out.

‘NBC Nightly News’

Kristen Welker filled in for Lester Holt.

  • Hurricane Dorian
  • James Comey under fire from Hallie Jackson.
  • Methane Regulations voiceover by Welker.
  • Joe Biden war story controversy from Peter Alexander.
  • St. Louis child shooting deaths from Ron Allen.
  • Vaping story from Anne Thompson, including in-studio debrief.
  • Marijuana vaping voiceover from Welker.
  • Break 1
  • Jail cell birth package from Blayne Alexander.
  • Break 2
  • Arsenal seizure in Philadelphia from Miguel Almaguer.
  • Break 3
  • “Inspiring America” profile from Ron Mott on college wrestler with a disability.
‘CBS Evening News’

John Dickerson filled in for Norah O’Donnell.

  • Hurricane Dorian
    • Extended overview from Dickerson.
    • Update from WCBS forecaster Lonnie Quinn in studio.
    • Overview of NASA and military preparations for Dorian from Dickerson.
    • Mireya Villarreal on how citizens are preparing for the storm.
    • Mark Strassmann on travel affects.
  • V.A. medical center investigation Natalie Brand.
  • “Breaking News” on Tyler Skaggs autopsy with Dickerson voiceover.
  • Trump’s assistant resigns, also with voiceover.
  • Kay Ivey blackface scandal with Major Garrett, including live shot in Washington.
  • Death of Jim Leavelle, a police office handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald after the Kennedy assassination, voiceover.
  • Break 1
  • Minor league baseball player Blake Bevins’ family murder investigation.
  • Break 2
  • Valerine Harper death voiceover.
  • Juul e-cigarette company voiceover.
  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hack voiceover.
  • Break 3
  • “On the Road” segment on toy soldiers from Mark Hartman.
‘ABC World News Tonight’

Tom Llamas was in for David Muir.

  • Hurricane Dorian
  • Trump’s assistant resignation standup from Kyra Phillips at the White House.
  • Adrienne Bankert package on Tyler Skaggs autopsy.
  • Simone Biles’ brother charged with murder voiceover.
  • V.A. medical center deaths package from Pierre Thomas.
  • Uighurs internment camps report from Bob Woodruff (under “Developing Now” label).
  • E-cigarettes dangers voiceover.
  • Break 1
  • 911 drowning death package from correspondent Alex Perez.
  • Break 2
  • “The Index”
    • Louisiana officer attack probe.
    • Maryland student hit getting on bus.
    • $60 million lottery winner.
  • Break 3
  • “America Strong” Cori “Coco” Gauff package from Llamas


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