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ABC’s Compton Headed to Internet

September 21, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Ann Compton, who has covered the White House for ABC News since the Ford administration, is following colleague Sam Donaldson into cyberspace.

Compton, 52, has been appointed chief Washington correspondent at ABCNEWS.com, the network’s Web site. She will deliver live and taped news reports there, as well as occasional pieces for the TV network.

It’s part of a changing of the guard at the White House announced Tuesday at ABC. The network said last week that Donaldson is leaving the White House to anchor his own Web cast three times a week from Washington.

John Cochran is the new lead White House correspondent for ABC, joined by Terry Moran and Andrea McCarren.

Compton said she’s thrilled by the change, which means no longer having to get up at 4 a.m. to prepare live reports on ``Good Morning America.″

``We’re kind of paving the way for what might be the future of a lot of broadcasting going from the television screen to computers,″ she said.

She was the first woman appointed a full-time White House correspondent by a network when she started, at age 27, covering President Ford in December 1974. She’s taken time away from the White House to report on presidential campaigns and did a detour covering Congress during President Reagan’s second term.

In 1988 and 1992, she was a panelist on the presidential campaign debates.

For Cochran, it’s the second network he’s served as lead White House correspondent. He had the job at NBC from 1988-93 before joining ABC as a Capitol Hill reporter. He will report primarily for ``World News Tonight.″

Moran, who’s been covering the Supreme Court, will take over Compton’s role on ``Good Morning America″ and also report for other ABC broadcasts. McCarren has been a Washington correspondent for NewsOne, ABC’s affiliate news service. She’ll be the primary weekend White House correspondent.

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