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Shipman Jumps to ABC From NBC

May 2, 2001

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NEW YORK (AP) _ ABC didn’t waste much time showing off its latest high-profile correspondent.

Claire Shipman, barred contractually from appearing on ABC until Tuesday, delivered her first report five minutes into Wednesday’s ``Good Morning America.″ It was a profile of President Bush’s counselor, Karen Hughes.

Shipman, a former White House correspondent at NBC and CNN, will be senior national correspondent at ABC. Most of her stories will be for ``Good Morning America,″ where she will occasionally fill in reading the news.

``I want to look at politics from a different angle, not from a tiny White House booth,″ she said.

She spent five years covering Russia while at CNN and hopes to return there for some stories.

Shipman, 38, stopped working for NBC at the end of January when she accepted ABC’s offer. She was barred from competing with NBC for 90 days.

``I was ready to start right away,″ she said. ``But NBC was good to me while I was there and tried to keep me, so I really can’t blame (NBC News President) Andy Lack for enforcing all his rights.″

Terms of her three-year ABC contract were not disclosed.

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