November 24, 2011
Posted: 05:50 AM ET
It's easy to get caught up in the cooking and cleaning and traveling and planning and shopping that all slam together in a pumpkin spice scented whirlwind on Thanksgiving. Easy to forget that at it's core... the 4th Thursday in November (2nd Monday in October in Canada) is a day to stop and reflect on the blessings in our lives. To say thank you to the people and circumstances responsible for bringing good things into each day. All of us at "Morning Express with Robin Meade" and HLN hope you have more than your share of things to be thankful for this year... here are some of the things (in no particular order) we are giving thanks for today:
HLN Anchor Jennifer Westhoven:
Morning Express Producer Wade McKinney:
Morning Express Anchor Robin Meade:
Writer/Producer Rick B.:
Morning Express Web Producer Grayson Thagard:
Morning Express Producer Shaneika Dabney:
Morning Express Producer Tim Melligan:
HLN Sports Anchor Carlos Diaz:
Morning Express Writer Mike F.:
HLN anchor Susan Hendricks:
Morning Express Writer Erin Lindsay:
HLN Meteorologist Bob Van Dillen:
September 22, 2011
Posted: 04:42 AM ET
Yes... they tweet... and they read all of your tweets. And yes, it's really them. Follow the "Morning Express with Robin Meade" crew on Twitter.
Robin Meade: @RobinMeade
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Jennifer Westhoven: @JenWesthoven
Carlos Diaz: @CarlosHLN
Ryan Smith: @RyanSmithTV
Morning Express show account: @morn_eXpress
HLN network account: @HLNTV
August 12, 2011
Posted: 07:00 AM ET
A wise person once said… "It’s Friday. Friday. Gotta get down on Friday."
Tiger Woods' golf game is now at an all-time low. He shot his worst first round of golf as a pro yesterday at the P-G-A Championship. That's worth repeating: Tiger has never started a tournament on a worse note than he did yesterday. And now he's 14 shots behind the lead after the first day! Tiger ended the day tied for 129th place, and now he needs to have a career day today just to make the cut for the weekend. And to salt the wound, it's not like the playing conditions were tough. The guy who's currently leading the tourney, Steve Stricker, shot a 63, which is tied for the best round ever at a major.
After a summer of depressing N-F-L Lockout stories, football players are now back on the field! Preseason started last night, and a lot of fans feel the world is now a better place... including me! Last night, the spotlight was on two quarterbacks: Tim Tebow, who's trying to become a star, and Michael Vick, who regained his super-stardom last year. Vick played only one possession, as most starters usually do in the first preseason game, but he led his Eagles on an 80-yard touchdown drive against the Ravens. Meanwhile, down in Dallas, Tebow looked strong as he fought for the starting quarterback spot on the Broncos roster. Tebow hit his receivers better than first string quarterback Kyle Orton, and that's going to add to that quarterback controversy. Get more on the NFL Preseason at SI.com.
The New York Giants Vice President of Communications Pat Hanlon is sounding off on some fair-weather fans, and I love it! After a Giants fan tweeted, "Can you say definitively the Giants are better than last year?" Hanlon tweeted back, "Can you say we're worse, knucklehead?" Another fan tweeted, "All teams need to rebuild" and Hanlon replied, "Re-build my (blank)! I got your re-build." And then, my favorite response to a fan who said the Giants don't look good on paper: Hanlon hit him back with, "We don't play on paper. You know what you can do w/ that paper?"
The tennis organizers at the U.S. Open are going to paint the numbers "9-11-01" in white next to the court for the men's and women's singles finals. It's part of the The Grand Slam tennis tournament's efforts to honor the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The men's finals are on Sunday, September 11th, and the women's finals are the day before.
Why did Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto throw so well yesterday against the Rockies? "I didn't have any chicken wings," he said! Before his previous start in Chicago, Cueto went out and grabbed some chicken wings. Then, those tasty wings gave him an upset stomach, causing him to have his worst day on the mound all season against the Cubs! So Cuerto is now swearing off the wings (and the celery, and the ranch dressing) before all games!
That's all for today. Have a great weekend! Go out a celebrate the final few days of summer!!
*Follow "Morning Express with Robin Meade" sports anchor Carlos Diaz on Twitter: @CarlosHLN
July 13, 2011
Posted: 11:00 AM ET
Great to have the whole team back on set! Between Carlos Diaz's fairly recent addition to the show, Ryan Smith's extended stay in Orlando covering the Casey Anthony murder trial and Jennifer Westhoven's maternity leave, it's been a while since the full 5 have been all together in the studio. In fact, today is the first day that Carlos and Jennifer have even worked together. This definitely called for a photo... which was easier said than done.
You might not realize that even during the show the "on-air" group is RARELY (if ever) all in the studio at the same time. Only Jennifer and Robin spend most of the morning in the studio. Ryan's office is upstairs in the "In Session" newsroom, Carlos spends most of his day at his desk in the "CNN Sports" newsroom and Bob's weather computer is out the sound-proof door and down the hall. They come in-and-out of the studio all morning which you'd think would be quite distracting for Robin, but watching the show, you'd never know.
For more behind the scenes pics, LIKE "Morning Express with Robin Meade" on Facebook or on Twitter follow @RobinMeade, @BobVanDillen, @CarlosHLN and @RyanSmithTV (Jennifer Westhoven coming to Twitter soon).
June 16, 2011
Posted: 07:10 AM ET
Yes, yes... the cat is behind a see-through wall... but it's still a little unsettling to see it "play" with the little boy on the other side.
Click HERE to see the full clip on YouTube.
Robin says the lioness is just trying to "mother" the little guy, but Bob says that cat is looking for lunch... what do you say?
May 17, 2011
Posted: 12:07 PM ET
It's never easy to be the 'new guy' but as new HLN Sports Anchor Carlos Diaz finds out in this video, there's more to being on 'Morning Express with Robin Meade' than just getting up really, really, really early.
July 30, 2010
Posted: 09:07 AM ET
Hi guys! My name is AJ, I’m one of the floor directors on Morning Express. People always ask me what it’s like to work on such a cool show, so I thought I’d give you all a taste of our world behind the scenes. Check back every so often for the dirt on your favorite morning crew and some show secrets, too.
I’m kind of glad you can’t hear a lot of the stuff we yell in the commercial breaks. I’m sure we sound like crazy people, because there’s a lot of weird terminology for stuff around the studio. The big screen that Bob does most of his weather from is actually a giant projector called a Christie, named after the manufacturer. We’re pretty sure our bosses would get mad at us, but it’s kind of tempting to want to pop through the middle of the screen while wearing a feather boa and singing Happy Birthday Mister President (hey, a girl can dream).
Carlos, Jen & Ryan use the main anchor desk a lot, but we call it "the biscuit," because if you look closely, it’s shaped like a biscuit. Not a yummy buttery biscuit, more like a joiner biscuit that a carpenter might use to connect two pieces of wood.
Robin’s main desk is called "the bar," because well, it looks kinda like a bar. And just like a real bar, it’s a super fun place to be. It’s also acceptable to hang out there early in the morning. Which is usually not okay in a real bar.
Posted by: Morning Express Floor Director AJ
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