Unfortunately, I don’t think she ever said her name or was identified in a lower-third, so I had to go online to identify Joanne Lipman, former deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. About mid-way through the show, she did provide a twitter address for chatting after the show.
Despite the fact that she smiles too much (even, unfortunately, when discussing carnage in Egypt), she’s worth another look because she’s smart, seasoned, and has broad experience in media. Practice, given the opportunity, should help the performative aspects of the job.
I would also like another look at Brian Stelter and and David Folkenflik. What I wouldn’t give to be in the room when discussions about who will get the permanent gig take place. As long as someone smart and substantive is selected, I’m ready to settle down with a permanent host but wouldn’t mind a few more candidates representing diverse constituencies first.