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Jeff Rossen joined NBC News as a New-York based correspondent in September 2008. He contributes to all NBC News programs and platforms including "Today," "NBC Nightly News," MSNBC, NBCNews.com, NBC News Radio and the network's mobile properties in addition to reporting for WNBC.

Rossen joined NBC News from WABC-TV in New York where he had been a reporter and fill-in anchor for the Eyewitness News team since May 2001.  During his time at WABC, Rossen covered stories around the globe including the terrorist bombings in London, the Virginia Tech Massacre, the 2012 Summer Olympic bidding process, the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia in Texas, the arrest and child molestation trial of Michael Jackson in California, a hurricane in Alabama, and the World Trade Center attacks in New York on September 11th.  While at WABC, he also worked as a network correspondent filing reports for ABC News Magazines and i-Caught.

Rossen began his broadcasting career in radio at WBLI-FM on Long Island, N.Y.  He made the transition from radio to local television as a reporter for ABC affiliate WUTR-TV in Utica, N.Y.  Rossen then moved on to report for ABC affiliate WIXT-TV in Syracuse, N.Y., and then Fox affiliate WJBK-TV in Detroit, Mich.

He earned an Emmy Award for “Deadline News Writing,” and has also received an award from the U.S. Justice Department for his special report on crime victims.

Rossen graduated from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.  He grew up on Long Island and currently resides in New Jersey.

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    >>> matters. performance without compromise.

    >>> back at 8:09 with troubling new cases of cyber bullying aimed at teenagers that have caught the attention of both parents and the police . we want to warn you that some of the language used in the attacks is graphic. nbc 's jeff rossen has details. jeff , good morning to you.

    >> good morning, matt. graphic and disturbing. all the headlines, all the stories lately about bullies and suicides, like of course phoebe prince in massachusetts. and here we are again, it is still happening, and now it is getting even more vicious. this time, dozens of girls are attacked online and placed on the naughty list.

    >> they wrote that i was such a [ bleep ]. they put me on the wannabe whore list.

    >> they called me a mexican [ bleep ].

    >> you were victimized twice.

    >> i was really hurt by that because they did not only have to victimize me as a whore, they also brought in my background, my ethnicity, where i came from.

    >> o-m-g.

    >> three friends breaking their silence to send a message, they won't be pushed around by bullies anymore.

    >> flying monkeys . consider carry, abby and renada are all good students. there is a page created by students to bash students. this website has a naughty list. what's that?

    >> it is a list of girls that are supposedly promiscuous.

    >> some of are you on that.

    >> me and abby were on the naughty list and i was on the wannabe naughty list.

    >> reporter: the cyber bullies went after dozens of girls at three different high schools , calling them out by name, slut, fat "expletive," whore, loose, "fat girls need loving, too." these facebook pages are often anonymous , the authors virtually untraceable. when you read that about yourself, that must have hurt.

    >> right. i mean it's hard in high school and every girl, especially girls , are trying to do the right thing and get through each day because it is hard. and to go home after school and see your name on a list like that is very, very embarrassing.

    >> reporter: enough to put a weaker girl possibly over the edge .

    >> any girl could say, i'm going to kill myself because of this. that's just really scary that a girl would have to go through that. it's really, really scary.

    >> reporter: and now we've learned of yet another new case at a high school in evanston, illinois just outside chicago. a group of students created a facebook page called "the evanston rats. same drill, same nasty messages.

    >> i had never seen anything like it at high school . i didn't know that that kind of thing was here.

    >> lot of people are taking it very seriously.

    >> reporter: what's so shocking is the timing here. in both houston and illinois , the bullies went on the attack. in the past few weeks. even after the tragic case of 15-year-old phoebe prince earlier this month. phoebe hanged herself at home in massachusetts after getting bullied in school. the so-called mean girls of south hadley high, along with two boys, have been charged. they've all pled not guilty.

    >> cyber bullying is a horrific epidemic and with the recent suicide of phoebe prince, the fact that that was not a wake-up call for these kids tells me they think that their behavior doesn't matter.

    >> reporter: in houston, school officials called the victims in for counseling. now they're trying to hunt down the bullies . in this case, they suspect other teenage girls from school.

    >> we can't eliminate the problem but we can help. main thing is we don't want kids feeling helpless.

    >> in terms of being able to go to the police or something like that, you find out that not always what's written on facebook or myspace is illegal. it is mean but it is not illegal.

    >> reporter: so now the victims are fighting back. carly, abby and renada are strong but they worry, what happened when another girl isn't?

    >> girls that have problems with their self-esteem could see this and this could be like the breaking point. and it is not fair.

    >> very brave of them to speak out. school officials in texas did a lot of right things here. they got the police involved immediately and called facebook to get that page taken down. they were successful in that. facebook is trying to regulate content, but as we've seen, matt, teenage bullies are often one step ahead of the law.

    >> jeff rossen , thank you very much. rachel simmons is a bullying expert and author of "the curse of the good girl." rachel, good morning to you. carly, abby , renada brave, i applaud them. but for everyone of them that comes forward, there are several girls sitting there suffering in silence.

    >> the problem with cyber bullying , you can't escape it. it used to be you could go home at 3:00 and hide. now there is no escape.

    >> because so many of these sites are anonymous , you can go online if you're a teenager, you can say vicious, awful things, or write vicious, awful things about another student. go to school the next day, sit right next to that student and pretend you're their friend.

    >> that's right. and it is poisoning communities. you don't know who you're with, you don't know who to trust. i think kids are starting to fight back against that. that's what we're seeing. kids are using technology now for one of its best purposes which is activism. i think we need to support the girls who are fighting back.

    >> i like what you say also, these people, these young girls , are not being hurt by the names they're being called. they're being hurt by the destruction of relationships, that lack of trust you just talked about. and relationships to teenage girls and boys is everything.

    >> here's the real violence of goss tip aip and rumors. fy walked around studio 1a and spread vicious rumors , people would treat you differently, give you weird looks. they wouldn't want to sit with you. that's what's happening to kids and that's the real violence about this.

    >> the good news as we heard in jeff 's piece, there are some websites cropping up to combat this. i guess my fear about that is, are those people as patient as the bullies are are? because bullying's been around for an awfully long time.

    >> it's true. but i think we do need to support the kids that are fighting back. obviously we don't want them to replicate the same unethical behavior, but if they are taking charge of their lives, we can't just say, oh, kids bully all the time. if they're doing something good it fight back, let's support them.

    >> there was some talk in the piece about contacting police and that law enforcement looks into this. i know your personal feeling is that it's best handled by schools and parents as opposed to bringing police in. why?

    >> because oddly, our job as parents and as teachers is to help raise kids and help them be good citizens . if we throw the book at kids every time they make a mistake, we're not doing our jobs as parents.

    >> but when the consequences are as severe as what happened to phoebe prince, aren't there sometimes where law enforcement needs to get involved.

    >> law enforcement stepped in with phoebe prince because the parents and the schools failed to set limits on the individuals so the law had to come in and do it.

    >> that's one of the things, if we come up with messages and tips for parents, one is establish rules and establish consequences if those rules are broken.

    >> that's right. a lot of kids grow up in this country think technology is a right. parents need to communicate this is a privilege, this is something you earn because you're responsible, because you're mature, because you prove that you show the values of this family, not just online, but in real life . it's not just something you get. and if you don't use it ethically, there should be consequences.

    >> and you have to make sure that schools all across the country establish anti-bullying guidelines and then stick to those. rachel, thank you so much. appreciate it.

    >>> up next, the real housewives

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