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PBS NEWSHOUR to provide live coverage of 2012 National Political Conventions

Written by witf.org | Aug 20, 2012 11:00 AM

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Long known for providing the most complete primetime coverage of the national political conventions, PBS NEWSHOUR is going to even greater lengths to give viewers a first-hand look at the 2012 party conventions.

Award-winning political journalists Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill will co-anchor gavel-to-gavel broadcast coverage from the PBS Skybox at both the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL (August 28* – 30) and from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC (September 4 – 5) as well as the Bank of America Stadium (September 6).

Around the clock coverage is also provided by NewsHour Correspondent Hari Sreenivasan will extend the coverage online via the NewsHour’s interactive digital map center and “NewsHour All Hours” – a 24-hour livestream on multiple channels that offers viewers an “all-access pass” to the conventions.

On air, PBS special broadcast coverage will begin at 7 p.m. each other night of the Republican National Convention and 8 p.m. each night of the Democratic National Convention and continue LIVE until the conclusion of the proceedings at approximately 11:00 p.m. The coverage will be interspersed with analysis, interviews and commentary, including:

  • Shields & Brooks - Political analysis from NewsHour regulars syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.
  • Reports from the Convention Floor – Senior Correspondents Jeffrey Brown and Ray Suarez will have live dispatches from the convention floors throughout the evening broadcasts. Brown will be on site at the Republican convention in Tampa, FL and Suarez will be at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, NC.
  • Political Analysis - Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni offer perspective and analysis on key developments at the conventions.
  • Historians – Presidential historians Richard Norton Smith and Michael Beschloss will provide historical context of the candidates’ acceptance speeches on the final night of each convention.
  • By the Numbers – Andy Kohut, President of the Pew Research Center, explores data to provide insight on what motivates each party's activists and how voters identify with the parties; he’ll drill down into the demographic shifts in the country that have changed the parties and voters’ identification with them.
  • Listen to Me – The PBS NewsHour showcases the voices of American voters through its year-long “Listen to Me” project asking their concerns and top issues driving them to the polls.
  • The Daily Buzz – Political Editor Christina Bellantoni reports on how the politics of the conventions are being viewed online and what’s buzzing on Twitter before the convention each day.
  • Making Sen$e – Paul Solman examines the economies of Tampa and Charlotte.
  • Spanish Language – PBS NewsHour convention broadcast coverage will include SAP (Secondary Audio Program) in Spanish.  

NPR News will also provide coverage of the conventions on radio. Jennifer Ludden will host from NPR headquarters in Washington, DC. The broadcast will include selected podium speeches; interviews with newsmakers; and analysis from NPR's Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, as well as EJ Dionne of The Washington Post and Matt Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon.

NPR will also have two reporters on the floor of each convention (Debbie Elliott and Jeff Brady at the Republican Convention and Debbie Elliott and Sonari Glinton at the Democratic Convention) to talk to delegates and newsmakers, and to provide color. 

Coverage for each night of the convention on witf-fm will air 7p.m. to 11p.m.

* Please note that the Republican National Convention was delayed one day due to Hurricane Isaac.

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