NPR News to Offer Seven Hours of Live Election Coverage
NPR News says it will offer seven hours of live on-air and online election coverage on Nov. 6.
They will broadcast from NPR headquarters in Washington but also have journalists reporting from campaign headquarters and from 16 cities across the country to cover the general election. The coverage will include live and original reports, exit polls, analysis and reaction, all available by live stream at NPR.org’s election hub or through local member stations, mobile apps and mobile Internet.
“All Things Considered” hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block will cover from 8 p.m. to midnight (ET), with Guy Raz and Audie Cornish anchoring from midnight to 3 a.m. (ET).
Members of NPR’s “Election 2012” team will also have key roles. White House correspondents Ari Shapiro and Scott Horsley will report from the Romney and Obama campaign headquarters in Boston and Chicago, respectively. Other journalists will also report from across the country to cover Congressional and gubernatorial races, including Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The broadcaster will also provide exit polls from Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Colorado and Virginia.
NPR Washington Desk editor Ron Elving, political correspondent Mara Liasson and political editor Ken Rudin will offer analysis in Washington. They will be joined by partisan analysts E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist and Matt Continetti of The Washington Free Beacon. Andrew Kohut and Michael Dimock of the Pew Research Center will provide analysis as exit polls become available.
NPR correspondents Nina Totenberg, Julie Rovner and Pam Fessler will offer reporting on state-by-state news.
NPR.org will also introduce the “Swing State Scorecard” to show how each candidate might win the presidency by capturing electoral votes. NPR began by charting the votes firmly or leaning towards both candidates: 237 for President Obama and 206 for Mitt Romney — leaving 95 up for grabs. Designed to guide voters through the electoral process, players can assign different combinations of the eight “tossup” states to view all possible routes to the presidency.
NPR blogger Mark Memmott will provide quick, live updates from around the country. NPR correspondents Barbara Bradley-Hagerty, Carrie Johnson and Liz Halloran will also help Memmott to cover exit polling and official results of the elections.
Halloran, NPR political blogger Frank James, reporter Alan Greenblatt, business editor Marilyn Geewax and media correspondent David Folkenflik will all provide additional analysis.