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For immediate release
Sep. 21, 2004
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Fred Baldassaro, 202-513-2304

NPR to Broadcast All Four Debates

ONLINE CHATS ADD TO POLITICAL COVERAGE

WASHINGTON, DC — NPR will produce live, comprehensive coverage all three Presidential debates as well as the Vice Presidential debate. Linda Wertheimer and Robert Siegel will host the debate coverage and provide analysis after each contest along with a team of special guests.

The Presidential debates are scheduled for September 30th in Coral Gables, Florida; October 8th from St. Louis, Missouri; and October 13th in Tempe, Arizona. The Vice Presidential debate will be October 5 from Cleveland, Ohio. Coverage begins at 9:00pm EST on NPR member stations throughout the country.

In addition to the debate coverage, NPR.org will also host four online chats starting on October 13 at 12:00pm EDT. The first online chat will feature NPR's political editor, Ken Rudin, who will answer questions from listeners from around the country pertaining specifically to this year's debates. Other online chats are scheduled for October 20 and 27 and November 3. The chats will take place on www.npr.org.

"We know how important the debates are in the election process and we want to make sure people have the access they need to make informed choices this election year," said Ron Elving, NPR's senior Washington editor.

"The Web chats add another dimension to our coverage and give listeners a chance to really talk with NPR's top political reporters and editors," said Bill Marimow, managing editor of NPR News.

NPR serves a growing audience of more than 22 million Americans each week via more than 770 public radio stations. To find the station in your area go to www.npr.org/stations/.


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