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September 7, 2005
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NPR OFFERS GAVEL-TO-GAVEL COVERAGE AND DAILY WRAP-UP PROGRAM OF JOHN ROBERTS TESTIMONY

Nina Totenberg and Neal Conan to Host Daytime Coverage, Linda Wertheimer to Host Wrap-Up

Assignment Marks Totenberg's 18th Tour of Duty Reporting on Supreme Court Justice Confirmation Hearings


Washington, D.C. -- NPR continues its longtime tradition of offering extensive reporting and analysis of Supreme Court confirmation hearings with daily gavel-to-gavel coverage of John Roberts' testimony and a nightly wrap-up program, beginning Monday, September 12. The special coverage will be streamed live on NPR.org and available to NPR stations across the country to broadcast or to stream from their Web sites.

On location from the Capitol, NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg and Neal Conan, host of NPR talk series Talk of The Nation, will provide gavel-to-gavel reporting and commentary of the hearings to confirm Roberts as Chief Justice of the United States.

Linda Wertheimer, NPR Senior National Correspondent, will host the nightly one-hour program featuring highlights of the day's testimony.

Roberts' testimony marks the 18th Supreme Court confirmation hearing to be covered by Totenberg, the multi-award-winning correspondent. Her reporting of these began with Abe Fortas and extends to all current Court members.

Totenberg says coverage of these confirmation hearings has changed significantly during the time she has covered the Court. "With Fortas, there was no television or radio in the hearing room," she said. "The sound bite of the night would be from the senator who could best summarize what had gone on that day. Now, every time we have one of these, it moves up exponentially in terms of coverage. People know more about what's at issue and what the issues are. But it's important to remember that it's both a political story and also a legal one."

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