April 16, 2007
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NPR NEWS OFFERS LIVE MULTI-PLATFORM
COVERAGE OF SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE’S HEARING
ON THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OVERSIGHT

AIRS THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 10AM ET



April 16, 2007; Washington, DC – NPR News will offer live anchored broadcast coverage and audio streaming of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the Department of Justice Oversight on Thursday, April 19. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10AM ET. Neal Conan, host of Talk of the Nation will anchor the broadcast coverage. NPR’s legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg and justice reporter Ari Shapiro will join Mr. Conan throughout the day for up-to-the minute analysis and news updates. Talk of the Nation will dedicate the first hour of its programming to the hearing and NPR news magazines Morning Edition, Day to Day and All Things Considered will update listeners on the latest hearing coverage as it becomes available. The committee panel will hear the testimony of U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzalez regarding the questionable firings of eight U.S. attorneys. NPR News will broadcast a one-hour post-hearing wrap program, hosted by Neal Conan at 7PM ET. For stations and broadcast times, visit www.NPR.org/stations

In addition to offering a live audio stream of NPR’s complete coverage of the committee hearing, www.NPR.org will also offer a timeline of the case and background information on the eight fired U.S. attorneys. NPR.org will also provide information on the administration officials implicated in this controversy. On Monday, April 16, NPR.org will post a question and answer feature with Ari Shapiro on the critical issues that could be raised in Tuesday’s hearings.

The special broadcast continues the NPR News tradition of producing special programming for important news, including nine consecutive hours of live election night coverage of the mid-term elections, the State of the Union, President Bush’s press conference announcing Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation, and the confirmation hearings of Samuel Alito and John Roberts to the Supreme Court as well as the hearings for Robert Gates to be Secretary of Defense.