January 30, 2008
Contact:
Anna Christopher, NPR
Leah Yoon, NPR
   

NPR NEWS “ELECTION 2008” OFFERS SEVEN CONSECUTIVE HOURS OF LIVE ON-AIR AND ONLINE SUPER TUESDAY COVERAGE, FEBRUARY 5, 8:00PM-3:00AM (ET)

Robert Siegel, Michele Norris,
Scott Simon and Andrea Seabrook Anchor;
Reporters in Every Key State, 20 Locations Nationally



Washington, D.C.; January 30, 2008 – NPR News “Election 2008” will offer seven consecutive hours of live, comprehensive broadcast and webcast coverage of Super Tuesday on February 5, from 8:00PM-3:00AM (ET).

Two teams of NPR News hosts will anchor the coverage of the landmark event from NPR’s worldwide headquarters in Washington, D.C., with 20 correspondents reporting from the field.

NPR News coverage will air on NPR Member stations around the country. It can also be streamed free and live from www.NPR.org as well as the websites of many stations.

Robert Siegel and Michele Norris will anchor from 8:00PM-12:00M (ET). At Midnight, Scott Simon and Andrea Seabrook assume the anchor chairs until 3:00AM (ET).

Joining them from around the country will be 20 NPR reporters and correspondents covering primary and caucus results as well as key issues. Leading the NPR News “Election 2008” team are Don Gonyea, David Greene, Audie Cornish, Ina Jaffe, Scott Horsley and Mara Liasson. Providing analysis will be NPR Washington editors Ron Elving and Ken Rudin, and regular NPR political analysts E.J. Dionne, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and columnist for the Washington Post; New York Times columnist David Brooks; and Andy Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center.

The February 6 Morning Edition program will offer additional coverage and analysis of the races.

Siegel and Norris are senior host and host, respectively, of the NPR newsmagazine All Things Considered. Simon hosts NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday and Seabrook, longtime congressional correspondent, recently was named host of the two weekend editions of All Things Considered.

NPR News and NPR.org are offering extensive journalism and information about the presidential race. At NPR.org, the NPR-The NewsHour Interactive Map – co-produced by NPR and PBS’ the Online NewsHour – provides in-depth election news and features aggregated from resources across public media, including extensive contributions from NPR and PBS Member stations. The map also provides a calendar of the primaries, historical voting information for each state and links to state-by-state local stories through Member stations’ websites.

The recently-released Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Internet & American Life Project on campaign news and political communication cited NPR as the only branded news source to show significant growth in audience influence since the 2000 election. The study noted that fewer Americans turn to local television news, network news and daily newspapers to learn about the campaign than they did in 2000 and cable news has shown a modest increase. The Pew study reported that 18 percent of those polled say they regularly learn about the campaign from NPR, up from 12 percent eight years ago. Only the internet in general had more growth, from nine percent to 24 percent.