February 23, 2009
Contact:
Jacqueline Cartier, NPR


   

NPR NEWS TO OFFER LIVE COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S
JOINT ADDRESS TO CONGRESS, ON-AIR AND ONLINE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, FROM 9PM TO 11PM (ET)

NPR CONTINUES MULTIMEDIA SERIES “100 DAYS: ON THE ROAD IN TROUBLED TIMES”



February 23, 2009; Washington, D.C. – NPR News will offer two hours of live on-air and online coverage of President Obama’s first Joint Address to both houses of Congress, on Tuesday, February 24 from 9:00PM to 11:00PM (ET). The special, hosted by Melissa Block of All Things Considered, will include the President’s entire address and the Republican rebuttal from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Following the address, NPR's political team and a panel of eight correspondents from across the news division will offer point-by-point analysis live from Statuary Hall and NPR’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. NPR’s coverage of the Joint Address will air on NPR Member stations nationwide, and will also be streamed free and live from www.NPR.org, and from the Web sites of many stations. NPR’s reporting team will also blog about the Joint Address at “Political Junkie” -- www.NPR.org/junkie -- led by Political Editor Ken Rudin. Coverage will continue on Wednesday, with news from the address and lawmaker reaction airing across all news programs. NPR’s team covering the Joint Address from Statuary Hall includes Congressional reporter Audie Cornish and Congressional correspondent’s Andrea Seabrook and David Welna. NPR correspondents providing post-speech analysis include: Larry Abramson on education, Tom Gjelten on intelligence, Richard Harris on energy and climate change, Mary Louise Kelly on war, Yuki Noguchi on housing, Jackie Northam on diplomacy, Julie Rovner on health, and John Ydstie on the economy. NPR.org will offer unrivaled resources, with up-to-the-minute analysis at “Political Junkie” and the introduction of an interactive timeline, “The Obama Tracker.” This new interactive feature allows Web users to follow the progress and actions of the new administration on domestic, foreign and economic fronts. Links to related news and stories offer easy access to delve deeper into NPR’s coverage of President Obama’s first 100 days as President. Adding to its coverage of Washington, NPR is charting the early days of the new administration through the multimedia series “100 Days: On The Road In Troubled Times.” Listeners and web users follow NPR’s David Greene as he traverses the United States on a 100-day road trip, to bring home stories about how the U.S. economy is affecting people's lives, and gather impressions of their new President --- www.NPR.org/100days. During the election and inauguration, NPR News broadcast more than 120 hours of special programming, with live coverage of the primaries, conventions, debates and Election Night 2008, culminating in a special live broadcast from the National Mall for the Inauguration of President Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden. NPR is consistently the top source for political coverage, with extensive reporting on every branch of government.