April 24, 2009
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Anna Christopher, NPR


   

BENCHMARKING OBAMA:
NPR NEWS MEASURES ADMINISTRATION’S PROGRESS ON MAJOR ISSUES AGAINST GOALS SET BY THE PRESIDENT

TEN-PART SERIES TO ADDRESS WAR, ECONOMY, HEALTHCARE,
FEDERAL BUDGET, CLIMATE CHANGE AND EDUCATION,
ON-AIR AND ONLINE WEEK OF APRIL 27

NPR NEWS TO OFFER LIVE COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S
100 DAY NEWS CONFERENCE APRIL 29 AT 8PM (ET)



April 24, 2009; Washington, D.C. – As President Barack Obama nears the close of his third month in office, NPR News measures the progress and performance of his administration using the fairest yardstick possible: goals and benchmarks outlined by the President himself. In a ten-part on-air and online series to run the week of April 27, “Benchmarking Obama” will provide a comprehensive assessment of where the administration stands on 10 major initiatives, including recession recovery, the wars on both fronts, energy and climate change, healthcare and education. Additionally, NPR News will offer live, anchored coverage of President Obama’s 100 day news conference on April 29 beginning at 8PM (ET).

“Benchmarking Obama” will air in ten parts throughout the week on the NPR newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The entire series will be available at www.NPR.org/politics, where there will also be a scorecard to track steps taken, and efforts to speed up progress, towards achieving each goal. Separately, continuing at NPR.org is “The Obama Tracker,” an online interactive timeline – updated daily – that gives audiences the ability to follow the progress and actions of the new administration on domestic, foreign and economic fronts.

Drawing from the expertise of NPR News correspondents across desks and disciplines, the series will evaluate the Obama administration on the major areas receiving the most attention in its earliest days. Pieces include a comparison of campaign promises on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to actual actions and strategies implemented; efforts to “rebrand” America in the eyes of the world, from closing Guantanamo to changing foreign policy; changes to federal stem-cell research policies and efforts to find a "third way" on abortion; and progress on a new energy economy and efforts to curb global warming.

“Benchmarking Obama” augments NPR’s extensive coverage of the Obama administration and the transition in Washington over the past three months. The multimedia series “100 Days: On the Road In Troubled Times” – which has followed NPR’s David Greene on a 100-day cross-country trip to bring home stories about how the economy – draws to a close this week, when Greene reaches Silver City, New Mexico, for the final broadcast of the trip. The entire series is archived at: www.NPR.org/100days

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