January 26, 2010
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NPR NEWS OFFERING LIVE COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT OBAMAíS
STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS, ON-AIR AND ONLINE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, FROM 9PM TO 11PM (ET)

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING ADDRESS, AUDIENCES INVITED
TO DISCUSS SPEECH DURING CALL-IN SPECIAL AT 11PM (ET)

January 26, 2010; Washington, D.C. Ė NPR News will live broadcast and webcast President Barack Obamaís State of the Union Address on Wednesday, January 27, from 9PM to 11PM (ET). The special will include the Presidentís full address followed by the Republican response from Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, and analysis from NPRís Capitol Hill reporting team. Immediately following the State of the Union address, NPR will give audiences a chance to react to the Presidentís speech during an hour-long call-in special, from 11PM-midnight (ET).

NPR Newsí State of the Union coverage will air on NPR Member stations nationwide, and will also be streamed free and live from NPR.org and from the websites of many stations. For local stations and broadcast times, visit npr.org/stations In addition to the live stream at NPR.org, NPRís reporting team will blog live during the speech and provide immediate fact checking and insight into the Presidentís statements.

Robert Siegel of NPRís afternoon newsmagazine All Things Considered hosts this special coverage of the State of the Union. Following the speech, Siegel will be joined by Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, along with NPR News correspondents who will offer point-by-point analysis of the Presidentís address. Congressional Correspondent Andrea Seabrook will also provide on-the-scene reports from Statuary Hall.

Talk of the Nationís Neal Conan hosts the call-in hour following the special. Liasson and Political Editor Ken Rudin will join Conan for a discussion that gives audiences the opportunity to react to the address and ask questions. Listeners are invited to participate by calling (800) 989-8255.

Thursday on Morning Edition, listeners will hear analysis from NPR correspondents Jackie Northam on diplomacy, Mary Louise Kelly on national security, Christopher Joyce on energy and climate change, Julie Rovner on health, David Welna on domestic issues and John Ydstie on the economy. The coverage will continue throughout the day with news from the address and lawmaker reaction airing across all news programs.

The special is part of NPRís extensive reporting on every branch of government and important news of the day. Continuous political coverage from NPR is available online at the politics homepage of NPR.org which features Ken Rudinís Political Junkie blog and the Watching Washington blog by Ron Elving.