March 5, 2012
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Cara Philbin, NPR


   

NPR NEWS "ELECTION 2012" OFFERS TWO-HOUR SUPER TUESDAY
BROADCAST SPECIAL, ON-AIR AND ONLINE, MARCH 6 AT 8PM (ET)

ROBERT SIEGEL, MELISSA BLOCK ANCHOR,
WITH REPORTERS IN KEY STATES

NPR News "Election 2012" continues its comprehensive coverage with a live, two-hour special broadcast for the Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses, on March 6 from 8-10PM (ET). With presidential contests to be held in 10 states and 419 delegates up for grabs in a race that has seen a fluctuating cycle of frontrunners, this could be a critical turning point for GOP candidates. The special will be anchored from NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., with journalists reporting from key states and campaign headquarters. The special will air on NPR Member stations nationwide, and stream live at NPR.org; for local stations and broadcast times, visit: www.npr.org/stations

Super Tuesday Broadcast Special

Anchored by All Things Considered hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block, the two-hour special will include on-the-trail reports from NPR's Election 2012 team, as well as local updates from NPR Member station journalists based in key states.

NPR's National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea and White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro will provide candidate news from the Romney and Santorum headquarters. National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson will provide further analysis from NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. Filing state-based reports from the polls are NPR's Kathy Lohr, Brian Naylor, Tamara Keith and John Burnett, as well as Vermont Public Radio's Ross Sneyd, WPLN's Blake Farmer, and Prairie Public Radio's Dave Thompson.

Digital Coverage

In addition to a live-stream of the two-hour special broadcast at NPR.org, listeners are invited to visit the It's All Politics blog for up-to-the-minute election updates from NPR Blog Correspondent Mark Memmott. Further reporting and analysis will also be provided by blogger Frank James, Washington Desk Editor Ron Elving, and Washington Digital Correspondent Liz Halloran.

NPR has also partnered with the fact-checking web site PolitiFact for the Message Machine, which truth-squads TV and radio ads, Facebook messages, tweets and robocalls to sort out the truth in the avalanche of candidate claims. A recent story focused on a Romney-funded attack ad claiming that Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi once co-sponsored a bill to provide $60 million in funding to support China's one-child policy. Expanding on Politifact's Truth-O-Meter rating of the ad as "patently false," the Message Machine provided further analysis of the complexities behind different state's campaign advertising laws.

Recent Election Coverage

NPR News "Election 2012" has provided focused, in-depth reports on the race to the GOP candidacy, including special coverage of all major caucuses and primaries. The national call-in show Talk of the Nation took its popular "Political Junkie" segment on the road in the lead up to the Iowa, New Hampshire, and Florida, to explore the voting climate in those keys states.

NPR News "Election 2012" is focused on the leading issues, candidates, polling and policies. Special series have included Job 1, profiling the formative careers of the GOP candidates; and The Swing State Project, which takes a look at whether national politics has shaped the political climates of swing states important to this election. Election coverage is airing across all NPR programs, and available at NPR.org.