March 5, 2012
Cara Philbin, NPR
BROADCAST SPECIAL, ON-AIR AND ONLINE, MARCH 6 AT 8PM (ET)
ROBERT SIEGEL, MELISSA BLOCK ANCHOR,
WITH REPORTERS IN KEY STATES
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.
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.