January 15, 2012
Contact:
Cara Philbin, NPR


   

NPR NEWS SPECIAL COVERAGE OF 2013 PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION
ON-AIR AND ONLINE BEGINNING AT 8AM (ET)

SPECIAL COVERAGE CAPTURES CEREMONIES,
CROWD REACTION, FROM 10AM TO 4PM (ET)

DEAR MR. PRESIDENT AT NPR.ORG:
WHAT SHOULD OBAMA REMEMBER IN TERM TWO?

On Monday, January 21, tune in to NPR News for live, comprehensive coverage of the 57th annual Presidential Inauguration ceremonies. NPR News is offering four hours of special broadcast coverage from 10AM to 2PM (all times ET), in addition to its regular programming, chronicling the commencement of President Barack Obama's second term. A live stream of all on-air coverage is only the beginning of the digital resources at NPR.org and on mobile, where visitors can reflect on the President's first term and share their thoughts for his next with insight from NPR journalists and outside policy experts. Coverage will air on NPR Member stations nationwide, with many stations offering their own additional reporting and inauguration specials. Visit www.npr.org/stations to locate a station and learn more.

Ahead of the broadcast special, Morning Edition hosts Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne will look ahead to the day's events beginning at 5AM, with All Things Considered host Audie Cornish joining Inskeep from the West Front of the Capitol building, the site for the inaugural ceremonies, midway through the morning newsmagazine. Inskeep and Cornish will remain at the West Front to anchor the broadcast special from 10AM to 2PM, accompanied by White House Correspondents Ari Shapiro and Scott Horsley, and Congressional Correspondent David Welna.

From 2PM to 4PM, Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan will anchor the latter half of the broadcast special. Conan will take calls from listeners and hear from leaders in foreign and domestic policy, political culture and race relations on changes in America over the past four years, and what the President faces over the next term.

In addition to guiding listeners through ceremonial events, newsmaker interviews and historical moments, the special will regularly hear from NPR journalists saturating the city and along the parade route. Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson will provide analysis, and National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea will report on the atmosphere of the day from the crowd gathered at the National Mall. National Desk Reporter Sonari Glinton will file reports while traveling alongside a group trekking from Chicago's West Side to Washington, D.C., providing an intimate look into the day's significance for many Americans.

Special coverage will air in addition to NPR's regular programming. At 1PM, news and talk show Tell Me More will broadcast conversations with prominent civil rights leaders, including Simeon Booker, Marie Wilson and Linda Hirshman. Beginning at 4PM, All Things Considered will offer news from the day's events and updates from the parade route. NPR will broadcast an inauguration wrap-up special from 7PM to 8PM, reflecting on the day's events and hosted by National Desk Correspondent Jennifer Ludden.

NPR.org is the comprehensive hub for inauguration information and a live stream of the broadcast special, with news blog The Two-Way serving as the primary vehicle for updates, as well as a live chat, analysis of upcoming presidential policy and historical photo galleries. The interactive "Dear Mr. President" asks for people to submit photos symbolizing issues for President Obama to remember in his second term. On Inauguration Day, visitors can discuss the photo compilation and their expectations for President Obama's second term in a live chat with NPR journalists and policy experts, led by political blogger Frank James from 11AM to 3PM.

NPR News Special Coverage of 2013 Presidential Inauguration
On-Air at NPR Member Stations nationwide
Online at NPR.org and on NPR mobile apps

5AM-10AM: Morning Edition, Hosted by Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne
10AM-4PM: NPR Special Coverage: Live from West Front of U.S. Capitol, Hosted by Steve Inskeep and Audie Cornish. Hosted by Neal Conan from 2PM-4PM.
1PM-2PM: Tell Me More, Hosted by Michel Martin
4PM-6PM: All Things Considered, Hosted by Robert Siegel and Melissa Block
7PM-8PM: Live Wrap Special, Hosted by National Desk Correspondent Jennifer Ludden