On election night, NPR reporters won't be the only ones sharing up-to-the-minute news and insights from NPR HQ. For the second straight general election, our Social Media Desk is hosting citizen journalists from across the country — and the political spectrum — to experience election night in person at NPR, as they present their own coverage of the evening's happenings.
From more than 150 applicants, we selected 31 professionals, activists, analysts, journalists and students with varying expertise and disciplines to experience the election with us. The group will blog, Tweet, crunch numbers, even live-sketch what they see and hear tomorrow.
Follow the visiting journalists, below, for their unique perspectives on #nprmeetup, and for a first-hand look at how NPR gets breaking news to your ears and eyes:
Sultana Ali @globalsultana Ali is a PR professional based in Washington, D.C., who previously served as a press secretary for a congressional campaign in Florida.
Brandon Andrews @teambmichael Andrews works with the Washington, D.C., branch of the NAACP and has done defense and foreign policy work for the U.S. Senate. He's contributed to Politico, BET, The Root and National Journal, among other outlets.
Liz Breese @ebbreese Breeseblogs for the social media monitoring and analysis site Crimson Hexagon, specializing in real-time analysis of what's trending online.
Colby Buzzell @colbybuzzell An Iraq War vet and author of My War: Killing Time in Iraqand Lost in America: A Dead-End Journey, Buzzell has also written for Esquire, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Daily Beast and other news outlets.
Ben Cohen @thedailybanter Cohen is the co-founder of political news site thedailybanter.com.
Lori Connelly @connellylm Connelly is a retired police officer and contributes to policemag.com.
Peter Corbett @corbett3000 Corbett is the CEO of iStrategyLabs and founder of DC Tech Meetup and DCWEEK, which takes place this week.
Kevin Davis @kevingeedavis Davis is the co-founder of real-time news blog rawporter.com.
Christopher Dorobek @cdorobek The former editor of Federal Computer Week, Dorobek now has a blog and podcast for govloop.com
Juan Escalante @juansaaa Escalante is an immigration rights activist and media coordinator of DreamActivist.org. He writes about being an undocumented immigrant, and a beneficiary of the White House Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival initiative.
Evan Fleischer @efleischer Fleischer is a writer and comedian who is active on his Tumblr page, evanfleischer.com.
Wes Hartline @wbh_politics Hartline is a strategist at a health technology company in Nashville, TN, and blogs at weshartline.wordpress.com.
Renita Hosler @allierose Hosler is a 13-year veteran of the Red Cross.
Ryan Kaltenbaug @rydaka Currently a software provider in the government security industry, Kaltenbaug volunteered for John McCain's presidential campaign.
Bernard F. King @bernardkingIII King is an attorney and writer for policymic.com.
Jen Klein @jkleinfc Klein, a high school AP Government teacher from a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA, uses the hashtag #fcapgov to discuss politics with her class.
Michael Koplow @mkoplow Koplow is a program director for the Israel Institute and occasional writer for Foreign Policy and the Atlantic. His blog focuses on Israeli-Turkish relations and politics.
Jolie Lee @jleewfed Lee is co-founder of the podcast It's All Journalism.
Wendy MacNaughton @wendymac A professional illustrator based in San Francisco, MacNaughton will be posting real-time sketches of the activities at NPR on her website, wendymacnaughton.tumblr.com.
Andrew Miller @betamiller Miller works as an education consultant.
Jill Miller Zimon @JillMZ Director of partnerships at the Knight grantee Civic Commons, which develops online engagement tools, Miller Zimon blogs at themModeratevoice.com and serves as a city council member in Pepper Pike, OH.
Lisa Neidert @msdrdata Neidert is a data researcher and demographer at the University of Michigan, who is currently conducting research on state marriage amendments.
Jason Oberholtzer @ilovecharts The brains behind the I Love Charts Tumblr, Oberholtzer will be making charts and animated gifs throughout election night.
Matt Ortega @MattOrtega Ortega serves as the digital director at a Democratic consulting firm.
Jessica Plautz @jessicaplautz Plautz works at the Investigative News Network and the digital start-up upworthy.com.
Mana Rabiee @manarabiee Rabiee is an Iranian-American freelance multimedia journalist based in Washington, D.C.
Neema Roshania @neemapr Roshania is a advertising and education reporter for Kiplinger in Washington, D.C.
Audrey Tolbert @atolbs A senior at Middlebury College, Tolbert is the editor of the school's alternative news site middblog.com.
Millie Tran @millie Currently the multimedia coordinator at the Council on Foreign Relations, Tran completed her thesis on cyber-warfare.
Dave Troy @davetroy Troy, a Baltimore-based serial entrepreneur and community activist, is known for creating some of the first Twitter visualizations. He is also the co-founder of TEDxMidAtlantic.
Ramy Yaacoub @ramyyaacoub An Egyptian political activist, Yaacoub was heavily involved in the country's revolution and served as an advisor to one of the secular political parties that ran for parliament.