NPR News Special Coverage Plans For State Of The Union Broadcast special airing 9-11PM (ET) to feature "Policy Pinwheel" of experts. to offer live stream, Q&A with past "Designated Survivors" and moments in SOTU history.

NPR News Special Coverage Plans For State Of The Union


Broadcast special airing 9-11PM (ET) to feature "Policy Pinwheel" of experts to offer live stream, Q&A with past "Designated Survivors" and moments in SOTU history

January 27, 2014; Washington, D.C. – As the country gears up for a year of midterm election battles that could derail President Obama's forthcoming policy course, NPR News will offer extensive multimedia coverage of his State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 28. Guided by All Things Considered senior host Robert Siegel, NPR's special will air from 9:00PM-11:00PM (ET) on Member Stations across the country (, and live stream at, which will also feature live blogging and additional insight into this and past addresses.

Ahead of NPR's broadcast special, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will speak with Siegel on All Things Considered about what to expect from the President's speech.

NPR's special coverage will feature:

  • A "Policy Pinwheel" of Experts: Siegel will consult a "pinwheel" of issue-focused journalists from NPR's Washington, Science, National and International desks, including White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Health Policy correspondent Julie Rovner, Congressional correspondent David Welna, Education correspondent Claudio Sanchez, National Security Editor Bruce Auster and Diplomacy correspondent Michele Kelemen, who will provide quick, digestible analysis of the President's main focal-points during the live broadcast.
  • Live Reports from the Inside: NPR Congressional reporter Ailsa Chang will file live reports on reactions to the State of the Union coming from within the House chamber.
  • Analysis: NPR National Political correspondent Mara Liasson, Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and White House correspondent Tamara Keith will join Siegel in the studio, to contribute analysis on the President's key points and the Republican response.
  • GOP Response: Hear Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA), the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, deliver the GOP's official response to the President's speech.

The Two-Way blog, the one-stop shop at for 2014 State of the Union news, will live-stream the broadcast special, feature live blogging and original reports, and link to other coverage available at the It's All Politics blog, including:

  • A Q&A with a Designated Survivor: Former Cabinet secretaries recall their past experiences as the lone wolf traditionally kept away from the House chamber during the State of the Union address, in the event that a disaster strikes the congregation of federal officials.
  • Obama's State of the Union, Playing on a Second Screen Right Now: NPR's Elise Hu reports on the impetus behind this administration's unprecedented and expansive social media strategy to engage Americans around the President's yearly speech.
  • Historical facts and photos from past State of the Union addresses.
  • A post-speech round-up of analysis from NPR's "Policy Pinwheel", the five most important extractions from the President's speech and a look at the GOP's response.

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