January 9, 2009
Anna Christopher, NPR




Reporters Capture World’s Reaction from Dozens of Locations
in Washington, U.S. and International Cities

January 9, 2009; Washington, D.C. – On Inauguration Day, tune to NPR News for live, comprehensive coverage of what will soon become one of the most significant events in American history. NPR News is offering six hours of special broadcast and webcast coverage of the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden on January 20 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM (ET), in addition to its regular programming. NPR’s daylong broadcast will include extensive coverage of all major events and reporting from dozens of locations throughout Washington, D.C., the U.S. and international cities to capture the world’s reaction.

All inauguration coverage will air on NPR Member stations nationwide, and will also be streamed free and live from www.NPR.org, and from the Web sites of many stations. NPR.org continues to be a primary destination on Inauguration Day, with original blogging, chats, a live video stream of the swearing-in ceremony and user-generated content via Twitter and other social media resources.

Two teams are anchoring NPR News’ special broadcast. Steve Inskeep of Morning Edition and Michele Norris of All Things Considered will host from the West Front of the Capitol from 10:00AM to 2:00PM (ET), as a crowd of potentially millions assembles on the National Mall and Barack Obama is sworn in as the nation’s 44th president. At 2:00PM (ET), NPR invites listeners to join the discussion, when Neal Conan of Talk of the Nation leads a conversation about the day’s events, and invites reaction to the ceremonies. NPR’s Linda Wertheimer will also host an hour-long wrap-up special at 7:00PM (ET) with speech highlights, interviews with spectators and the most memorable sounds of the day.

NPR will carry full, uninterrupted coverage of the Inauguration Ceremonies and President-elect Obama’s Inaugural Address, and have highlights from the parade as it passes the reviewing stand at Pennsylvania Avenue. NPR is uniquely positioned to hear from dozens of reporters covering the events live, peppered throughout the crowds in D.C. and around the world. Reporters will broadcast from the Capitol Grounds and various points on the Mall, Freedom Plaza, the parade viewing stand, Lafayette Park and D.C.’s historic U Street Corridor, and outside the capitol in Harlem, Chicago and Birmingham. With intense global interest in the new administration, NPR will also check in with Baghdad Bureau Chief Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, foreign correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson in Kabul and East Africa Correspondent Gwen Thompkins at a viewing party in Kenya.

Contributing to coverage throughout the day will be members of NPR News’ political team, including White House correspondents Don Gonyea and Scott Horsley; congressional correspondents Audie Cornish, Andrea Seabrook, Brian Naylor and David Welna; and news correspondents Linda Wertheimer, Ari Shapiro and Laura Sullivan. Providing analysis are Supervising Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving, Political Editor Ken Rudin, National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson and Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, along with former presidential speechwriters, civil rights historians and politicians on both sides of the aisle.

Special inauguration coverage will air in addition to NPR’s regular programming, beginning at 5:00AM (ET) with Morning Edition live from across the capitol as crews and crowds begin to filter into the city. Mid-morning, the news and talk show Tell Me More with Michel Martin will broadcast live from the Canadian Embassy, and include conversations with prominent writers, politicians and a group of high-powered politicos known as the “Colored Girls Club.” As the inauguration events continue into the evening, the afternoon newsmagazine All Things Considered looks back on the day’s news beginning at 4:00PM (ET).

During the election, NPR News broadcast more than 80 hours of special programming, with live coverage of the primaries, conventions and debates, culminating in a wall-to-wall broadcast on Election Night 2008. NPR is consistently the top source for political coverage, with extensive reporting on every branch of government. Complete details about NPR’s past election-related coverage are available at the NPR Election Pressroom