October 29, 2010
Emerson Brown, NPR



NPR News "Election 2010" will offer seven hours of live on-air and online coverage of the midterm elections on November 2 from 8:00PM to 3:00AM (ET). NPR's extensive multimedia coverage of the elections will be anchored from NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., with journalists reporting from more than a dozen battleground states and major candidate headquarters across the country.

All "Election 2010" coverage will be broadcast on NPR Member stations nationwide which local audiences can locate at www.npr.org/stations NPR News' election night headlines and real-time returns will also be streamed free at NPR.org's "Election 2010" page and from the websites of many stations, and will be available on mobile devices through the NPR Android, iPhone and iPad apps. Additionally, a special "Elections 2010" mobile website developed by NPR will allow audiences to look up election returns by state or race type (House, Senate, governor) and to track updates in the balance of power in both the House and Senate. A "This Just In" feature of the mobile site will offer a feed of top-line highlights of the evening’s latest developments. The mobile website can be accessed beginning Tuesday, November 2, at 6:00PM (ET) by visiting NPR.org using a smartphone’s browser.

Over the course of the evening, two teams will host NPR's broadcast: All Things Considered hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block from 8:00PM (ET) until midnight (ET) followed by Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon and NPR Congressional reporter Audie Cornish from midnight until 3:00AM (ET). The anchors will continuously check-in with NPR reporters and correspondents positioned in key locations, including Ina Jaffe and Howard Berkes in Nevada from the campaign headquarters of both Senator Harry Reid and challenger Sharron Angle, and Andrea Seabrook and Don Gonyea following the developments in Ohio.

Analysis will be provided throughout the night by NPR's Washington editor Ron Elving, national political correspondent Mara Liasson and political editor Ken Rudin. Joining them to provide further insights will be political analysts Matt Continetti, staff writer for The Weekly Standard; E.J. Dionne, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and columnist for the Washington Post; Michael Fauntroy, associate professor of public policy at George Mason University; and Andy Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center.

The day following the election, a special edition of NPR's mid-day call-in show Talk of the Nation will feature political junkie Ken Rudin joining Neal Conan for a two-hour "Junkie Palooza." Conan and Rudin will breakdown the results and changes to the political landscape in the first hour before turning to explore what it all means in the second half. After the midterm discussion, Republican strategist Kevin Madden will join the show to look ahead to 2012 and handicap the field of GOP presidential hopefuls.

Leading up to election night, NPR News is providing extensive coverage of the 2010 midterm election across all of its programs and at NPR.org, exploring the issues, candidates, polling and policies from locations across America. All coverage and resources are aggregated at Election 2010: The Midterms, from the "Fighting Words" of the moment (and the people using them, on both sides of the aisle); to the projected "Scorecard" in Congress; to fact-checking campaign rhetoric with "The Message Machine."