August 28, 2012
Anna Christopher, NPR



3-Hour Live, Nightly Specials Begin Tonight, Air August 28-30 and September 4-6

NPR News continues its extensive multimedia coverage of Election 2012 with live broadcasts and online coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, from August 28-30, and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, from September 4-6. In-depth news and interviews are airing across all of NPR's newsmagazines and available at and on mobile apps.

NPR News' coverage of the conventions includes:

  • Live Nightly Specials: Beginning tonight, NPR broadcasts three-hour live specials from the conventions, featuring key speeches, newsmaker interviews and analysis hosted by correspondent Jennifer Ludden. The specials will air August 28-30 and September 4-6 from 8PM to 11PM (ET), or until the events of each evening conclude. To find local stations and broadcast times, visit

  • Election 2012 Team: Joining Ludden are members of NPR News' Election 2012 team. Senior Washington editor Ron Elving and National Political correspondent Mara Liasson are providing analysis on newsmaker speeches and in-depth features coverage; Washington Desk correspondent Brian Naylor, National Desk reporters Jeff Brady and Sonari Glinton are with delegates on the convention floors; and White House correspondents Ari Shapiro and Scott Horsley are with the Romney and Obama campaigns, respectively.

  • NPR Newsmagazine Coverage: Hear convention news, interviews and analysis on all of NPR’s programs. In addition, All Things Considered hosts Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish are reporting from Tampa and Charlotte, respectively. NPR’s Election 2012 team along with correspondents Don Gonyea, Cheryl Corley, Yuki Noguchi and Ted Robbins are also reporting on the conventions for All Things Considered and Morning Edition.
  • is live from the Republican National Convention. The site will stream all nightly specials and host a live chat, beginning tonight. The It's All Politics blog is also the first stop for the latest reports and special election series, including:
  • Live Nightly Chats: "It's All Politics" blogger Frank James leads web chats during both conventions, beginning tonight at 8PM. The chat is open for questions now.

  • News, Profiles, Analysis: Find newsmaker interviews, party politics and profiles of key players. Get previews of each day’s events, and late-night “best of” round-ups, from bloggers Mark Memmott, Eyder Peralta, Liz Halloran and Alan Greenblatt.
  • NPR's extensive coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions follows months of reporting on the 2012 presidential election across all NPR programs, at and on mobile. All reporting is aggregated at the "Election 2012" hub: from hours of live, special coverage of the primaries and caucuses; to the series "The Swing State Project," examining how national politics has shaped the political climates of the states crucial to this election; to the "Money & Politics" page, exploring the extent to which money influences elections and policy. NPR News will continue to offer original reports and information on the presidential race through Election Day, with live coverage on November 6, 2012, to be announced.