PBS Convention Coverage – A Newshour Special Report: Republican Convention

Mon, 09/01/2008 - 8:00pm - Thu, 09/04/2008 - 8:00pm
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Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and a senior correspondent on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

PBS/Robert Severi

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, one of the nation’s most honored newscasts, and PBS will present America’s only complete, primetime, network television coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Lehrer and The NewsHour team will anchor the gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN from a skybox overlooking the convention floor within the Xcel Energy Center. PBS Convention Coverage – A Newshour Special Report: Republican Convention airs Monday-Thursday, September 1-4 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1). Note: PBS Democratic Convention coverage previously aired Monday-Thursday, August 25-28 on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11).

Joining Lehrer will be The NewsHour’s team of seasoned senior correspondents: Gwen Ifill, Ray Suarez, Margaret Warner, and Judy Woodruff. “We have one of, if not the most experienced teams on television to bring this story in all its dimensions to our viewers,” said NewsHour Executive Producer Linda Winslow. “We will deploy them throughout the proceedings to give our viewers a comprehensive look at both conventions.”

In addition to the correspondents, political analysis and perspective will be provided by: New York Times columnist David Brooks; syndicated columnist Mark Shields; presidential historian Michael Beschloss; Richard Norton Smith, scholar in residence at George Mason University; Peniel Joseph, professor of history and African-American studies at Brandeis University; and Andy Kohut, President of the Pew Research Center, in Washington, DC.

With so many voters turning to the Internet for their news, The NewsHour will also devote extensive resources to convention coverage online, including original reporting and video footage created exclusively for the Online NewsHour. With an eye on the issues at play in battleground states, Online will capture first-hand perspectives of state delegations and other voices from the convention floor, as well as the unique perspectives of the NewsHour's senior correspondents and guests. The Online NewsHour will post video, audio and other multi-media reports as well as allow site users to ask questions of experts and correspondents. Editors will also be publishing photos on the NewsHour’s Flickr account, updating the NewsHour Twitter feed for up-to-the-minute observations and collaborate with NPR to constantly update an NPR/NewsHour/PBS interactive election map.

While PBS convention coverage will be interspersed with analysis, interviews, and commentary, The NewsHour will focus its coverage on podium activities to provide viewers with a real sense of what is going on inside the convention halls.

PBS goes behind the headlines throughout the summer and fall with the PBS Vote 2008 election line-up, offering Americans a unique opportunity to explore the Presidential elections. PBS’ trusted news brands and personalities bring viewers in-depth information and insight into the issues and candidates. PBS’ election coverage will be led by The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal, Now on PBS, Bill Moyers Journal, and Tavis Smiley, and enhanced by programming from other trusted PBS sources, including American Experience, Frontline, Nightly Business Report, and P.O.V.

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is seen five nights a week on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and is also available online and via podcast.