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PBS's Woodruff, Ifill to Co-Anchor Live Coverage of National Conventions

PBS's Woodruff, Ifill to Co-Anchor Live Coverage of National Conventions

Long known for providing the most complete primetime coverage of the national political conventions, PBS NEWSHOUR is going to even greater lengths to give viewers a first-hand look at the 2012 party conventions.

Award-winning political journalists Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill will co-anchor gavel-to-gavel broadcast coverage from the PBS Skybox at both the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL (August 27 - 30) and from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC (September 4 - 5) as well as the Bank of America Stadium (September 6).

NewsHour Correspondent Hari Sreenivasan will extend the coverage online via the NewsHour's interactive digital map center and "NewsHour All Hours" - a 24-hour livestream on multiple channels that offers viewers an "all-access pass" to the conventions.

On air, PBS special broadcast coverage will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET each night of the conventions and continue LIVE until the conclusion of the proceedings at approximately 11:00 p.m., ET. The coverage will be interspersed with analysis, interviews and commentary, including:

· Shields & Brooks - Political analysis from NewsHour regulars syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.

· Reports from the Convention Floor - Senior Correspondents Jeffrey Brown and Ray Suarez will have live dispatches from the convention floors throughout the evening broadcasts. Brown will be on site at the Republican convention in Tampa, FL and Suarez will be at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, NC.

· Political Analysis - Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni offer perspective and analysis on key developments at the conventions.

· Historians - Presidential historians Richard Norton Smith and Michael Beschloss will provide historical context of the candidates' acceptance speeches on the final night of each convention.

· By the Numbers - Andy Kohut, President of the Pew Research Center, explores data to provide insight on what motivates each party's activists and how voters identify with the parties; he'll drill down into the demographic shifts in the country that have changed the parties and voters' identification with them.

· Listen to Me - The PBS NewsHour showcases the voices of American voters through its year-long "Listen to Me" project asking their concerns and top issues driving them to the polls.

· The Daily Buzz - Political Editor Christina Bellantoni reports on how the politics of the conventions are being viewed online and what's buzzing on Twitter before the convention each day.

· Making Sen$e - Paul Solman examines the economies of Tampa and Charlotte.

· Spanish Language - PBS NewsHour convention broadcast coverage will include SAP (Secondary Audio Program) in Spanish.

"The conventions have traditionally been PBS NewsHour's time to shine during the election season and this year is no exception," said Executive Producer Linda Winslow. "Viewers know we respect their intelligence and that when lawmakers and candidates approach the podium, we're going to step out of the way and let them see and hear the speeches for themselves. Between speeches, viewers count on our seasoned team of journalists, led by Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill, to hone in on the issues and get explanations in interviews with party leaders, delegates and the candidates or their representatives."


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