CBS News Announces Coverage Plans for Monday's Solar Eclipse
CBS News will deliver a full day of division-wide coverage of the first total solar eclipse since 1979 on Monday, August 21 on all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including CBS THIS MORNING (7:00-9:00 AM); CBS News' Special Report: SOLAR ECLIPSE 08.21.17 (1:00-3:00 PM, ET); the CBS EVENING NEWS (6:30-7:00 PM, ET); CBSN, CBS News' 24/7 live, streaming news service; CBS News Radio; and CBS Newspath.CBS News' extensive, Network-wide coverage will feature a team of correspondents reporting from across the country, including CBS EVENING NEWS Anchor Anthony Mason, CBS News space consultant Bill Harwood and CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz in Carbondale, Illinois, the closest city to the point of greatest duration of the eclipse; CBS News correspondents David Begnaud in Nashville, Tennessee; Jeff Glor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Mark Strassmann in Charleston, South Carolina; and Jamie Yuccas in Madras, Oregon. CBS News will also utilize its vast network of affiliate stations to feature spectator interviews and reports from viewing parties across the country on all platforms. CBS THIS MORNING will begin the day with Gayle King, Norah O'Donnell and Bill Weir (substituting for Charlie Rose) anchoring from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York. CBS THIS MORNING will feature interviews with Bill Nye the Science Guy in Beatrice, Nebraska and astronomer Derrick Pitts in St. Joseph, Missouri. Anthony Mason will also provide on-the-ground reporting from Carbondale, Illinois. Additionally, the CBS News correspondent team will report from cities where the eclipse will be most visible. CBSN, CBS News' 24/7 streaming news service, will begin live coverage at 12:00 PM, ET with reports from around the country. Anthony Mason and Bill Harwood will report from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in advance of the eclipse's totality. The coverage continues in Carbondale with Mason anchoring a two-hour CBS NEWS SPECIAL Report (1:00-3:00 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network. He will be joined by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, astronomer Michelle Nichols, Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan, physicist Bob Baer, Bill Harwood, Derrick Pitts and the team of CBS News correspondents. Later that day, Mason will broadcast the CBS EVENING NEWS live from Carbondale with reports and analysis from the team of CBS News correspondents across the country.
CBS News' social media accounts will feature extensive, coast-to-coast coverage with real-time updates on the @CBSNews, @CBSEveningNews and @CBSThisMorning Twitter accounts. CBS News will use the hashtag #CBSEclipse to showcase coverage from in the field and encourage viewers to share photos and videos from their vantage point of the solar eclipse. The CBS NEWS SPECIAL Report will also be livestreamed on CBSN and on the CBS News Facebook page.
CBS News Radio will provide coast-to-coast coverage of the total solar eclipse beginning at 1:00 PM, ET. CBS News Correspondent Steve Kathan will anchor wall-to-wall coverage from New York and will be joined by correspondents in Salem, Oregon and Nashville, Tenn., in addition to National Geographic Solar Eclipse Expert Andrew Fazekas. CBS News Radio will also provide one-minute special reports beginning at 1:20 PM, ET.
CBS Newspath, the Network's 24-hour television newsgathering service for CBS stations and broadcasters around the world, will provide comprehensive coverage with Don Champion in St. Joseph, Missouri. Additionally, Danielle Nottingham will be aboard a special Alaska Airlines flight with an unobstructed view of the eclipse from Portland, Oregon.