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AETN to air Republican, Democratic convention coverage - Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill co-anchor

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will feature the nation's only complete, live broadcast coverage of the 2012 national political conventions from “PBS NewsHour” beginning Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Coverage of the Republican National Convention will air Tuesday, Aug. 29, through Thursday, Sept. 2, at 6 nightly. The Democratic National Convention will air Tuesday, Sept. 4, through Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. nightly.  

“NewsHour” correspondent Hari Sreenivasan will extend the coverage online at pbs.org/newshour to offer viewers an “all access pass” to the conventions. 

“‘PBS NewsHour's’ multi-platform approach will give the public the most up-close and engaging convention coverage available on air and online,” Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO, said.

“With news that is trusted, in-depth and independent, our PBS Election 2012 coverage will provide the latest election information whenever and wherever consumers want it.”

Award-winning political journalists Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill will co-anchor the coverage, which includes in-depth interviews, analysis and discussion. The pairing of veteran political journalists Woodruff and Ifill marks the first time the two have anchored presidential election coverage together and signals a return to the two-anchor format established by Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer. 

The coverage will be interspersed with analysis, interviews and commentary, including: 
  • Reports from the convention floor – Senior correspondents Jeffrey Brown and Ray Suarez will have live dispatches from the convention floors throughout the broadcasts. Brown will be on site at the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., and Suarez will be at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Shields and Brooks – Political analysis from “NewsHour” regulars, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.
  • 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.

Additional information about PBS Election 2012, including programming from “PBS NewsHour,” “Washington Week,” “FRONTLINE” and “Need to Know,” is available at pbs.org/election2012 and by following #pbsElection on Twitter. 

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