NPR and PBS NewsHour announced Tuesday morning that they have reached an agreement to jointly cover the 2016 elections.
The two public broadcast outlets say they will function as “one team of journalists” and “one broadcast” as they cover the political conventions next year. Their primetime live simulcasts from the conventions (RNC: July 18-21, 2016 and DNC: July 25-28, 2016) will be a “first for public media.”
“Our goal at the conventions, and throughout the elections, will be to grapple with issues and engage voters. We’ll listen to what they think is important and push toward a journalism that contributes to a more civil electoral discussion,” said Michael Oreskes, NPR senior VP of news and editorial director, in a press release. “We want to minimize handicapping elections like a horse race. Picking winners is the job of voters. Our job is to produce the most comprehensive issue-based election coverage.”
PBS NewsHour co-anchors and managing editors Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill are slated to anchor the conventions’ special broadcasts, as their convention floor coverage will feature NPR reporters such as national political correspondent Mara Liasson, senior editor Ron Elving and political editor Domenico Montanaro, as well as the NewsHour’s Political Director Lisa Desjardins.
“Our combined resources across the PBS NewsHour and NPR represent some of the most experienced political reporters and analysts in the country,” said Sara Just, executive producer of the PBS NewsHour and senior VP of WETA. “By creating a stronger collaboration, our television viewers, radio listeners, and millions online and on social media will benefit.”