Two of America’s most prominent public media organizations announced Tuesday that they will join forces to cover the 2016 political conventions.
NPR and “PBS NewsHour,” the flagship nightly news broadcast of PBS, will work together to cover the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention.
The two organizations will pool their reportorial muscle to form one team that will cover the conventions for radio, television and digital audiences. “PBS NewsHour” will air broadcasts focused on the conventions anchored by Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill. The shows will be informed by political journalists from both organizations.
From the release:
NPR reporters will be on the convention floors talking with delegates and elected officials. NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, Senior Editor Ron Elving and Political Editor Domenico Montanaro will be featured analysts as well as the NewsHour’s Political Director Lisa Desjardins and others. As part of its comprehensive election coverage, NPR and PBS NewsHour are also developing a strong plan for collaboration with member stations on the 2016 campaign.
In an announcement, NPR Senior Vice President of News Michael Oreskes said the convention reporting will be focused on election issues rather than horse-race coverage.