ABC News Election Night Plans

By Chris Ariens 

ABC News has announced its plans for election night coverage. As we’ve already reported, ABC’s coverage will originate from Times Square Studios, home of “Good Morning America.” Led by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos, ABC News coverage begins with a special edition of “World News” at 6:30ET/5:30CT and continuing with full election coverage from 7pmET until at least 2am. A special edition of “Nightline” will air at 2:35amET.

Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper will be at Obama election headquarters in Chicago “World News” weekend anchor David Muir will be at Romney headquarters in Boston, Katie Couric will be monitoring social media reaction throughout the evening and Barbara Walters, who has interviewed every President since Richard Nixon, will provide historical context.

Much more after the jump…


Americans from across the country will make their voices heard on Tuesday, November 6 as they go to the polls to cast their vote. With one of the closest elections in U.S. history, ABC News will take viewers everywhere the story is – from Obama and Romney headquarters, the heated battleground states, and the social media sphere to our partners at Univision in Miami with reaction from the Latino community. The powerhouse political team of ABC News will be there on the television network, online, on social media, and on radio to provide the whole picture for the country as we look ahead to the next four years.

ABC News special “Your Voice, Your Vote 2012” election coverage will originate live from ABC News Election Headquarters in Times Square, where ABC News will once again transform the Crossroads of the World into an outdoor global viewing event, with real time election results appearing on several of Times Square’s iconic screens. (More here)

ABC Television Network

Led by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos, ABC News will bring viewers election results as they come in beginning with a special edition of “World News with Diane Sawyer” at 6:30pm ET and continuing with full election coverage from 7:00pm ET until at least2:00am ET. A special edition of “Nightline” will air at 2:35am ET.

“Your Voice, Your Vote 2012” will report state-by-state results of the Presidential election as well as key House, Senate and Gubernatorial races. Sawyer and Stephanopoulos will be joined on air by a team of ABC news anchors, correspondents and analysts including:
•Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper at Obama election headquarters in Chicago
•“ABC World News” weekend anchor David Muir at Romney election headquarters in Boston
•Katie Couric will be monitoring social media reaction throughout the evening
•Barbara Walters, who has interviewed every President since Richard Nixon, will provide historical context.
•Senior Political Correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the Congressional Desk alongside ABC News political contributors Ron Brownstein and Cokie Roberts.
•“Good Morning America” news anchor Josh Elliott will be out in Times Square talking to the crowds gathered, getting real-time reaction to the results as they come in.
•Amy Robach, Cecilia Vega, Sharyn Alfonsi, David Wright, and Ron Claiborne will be reporting live frombattleground states.
•Univision anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas will contribute a Latino perspective from UnivisionHeadquarters in Miami.
•Deborah Roberts and David Kerley will be with Obama and Romney supporters watching the results.
•ABC News panel of political analysts will include George Will, Matthew Dowd, Donna Brazile, and Nicolle Wallace.
•Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas will be monitoring voting procedures with Ballot Watch reports throughout the night.
•Gary Langer and his team will be breaking down the exit polls throughout the night.
•Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross, Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, and Business Correspondent Bianna Golodryga will be reporting on the challenges facing the next administration on issues including the economy, foreign affairs, national security, and health care.

On Election Night a special edition of “Nightline” will air at 2:35am ET with Cynthia McFadden anchoring from New York, Terry Moran anchoring from Obama Headquarters in Chicago, and Bill Weir at Romney Headquarters in Boston.

ABC News Digital

ABC News Digital platforms will provide live, anchored coverage of Election Night 2012 across ABC News digital and social platforms including, Yahoo!, Yahoo! News,, ABC News’ iPad & iPhone apps, ABC News affiliate websites, as well as the YouTube Elections Hub.

The special live-streamed coverage kicks off with a noon pre-show, followed by continuous coverage from 7:00p.m. – 2:00a.m. ET anchored by ABC News’ Dan Harris along with ABC News Political Director Amy Walter and Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox. They will be joined throughout the night by ABC News anchors and correspondents across the country including “Good Morning America” Anchor Josh Elliott in Times Square, Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in Chicago, “World News” Weekend Anchor David Muir in Boston, Correspondent Deborah Roberts in New York, Ron Claiborne in Ohio, Cecilia Vega in Florida, Amy Robach in Virginia, David Wright in Colorado, and Sharyn Alfonsi in Wisconsin. ABC’s Dan Kloeffler will provide updates on Google + Hangouts across all 50 states. Katie Couric will cover social media reaction from Times Square Studio. Coverage will also include on-the-ground reporting and analysis from Yahoo! News’ Holly Bailey, Chris Moody, Walter Shapiro and Jeff Greenfield. In addition, ABC News and Yahoo! will stream a special post-show on Wednesday, November 7 at 10:00am ET.

The ABC News/Yahoo! News Election Live Stream will incorporate popular segments and features to encourage participation for viewers such as:
•Breaking Hashtags: A feature helping viewers find trending topics and the most interesting observations/opinions across Twitter.
•Detailed Social Analysis powered by Yahoo!’s The Signal in partnership with Attensity for tracking the hottest topics resonating with viewers.
•Electoral States of America: An interactive map allowing viewers to track real-time results in key, influential battleground states, available on both ABC News desktop and mobile sites.

The ABC News Political Unit will cover the day’s news and Tuesday night’s state-by-state results on and its network of political blogs including George’s Bottom Line, Political Punch, The Note, and

The ABC News iPad App will offer tablet users access to live video and a continuously updated social feed. The enhanced live stream can also be found at, and includes:
•Three simultaneous live video streams featuring the latest political stories and perspectives across the United States throughout Election Night.
•Dynamic surveying powered by GoPollGo, providing viewers with an interactive experience as they weigh in on key issues and share their views with other users in each state.
•A social feed powered by Storify, curated to include the best photos, videos, opinions, stories and logs throughout Election Night.
•A detailed calendar on the livestream page highlighting the day’s most important video events, including speeches or other announcements.
•An updated Video On Demand library for accessing speeches, news reports and key moments captured on video.

The ABC News-Yahoo! News live-stream is also available through Yahoo! News’ Election Control Room. The Control Room allows Yahoo! News users to create their own election dashboard where they can control content through maximizing and minimizing the features they care most about.

A complete mobile app suite for iPhone, Android, and iPad will offers users real-time election results, interactive maps and info graphics in addition to the live-streamed video. ABC News mobile app users can choose to enable geo-targeted push alerts and real-time election results on their phones for an enhanced mobile experience. In addition, ABC News brings election coverage to the newly launched ABC News Windows 8 App, delivering Election Night updates and video clips to users and to the Bing News app for Windows 8.

ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio will provide extensive coverage of election results. Correspondent Aaron Katersky will anchor live from 7:00p.m. until at least 1:00 a.m. ET. ABC News Radio’s team of correspondents — Vic Ratner, Ann Compton, Steven Portnoy and Alex Stone – will contribute reporting and analysis from both campaigns; Cheri Preston and Richard Davies will provide analysis from the ABC News DecisionDesk; Matt Gutman and Jim Ryan will report on voter turnout from Florida and Ohio; andReena Ninan will be in Washington, DC reporting on the Congressional, Senatorial and Gubernatorial races. ABC News Radio will provide six Election Coverage Status Reports each hour starting at 7:00pm ET.

ABC NewsOne

ABC’s Affiliate News Service NewsOne will serve domestic and international clients on Election Night with correspondents Karen Travers and TJ Winick reporting from Obama headquarters, Brandi Hitt and Tahman Bradley reporting from Romney headquarters, and Mark Greenblatt reporting from Washington.