CBS News Releases Its Super Bowl LIII Week Coverage Plans

By A.J. Katz 

When incoming CBS News president Susan Zirinsky made her inaugural appearance at the network’s Super Bowl press day 18 days ago, she brought a unique energy to the stage.

“We at CBS News really can add a context and perspective to the game,” she told the audience. “For the entire week before the game, CBS News will be sharing stories around the Super Bowl, from Atlanta’s rolling out the red carpet and prep for the event, to the economic impact, to some of the human stories behind the athletes.”

CBS News released its official coverage plans for Super Bowl LIII Week this morning.

Coverage of the big game, which features the New England Patriots vs. the Los Angeles Rams, includes Margaret Brennan moderating CBS’ Face the Nation live on Super Bowl Sunday from the NFL Experience in Atlanta, outside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Brennan will be joined on Face the Nation by by The NFL Today host and CBS News special correspondent James Brown, as well as newsmakers from the sports world to discuss the game and current events. Additional details on guests and the segment lineup will be announced in the coming days.

In addition to his appearance on Face the Nation, Brown will be hosting his 9th Super Bowl pre-game show, and contributing to CBS News coverage throughout the week.

Dana Jacobson, co-host of CBS This Morning: Saturday, and a CBS Sports correspondent, and CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann will also be featured quite a bit throughout the week.

CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett will host The Takeout podcast from Radio Row at the NFL Experience. The podcast will feature interviews with top football and media personalities.

CBS News’ coverage plans also include the following:

  • CBS This Morning will feature Super Bowl LIII coverage throughout the week.
    • Interviews with coaches and players; a conversation with CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, the gentlemen who will call the game, about how they prepare and what to expect for the match-up; plus a behind-the-scenes look at what law enforcement and the federal government are doing to keep people safe.
    • Toyota, which is a sponsor of CBS This Morning, will exclusively debut its 2019 Super Bowl LIII commercial on the broadcast Tuesday morning.
    • CBS This Morning will also explore Atlanta’s music scene and examine the technology inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the newest state-of-the-art pro sports facility.
    • Dana Jacobson will talk with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and his wife, as well as Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera and his wife about what it was like to go all the way to the big game. Jacobson will also bring viewers a high-flying, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to pull off one of the most carefully choreographed displays of patriotism and military might – the U.S Air Force Thunderbirds Super Bowl flyover – and will show viewers how the CBS Sports broadcast team captures the moment.
    • Mo Rocca and Michelle Miller continue a CBS This Morning Super Bowl tradition as they go tit-for-tat over which team’s home city takes the prize off the field.
    • CBS This Morning will also recap big moments from the game and air interviews with key newsmakers on Monday after the Super Bowl.
  • The CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor will feature the latest headlines from Glor, a Buffalo Bills fan, and a team of CBS News correspondents on all aspects of Super Bowl this week.
    • CBS News national security correspondent David Martin will give viewers an exclusive look at the air defenses in place for the game from inside an F-16 jet and provide an up-close look at a simulation exercise.
    • Additional reports will examine how the city is preparing for the crush of visitors and look at how the NFL will address issues like the national anthem controversy and security preparations.
    • James Brown will report how the Make-A-Wish Foundation is making a young boy’s dream of going to the Super Bowl come true.
  • CBS This Morning: Saturday co-hosts Anthony Mason, Michelle Miller and Dana Jacobson will continue the Network’s football-themed coverage on 2 (check local listings) with the latest news from Atlanta, plus a look at the extensively curated art collection inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium
    • A report on Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank’s “fan friendly” pricing for concession items; and a profile of Atlanta barbecue chef and restaurateur Brian Furman for The Dish.
  • Also on Saturday, CBS Weekend News (check local listings) will have the latest news from Atlanta and additional headlines of the day.
  • On Super Bowl Sunday, CBS Sunday Morning will feature Brook Silva-Braga’s report on the history of instant replay starting with the first-ever use, which occurred during CBS’ broadcast of the 1963 Army-Navy game, right through today.
    • Luke Burbank reports on Waffle House, a national restaurant chain, which launched in 1955 in a suburb of Atlanta.
    • CBS Sports’ and CBS News contributor James Brown, along with CBS Sports’ Bill Cowher, Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and Nate Burleson will let viewers know what to look for and how to watch the big game.
  • CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news network, will bring viewers up-to-the-minute reporting on breaking news, press conferences and events in Atlanta all week from a team of CBS News correspondents and CBS Sports HQ reporters.
  • CBS News Radio will have reporting from Steve Futterman in Atlanta during the week for CBS News Radio broadcasts and the Network’s affiliates.
  • CBS Newspath, CBS News’ newsgathering organization providing news and information to 200+ affiliates nationwide and to broadcasters around the world, will feature extensive coverage and exclusive digital content leading up to and after the game.
    • Mola Lenghi and Meg Oliver will report live from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.