Here’s How the Networks Will Cover Election Night

By Mark Joyella 

Here’s the short version: pretty much everybody’s working.

For more detail, we’ve broken down Election Night coverage plans for the broadcast and cable networks, detailing who’s where and who’s doing what. We’ll update plans as we get closer to Tuesday, and add additional network plans as they are finalized.

ABCYourVote2016ABC News:


George Stephanopoulos leads ABC’s coverage of Election Day, from ABC News Election HQ in Times Square. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET, and runs through 2 a.m. ET. Stephanopoulos will be joined by David Muir, Martha Raddatz, Diane Sawyer, Charles Gibson, Jonathan Karl, Byron Pitts, Terry Moran, Cecilia Vega, Tom Llamas, Matthew Dowd, and Cokie Roberts.

ABC’s “Ballot Watch Team,” led by Pierre Thomas and Dan Abrams, will cover any legal challenges or reports of vote irregularities, while also reporting on state-by-state election results, polling, and campaign developments.

Robin Roberts and Amy Robach will report from the campaign headquarters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, while Michael Strahan reports from Times Square, interviewing people on the street.

The View co-host Paula Faris, GMA Weekend news anchor Ron Claiborne and correspondents Deborah Roberts, Matt Gutman, Linsey Davis, David Wright, Alex Perez, Clayton Sandell and Mary Bruce will report from battleground states, with additional reporting and analysis from Rebecca Jarvis, Nate Silver, Rick Klein, and polling director Gary Langer.

Contributors will include Bill Kristol, Kristen Soltis Anderson, Alex Castellanos and Stephanie Cutter.

ABC News will air a special edition of Nightline anchored by Byron Pitts and Juju Chang from 2 – 4 a.m. ET.

ABC News Digital will stream live coverage anchored by Dan Harris and LZ Granderson beginning at 7 p.m. ET.


BBC News will provide special coverage of the U.S. election from New York and Washington, with Andrew Neil and Katty Kay anchoring coverage from an election studio overlooking Times Square. They will be joined by Emily Maitlis, Jeremy Vine and BBC correspondents in battleground states across the country.

Michelle Fleury will follow business reaction and provide analysis into the election’s impact on the economy.


Live coverage begins at 5 p.m. ET, with Bloomberg Politics managing editors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann hosting a two-hour edition of With All Due Respect, following by continuing coverage at 7 p.m., anchored by Washington bureau chief Megan Murphy and David Gura.

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Scott Pelley, Norah O’Donnell, John Dickerson, Gayle King, Charlie Rose, Elaine Quijano and Bob Schieffer will Lead CBS News coverage, while Josh Elliott, Vladimir Duthiers and Reena Ninan lead CBSN coverage (7 p.m. through 2 a.m. ET).

CBS News and CBSN contributors include Jamelle Bouie, Mark Leibovich, Frank Luntz, Peggy Noonan, Leslie Sanchez and Fran Townsend, Ben Domenech, Ruth Marcus, Michael Gerson and Michele Norris.

The CBS News Decision Desk will make projections throughout the night with elections director Anthony Salvanto and CBS News correspondent DeMarco Morgan reporting on vote counts and exit polling data.

CBS News senior national correspondent Anthony Mason will report from Studio 47, home of the CBS Evening News, where he will deliver exit polling data on the race using fully augmented reality on-screen graphics.

Julianna Goldman will report on key congressional races, and Major Garrett and Nancy Cordes will be at the campaign Election Night headquarters in New York.

Additional reporting will come from Margaret Brennan at the White House; Jericka Duncan in Pennsylvania; Jan Crawford in North Carolina; Mark Strassmann in Florida; Dean Reynolds in Ohio; Chip Reid in Wisconsin; Anna Werner in Nevada; Omar Villafranca in Texas; and Michelle Miller at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. CBS News justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues reports from Washington, D.C., on cybersecurity and potential election-hacking concerns.

CBS News will also deploy correspondents overseas to provide live reports and context on international issues that have played a role during the election. Manuel Bojorquez will be in Mexico City; Elizabeth Palmer will be in Moscow; and Charlie D’Agata will be in London.


Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET, with a special Your Money, Your Vote anchored by Carl Quintanilla, Kelly Evans, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera and John Harwood.

Correspondents include Steve Liesman (exit polling); Eamon Javers (Clinton HQ); Scott Wapner (Trump HQ); Phil LeBeau (Indiana); Kayla Tausche (Colorado); Scott Cohn (North Carolina); Brian Sullivan (Ohio); Diana Olick (Florida); Aditi Roy (Pennsylvania); Contessa Brewer (Arizona); Jane Wells (Nevada); Meg Tirrell (Wellesley College); and Seema Mody (Social media reaction).

Coverage includes commentary from Larry Kudlow, Sara Fagen, Keith Boykin, Ed Rogers, Marc Morial, and Christy Setzer.


Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper, Anderson Cooper and Dana Bash lead coverage from CNN Election Center in the CNN Washington bureau, with more than 25 correspondents, analysts and reporters live at voting sites in swing states, at viewing parties and campaign headquarters.

The network will offer viewers unprecedented access to the latest happenings and first reactions from across the country with more than 25 correspondents, analysts and reporters live from voting sites in key swing states, viewing parties, and respective campaign headquarters.

Chief national correspondent John King will report from the CNN Election Center with the CNN Magic Wall, CNN political director David Chalian will be covering exit polls, and executive editor of CNN Politics Mark Preston will be at the decision desk. Chief political analyst Gloria Borger, senior political commentator David Axelrod, senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson, and CNN host Michael Smerconish will provide wall-to-wall coverage from the analyst desk.

CNN correspondent Ed Lavandera will be live from Mexico City, with senior international correspondent Clarissa Ward reporting from Moscow.

Senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin will have commentary and legal analysis while CNN correspondent Tom Foreman will be reporting live from the virtual studio analyzing how the new Congress and presidency will shape the country.

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CNN en Español will broadcast live from different cities and countries, with political anchor Juan Carlos Lopez and Fernando Del Rincón live at CNN Center in Atlanta and Guillermo Arduino in the “digital center.” Correspondents include Jaqueline Hurtado in Las Vegas; Gonzalo Alvarado in Los Angeles, Yilber Vega in Dallas and Patricia Janiot in Miami, with additional reporting from Carlos Alberto Montaner, Andres Oppenheimer, Alejandra Oraa and Jose Manuel Rodriguez.

Political correspondents Ione Molinares and Gustavo Valdes will be at Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s campaign headquarters.

Coverage begins at 5 p.m. ET, and following the election coverage, Carmen Aristegui, will host a special one-hour show from Mexico and the election’s results with Mario Gonzalez at the Mexico-US border. In Argentina the network will have the political analyst Pedro Brieger, and from London, journalist Samuel Burke will have social media reactions around the world.


C-SPAN’s live Election Night coverage will begin at 8 p.m. ET with results from the Presidential, Senate, House and Governor’s races. Prime-time programming will include victory and concession speeches, viewer calls, reactions and comments from social media.

fox_logo_1Fox Broadcasting:

Fox Television will carry live coverage, You Decide 2016: Election Special, hosted by Fox News chief news anchor Shepard Smith. The special airs from 8-10 p.m. ET.

In addition, complete election coverage will be offered to Fox stations from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET.

Joining Smith are Chris Wallace, Bill Hemmer, Martha MacCallum, Shannon Bream, Trace Gallagher and Fox News correspondents across the country.

Fox_News_Channel_logo_1454609378760_796678_ver1.0Fox News: FNC will present 67 straight hours over live programming through Election Night, with main anchors Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly leading coverage from FNC’s brand new studio in New York beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

They will be joined by Brit Hume, Chris Wallace, Dana Perino and Juan Williams, and FNC political contributors Tucker Carlson, Karl Rove and Charles Krauthammer.

Martha MacCallum will report on exit poll data and Bill Hemmer will break down results on the electronic “Bill-board.” Chief political correspondent Carl Cameron and senior national correspondent John Roberts will be live from the Trump campaign headquarters in New York City, while national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin and senior political correspondent Mike Emanuel will be live from Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters at the Javits Center in New York City.

FNC correspondents reporting from various locations and battleground states across the country and contributing to the coverage include: Matt Finn (Ohio), Peter Doocy (Ohio), Jon Scott (Ohio), Mike Tobin (Wisconsin), Phil Keating (Florida), Steve Harrigan (Rubio Headquarters, Florida), Jonathan Serrie (North Carolina), Jenna Lee (North Carolina), Alicia Acuna (Arizona), Molly Line (New Hampshire), Dan Springer (Nevada), Jonathan Hunt (Nevada), Casey Stegall (Texas), Adam Housley (Los Angeles), Rich Edson (Kandor Headquarters, Missouri) and Rick Leventhal (Toomey Headquarters Pennsylvania).

Chief Washington correspondent James Rosen will report live from DC on voter irregularities while Kevin Corke will report live from the White House.

Election coverage runs from 6 p.m. ET through 1 a.m. ET, followed by coverage anchored by Eric Shawn and Heather Childers from 1 a.m. – 4 a.m. ET.

Fox-Business-2Fox Business: FBN’s Neil Cavuto leads coverage, starting at 8 p.m. ET., with Lou Dobbs, Trish Regan and Maria Bartiromo. Coverage runs through 1 a.m. ET, when David Asman and Melissa Francis take over for the overnight hours.

FBN’s Washington Correspondent Blake Burman will be live from the Trump campaign headquarters, while senior Washington correspondent Peter Barnes will be at Clinton’s campaign headquarters at the Javits Center in New York City.

Correspondents across the country include Adam Shapiro in Florida and Jeff Flock in Ohio. Cheryl Casone will analyze exit poll data live from the virtual studio while Connell McShane will provide comparative analysis via FBN’s “one-touch” technology. Liz Claman will also be live from FBN’s New York headquarters to assess the balance of power in Congress, and provide updates on reaction from across the nation.

160115-decision-2016-mn-1000_3c14d6e5b6bf914eb9540e0bf6278236.nbcnews-fp-1200-800NBC News/MSNBC: Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, and Chuck Todd lead NBC News coverage from “Democracy Plaza” in New York, while Rachel Maddow, Brian Williams and Chris Matthews lead coverage on MSNBC.

NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw, who has covered every presidential election since 1968, will join NBC coverage from New York. NBC News correspondents include Andrea Mitchell at Clinton campaign headquarters in New York, Katy Tur at Trump HQ, with Kristen Welker, Kasie Hunt, and Alex Seitz-Wald covering the Clinton campaign, and Peter Alexander, Jacob Rascon, and Benjy Sarlin covering the Trump campaign. Hallie Jackson will be “floor correspondent” in the NBC News Election Center, and Steve Kornacki will cover exit polls from the “Big Board.”

Across the country, Chris Jansing, Anne Thompson, and Ron Mott report from Ohio; Thomas Roberts, Kate Snow, Jacob Soboroff, and Steve Patterson report from Pennsylvania; with Kelly O’Donnell in Wisconsin.

NBC will have Mariana Atencio, Gabe Gutierrez, and Kerry Sanders in Florida; Rehema Ellis and Morgan Radford in North Carolina; Tammy Leitner in New Hampshire; Miguel Almaguer in Nevada; Joe Fryer in Utah; and Gadi Schwartz in Arizona.

Pete Williams, Cynthia McFadden, Ari Melber, and Cal Perry will monitor voting irregularities, while Richard Engel, Ayman Mohyeldin, and Keir Simmons cover foreign policy and world reaction.

Stephanie Gosk will be covering security in New York City, with Jo Ling Kent reporting among the crowds in Democracy Plaza.

Lawrence O’Donnell, Chris Hayes, and Joy Reid will contribute to MSNBC primetime in New York, with Sheneille Jones, Tom Costello, Ron Allen, and Hans Nichols reporting from the Washington bureau.

Campaign embeds include Monica Alba on the Clinton campaign, Ali Vitali covering the Trump campaign, Kailani Koenig covering Tim Kaine, Vaughn Hillyard covering Mike Pence, Danny Freeman covering Clinton surrogates, and Alex Jaffe covering down ballot races.

NBC coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET, while MSNBC begins coverage at 6.

pbs-logoPBS: PBS NewsHour Managing editors Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill lead coverage, with NewsHour correspondents John Yang at the Clinton campaign headquarters in New York and Jeffrey Brown from the Trump campaign headquarters in New York. Senior correspondent and PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan will report in studio in Washington, DC.

NewsHour’s panel of studio guests includes New York Times columnist David Brooks; syndicated columnist Mark Shields; Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter; Emory University’s Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference Andra Gillespie; Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign chief strategist Stuart Stevens; and 2008 and 2012 Obama campaign pollster Cornell Belcher. NewsHour correspondent Lisa Desjardins will report on down ballot initiatives with Nathan Gonzalez, editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, with additional reporting from presidential historian Michael Beschloss, PBS NewsHour Weekend special correspondent Jeff Greenfield from WNET; and correspondent William Brangham and digital politics editor Daniel Bush from the newsroom.

univision logoUnivision:

Coverage will be anchored by Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas, joined by Enrique Acevedo, Félix de Bedout, and Ilia Calderón. The night’s political panel will include Democratic pollster Fernand Amandi, Democratic analyst Fabián Núñez, Republican analyst Adolfo Franco, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Rosario Marín (Republican) and Dr. Carlos E. Díaz Rosillo, Lecturer in Government at Harvard University.

Lourdes Meluzá reports from Florida on the Latino vote from the I-4 corridor, an area stretching from Tampa Bay to Daytona Beach that could determine the outcome of the presidential election. National correspondents Blanca Rosa Vilchez and Luis Megid will report live from inside the Clinton and Trump election night campaign headquarters, respectively.

Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET.


Telemundo’s La Batalla Final coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET, with José Díaz-Balart and María Celeste Arrarás anchoring in New York. Coverage will focus in particular on Hispanic voters across the country, and their potentially decisive role in the election.

Luis Carlos Vélez and Felicidad Aveleyra will report from a special studio in NBC’s Democracy Plaza, and more than 15 correspondents will report from across the country.

Analysts include Ana Navarro, Freddy Balsera, Alfonso Aguilar, Victoria de Franchesco, Daniel Garza, Clarisa Martínez, Erika Andiola, Driena Sixto and Mauro Gregorio.