Here’s How the Networks Will Cover Pres. Trump’s Address to Joint Session of Congress

By A.J. Katz 

The broadcast, cable and streaming news networks are set to provide in-depth, live coverage of Pres. Donald Trump‘s first address to the joint session of the Congress on Tuesday night. Here are their coverage plans.




ABC News will broadcast special coverage of President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress tomorrow night from 9 – 11 p.m. ET on ABC. Chief anchor George Stephanopoulos will lead coverage from Washington, with World News Tonight anchor David Muir, chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz, chief Washington and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl from the White House, Nightline anchor Byron Pitts, senior White House correspondent Cecilia Vega, World News Tonight Weekend anchor and chief national correspondent Tom Llamas and special correspondent and senior strategic advisor Matthew Dowd.

Congressional correspondent Mary Bruce will report from the White House, correspondent Matt Gutman reports from the heartland, and chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran reports from London. Contributors Kristen Soltis AndersonAlex Castellanos and Stephanie RawlingsBlake will round out the team of analysts who will weigh in throughout the evening.

ABC News Digital will broadcast the address on ABC News’ live stream, Facebook Live and Twitter. ABC News will have live stream coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET anchored by Amna Nawaz, Will Reeve, LZ Granderson and Amy Holmes including from watch parties around the country.

Also on Tuesday, Muir will anchor World News Tonight and Pitts will anchor Nightline from Washington. Stephanopoulos will anchor GMA on Wednesday morning from Washington.


CBS News will broadcast live, prime time coverage of Pres. Trump’s 2017 address to the Joint Session of Congress and the Democratic Response from 9 – 10:30 p.m on CBS TV. CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley; Face the Nation anchor and CBS News political director John Dickerson; CBS This Morning co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell; and CBS This Morning: Saturday co-host and CBS News senior national correspondent Anthony Mason will anchor the coverage. CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett; CBS News congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes; and CBS News foreign affairs and White House correspondent Margaret Brennan will provide on-the-ground reporting with CBS News Contributor Frank Luntz conducting a focus group during the coverage.

CBSN will deliver coverage throughout the day across all digital platforms. CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano will host a special two-hour edition of CBSN’s nightly politics show Red & Blue at 7 p.m. ET ahead of the address. Beginning at 9 p.m., CBSN will stream CBS TV’s coverage until 10:30 p.m. ET with the CBS News team continuing their coverage on CBSN following the president’s speech and Democratic response. ​In addition, CBSN will have extensive coverage throughout the day with CTM: Saturday co-host Alex Wagner reporting live from Capitol Hill and CBS News Correspondent Jeff Glor reporting from New York.


Fox News Channel’s chief news anchor and managing editor Shepard Smith will anchor live coverage from Washington D.C. beginning at 9 p.m. ET on FOX. Contributions will be provided by FNC correspondent Rich Edson, in addition to others.


Starting NBC News’s all-day special coverage, Matt Lauer will sit down exclusively with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and co-host Today on the Hill live from Capitol Hill on Tues morning. Today will also have a first-of-its kind live tour of the Capitol.

Lester Holt will anchor NBC News’ live prime time coverage from Washington beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on NBC. Holt will be joined on set by Chuck Todd and Tom Brokaw. NBC News analyst Nicolle Wallace will also contribute to the special coverage. Additionally, Holt will anchor NBC Nightly News from Washington on Tuesday night.

NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, NBC News White House correspondents Kristen Welker and Hallie Jackson, NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander, as well as NBC News Capitol Hill correspondents Kasie Hunt and Kelly O’Donnell will all contribute reporting on both NBC and MSNBC.


PBS will carry the broadcast live on its stations nation wide from 9 – 11 p.m. Coverage will be anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff, with NewsHour correspondents Lisa Desjardins reporting from the U.S. Capitol and John Yang reporting from the White House. Coverage will include the President’s address and the Democratic party response and live stream on Twitter globally at and @NewsHour, as well as at The special will then rebroadcast at 11 p.m. ET. NewsHour correspondent and PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan will anchor early coverage exclusively on Twitter from 8 – 9 p.m. ET.

Joining Woodruff in studio in the 9 p.m. ET hour will be a panel of guests including New York Times columnist David Brooks, syndicated columnist Mark Shields; the Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter; chair of the American Conservative Union Matt Schlapp; and senior adviser and national spokesperson for MoveOn Karine Jean-Pierre.


9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT/6 p.m. PT.

  • Univision News Anchor Maria Elena Salinas will cover the President Trump’s speech to Congress from the White House in Washington, D.C.
  • Univision News White House Correspondent Janet Rodriguez will cover the event from the U.S. Capitol
  • Univision News Anchor Jorge Ramos will cover the speech to Congress from Univision’s Newsport studios in Miami.
  • Enrique Acevedo will provide special coverage from D.C. for the Noticiero Univision at 11:30 p.m. ET.
  • Univision News will have special coverage regarding the President’s speech in both its 6:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. newscasts, including info regarding attending guests from both parties and the President.
  • Univision News will also air the Democratic reaction to the President’s speech.
  • Univision News Live stream
  • The Univision Politics Facebook page and via YouTube
  • Live blog – Minute by minute coverage of the President’s speech to Congress
  • Live Twitting via @UniPolitica and @UniNoticias
  • Live fact-checking via the Univision News fact-checking platform “El Detector de Mentiras” (The Lie Detector)


BBC News:

For BBC World News, Katty Kay will anchor special coverage starting at 9 p.m. ET through the speech and Democratic response. Coverage will feature analysis from the panel on set and position on Capitol Hill to get congressional reaction.


Bloomberg TV will be covering Pres. Trump’s address to the joint session tomorrow evening. David Gura will be hosting Bloomberg’s live coverage from 9 – 11 p.m. ET from Bloomberg’s World Headquarters in New York. Kevin Cirilli, Chief Washington Correspondent, will be contributing reporting from Capitol Hill and Mohamed A. El-Erian, Bloomberg View Columnist, will be joining David on set for the entire special.


  • CNN’s special coverage of President Trump’s Address to Congress will begin tomorrow night 8 p.m. ET with AC360.
  • The address will air live on CNN at 9 p.m. ET, followed by the Democratic response.
  • CNN’s coverage of President Trump’s Address to Congress and the Democratic response will be streamed live in its entirety to’s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, starting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday running through midnight.
  • Anchors Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper, and Dana Bash will lead the special coverage live from Washington, DC.
  • Senior White House correspondents Jim Acosta will join from the White House and Jeff Zeleny will join from Capitol Hill.
  • Chief political correspondent Dana Bash will be live from Statuary Hall and Senior Congressional Reporter Manu Raju will be located inside the House Chamber.
  • Analysis will be provided by John King, Gloria Borger, David Axelrod and Nia-Malika Henderson along with CNN contributors.
  • CNN will incorporate a Digital Dial Test into its coverage, with CNN Correspondent Tom Foreman offering viewers real-time feedback on the President’s speech.
  • Political director David Chalian will lead CNN Instant Poll results and chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto will lead CNN’s Reality Check.
  • At 11 p.m. ET a special edition of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon will air.


C-SPAN will go live with pre-coverage of Pres. Trump’s address to the joint session at 8 p.m. ET, and will go live with the actual address at 9 p.m. ET on C-SPAN, and on the Free C-SPAN Radio App. The network’s post-address coverage will include interviews from Statuary Hall on C-SPAN2.

Fox News:

Fox News will present special coverage leading up to and following Pres. Trump’s address to the joint session and the Democratic Response, telecast live from Washington D.C. Special Report’s Bret Baier and The First 100 Days’ Martha MacCallum will anchor prime time programming beginning at 9 p.m. ET, with contributions from FNC’s Tucker Carlson, co-hosts of The Five Dana Perino and Juan Williams, senior political analyst Brit Hume and Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace. Additionally, Hannity will present a live hour of analysis at 11 p.m. ET.

Fox Business:

Fox Business Network will provide live coverage of Pres. Trump’s address, and will also telecast live from Washington D.C. leading up to and following the events, starting tonight at 7 p.m. ET with Lou Dobbs Tonight.

Neil Cavuto will then anchor a special edition of Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Presidential Address to the Congress tomorrow night from 8 – 11 p.m. ET, live from Washington. Providing on the ground reporting for FBN tomorrow night will be Peter Barnes and Blake Burman from the White House, and Connell McShane from the Capitol.


Fusion is going in an interesting direction. It’s turning to its corporate sibling The Onion to “help viewers maintain their collective sanity” during President Trump’s first address to Congress. The Onion will deliver real-time commentary throughout the address and the Democratic response through a series of on-screen graphics.

Fusion’s Nando Vila along with Miriti Murungi and Natasha Del Toro will provide insights and commentary before and after the speeches. The Onion Presents Trump’s Address to Congress will air tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET on Fusion.


On MSNBC, coverage kicks off with Morning Joe live from Washington from 6 – 9 a.m. ET. Rachel Maddow, Brian Williams, and Chris Matthews lead MSNBC’s prime coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET, anchored from New York. Nicolle Wallace, Steve Schmidt, and Eugene Robinson will join the panel, and the team will continue live programming immediately after the address. NBC and MSNBC will also broadcast the Democratic Party response immediately following Trump’s address.

Yahoo News:

Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric will be live on Yahoo with special coverage of Pres. Trump’s address tomorrow beginning at 8:50pm ET. Couric will be joined by Yahoo National Political Columnist Matt Bai, Republican Strategist Leslie Sanchez, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT.) And online Yahoo National Correspondent Holly Bailey and Yahoo Senior Politics Editor Garance Franke-Ruta are hosting Yahoo News’ live blog.