Ifill And Woodruff To Anchor ‘PBS NewsHour’ Debate Coverage

By Alex Weprin 

Presidential debate coverage for “PBS NewsHour” will be led by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, and will be joined by analysts Mark Shields, David Brooks and political editor Christina Bellantoni. “Newshour'”s coverage will run from 9-11 PM ET.

Tonight’s debate is a particularly big one for “NewsHour,” as Jim Lehrer will be serving as moderator. “NewsHour” will also be streaming the debate live on its website, alongside blog posts offering additional analysis.

More information after the jump.

Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill to anchor PBS NEWSHOUR LIVE coverage of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates

Featuring analysis by Mark Shields and David Brooks, plus NPR correspondents Ari Shapiro and Scott Horsley

PBS NewsHour’s special election broadcast coverage continues with live coverage and post-debate analysis of the 2012 Presidential Debates on Oct. 3, 11, 16 and 22, 2012 from 9:00 pm EDT – 11:00 pm EDT. Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill will anchor broadcast coverage and will be joined in the studio by the NewsHour’s regular political analysts, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks. Political editor Christina Bellantoni will be on hand to provide perspective on social media reactions to the debates.
Special guests will include NPR correspondents Ari Shapiro and Scott Horsley, who will offer analysis and perspective from the site of the presidential debates, and Debbie Elliott and Brian Naylor, providing analysis of the vice presidential debate.
PBS’s own Jim Lehrer will moderate the first debate on Oct. 3, 2012. It will be the 12th presidential debate he has moderated.
Wednesday, October 3 – The first Presidential Debate will focus on domestic policy and will be moderated by Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor of the PBS NewsHour at the University of Denver, Denver, CO.Thursday, October 11 – In their only debate of the 2012 campaign, the Vice Presidential candidates will meet at Centre College, Danville, KY for a debate moderated by Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent for ABC News.

Tuesday, October 16 – The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues, Candy Crowley, Chief Political Correspondent for CNN and anchor of CNN’s State of the Union will moderate the debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

Monday, October 22 – Foreign policy will be the focus of the third and final Presidential Debate moderated by Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and moderator of Face the Nation at Lynn University at Boca Raton, FL.

In addition to broadcast coverage, PBS NewsHour will livestream the debates and other coverage throughout each night of the debates. NewsHour reporters will also live blog analysis and added context on the NewsHour website and interview guests on an AfterHours livestream.
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