Inauguration 2013: NBC Coverage Plans

By Alex Weprin 

NBC News will be providing extensive coverage of President Obama’s inauguration, both during the official swearing-in on Sunday, and at the ceremonial event on Monday.

On Sunday Lester Holt will lead the network’s coverage, first on “Today,” and then again during a special report for the swearing-in around noon. He will also anchor “NBC Nightly News” that evening. “Meet the Press” will also dedicate its program to a roundtable discussion on President Obama’s second term.

On Monday Brian Williams will lead the network’s coverage, anchoring a special report starting at 10 AM, as well as “Nightly News” that evening. “Today” will also originate live from Washington Monday morning.

More information on NBC’s coverage, after the jump.


JANUARY 16, 2013 — NBC News, America’s leading news organization, will provide in-depth coverage of the second Inauguration of President Barack Obama across all broadcast and digital platforms as the network’s top anchors and correspondents report from throughout the nation’s capital.

Weekend broadcasts of “NBC Nightly News” and “TODAY” will cover the events leading up to Monday’s formal ceremony, “Meet the Press” will dedicate a roundtable discussion to analysis of the president’s second term, and a special report on Sunday will bring the constitutional swearing-in at the White House into viewers’ homes.

On Monday, January 21st, NBC’s network coverage will begin with “TODAY” at 7am ET and continue with a special report covering the ceremony and parade, followed by a full hour of “NBC Nightly News” at 6:30pm ET. The NBC Owned Stations and NBC Newschannel will also provide extensive coverage during local newscasts. Key events will be live streamed on and on the NBC Owned Stations’ web sites, which will provide additional coverage tailored to their local audiences.

Full details of on-air programming and online features are below.


“NBC Nightly News” (6:30pm – 7:00pm ET)
Lester Holt will anchor from Washington, DC on both Saturday and Sunday.

“TODAY” (8:00am – 9:00am ET)
Lester Holt, Erica Hill, Jenna Wolfe, and Dylan Dreyer will lead special coverage from Washington, DC on Sunday morning.

“Meet the Press” (9:00am – 10:00am ET)
David Gregory will moderate a roundtable discussion about President Obama’s second term featuring presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough, former Obama senior adviser David Axelrod, and NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel.

NBC News Special Report (11:55 am ET)
Lester Holt will anchor a mid-day special report along with David Gregory as President Obama takes the oath of office in a brief ceremony at the White House. This oath-taking fulfills the constitutional requirement that the President take the oath of office prior to the start of his second term at noon on Sunday, January 20th. Because the constitutionally mandated date falls on a Sunday, the public Inauguration ceremony will take place on Monday, January 21st.


“TODAY” (7:00am – 10:00am ET)
Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Al Roker, and Willie Geist will lead a special edition of “Today” live from Washington, DC.

NBC News Special Report (10:00am – approx. 4:00pm ET)
Brian Williams will anchor continuing special coverage from Capitol Hill, joined by David Gregory and Savannah Guthrie.

Other contributors will include: Tom Brokaw; Chuck Todd from the White House and the White House parade reviewing stand; Lester Holt, Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O’Donnell, Luke Russert, and Ron Mott at the Capitol; Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Al Roker, Erica Hill, and Tamron Hall along the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route; Craig Melvin on the National Mall; Peter Alexander and Kristen Welker at the White House; and Richard Engel. Presidential historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Michael Beschloss will join the coverage as well.

“NBC Nightly News” (6:30pm – 7:30pm ET)
Brian Williams will anchor an expanded one-hour broadcast live from Washington, DC.


Featured Video:
* will live stream NBC News’ special broadcast of the swearing-in ceremony at the White House on Sunday; and Monday’s network coverage of the Inauguration. The site will also feature a 180-degree panoramic view of Monday’s ceremony.
* NBC Owned Stations’ web sites will live stream the NBC News broadcast, in addition to coverage customized to their local audiences.
* The NBC News app for Xbox will also live stream the network’s Inauguration coverage on Monday.
* will live stream coverage of the events at the MLK Memorial and interview visitors about the importance of Dr. King and the symbolic connection between the national holiday and the Inauguration of President Obama.

Social Media
* The NBC News coverage team will post in real-time to social media using the hashtag #NBCPolitics.
* On Twitter, @NBCNews will live-tweet the swearing-in and Inauguration speeches.
* NBC News will offer a unique second screen experience on the Zeebox platform. Within the app, users will have a curated view of all real-time social media and can share images and quotes from the Inauguration across Facebook, Twitter and more.
* will feature user-generated photos and other curated using the Chute platform. Users will be able to view photos from other users in different locations in and around Washington, DC.
* Real-time photos will be posted to social accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In addition, NBC News will continually update Storify to display the social media story of the Inauguration.
* NBC News will make use of an on-air Twicker powered by Mass Relevance to curate the best social reporting from the network’s journalists and notable attendees.