NBC News’ Week-Long Democratic Primary Debate Coverage Starts Monday

By A.J. Katz 

NBC News is going all in on its coverage of the first Democratic primary debate, taking place in Miami, live in prime time on Wednesday and Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.

While the debates themselves will take place in the middle of the week, on-the-ground coverage in Miami begins on Monday.

NBC News’ Lester Holt will anchor NBC Nightly News throughout the week from Miami beginning Monday. Savannah Guthrie will co-anchor Today from the Arsht Center starting Tuesday. Andrea Mitchell, Peter Alexander, Hallie Jackson, Jacob Soboroff, Mike Memoli, Garrett Haake, Ali Vitali, Vaughn Hillyard and Shaq Brewster will also be on the ground in Miami offering the latest updates and analysis leading up to and after the debates.


MSNBC is delivering significant coverage throughout the week.

The network will present a pre-debate special at 7 p.m. ET and post-debate analysis with insight from the candidates themselves, campaign surrogates and political commentators beginning at 11 p.m.

The 11th Hour host Brian Williams, Deadline: White House host Nicolle Wallace, All In host Chris Hayes, and The Last Word host Lawrence O’Donnell will anchor live from NBC News World Headquarters in New York.

Hardball host Chris Matthews will join live from the spin room in Miami.

MSNBC programming to broadcast from Miami include:

  • The Rachel Maddow Show at 9 p.m. ET on Monday and Tuesday
  • MTP Daily at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Andrea Mitchell Reports at 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Thursday
  • MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle, Hallie Jackson, Chris Jansing, Ali Velshi and Kasie Hunt on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

Additionally,  Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist will anchor Morning Joe from Miami with a live audience on Thursday and Friday beginning at 6 a.m. ET

Prior to the primary debate festivities, AM Joy host Joy Reid and PoliticsNation host Rev. Al Sharpton will be live from the South Carolina Democratic Party Convention on Saturday, where they will be joined by several Democratic candidates to preview the upcoming debate.

MSNBC’s exclusive coverage of the event has caused much controversy. C-SPAN, for instance, has never been blocked from presenting live coverage of a political event in its 40-year history, and never received a reason from the state party as to why. CNN and Fox News have been banned from the event as well.

Plus, The Beat’s Ari Melber will also host Road to Miami, a pre-debate program exploring the candidates’ final weekend of campaigning and previewing their debate strategies on Sunday, June 23 at 9 p.m. ET.

On the digital front – MSNBC will be streaming live audio on SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio and NBC News Digital. Show podcasts will be distributed across all the major platforms including Apple.

This is by far the most significant election in the history of Noticias Telemundo.

Beginning on Wednesday, the network’s morning show Un Nuevo Día at 7 a.m. ET, Noticias Telemundo Noon at 12:30 p.m. ET, and Nightly News at 6:30 p.m. ET will broadcast live from Miami (which is where the network is based).

Telemundo’s debate pre-show on Wednesday and Thursday will begin at 8:55 p.m. ET with more in-depth analysis following the debate. NoticiasTelemundo.com will live-blog and provide real-time fact-checking by PolitiFact during the debate. Telemundo will also stream the debates live and in full on: NoticiasTelemundo.com, on mobile and OTT apps, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

NBC News will stream the full debates live on: NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, NBC News NOW, our mobile and OTT apps, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The network’s new streaming news service, NBC News Now, (now available through NBC’s OTT apps and NBCNews.com), will host an hour-long pre-show and post-show each night. The programming will feature conversations from a student viewing party, a panel of experts, explainers and analysis.

NBC Stay Tuned’s Savannah Sellers will be on the ground in Miami on both nights and will host special editions of the show on Snapchat and provide coverage on the show’s TikTok channel.

NBC News Digital’s Alex Seitz-Wald, Allan Smith and Jon Allen will also be on the ground in Miami reporting and providing analysis. Jane Timm and Adam Edelman will be producing real-time fact-checking of the candidates.

All NBC News Digital coverage will be available at NBCNews.com/debate, which will include: an interactive View from Center Stage, a live blog and fact-checks of the debate in real time; best moments and insight into how candidates performed; and an interactive visualization of how often certain buzzwords are mentioned each evening.

NBC News’ Election Confessions is returning for the 2020 election at ElectionConfessions.com. This time, users are able to submit in a new interactive digital format and sort by candidate and location.

NBC News, MSNBC and Noticias Telemundo have also launched the Student Journalism Project, a collaboration with Instagram to highlight issues important to young voters ahead of the debates. By working with student journalists from colleges and universities across the country, the project will help these students report on topics most important to their generation and will amplify their reporting on Instagram to the three publishers’ IGTV accounts. NBC News will stream the debates live and in full on: NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, our mobile and OTT apps, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.