Papal Trip, U.S.A.: Notes

By SteveK 

• ABC: Correspondents Dan Harris and Bill Blakemore will cover the visit from start to finish and report on all ABC News platforms. Good Morning America anchor Chris Cuomo travels to Washington, DC and commentator Cokie Roberts reports on visit as well. ABCNews.com will also provide coverage.

• CBS: Correspondent Byron Pitts travels with the Pope during his visit, and will report for the CBS Evening News. This morning on The Early Show, Jeff Glor will be live discussing the arrival, while co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez is live at the White House for the Pope’s arrival there on Wednesday. CBSNews.com will provide a live webcast covering all public events in their entirety at its interactive Pope Benedict site.

• CNN: Coverage begins today with reports from Jim Acosta, Wolf Blitzer, Ed Henry and Kyra Phillips, among others. Correspondent Brian Todd is live for the Pope’s arrival. Late in the week, Soledad O’Brien anchors CNN’s coverage of Pope Benedict’s visit to Ground Zero and Mass in Yankee Stadium. CNN.com will stream all ceremonies and events, feature reports from John Allen and provide multimedia elements.

• FNC: Shepard Smith anchors all major Papal events, including his arrival today, his meeting with President Bush and his trip to New York City. The April 19 mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be anchored by Bill Hemmer. Others covering events will be anchor Jon Scott and correspondents Lauren Green and Greg Burke. Foxnews.com will stream all events and masses, and include blogs from Green and Burke.

• NBC/MSNBC: The Today show will split its anchors between Washington, DC and New York, as Matt Lauer will co-anchor from DC beginning Wednesday. Natalie Morales and Tim Russert will report live from DC as well. The Nightly News with Brian Williams will include nightly reports. MSNBC’s special coverage begins at 4pmET today with the Pope’s arrival. MSNBC.com will provide live streams as well as exclusive video and interactive slideshows.

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