TV News Coverage of Obama’s State of the Union Address

By Brian Flood 

President Barack Obama will make his 2015 State of the Union Address tomorrow night, followed by the Republican response from Iowa Senator Joni Ernst. TVNewser has you covered when deciding where to watch.

CBS’ coverage will be anchored by Scott Pelley, starting at 9 pm ET. Chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer, “CBS This morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell, Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett, Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes and political director John Dickerson will join Pelley during the coverage. CBSN will stream the coverage starting at 8 pm ET. Pelley will also anchor the “Evening News” from D.C. through Wednesday.

ABC’s coverage will be led by ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos live from D.C at 9 pm ET. “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir will broadcast the evening news from Capitol Hill and report throughout the night. ABC’s coverage will also feature Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz , political analyst Cokie Roberts and contributors Matthew DowdNicolle Wallace and Donna Brazile. At 12:35 pm ET “Nightline” will feature the highlights from the address.

Brian Williams will anchor NBC’s coverage from D.C. at 9 pm ET with help from “Meet the Press” moderator and NBC News political director Chuck Todd, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing, and NBC News senior political analyst Joe Scarborough. NBC’s coverage will also feature White House correspondent Kristen Welker, “Noticiero Telemundo” anchor Jose Diaz-Balart and Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell inside the House chamber.

Fox News Channel’s live coverage will be anchored by Bret Baier beginning at 8:55 pm ET. Baier will moderate a panel of commentators, including FNC contributors Steve Hayes, George Will, Juan Williams and Nina Easton. Additionally, chief White House correspondent Ed Henry and chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel will provide live reports from the White House and Capitol Hill, respectively. FNC will also air a special editions of “The O’Reilly Factor” at 8 pm ET and “The Kelly File” at 11 pm ET.

Shepard Smith will anchor the live coverage on the Fox broadcast network starting at 9 pm ET. Contributions will also be provided by Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday.”

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will lead the network’s coverage beginning at 7 pm ET, with a special edition of “Erin Burnett OutFront” live from Capitol Hill. Gloria Borger, John King, Michael Smerconis and Jim Acosta will assist the coverage that also features Dana Bash reporting live from inside the Capitol.

On MSNBC, the festivities begin at 8 pm ET with Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews hosting the special programming. They will be joined by Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton, Kasie Hunt, Steve Kornacki and contributors Steve Schmidt, Robert Gibbs, Michael Steele, Eugene Robinson, and Victoria DeFrancesco Soto. MSNBC’s State of the Union coverage will also feature the first live-event analysis by the new digital platform Shift, which will be hosted by Krystal Ball, Dorian Warren and Josh Barro.

Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto will anchor a special report beginning at 8 pm ET with Peter Barnes and Rich Edson reporting live from D.C. Following the address, FBN will present a live special edition of “Stossel,” hosted by John Stossel.

Al Jazeera America’s coverage begins at 7 pm ET, anchored by John Seigenthaler, Tony Harris and Ray Suarez with White House correspondent Mike Viqueira and NYU professor of campaign management Jeanne Zaino providing insight.

Yahoo’s Katie Couric anchors reaction and analysis from 9 pm ET on Joining Couric in-studio from NYC will be members of the Yahoo News team, including national political columnist Matt Bai, chief White House correspondent Olivier Knox, chief investigative correspondent Mike Isikoff and journalist Janell Ross.

Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will anchor coverage from 8-11 pm ET, joined by Al Hunt and a panel of political analysts including Carly Fiorina, Anita Dunn and John Sununu. Throughout the night, Bloomberg correspondents Phil Mattingly, Peter Cook and Margaret Talev will be reporting in from the White House and Capitol Hill.

Fusion’s coverage will be anchored by Jorge Ramos and Alicia Menendez starting at 9 pm ET and will be live streamed on and YouTube.