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PBS NEWSHOUR Offers Live Coverage Of Inauguration

Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill anchor; Analysis from Mark Shields and David Brooks; Perspective from Presidential Historians.

Obama inauguration

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President Obama at his first inauguration.

Monday, January 21 at 11am

(Arlington, VA) PBS NEWSHOUR will provide comprehensive live coverage of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.  A special daytime edition of the PBS NewsHour broadcast anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff and a live stream of the inaugural both begin at 11 A.M. Eastern on Monday, January 21, 2013.  Online, the PBS NewsHour team will offer extensive reporting on the people, the process and the history of past celebrations.

The broadcast special includes live coverage at the Capitol building, including the swearing-in and President Obama’s second inaugural address.  Plus, it will feature analysis by the NewsHour’s regular commentators syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.   Presidential historians Richard Norton Smith, Beverly Gage and Annette Gordon-Reed will contribute perspective and historical context

Online, the PBS NewsHour website will list the schedule for the day’s events with a breakdown of what’s happening where and when.  You can read our Inauguration Live Blog and watch a live stream of our broadcast special as well as extended live coverage of the inaugural parade.


Other Online Features include:

An Interview with Stephen Ayers, Architect of the Capitol, who oversaw construction of the massive stage and viewing stands built on the Capitol grounds for the inauguration

A Feature Report on Presidential Second Terms throughout history

  • A Presidential History Quiz to test your knowledge
  • NewsHour correspondents Ray Suarez and Hari Sreenivasan will report from the National Mall for the website and that evening’s broadcast of the NewsHour.
  • An Inauguration Lesson Plan for Teachers: Attention middle and high school teachers, PBS NewsHour Extra! has developed a lesson plan that correlates to national standards to help teach students about presidential history and the inauguration.
  • Reports from Rising Stars: As part of a larger effort to recruit rising stars for future public media newsrooms, PBS NewsHour held a competition to identify leading student journalists across the country.  The fourteen winning student journalists will travel to D.C. to participate in a multimedia short course and provide special coverage of the inauguration. More information and their reports can be found here:

Tune in to PBS at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Monday, January 21st or online at for the PBS NEWSHOUR Inauguration Special.

PBS NEWSHOUR is seen by over 5 million weekly viewers and is also available online, via public radio in select markets and via podcast. The program is produced in association with WETA Washington, D.C., and WNET in New York. Major funding for the PBS NEWSHOUR is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.

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