National Public Radio will provide live, anchored coverage of the three Presidential debates, as well as the sole Vice Presidential debate, which begin later this month and continue into October. Coverage will begin on debate nights (dates below) at 6 p.m., Arizona time on KUAZ 89.1 FM, with two hours of live special coverage and analysis of the debates followed by an hour-long call in program.
Linda Wertheimer will host the debate special. The first 90 minutes will be uninterrupted coverage of the debate followed with 30 minutes of analysis hosted by NPR's Linda Wertheimer and led by NPR's Supervising Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and other regular NPR political contributors. This segment will also include fact checking by a team of NPR reporters and editors.
Vice Presidential Debate
Thursday, October 2 Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Moderator: Gwen Ifill Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour, and Moderator and Managing Editor, Washington Week, PBS
Second Presidential Debate (town meeting format)
Tuesday, October 7 Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn. Moderator: Tom Brokaw Special Correspondent, NBC News
Third Presidential Debate
Wednesday, October 15
Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.
Moderator: Bob Schieffer CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent, and Host, Face the Nation
NPR will follow each of the debates with "NPR's National Listening Party" at 8:00 p.m., Arizona time. This live, hour-long, call-in program, will be a chance for listeners from around the country to share their views on the candidates and that night's debate.
Neal Conan and NPR’s talk crew are going on the road to include a live audience with the call-in for all four debates.
First Presidential Debate Call-in Special:
Friday, September 26, 8:00 p.m., Arizona time. NPR’s Michel Martin, with Tom Gjelten, reporter with NPR’s Foreign Desk, will host from The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.