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NPR & Public Radio Tulsa Offer Seven Hours of Live Election Coverage


Election 2012 team to provide coverage, analysis from D.C., national campaign headquarters, 16 key states, and northeastern Oklahoma

On-air and online, from 7 pm to 2 am over Public Radio 89.5-1 and publicradiotulsa.org

Washington, D.C. - Concluding months of comprehensive coverage of Election 2012, NPR News will offer seven hours of live on-air and online election coverage on November 6, 2012. Anchored from NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. - with journalists reporting from campaign headquarters and from more than a dozen cities across the country - NPR's extensive broadcast coverage of the general election will include live and original reports, exit polls, analysis and reaction. All NPR coverage will also be available by live stream, which will transform into an election hub with constant blogging, election results and in-depth reporting.

Two teams will guide NPR's seven hours of election night coverage in Studio 4A: All Things Considered hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block from 7:00PM to midnight (ET), with Guy Raz and Audie Cornish anchoring the broadcast from midnight to 2:00AM (ET). Joining the hosts will be members of NPR's "Election 2012" team, with White House correspondents Ari Shapiro and Scott Horsley reporting from the Romney and Obama campaign headquarters in Boston and Chicago, respectively. Numerous journalists will also report from strategic states across the country - many of which have critical Congressional and gubernatorial races - including: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. NPR will also provide exit polls from Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Colorado and Virginia.

Offering analysis throughout the evening will be NPR Washington Desk editor Ron Elving, political correspondent Mara Liasson and political editor Ken Rudin in Washington, D.C. They will be joined by partisan analysts E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Matt Continetti of The Washington Free Beacon. Andrew Kohut and Michael Dimock of the Pew Research Center will provide analysis as exit polls become available. NPR correspondents, including Nina Totenberg, Julie Rovner and Pam Fessler, will offer reporting on state-by-state news during the live special.

NPR.org is the comprehensive hub for NPR's Election 2012 coverage: from a live stream of the election night broadcast, to blogging and analysis, to interactive tools for tracking the weight of electoral votes:

Swing State Scorecard Interactive

This game-like feature helps users discover different paths to victory as candidates capture electoral votes in swing states. NPR began by charting the votes firmly or leaning towards both candidates: 237 for President Obama and 206 for Romney - leaving 95 up for grabs. Designed to guide voters through the electoral process, players can assign different combinations of the eight "tossup" states to view all possible routes to the presidency.

Live Blogging and Analysis

NPR blogger Mark Memmott will provide quick, live updates from around the country. Joining Memmott to cover exit polling and official results of the presidential, gubernatorial and congressional elections will be NPR correspondents Barbara Bradley-Hagerty, Carrie Johnson and Liz Halloran.

Reporting in-depth on what the election results mean for the coming days and years will be Halloran, NPR political blogger Frank James, reporter Alan Greenblatt, business editor Marilyn Geewax and media correspondent David Folkenflik.

NPR will also play host to a "newsroom" of about two dozen visiting bloggers and social media users who plan to cover election night for their audiences.

NPR's comprehensive 2012 Election Night coverage follows months of extensive reporting across all NPR programs, at NPR.org and on mobile.