Convention and Election Coverage

August 24, 2020

PBS NewsHour Livestream August 24: The Republican National Convention roll call, nomination of President Trump, and more, starting the morning of August 24 in Charlotte, NC.
Updated August 24, 2020

August is a milestone in the 2020 Presidential race as voters turn their attention to the Democratic and Republican conventions, which will now be largely virtual due to COVID-19 safety concerns. The backdrop to politics and election coverage is an unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, an economic crisis not seen in generations, and the ongoing struggle against systemic racism.

THIRTEEN provides a comprehensive schedule of programs and online resources to help guide you along the election trail in August.

Our trusted, in-depth, independent news and public affairs programs include Amanpour and Company, PBS NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Weekend, and Washington Week, as well as our award-winning local series like MetroFocus and NJTV News. Each offers thoughtful election coverage and investigative reports, news and analysis from multiple perspectives, and political stories of local and national interest.

Every day of the week, THIRTEEN can help you stay up to date on election issues, whether you’re watching on-air, online, or on the go.

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National and Local Coverage

PBS NewsHour Party Convention Broadcasts

PBS NewsHour nightly news team, with host Judy Woodruff in red jacket.

The 2020 national conventions for both the Democratic and Republican parties have been greatly curtailed and will be largely virtual due to COVID-19 concerns.

PBS NewsHour will produce and broadcast live, primetime coverage (8-11 p.m. each night) of the in-person and virtual proceedings of the 2020 Democratic National Convention August 17 – 20, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the 2020 Republican National Convention August 24 – 27, 2020. The Republicans announced the formal nomination of President Donald J. Trump will take place Monday, August 24 at 9 a.m. in Charlotte, NC.  According to the RNC website, Monday’s convention proceedings will be attended by 336 delegates: six delegates from each state and territory.

President Trump plans to speak every night of the convention. See the schedule of speakers at the Republican National Convention on the PBS NewsHour website.

PBS NewsHour coverage of the Republican National Convention will begin at 8 p.m. with reporting and analysis from the NewsHour team, newsmaker guests and panelists.

This special coverage, produced with funding by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS, will air on PBS stations nationwide and across PBS NewsHour’s and PBS’s digital platforms.

PBS NewsHour Weekend

PBS NewsHour Weekend (Saturdays and Sundays at 6 p.m.;, hosted by Hari Sreenivasan, takes a virtual roadtrip across America, highlighting the issues most important to American voters in both toss-up and battleground states, with stories from local PBS stations, communities, and organizations around the country.

Amanpour and Company

L toR: Walter Isaacson, Michel Martin, Christiane Amanpour, Hari Sreenivasan

Amanpour and Company (weeknights at 11 p.m.; sorts through the noise and spin to provide meaningful conversation, analysis, and perspective. Led by Christiane Amanpour with contributions from veteran journalists Michel Martin, Hari Sreenivasan, and Walter Isaacson, the program features in-depth interviews with political campaign insiders, political experts, historians, elected officials, and others to get to the heart of the issues voters care about most.


MetroFocus hosts Rafael Pi Roman, Jenna Flanagan and Jack Ford.

MetroFocus hosts Rafael Pi Roman, Jenna Flanagan and Jack Ford.

MetroFocus (weeknights at 6 p.m.; covers the local New York metropolitan region with hosts Rafael Pi Roman, Jenna Flanagan, and Jack Ford. They’ll bring Democratic and Republican convention reports, interviews with newsmakers, and timely stories on key issues affecting voters in the New York City region and across the United States.

NJTV News and NJ Spotlight

NJTV News (weeknights at 5:30 p.m.) and digital news journalists from NJ Spotlight team up for NJ Decides 2020 election coverage in what is already a buzzworthy election season in the Garden State. The news teams will report on the candidates, issues and delegation through Election Day, with NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron providing insight and interviews with vying candidates and a special NJ Decides 2020 election hub on the NJ Spotlight and NJTV News sites.

The New Jersey certified primary results and voter turnout figures were finally released on Monday, August 10, a month after the primary elections for state-held offices.

88.3 WLIW-FM livestreams its National Public Radio programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered as well as audio versions of PBS NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Weekend and MetroFocus. See the schedule and livestream at

You can also find election-related stories on the weekly series Washington Week (Fridays at 8 p.m.), Firing Line with Margaret Hoover (Fridays at 8:30 p.m.), and GZERO WORLD with Ian Bremmer (Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.).

Election 2020 Hub

Visit for our comprehensive round-up of news stories on the 2020 Presidential Campaign from across public media. All broadcasts livestream at

Learn how to register to vote, change your voter registration, election timetable deadlines in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and more in our Vote in the 2020 Election guide.

Civics and the History of Elections in the Classroom

Want to inspire and educate young and future voters? Visit Election Central, a free, online educational resource for students and teachers. Created by PBS LearningMedia, the site features timely content, creative resources, and activities on the process and history of elections.