Convention and Election Coverage

July 27, 2020


Updated July 27, 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 series like 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

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 plans to produce and broadcast live, primetime coverage 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, as details of the parties’ respective events take shape.

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.

In the July 27 video above, PBS NewsHour’s Daniel Bush and Lisa Desjardins discuss how presidential campaigns have shifted into high gear even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the nation, and how party conventions will work. Is coronavirus and the national reckoning on race and justice factoring into vice president considerations?

Amanpour and Company (weeknights at 11 p.m.; pbs.org/amanpour) 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.

PBS NewsHour Weekend (Saturdays and Sundays at 6 p.m.; pbs.org/newshour), 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.

MetroFocus (weeknights at 6 p.m.; metrofocus.org) 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 (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 election hub on the NJ Spotlight and NJTV News sites.

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 WLIW.org/radio.

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 thirteen.org/Election2020 for our comprehensive round-up of news stories on the 2020 Presidential Campaign from across public media. All broadcasts livestream at thirteen.org/live.

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.