PBS NewsHour Reporters are Eyewitnesses at the Siege of U.S. Capitol

January 12, 2021

PBS NewsHour Reporters Share and Recall Their Eyewitness Reporting at the Siege of U.S. Capitol; taped January 8, 2021.

PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff talks to Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins, senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz and White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor about what they saw as they reported on the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. This half-hour conversation is also available as a podcast episode of the PBS NewsHour‘s podcast “America, Interrupted.”

On January 6, Desjardins was the only journalist reporting live on television from the halls of the Capitol, during which she relayed the news of the mob breaking in as it happened and she interviewed several of them live. Desjardins reported a breach as it happened at an entrance to the Capitol in this three-minute report, and, in a seven-minute report from an upper floor of the capitol, she reported on insurrectionists and police around her before she was escorted along with lawmakers to a basement location.

Nawaz reported that afternoon from outside the U.S. Capitol, while Alcindor that day and evening reported from the White House. PBS NewsHour‘s broadcast special and streaming coverage on January 6 was live from 12:30 – 10:30pm ET.

screengrab of video call between four woman. Their screens form four equal quadrants of a rectangle screen. Each are seated in front of their computer screen within a room of their home.

Clockwise from upper left: Amna Nawaz, Yamiche Alcindor, Lisa Desjardins, and Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour.

Originally taped as a PBS NewsHour Podcast, this account will air on some PBS stations across the country (not on THIRTEEN, WLIW21 or NJTV), beginning Tuesday, January 12, 2021 (check local listings).