Donald Trump’s State of the Union address almost didn’t happen this year because of the government shutdown, but here we are. This will likely be the big political event of the week, and the networks are treating it like it with nearly every single one of them delivering both the speech itself and studio analysis. And CBS News is delivering not one, but two separate State of the Union presentations.
The big one will be a special edition of “CBS Evening News” on CBS proper. This broadcast, which will begin at at the 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT scheduled start time for Trump’s speech, will be hosted by Jeff Glor with contributions from “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan and CBS News correspondentsNancy Cordes, Major Garrett, Nikole Killion and Ed O’Keefe, along with others.
There are two ways to watch this special edition of “CBS Evening News” — on the CBS channel itself or streaming via CBS All Access. You can get a free trial for All Access if you’ve never signed up for it before, but there’s no other standard free option for that broadcast aside from catching your local affiliate over the air.
Meanwhile, the 24-hour CBS News streaming network is available for free and will be presenting its own coverage of the State of the Union address that you can catch on YouTube or through the CBS News app. We’ve embedded the YouTube feed up at the top of this post for your convenience.
The CBS News streaming coverage begins at 5 p.m. ET and will be hosted by Elaine Quijano. The stream will carry Trump’s speech at 9 p.m. ET as well as the Democratic response and the standard full slate of analysis and on-site reporting from the CBS News team after all that is done. Correspondents Kenneth Craig and Natalie Bond will be reporting from Capitol Hill for this stream.
If CBS News isn’t what you’re in the mood for, we’ve got you covered with all the details for coverage plans for the State of the Union on the other major networks. Click here for what you need to know about streaming MSNBC’s coverage. Click here for a rundown on Fox News’ plans and streaming info. Click here for all the info about what CNN has planned. And click here for PBS NewsHour’s livestream.