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RNC, DNC Coverage Guide: How To Watch the Presidential Conventions

News organizations are going all out with convention coverage

It’s already been a wild year in American politics and things are about to get even nuttier when each party’s convention gets underway. Luckily, TheWrap has all the coverage details in one convenient place to make following along as simple as possible.

The Republican National Convention kicks off Monday from Cleveland, Ohio’s Quicken Loans Arena. The RNC will host approximately 2,470 delegates and 2,302 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories in addition to over 15,000 credentialed reporters. The event concludes July 21 when presumptive nominee Donald Trump is expected to speak.

The Democratic National Convention will be July 25-28 from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia with presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton scheduled to speak on the final night. TheWrap will be on the ground at both conventions providing continuous coverage, but here are the details if you desire more.

Fox News Channel
“Fox & Friends,” “America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum,” “Outnumbered,” “The Five,” “Special Report with Bret Baier,” “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” and “The Kelly File” with Megyn Kelly will all be live from the scene of each convention. “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity” will also have special dedicated shows to cover both conventions and the events surrounding them.

“Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace” will air live from the Quicken Loans Arena and the Wells Fargo Center on the Sunday before each convention. Baier and Kelly will co-anchor special editions of “America’s Election Headquarters” live from convention sites throughout both weeks.

FNC’s Jennifer Griffin, Mike Emanuel, Carl Cameron, John Roberts, Shannon Bream, Steve Harrigan, Mike Tobin and Peter Doocy will be on the ground providing additional coverage.

CNN’s “America’s Choice 2016” coverage starts on Saturday, and the network will be live from Cleveland and Philadelphia around the clock, as needed, for the next two weeks. CNN will have roaming cameras on the floor of both conventions, multiple sets from inside the halls and several reporting locations surrounding the Quicken Loans Arena and Wells Fargo Center.

Anchors Brooke Baldwin, John Berman, Victor Blackwell, Wolf Blitzer, Kate Bolduan, Erin Burnett, Alisyn Camerota, Anderson Cooper, Carol Costello, Chris Cuomo, Poppy Harlow, John King, Don Lemon, Christi Paul, Christine Romans, Michael Smerconish, Jake Tapper and Fredricka Whitfield will report from the convention sites.

Jim Acosta, Dana Bash, Gloria Borger, Jason Carroll, David Chalian, Tom Foreman, Nia-Malika Henderson, Brianna Keilar, MJ Lee, Miguel Marquez, Phil Mattingly, Chris Moody, Sara Murray, Evan Perez, Mark Preston, Manu Raju, Maeve Reston, Martin Savage, Jessica Schneider, Sara Sidner, Brian Stelter, Ryan Young and Jeff Zeleny will also be on the ground to cover the conventions.

John King will report from inside the convention halls using the CNN Magic Wall, while John Berman will host focus groups and Tom Foreman will lead CNN’s daily Reality Check team.

Rachel Maddow, Brian Williams and Chris Matthews will anchor over 40 hours of primetime coverage. “Morning Joe” and the majority of MSNBC daytime programming will be live from the convention cities.

Over 45 NBC News and MSNBC anchors, correspondents and embeds will spread throughout Cleveland and Philadelphia for additional coverage. Stephanie Ruhle, José Díaz-Balart, Tamron Hall, Andrea Mitchell, Craig Melvin, Chris Jansing, Thomas Roberts, Kate Snow and Steve Kornacki are among the NBC News talent heading to the conventions.

Other scheduled contributors include Peter Alexander, Stephanie Gosk, Gabe Gutierrez, Hallie Jackson, Kasie Hunt, Kelly O’Donnell, Lawrence O’Donnell, Cal Perry, Jacob Rascon, Joy Reid, Jacob Soboroff, Katy Tur and Kristen Welker.

Lester Holt, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd will anchor all NBC News coverage live from both cities. NBC will present primetime specials at 10 p.m. ET each night of the conventions. “Late Night with Seth Meyers” is picking up the ball on the final of the RNC convention, July 21, with a live report at 12:35 a.m. following Trump’s anticipated speech.

“NBC Nightly News,” “Today” and “Meet the Press” will broadcast live from each city, with “MTP” kicking off coverage on the Sunday before each convention begins. Tom Brokaw, who has covered every presidential election since 1968, will contribute coverage across a variety of platforms.

NBCNews.com will live stream the network primetime specials and feature non-stop reporting and analysis, including real-time updates on the live blog.

Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos will lead coverage of each of the four nights of both conventions with one hour in primetime and special reports throughout every day beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

“This Week with George Stephanopoulos” will kick off each week of convention coverage with special live editions in Cleveland ‪on July 17 and Philadelphia ‪on July 24. Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts will anchor “Good Morning America” from the convention cities ‪Monday through Thursday during the week-long events.

David Muir will anchor “World News Tonight” from the convention cities Sunday through Thursday (‪July 17-21 and ‪July 24-28). Dan Harris and Byron Pitts will also lead “Nightline” coverage from Cleveland and Philadelphia during the conventions.

Muir, chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” co-anchor Martha Raddatz, “World News Tonight” Saturday anchor and senior national correspondent Cecilia Vega, “World News Tonight” Sunday anchor and correspondent Tom Llamas, senior foreign correspondent Terry Moran and special correspondent and senior strategic advisor Matthew Dowd will join Stephanopoulos in primetime and for special reports.

Political analyst Cokie Roberts, political contributor Kristen Soltis Anderson, Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez and contributors Donna Brazile and Bill Kristol will provide additional coverage. “The View” will have live updates from co-host Paula Faris at the RNC ‪on July 21 and Joy Behar at the DNC ‪on July 28.

“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley, “CBS This Morning” hosts Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King and “Face the Nation” anchor and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson will lead the primetime coverage at 10 p.m. ET from Cleveland and Philadelphia on all four nights of both conventions.

In an attempt to liven-up coverage, CBS News journalists will broadcast from, or near, the floor of both convention halls with reporters deployed inside and outside the venues.

CBS News Correspondents Nancy Cordes, Major Garrett, Julianna Goldman, Jeff Pegues and DeMarco Morgan; and Josh Elliott, Vladimir Duthiers and Elaine Quijano will provide additional coverage for the network. Bob Schieffer, Peggy Noonan, Jamelle Bouie and Mark Leibovich will also offer analysis.

CBS News is also partnering with The Atlantic in both cities and will have a physical presence in The Atlantic’s Convention HQ, where journalists from both organizations will participate in each other’s events and broadcasts.


Fusion will deviate from traditional mainstream media coverage and reflect the issues that matter to young, diverse voters, airing live primetime coverage of “The Trump Show” and “The Hillary Show” starting ‪at 10 p.m. ET each night on its cable network with additional coverage across its digital, social, and OTT channels.


Alicia Menendez and Jorge Ramos will lead Fusion’s coverage along with Nando Vila. Coverage will also include contributions from The Root’s Political Editor Jason Johnson as well as Fusion special correspondents Mariana Atencio, Dan Lieberman, Tim Pool, and senior political reporter Terrell Starr. National affairs correspondent Jorge Rivas will cover immigration and LGBTQ issues while Katie McDonough will weigh in on a range of issues from women’s health to income inequality.

Fox Business
Fox Business Network will have special programming throughout the conventions, with Maria Bartiromo, Trish Regan and Lou Dobbs anchoring coverage. “Mornings with Maria” andThe Intelligence Report” will both air live from the convention floor.

Bartiromo will return to the convention floor at 6 p.m. ET to anchor “Special Coverage: Republican National Convention,” where she will cover the latest developments, leading up to Lou Dobbs, who will host a special two-hour edition of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” each evening starting at 7 p.m. ET.

FBN’s Trish Regan will anchor “Cavuto: Coast-to-Coast” at 9 p.m. ET each night of the GOP convention. Washington senior correspondent Peter Barnes, Washington correspondent Blake Burman, Connell McShane, Dagen McDowell and Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery will also contribute from the ground.

“Real Time with Bill Maher” will have four special convention editions on July 20, 21, 27 and 28 live from Los Angeles at 11 p.m. ET

Comedy Central
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” will be on the floor of both the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia for the full two weeks. Noah and his team will have complete behind-the-scenes coverage, both on Comedy Central and with a strong digital presence on Snapchat and Amazon’s Alexa. In addition, they will air live coverage beginning at 11 p.m. on July 21 beginning, during and after Trump’s acceptance speech as well as on July 28 for Clinton’s.

Both conventions will be streamed live on Twitter, thanks to a partnership between the social networking platform and CBS News’ online news service, CBSN. The stream will include CBSN anchors and correspondents Josh Elliott, Elaine Quijano and Vladimir Duthiers providing complete coverage and analysis.

TheWrap will update this page as new information becomes available.