TONIGHT: Extensive election night coverage on Arizona PBS

With journalists embedded throughout the region, Arizona PBS will have comprehensive, in-depth coverage on Election Day.

On Nov. 6, Arizona Horizon and Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS, will provide real-time updates and analysis throughout the evening in conjunction with national election coverage from PBS NewsHour.

Under the direction of faculty at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, more than 100 Cronkite News reporters will be covering the major races in the state and country, reporting from dozens of polling locations as well as the Democratic and Republican watch parties.

Coverage begins on Arizona PBS (8.1) with Cronkite News live at 5 p.m. followed by Arizona Horizon. PBS NewsHour will bring election results from across the country live beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing through the evening.

The special NewsHour broadcast will be anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff, with a panel of studio guests to include syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Times columnist David Brooks, Cook Political Report national editor Amy Walter, editor and publisher of American Greatness Chris Buskirk, MoveOn.org senior adviser Karine Jean-Pierre and PBS NewsHour Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins.

Arizona Horizon host and managing editor Ted Simons and Cronkite News will provide real-time updates and analysis of the Arizona elections and propositions at the top of each hour beginning at 6:57 p.m.

Cronkite News coverage also will air on Arizona PBS World (8.3) beginning at 8 p.m., including spot analysis from Arizona Horizon.

Simons will host a special one-hour Arizona Horizon at 10 p.m. with complete coverage of local election and proposition results, including the U.S. Senate and Arizona gubernatorial race, among others.

“It’s a big election for Arizona,” Simons said. “A U.S. Senate seat will be decided, along with all state elective offices and a number of ballot measures that could significantly change education, energy and tax policy in Arizona. It should be quite a night.”

Additionally, Cronkite News will have profiles of candidates from the major races available online. Reporters will be stationed at various polling places throughout the day to monitor any voting issues, and reporters will provide live coverage from both Democratic and Republican viewing parties throughout the Valley.

Arizona PBS hosted more than a dozen debates during the summer and fall months in partnership with The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com and Clean Elections Commission. The debates featured candidates from hotly contested races for U.S. Senate, governor and attorney general as well as proposition initiatives and congressional district seats throughout the state. All Clean Elections as well as Arizona PBS/Arizona Republic debates can be viewed here.

Arizona PBS Election Day Schedule:

  • 5 p.m. – Cronkite News (Ch. 8.1)
  • 5:30 p.m. – Arizona Horizon (Ch. 8.1)
  • 6 p.m. – PBS NewsHour
  • 6:57 p.m. – PBS NewsHour national elections coverage (including local updates at bottom of every hour from Arizona Horizon and Cronkite News) (Ch. 8.1)
  • 8 p.m. – Cronkite News election coverage (Ch. 8.3)
  • 10 p.m. – Arizona Horizon Election Special (one hour) (Ch. 8.1)
  • 11 p.m. – Nightly Business Report
  • 11:30 p.m. – Cronkite News (Ch. 8.1)

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