NPR Unveils Multi-platform 2018 Midterm Coverage

October 23, 2018; Washington, D.C. - Make NPR your one-stop shop for midterm election news. See highlights of our coverage plans below:


NPR will offer special coverage of the midterm elections starting at 8pm ET, 5pm PT, on Election Day, November 6, 2018. Coverage will feature newsmaker interviews, reports from state races, and analysis from NPR's Political Team.

Check your local NPR station for broadcast times:

Election night hosts will include Ailsa Chang, Ari Shapiro, Michel Martin, Sam Sanders and Sarah McCammon, who will interview reporters and newsmakers throughout the night. There will be analysis and results from the NPR Politics team including: National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, Senior Editor and Correspondent Ron Elving, Lead Politics Editor Domenico Montanaro, White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional Correspondent Scott Detrow and Kelsey Snell, and political reporters Tim Mak and Jessica Taylor; demographics and exit poll analysis from NPR Political Correspondent Asma Khalid; gender and politics analysis from NPR Political Reporter Danielle Kurtzleben; and voting and election security analysis from NPR Political Reporter Miles Parks. Coverage will also include updates from Member station reporters across the nation.

The Politics Show from NPR

On September 14, NPR Politics launched The Politics Show from NPR, a special nine-part weekly radio show leading up to the 2018 midterm elections. Each hour provides a deep dive into election news, delivered in the friendly conversational format that listeners of the NPR Politics Podcast have come to know and trust. Tune in to hear insights from NPR journalists as they travel across the country, talking with voters and officials to help listeners understand what's happening on the road to the midterms. The final episode will be released on November 9, which will feature a full recap and analysis of election results. Read More.

NPR On the Road

Leading up to the midterm elections, NPR reporters, correspondents and hosts are heading out around the country to report on issues that are animating voters and to gauge the public mood. Please note all plans are subject to change.

Morning Edition is traveling to four important Congressional districts in the coming month, to talk to voters about the issues that are top of mind.

  • Steve Inskeep - Kentucky's 6th District - Live from WUKY, Oct. 11
  • David Greene - California's 48th District - Live from NPR West, Oct. 18
  • Rachel Martin - Texas' 23rd District - Live Coverage from the field on Oct. 26
  • Noel King - Minnesota's 8th District. Live from KSCN, Nov. 1
All Things Considered will be out in the field speaking with voters, and reporting on the issues that are "top of mind." A key question posed to voters throughout their coverage will be: "Do you FEEL represented?"

  • Ailsa Chang - Phoenix, AZ- Live from KJZZ, Oct. 9
  • Ari Shapiro - Michigan - Live from Michigan Radio, Oct. 26
  • Mary Louise Kelly – Atlanta, GA - Live from WABE, Nov. 1
  • Michel Martin - Philadelphia, PA - WATC live from WHYY, Oct 27 & 28
Here & Now's team visited Southern California, and will be in Tallahassee Florida in the weeks leading to the midterms. They plan to report on the Senate and gubernatorial races in Florida; Ballot Question 4, which would restore the right to vote for most people with prior felony convictions; the state's severe shortage of construction workers; and a look at the decline of oystering in Apalachicola.

  • Jeremy Hobson – Pasadena, CA. Was live from KPCC, Oct. 7-11
  • Robin Young – Tallahassee, FL. Live from WFSU Oct. 24 & 25.
NPR is working with Member station journalists from coast to coast to cover elections on the top of the ticket down to the local statehouse. This coverage will include reporting on all 36 gubernatorial races.

This cycle our journalists will also be examining the political effects of the #MeToo movement. It's been roughly one year since a national dialogue began about the pervasiveness of sexual assault. From the influx of female candidates, to the change in messaging regarding assault accusations, NPR is examining how dynamics have changed. Special coverage will include stories on two races, one from Oregon in which a state representative candidate has been accused of groping women and another in Colorado where two women candidates for the state senate have both accused elected leaders of sexual harassment.


Whether you are looking for big picture analysis or a deep dive into granular election data, NPR has you covered. The homepage will feature a live election night blog with breaking news coverage, and reporting from member station journalists across the country. Log on to see exit polling, video of candidate speeches, news-making tweets, analysis from NPR journalists as well as easy to read graphics that display election results.

NPR has partnered with the Associated Press to display real-time election results from across the country. Take a quick glance at our big board graphics to see who has made gains in the House and Senate, or dig deep into the county-by-county level data on every statewide race and ballot initiative. You can even compare county election data from the 2016 election returns.

The live blog will act as a viewer's guide to help show users which races to watch in key battleground states. NPR's Scott Detrow, Kelsey Snell, Tim Mak, Jessica Taylor will be reporting on the balance of power and what's ahead for Congress. Mara Liasson, Domenico Montanaro, Ron Elving, and Tamara Keith will be providing insight and analysis. Asma Khalid, Danielle Kurtzleben will break down trends and demographics within the electorate. Miles Parks will be covering voting Issues and election security.

NPR's digital election coverage will also be available on participating Member station websites.


NPR/PBSNewsHour/Marist will release a poll on October 26th ahead of the midterm election to measure political sentiment, predict voting habits and gauge which topics are resonating with voters.

In Your Podcast Feed

Story Corps
Story Corp launched their One Small Step initiative. This new project seeks to help people with opposing political views who don't know each other have civil, personal conversations. Why? To break down boundaries created by politics and remember our shared humanity. To remind us that we have more in common than divides us and that treating those with whom we disagree with decency and respect is essential to a functioning democracy. Read More.

The NPR Politics Podcast
The politics team will be kicking into high gear as the midterms approach, releasing plenty of extra podcasts including a special post-election analysis episode.

It's Been a Minute
In late October It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders will have on Stacy Abrams, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia and Elizabeth Heng, Republican candidate for California's 16th congressional district. It's a look at two candidates – one from each party –for a discussion about what it's like to run in a year with such an increase in female candidates.

Hidden Brain
Hidden Brain aired two episodes that confront our ideas about our political identity. The episode from October 8 explores how we come to our political views, including research into the deep psychological and temperamental differences between liberals and conservatives. In the next episode, the show will look at what the rise of Donald Trump tells us about the motivations of American voters, exploring both the theory that it is class-based and the theory that it is grounded in racial identity.

If you're convicted of a felony in Florida, you lose your right to vote – a kind of disenfranchisement that goes back to the Civil War. If you want to get that right back, you need to apply, wait seven years, and make the case, in person, to a panel that includes the governor, attorney general, and two other elected officials. It's a process that makes it very unlikely most people convicted of a felony will ever vote again. This November, voters in Florida might change all that. Embedded has been following people as they plead their case, lay it all on the line to restore their rights, and try to change the law.

Code Switch
NPR's Code Switch team released a new episode on October 24 exploring the question of why people don't vote, and why more and more people can'tvote. This episode examines two state races that might have national implications for 2020, the Florida gubernatorial race and the Georgia gubernatorial race.

Ben Fishel
NPR Media Relations
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