PRESS RELEASE from CBS News
August 13, 2008
"CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC" ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR IN-DEPTH
ELECTION COVERAGE FOCUSING ON ISSUES MOST IMPORTANT TO AMERICANS DURING
THE FINAL MONTHS OF CAMPAIGN '08
Questions," "Where They Stand," "Follow the Money," and
to Complement Other Insightful Regular Features
On the Broadcast
THE CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC today announced plans for
expanded reporting and innovative features with special emphasis on the
candidates and their positions on 35 key issues of importance to the
country beginning with coverage of the Democratic and Republican
National Conventions later this month and continuing through Election
Night '08, on the broadcast and on CBSNews.com. The announcement
was made by Rick Kaplan, Executive Producer, CBS EVENING NEWS, and
Katie Couric, the broadcast's anchor and managing editor.
expanded coverage will be led by Couric, with reporting and analysis by
Bob Schieffer, CBS News' chief Washington Correspondent and Anchor of
FACE THE NATION, and Jeff Greenfield, Senior Political Correspondent,
and reports from CBS News correspondents across the country and around
broadcast will feature franchises including "Presidential Questions,"
"Where They Stand," "Follow the Money" and "Reality Check," along with
regular reports including "Campaign '08 Notebook;" "The Week Ahead;"
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly;" "Week in Review;" "The Uncommitted
Voters;" "Campaign Diaries" and CBS News Polls.
very proud of what Katie and our team have produced thus far," said
Kaplan, "but our goal is to do even more: to give our viewers the
most thoughtful, intelligent and useful reporting and analysis of this
campaign possible as they prepare to make a very important decision on
"This is a rare chance to focus on positions instead of process," said
Couric. "These features and investigative reports will offer
viewers real breadth and insight and will hopefully allow them to make
an educated decision on Nov. 4. I'm particularly excited about
Presidential Questions, which often solicit spontaneous and revealing
answers to questions about character and leadership."
CBS EVENING NEWS Franchises
Presidential Questions - Based on Couric's acclaimed Primary Questions
series broadcast during the 2008 primary season, the goal of
Presidential Questions is to glean information from the candidates that
goes well beyond stump speeches to their character and how they might
actually perform as president. The reports will debut during the
Where They Stand - This series of in-depth reports, each averaging six
minutes in length, will begin the week of Sept. 8 and run two-three
times per week. They will examine how each candidate proposes to
solve America's most pressing problems, from the economy to healthcare
to education to energy to the environment to the country's
infrastructure to foreign policy to immigration to homeland security,
among others. CBS News correspondents around the country and the
world will contribute to the series.
Follow the Money - With more than $1 billion waiting to be spent, CBS
News Washington Investigative Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson will
follow the key and sometimes controversial dollars that fund political
campaigns large and small.
Reality Check - CBS News White House Correspondent Bill Plante and CBS
News Washington Correspondent Wyatt Andrews will measure the
candidates' campaign claims, promises, attacks and advertisements
against the facts.
CBS EVENING NEWS Regular Reports (beginning Monday, Sept. 8)
Campaign '08 Notebook-Couric will continue to offer this political news
digest every day beginning Sept. 8.
The Week Ahead-Every Monday, Couric will preview the week's anticipated
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly--Every Thursday, Greenfield will look at
the highs, the lows and the weird of the week in politics.
Week in Review-Every Friday, Schieffer will offer his take on the
week's most important and intriguing campaign stories and explain what
The Uncommitted Voters-This periodic series, reported by Couric, will
follow a diverse and representative group of undecided voters in key
states as they navigate the process of deciding for whom to cast their
ballots in November.
Campaign Diaries-CBS News' embedded reporters and producers will offer
snapshots from the campaign trail.
CBS News Polls-Having taken America's pulse since 1975, CBS News'
Polling Unit will continue to examine and measure the mood of the
country as it relates to Campaign '08.
Vice President, CBS News Communications