January 19th, 2011

CNN Plans Comprehensive Coverage of State of the Union Address, GOP Response

Lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer, joined by Anderson Cooper, Candy Crowley, John King and Piers Morgan will headline the network’s coverage of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 25, beginning at 8 p.m.  Shortly before the 9 p.m. address, King will preview the president’s remarks from Capitol Hill, where he will be reporting live throughout the evening.

Additionally, Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer, along with senior political analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen, and political contributors Roland Martin and Erick Erickson will add insight and analysis.

The network will provide its signature three-dimensional graphics to help explain information and data pertaining to issues the president is expected to raise during his speech. Ali Velshi and Joe Johns will utilize the virtual tool to present comprehensive analysis on the current economic climate, employment rates, impact of health care reform and more.

A special edition of John King, USA will air live from Capitol Hill at 7 p.m. and a special edition of Anderson Cooper 360 ° will follow the State of the Union coverage at 11 p.m. will offer extensive coverage of the State of the Union address with members of the Best Political Team live-blogging and providing real time analysis on the Political Ticker.  Additionally, the address will be live-streamed on, via the CNN App for iPad, and CNN App for iPhone and iPod touch. will also have all of the latest articles, op-eds and analysis leading up to the State of the Union as well as interactive features and photo galleries.  CNN iReport, the network’s user-generated news community, is asking iReporters to watch the speech and share their thoughts.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

All Times Eastern



Edie Emery        Washington        202.898.7657