Washington, D.C. – Gwen Ifill brings Washington Week home to the nation’s capital for its final Road Show of the 2008 campaign season. Following shows in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Atlanta and the Convention cities, Denver and Minneapolis, Washington Week returns for a hometown broadcast event in Washington, D.C. On the brink of the national election, Gwen Ifill and her panelists will examine the state of the race analyzing where things stand and where they will head in the run up to the November Presidential Election.
Joining moderator and managing editor Gwen Ifill will be David Broder, The Washington Post’s national political correspondent; Peter Baker, The New York Times’ political correspondent; Jeanne Cummings, Politico’s chief money and lobbying correspondent and Todd Purdum, Vanity Fair's national editor and political correspondent.
Washington Week is the longest-running news and public affairs program on public television. Celebrating 40 years of journalistic excellence, Washington Week brings together America’s best journalists each Friday evening on PBS, providing insight and perspective on the week’s top stories. Ifill, moderator and managing editor since 1999, has bolstered the show’s journalistic roots and its commitment to hearing from the reporters who actually cover the news.
The September 5th Road Show will feature the classic half-hour broadcast taped before a live audience at Lisner Auditorium. In addition, following the locally and nationally broadcast program, a half-hour Washington Week EXTRA: Washington, D.C. Edition will be taped featuring questions from the audience directed to the panel of journalists. This additional 30 minutes of programming will air as a broadcast on WETA TV 26 and as a webcast available on the program’s website at www.pbs.org/washingtonweek.
Created in 1967 as a local program by WETA, the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, Washington Week has always been characterized by depth and balance and as a source for intelligent analysis. The reporters who cover the halls of power in Washington and abroad gather each Friday to discuss what they have learned, and tell how it might impact viewer’s daily lives. In 2006, Washington Week formed an editorial partnership with National Journal, the respected news weekly, which provides its editorial strength to the program. Washington Week is seen each Friday night on more than 300 PBS stations nationwide.
Ifill is one of the country’s most esteemed journalists. In addition to her role at the helm of Washington Week, Ifill is also a senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. In her 25 years in journalism, she has also worked at NBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, covering such beats as the Congress and the White House. She is frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, including the Vice Presidential debate during the 2004 election and the upcoming Vice Presidential debate scheduled for October 2. Ifill is also the author of the forthcoming book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.
Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal is a production of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with National Journal. The senior producer is Chris Guarino. Producer is Alla Lora. Executive producers are Jeff Bieber and Dalton Delan. Funding for the 2008 Washington Week Road Shows is provided by AARP. Corporate funding is provided by The Boeing Company, Constellation Energy and the National Mining Association. Major funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.
WETA Washington, D.C. is the third-largest producing station for public television. WETA’s other productions and co-productions include The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, America at a Crossroads, Avoiding Armageddon, American Valor, The Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize, In Performance at the White House, and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns, including The Civil War, THE WAR and coming in 2009 National Parks: America’s Best Idea. More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at www.weta.org.