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Election 2020: Inauguration Coverage

In the lead-up to Inauguration Day on January 20, turn to New Hampshire Public Radio for in-depth and insightful reporting, spanning NHPR’s on-air, digital and podcast properties.

Inauguration coverage on NHPR caps more than two years of reporting on the 2020 Presidential race, from the earliest days of potential national candidates exploring New Hampshire and considering runs for president, through a busy primary season and our state’s first-in-the-nation primary, to Election Day last November.

In the wake of the January 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C., and ongoing proceedings around the historic second impeachment of President Trump, news is changing and fast-moving. NHPR is tapping both its local resources in New Hampshire as well as the expertise of our national colleagues at NPR and other public media partners to cover both of these unprecedented events in the life of our nation.

Coverage for the next week is expected to include live broadcasts from NPR, reactions from members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation who are attending inauguration events, and the voices of the public.

NHPR’s news team will be reaching out to sources and newsmakers to learn more about their plans for watching events on Inauguration Day, and how events of January 6 have impacted people’s perspective on our democracy, our politics and our country’s future. The news team is also reporting on security concerns, demonstrations, and protest movements that are active in New Hampshire. Members of the public are encouraged to share their views on current events by sending an email to:, or leaving a voicemail message: 1-603-513-7790.

In addition to news and programming offerings, NHPR’s popular Civics 101 podcast is producing timely episodes and responding directly to listener questions. Recent episodes include primers on the 25th Amendment; Congress and the Electoral College;  and the peaceful transition of power. Visit here for free and downloadable episodes, lesson plans, explanatory journalism and other tools for better understanding the rights and responsibilities of citizenry and the foundations of our political institutions. Listeners can also send in their questions about aspects of the voting process, our democratic institutions, or other civics-related queries.



Here is a guide to what listeners and readers can expect to see around Inauguration Day coverage. Listeners and readers can also get ongoing updates via NHPR’sPrimarily Politics newsletter.

Tuesday, January 19

7 – 8 p.m. – New England News Collaborative/America Amplified Special.

A special edition of NEXT looks at “What the Biden Administration Will Mean for Climate Change in New England”. New England is already seeing the effects of climate change, from severe storms and heat waves, to rising seas and climate migration. President-elect Biden has proposed the most ambitious climate platform of any incoming U.S. president in history. This one-hour special will look at climate change in the six-state region and how the Biden Administration could affect climate change in the future.

Guests will include:

Wednesday, January 20

5 to 9 a.m.  – Inauguration Day coverage kicks off with Morning Edition

9 to 10 a.m.  – The Exchange 

As part of ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic in our state and our nation, New Hampshire's top state epidemiologists will answer listener questions. New Hampshire state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, deputy state epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, will appear on the program with the latest information about the virus, its variants, and how the state is managing the rise in cases. Email your questions in advance to:

10 to 11 a.m. BBC Newshour 

A special hour of the BBC provides a global perspective on the inauguration of America's next president and news from around the world. 

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – NPR Special Live Coverage 

President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into office in a ceremony at the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Live coverage from NPR is expected to take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both the swearing-in ceremony and the President-elect’s inauguration speech will be broadcast live, with musical performances also planned. 

Special coverage will be hosted by Rachel Martin and Michel Martin, with NPR reporters and correspondents Miles Parks, Alina Selyukh, Juana Summers, Mara Liasson, Ron Elving, Scott Detrow, Ayesha Rascoe, Claudia Grisales, Susan Davis, Don Gonyea, Danielle Kurtzleben and others expected to be part of the coverage team. 

NOTE: Live coverage from NPR may extend beyond 2 p.m., depending on the news of the day. 

2 to 4 p.m.  – Here & Now 

4 – 6:30  p.m. – All Things Considered 

6:30 - 7 p.m.  – Marketplace 

7 – 9 p.m. – All Things Considered   

9 – 10 p.m.1A  Inauguration Day Special Coverage 

On the evening of Inauguration Day, Jenn White will host a special hour looking at the day’s events. Listeners from across the country and from across the political spectrum will be invited to share their views. The hour will include some special guests, but primarily listener voices.

10 – 11 p.m. – As It Happens 

From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, hear reaction to the inauguration and what it means for  our  neighbors north of the border. 

11 p.m. – midnight  – BBC 

More global perspective on the day's events from the BBC.  

Thursday, January 21

9 to 10 a.m. live; rebroadcast from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m - The Exchange

NHPR’s locally-produced statewide call-in talk show will continue to be a place for in-depth conversations with key newsmakers and a forum for public conversation. One day after the inauguration of the nation’s 46th President, The Exchange reflects on the events in Washington and invites listener reaction and comments

Submit your comments and questions in advance, or in real time during the broadcast, by emailing:, or by calling in during the live show to 1-800-892-6477.


 About NHPR

Since 1981, New Hampshire Public Radio has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Our mission is “Expanding minds, sparking connections, building stronger communities.” NHPR is broadcast from 14 different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week, NHPR is the choice of more than 157,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage, with thousands more viewing, following our social media sites or listening to our podcasts. Each day, New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by its award-winning news team. Locally produced programs and podcasts include The Exchange, The Folk Show, Outside/In, Bear Brook, and Civics 101, among others. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News 

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