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DNC 2020: How to Watch the Democratic National Convention

Here's how ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and more networks are covering

Allison Picurro

This year's Democratic National Convention is coming to an end. The event, which began on Monday, will conclude on Thursday, Aug. 20. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, this year's DNC went virtual, with the actual convention floor mostly empty and speakers delivering their addresses remotely. It's already featured some memorable moments, like a powerful address from Michelle Obama that left Stephen Colbert speechlessthe roll call heard 'round the country, and rousing remarks from former President Barack Obama. Most importantly, Democrats have now formally nominated former Vice President Joe Biden, along with the recently announced vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, and he will give his acceptance speech from his home in Delaware. 

Plenty of high-profile speakers have been tapped to speak on each day of the convention. Monday night featured Michelle Obama, as well as speeches from Sen. Bernie Sanders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and more; on Tuesday, the lineup included former Second Lady Jill Biden, former President Bill Clinton, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among others; on Wednesday, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Harris all delivered highly anticipated speeches; and on Thursday, Aug. 20, the last day of the convention, Biden himself will speak, along with Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Sen. Cory Booker. The full list of DNC's speaker schedule can be found here.

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So if you're looking for how to tune in to catch all the speeches live, and some editorial commentary from your favorite network anchors, here's a look at the coverage of this year's Democratic National Convention you can expect to see on ABC, CBS, and more. Meanwhile, you can find details on how to watch the Republican National Convention next week right here.

ABC News

ABC News will host nightly special coverage of the DNC from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Byron Pitts, Martha Raddatz, Jonathan Karl, Pierre Thomas, Tom Llamas, Cecilia Vega, Terry Moran, Nate Silver, and Matthew Dowd will report on the state of the election, with contributors Chris Christie, Yvette Simpson, Rahm Emanuel, Heidi Heitkamp, Sara Fagen, and Leah Wright Rigueur providing analysis. Mary Bruce, Rachel Scott, and Alex Perez will be in the field reporting on developments from the convention. 

ABC News Live, the network's streaming site, will kick off primetime coverage each day at 7 p.m. ET, lead by Linsey Davis, while George Stephanopoulos will anchor the 9 p.m. coverage. Each morning at 9 a.m. ET, Diane Macedo will anchor previews and recaps of the conventions throughout the day. Live digital coverage will also be available on ABC News Digital and FiveThirtyEight, while ABC News Radio will offer three hours of coverage each night of the convention starting at 8 p.m. ET.

CBS News

From 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET, CBS News will dedicate one hour to covering each night of the convention, anchored by Norah O'Donnell, who will be joined by John Dickerson, María Elena Salinas, Jamal Simmons, and Leslie Sanchez. CBS News' coverage will include live analysis from Valerie Jarrett, Reince Priebus, Robby Mook, Joel Payne, Anthony Salvanto, and Terry Sullivan. CBSN will also offer live coverage of the convention beginning at 5 p.m. ET, anchored by Elaine Quijano, who will also continue coverage later in the evening at 8:30 p.m. ET.

On the digital end, CBS News will stream coverage of the DNC on its website and the CBS News mobile app, with live blog coverage also beginning each day at 5 p.m. ET. For radio listeners, CBS News Radio will provide live coverage and short-form special reports from Steven Portnoy, Steve Futterman, and Peter Maer, with analysis from Leonard Steinhorn.

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C-SPAN will be providing live coverage of both the DNC and RNC on C-SPAN, C-SPAN.org, and C-SPAN Radio. The organization's coverage will be free of commercials and commentary during the event but will feature live reactions each night following the convention, with a nightly recap from senior political editor Steve Scully. C-SPAN's live morning call-in program Washington Journal will also air convention coverage from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. ET daily, and C-SPAN will present archival footage from previous conventions at 6 p.m. ET each night. 


Every night of the convention, CNN will air special footage from 8 p.m to 2 a.m. ET, hosted by Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper, Anderson Cooper, Dana Bash, and John King, with Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon joining from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m. ET. Additional reporting on the convention will be done by Jeff Zeleny, Arlette Saenz, Jessica Dean, and MJ Lee, with analysis to be provided by David Chalian, Gloria Borger, David Axelrod, Nia-Malika Henderson, Abby Phillip, and Mark Preston. DNC commentators include Van Jones, Jennifer Granholm, Andrew Yang, and Scott Jennings. 

CNN Politics will cover the convention on the digital end, and CNN Audio will debut two new podcasts during the DNC. CNN Political Briefing is scheduled to premiere on Monday, Aug. 17th, and Politically Sound will premiere on Friday, Aug. 21. Axe Files with David Axelrod will also feature convention reporting. On YouTube, The Point with Chris Cillizza will feature special convention programming and will bring in Democrat strategists to answer questions.

FOX News

FOX News began its special DNC programming on Sunday Aug. 16 at 10 p.m. ET with an hour-long special titled Democracy 2020: Convention Kickoff, anchored by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. Baier and MacCallum will host live primetime editions of the Democracy 2020 special each night of the convention, joined by a rotating team of commentators and hosts including Chris Wallace, Brit Hume, Dana Perino, and Juan Williams, with Donna Brazile, Karl Rove, and Katie Pavlich on deck to offer analysis. Peter Doocy and Jacqui Heinrich will provide coverage from Delaware, where Biden is expected to give his nomination acceptance speech. Other correspondents will report from battleground states, while Mike Tobin will cover from the convention grounds, and John Roberts will provide live reaction from President Trump's campaign.

Digital coverage of the DNC will be provided on FOXNews.com, including live blogging and videos of key speeches. On the radio end of things, FOX News Radio will provide live coverage through the FOX News Mobile App led by Jared Halpern and Josh Kraushaar.

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FOX Business Network

FBN senior vice president and managing editor of business news Neil Cavuto will lead live coverage of the Democratic National Convention beginning Wednesday, August 19th. FOX Business Presents Democracy 2020: Democratic National Convention, will air from 9 p.m. ET to 11:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Thursday, featuring live coverage of speeches by Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris in the lead up to Biden formally accepting the Democratic nomination for president. Cavuto will also be joined by a rotating panel of FBN personalities and pundits including Lou Dobbs, Lisa "Kennedy" Montgomery, Gerry Baker, and economist Stephen Moore, among others. Additionally, FBN's After the Bell co-anchor Connell McShane will join Cavuto live from West Chester, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday and Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, breaking down the day's events from convention headquarters.


MSNBC will deliver live coverage of the DNC from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET each night. Rachel Maddow, with Joy Reid and Nicolle Wallace, will kick off special Decision 2020 convention coverage each night at 9 p.m. ET, while Brian Williams will begin his coverage at 11 p.m. ET, followed by Ari Melber at 1 a.m. ET. MSNBC and NBC News correspondents will also contribute to MSNBC Dayside reporting. 

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NBC News

Each night of the DNC, NBC News will air a nightly special report from 10 to 11 p.m. ET, with Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, and Andrea Mitchell anchoring. NBC News NOW, NBC News' online streaming site, will also offer free convention footage daily, with Todd hosting special coverage every night starting at 8 p.m. ET. Reporters Vaughn Hillyard and Dasha Burns will report for NBC News' County to County through the DNC, highlighting the issues voters are facing in the U.S. NBC News correspondents will also contribute to daily coverage on NBC News' TODAY and NBC Nightly News. For digital coverage, the NBC News digital politics team will live blog all nights of both the convention.

PBS News

PBS NewsHour, which airs nightly on PBS local stations (check your local listings) and streams online beginning at 6 p.m. ET, plans to produce and broadcast live primetime coverage of the DNC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which will air on PBS stations nationwide and across PBS's digital platforms. It will be anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff at the PBS studio in Arlington, Virginia, with senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz, correspondent Lisa Desjardins, and White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor reporting from the field and/or remotely. Guests will include Cook Political Report national editor Amy Walter, syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Times columnist David Brooks, Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post national political reporter and moderator of PBS's Washington Week Robert Costa, American Greatness editor Chris Buskirk, and former Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, among others.

Noticias Telemundo

Noticias Telemundo will be livestreaming its coverage of the convention on NoticiasTelemundo.com, along with its virtual mobile app and on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. The convention coverage team includes anchors José Díaz-Balart and Julio Vaqueiro, senior Washington correspondent Cristina Londoño, and national correspondents Javier Vega and Ruben Pereida. Daily news will also be included in Telemundo's morning show Un Nuevo Día at 7 a.m. ET and at 6:30 p.m. ET and 11:35 p.m. newscasts. José Díaz-Balart will also host a one-hour primetime special Decision 2020: La Noche de Biden on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 9:54 p.m. ET.