August 13, 2008


"Presidential Questions," "Where They Stand," "Follow the Money," and

"Reality Check" to Complement Other Insightful Regular Features

On the Broadcast and

            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  The announcement was made by Rick Kaplan, Executive Producer, CBS EVENING NEWS, and Katie Couric, the broadcast's anchor and managing editor.
            The 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 the world.
            The 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.
            "I'm 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 Nov. 4."
            "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."

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 national conventions.
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 big stories.
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 they mean.
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.

Media Contacts:

Sandy Genelius
Vice President, CBS News Communications