NJ Decides on NJ PBS

November 1, 2021

Live NJ Decides 2021: Election Night coverage airs Tuesday, November 2 at 10 p.m. on NJ PBS. See where to watch or livestream at MyNJPBS.org/live.

What will New Jersey decide this election day? NJ PBS, a trusted source for local news and information, can tell you. The network’s news division, NJ Spotlight News, will provide comprehensive coverage of political races across the state on November 2. We’ve asked the news team’s Senior Managing Editor, Jamie Kraft, to give us some insight into what to expect and what makes this year’s reporting special.

What makes NJ PBS’s news division, NJ Spotlight News, unique?

There is no news team in New Jersey more entrenched in the issues of New Jersey than NJ Spotlight News. Every weeknight, we do in-depth reporting on a vast array of topics on our newscast, NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi, from politics and business to education and the environment. Online, we are a 24/7 source for the latest updates and more in-depth information for the entire state.

When it comes to covering the election season, our Senior Correspondents David Cruz and Colleen O’Dea live and breathe local politics. Not to mention we have bragging rights to having the Dean of the Statehouse Press Corps on our team, Michael Aron, who has been covering Trenton for decades. You just don’t get that collective wealth of expertise anywhere else.

What can viewers expect from the multiplatform election coverage?

Throughout the night, we’ll offer the latest results and updates on political races across New Jersey on-air, on NJSpotlightNews.org, and via the NJ Spotlight News social pages. We’ll be reporting from key race headquarters across the state. There will also be a live update on the NJ Spotlight News YouTube channel at 8:30pm and our official NJ Decides 2021: Election Night live broadcast from Newark from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on NJ PBS.  Watch here.

Our coverage will be co-anchored by Senior Political Correspondent David Cruz and the team’s former Correspondent Michael Hill. Senior Correspondent Colleen O’Dea will be in-studio tracking all the state senate and assembly races as well as offering general election analysis, with additional remote insight from Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron.

Election Night will be the first time the team, albeit limited to allow for COVID precautions, will be back in the Agnes Varis NJ PBS Studio. What’s that going to be like?

It feels like a homecoming. This NJ Spotlight News team is a family that has been working under estranged conditions, away from “home,” for a year and a half, which is tough for a close-knit group of colleagues. Despite the isolation and challenges, we’ve managed to keep our weeknight broadcast and online coverage going seamlessly and professionally throughout the pandemic.

But there is no substitute for the chemistry and interaction that journalists feed off each other when in the same newsroom. While definitely restricted in personnel numbers to keep safety precautions in place, this election night broadcast is going to be an amazing opportunity to get a strong core of us back together at the studio in Newark and spark that team magic to provide excellent news coverage for New Jersey’s citizens.