New Jersey Public Television continues storm recovery coverage as it leads into election broadcasts;

Live, high-definition election programming and online information will extend throughout the Tri-state area on Tuesday, November 6th

November 5, 2012— On the heels of its extensive live coverage of Hurricane Sandy, NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, will cover this Tuesday’s state and national elections with live broadcasts both on-air and online.

The network’s coverage begins tonight, Monday, November 5th with a live, special edition of its weeknight news program, NJ Today with Mike Schneider at 6pm ET on NJTV and Thirteen (check local listings). The program, anchored by Managing Editor Mike Schneider, will feature segments that combine perspective on both top-of-mind topics in the Garden State:  Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath and Tuesday’s election, where local assembly and congressional seats are in play as well as the Presidential race.  NJ Today will feature discussion with those on the front lines of storm recovery effort and state politics. NJTV will also carry the Governor Christie’s storm-recovery press conference live on-air and online this afternoon at 3:45pm.

On Tuesday, November 6th, NJTV kicks off its NJ Decides 2012: Election Night New Jersey evening coverage with three live NJ Today news programs, one broadcast at 6pm on NJTV and Thirteen, and others at 10pm and  11pm on NJTV.   Programs will be live-streamed on the NJTVonline.org.  In-between, NJTV will be providing election three-minute update segments for both New Jersey viewers and those throughout the Tri-state area at 7:56pm, 8:56, 9:56pm and 10:56pm. (For the full Tuesday broadcast schedule, click here.)

“This year, we’re extending several of our NJ Decides 2012: Election Night New Jersey updates to our affiliate stations Thirteen and WLIW,” said NJTV’s General Manager John Servidio.  “While we live and breathe New Jersey news every day, we also look for opportunities to be a go-to resource for the entire region during important events like this election and the recent hurricane.”

Mike Schneider will anchor NJTV’s election coverage, periodically joined by Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron, Sr. Correspondent Desiree Taylor and correspondents David Cruz, Lauren Wanko and Dari Kotzker as well as state political experts. Among those slated to appear: Brendan Gill (Democratic Strategist); Brigid Harrison (Professor, Political Science and Law at Montclair State University); and Krista Jenkins (Executive Director, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind research center) and Steven Some (Republican Strategist).

Throughout the night, NJTV will utilize news trucks and remote interview stations at campaign headquarters and the network’s content and media partners to provide live election coverage and content for broadcast and the web.

NJTV’s website, njtvonline.org and social media outposts on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/NJTVonline and Twitter @njtvonline will extend and enhance the network’s coverage. In addition to watching live broadcasts online, constituents can stay engaged throughout election night through tweets from field correspondents and news posts. The website will also be a source of information, race results and more. Followers of NJTVonline will also be asked to share perspectives on local issues and observations from the polls.

Major funding for NJ Today provided by New Jersey Manufacturers, New Jersey Association of Realtors, Verizon, New Jersey Education Association, Star-Ledger/NJ.com and PSE&G. Additional funding for NJTV’s election night coverage provided by AAA Clubs of New Jersey.

This year’s NJTV NJ Decides 2012 coverage has included live keynote speech broadcasts and reports from both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in August and September, and a live U.S. Senate Debate between U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and Sen. Joe Kyrillos, Jr. in October.  Earlier in the year, NJTV also broadcast a Primary debate between Reps. Bill Pascrell and Steve Rothman who battled to represent the newly-redrawn Ninth Congressional District.

About NJTV
NJTV brings quality public television programs and resources to communities throughout New Jersey and its Tri-state neighbors. NJTV’s broadcast schedule combines acclaimed national PBS series like American Masters, Nature, Charlie Rose, and BBC World News America with an array of state-focused news, arts and public affairs shows, including On the Record with Michael AronOne-on-One with Steve Adubato, Perspectives, Caucus New Jersey, Due Process and State of the Arts. The station’s week-nightly news broadcast, NJ Today, features stories from across the Garden State. NJTV complements its growing news staff by partnering with state-wide media and higher education institutions. The network actively solicits viewer news tips, story ideas and feedback, along with locally-produced film shorts and long-form documentaries, making New Jerseyans part of the network’s editorial team. The network’s website, www.njtvonline.org posts the latest local news, information and program schedules, and its Education section offers local educators free, classroom-ready, digital resources through VITAL NJ.

NJTV is comprised of WNJN, WNJS, WNJB, and WNJT, which collectively broadcast throughout NJ. Formerly New Jersey Network (NJN), NJTV is operated under an agreement with the state of New Jersey by Public Media NJ, Inc. (PMNJ), a non-profit affiliate of WNET, parent company of award-winning New York public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. Station sponsorships and partnerships are available.