Media Guidance for “Questions for President Obama: A PBS NewsHour Special”

May 31, 2016 at 6:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC (May 31, 2016) — PBS NewsHour co-anchor and managing editor Gwen Ifill will sit down for an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, June 1 in Elkhart, Indiana. It will follow with a town hall, produced by PBS NewsHour and moderated by Ifill, during which local residents will ask questions of the President. The one hour primetime special will air at 8pm EDT on PBS stations across the country. An excerpt will air earlier that evening on the PBS NewsHour.

“Questions for President Obama: A PBS NewsHour Special” will explore a variety of topics raised by Elkhart residents.

Gwen Ifill is also the moderator and managing editor of PBS’ Washington Week. In February 2016, with co-anchor Judy Woodruff, Ifill co-moderated the PBS NewsHour Democratic Primary Debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. During the 2004 and 2008 Presidential elections Ifill also moderated Vice Presidential debates. Ifill has covered eight Presidential campaigns, and during the 2008 campaign season, she won the George Foster Peabody Award after bringing Washington Week to live audiences around the country as part of a 10-city tour.

Media inquiries can be directed to Nick Massella, PBS NewsHour’s director of audience engagement and communications at nmassella@newshour.org and WETA director of public relations Olivia Wong at owong@weta.org.

Excerpts and a transcript from Questions for President Obama: A PBS NewsHour Special will be distributed at 8pm ET on Wednesday, June 1.

EMBARGO INFORMATION: EXCERPT FOOTAGE FROM PBS NEWSHOUR’S INTERVIEW AND TOWN HALL WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL BE AVAILABLE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 AND IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 8PM ET.

SOURCE CREDIT: PBS NEWSHOUR (check local listings)

A preview excerpt from the program will be available via fiber between 17:30-18:45 ET on Wednesday, June 1 and is embargoed until 6pm ET. Media interested in recording it may book a PGAD with VYVX. VYVX confirmation number: 4320843

A broadcast quality feed of the program will be available via fiber between 19:50-21:00 ET on Wednesday, June 1. Media interested in recording the program for excerpts (see restrictions below) may book a PGAD with VYVX. VYVX confirmation number: 4320850

TV RESTRICTIONS: No crop of PBS NewsHour video feed (i.e. logo/bug) and must provide “PBS NEWSHOUR” video courtesy credit over all excerpted video clips and reference to the Wednesday, June 1 town hall broadcast. News organizations may use up to three excerpts with a maximum of three minutes each. Footage may not be archived. No use after June 8, 2016. No resale. For use after June 8, 2016, please contact Debra Butler at NewsHour Productions +1-703-998-2114.

WEB RESTRICTIONS: No crop of PBS NewsHour video feed (i.e. logo/bug) and must provide video “PBS NEWSHOUR” courtesy credit over all excerpted video clips, link to http://www.pbs.org/newshour, and reference to the Wednesday, June 1 town hall broadcast. News organizations may use up to three excerpts with a maximum of three minutes each. No library use. No resale. Websites may keep stories with excerpt of interview produced before June 8, 2016 without expiration, but can’t use or reuse the source material in stories produced after June 8, 2016. For use after June 8, 2016, please contact Debra Butler at NewsHour Productions +1-703-998-2114.

About PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour is seen by over four million weekly viewers and is also available online, via public radio in select markets, and via podcast. PBS NewsHour is a production of NewsHour Productions LLC, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with WNET in New York. Major funding for PBS NewsHour is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. Major corporate funding is provided by BNSF, Lincoln Financial Group, Fathom, and Genentech with additional support from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation, National Science Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation, Skoll Foundation, Friends of the NewsHour and others. More information on PBS NewsHour is available at www.pbs.org/newshour. On social media, visit NewsHour on Facebook or follow @NewsHour on Twitter.

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