Obama Sits Down With NewsHour’s Ifill and Woodruff for Exclusive Interview

BY Christina Bellantoni  August 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM EST

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the PBS NewsHour prepares to make some history of its own.

Wednesday, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will sit down with President Barack Obama. The duo will talk to the president in the White House, soon after he delivers a speech at the Lincoln Memorial that commemorates Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Mr. Obama will reflect on civil rights and economic opportunity in America five decades after the March on Washington, as well as on the news of the day, as tensions continue to flare up in Syria. The presidential interview will take place in the Blue Room and will air in full on the PBS NewsHour broadcast Wednesday evening and here on our website.

Also on our homepage, the NewsHour will live stream Wednesday’s 50th anniversary events from Washington, including speeches from Mr. Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Find our extensive and in-depth coverage of the March at 50 here.

Tune in Wednesday, follow @NewsHour for updates, and watch this space for excerpts, a transcript and more.

Gwen and Judy recently were named the co-anchors and managing editors of the NewsHour. The new format launches Sept. 9.

And don’t miss the Sept. 7 debut of PBS NewsHour Weekend with Hari Sreenivasan.

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The NewsHour’s Jim Lehrer interviewed President Obama in 2009, just shy of one year into his term. Topics of the day included the health care bill moving its way through the Senate and the Copenhagen climate talks.

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