On Monday’s NewsHour…

BY Simon Marks  December 7, 2009 at 10:06 PM EST

It’s been a busy day in the PBS NewsHour’s Washington newsroom. As you may know, Monday night you’ll be able to watch our new broadcast debut, and we’re spending the afternoon crossing each “t” and dotting each “i” in a bid to make sure that everything goes smoothly. As things stand now, our program plans to lead tonight with full coverage of the meetings the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen held today with troops who will soon start deploying to Afghanistan. Then, Adm. Mullen will sit down for an interview with Jim Lehrer on our new set. After that, the newest member of the PBS NewsHour team, Hari Sreenivasan, will bring you the other news of the day. Then, detailed coverage of the opening of the Copenhagen summit on Climate Change. This afternoon, the Obama administration formally declared greenhouse gases a threat to public health, and Gwen Ifill will interview Lisa Jackson, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, about that decision. We’ve also posted a Copenhagen summit fact sheet with details about the key players and countries participating. Ray Suarez launches a five-part, cross-country series that paints a detailed portrait of the American economy. Patchwork Nation is an on-air/online collaboration between the PBS NewsHour and the Christian Science Monitor, and tonight Ray is reporting from Philadelphia. You can watch a video postcard about a mural project in Philadelphia, and click through the interactive map that allows you to explore the data that lies at heart of the project. We’re planning to close the broadcast with one of our signature Arts pieces. Jeffrey Brown has been in New York, asking whether Grand Opera has a grand future. There are extended interviews and videos of Metropolitan Opera performances on our Art Beat site. At the end of the program, Hari will show you what’s on the website, including a few of the posts on our Rundown news blog and Margaret Warner’s dispatches from the field. She’s currently in Europe exploring attitudes towards the conflict in Afghanistan. Finally … many of you have been kind enough to ask whether we might publish the guidelines to “MacNeil/Lehrer” journalism that Jim made public on Friday’s broadcast. So we have, and you can find them here.
The PBS NewsHour launches tonight on your local PBS station. For Jim Lehrer and the entire team here, I hope you’ll join us.
Simon Marks
Associate Executive Producer