“American Reckoning – A PBS NewsHour Special Report” to Air on PBS on Friday, January 15

ARLINGTON, VA (Updated January 14, 2021) —  Following the aftermath of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, “American Reckoning – A PBS NewsHour Special Report” will premiere on PBS stations nationwide on Friday, January 15, 2021, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET. The primetime special report will focus on the economic and racial history that led to a political divide between Americans, the impact of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric throughout his presidency and the next steps for the nation to heal from the recent attack on American democracy. The broadcast will also examine the government’s missed opportunities to manage the spread of misinformation and the rise of domestic terrorism.

The program will be anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff and will include contributions from senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz and national correspondent William Brangham.

Additional guests include:

George Packer
The Atlantic staff writer and author of “Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century” and “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America”

Stuart Stevens
Republican political strategist and author of “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump”

Sherrilyn Ifill
President and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Kathleen Belew
Author of “Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America” and University of Chicago Assistant Professor of U.S. History

Daryl Johnson
Former senior domestic terrorism analyst at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Justin Hansford
Howard University School of Law Associate Professor of Law and executive director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center

Dr. Claire Wardle
Co-founder, First Draft

Sean Wilentz
Princeton University Professor of History

Jelani Cobb
The New Yorker staff writer, Columbia University Professor of Journalism and author of “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress”

Media contact: Sydney Cameron, Publicist, scameron@newshour.org