Local broadcast television stations get access to White House


Live at the White House is taking place 11/1/11, bringing news anchors from nine local television stations from across that country, plus one more journalist representing 29 stations, to the White Houses. Each of the ten will have a chance to briefly interview President Barack Obama.

The stations will get a behind-the-scenes look at the Executive Mansion and will also have access to Press Secretary Jay Carney – they’ll get to be one of the questioners during the daily press briefing.

The event mirrors media days in which radio talk show hosts were allowed to broadcast from the White House for a day. According to the Associated Press, the White House is using the event to take its case on issues, particularly legislation designed to create jobs, directly to the people, since it failed to generate the necessary enthusiasm among Republican members of Congress to gain adoption.

The stations invited to the event include:
Portland, Ore. (KGW, NBC, Tracy Barr)
Phoenix (KSAZ, Fox, John Hook)
Denver (KUSA, NBC, Adele Arakawa)
Minneapolis (WCCO, CBS, Amelia Santaniello)
Houston (KTRK, ABC, Dave Ward)
Omaha (KETV, ABC, Rob McCartney)
Tampa (WTVT, Fox, Mark Wilson)
Hampton Roads (WAVY, NBC, Tom Schaad)
Philadelphia (WPVI, ABC, Brian Taff).
Representing Hearst and its group of 29 stations will be Nikole Killion.