News Anchors Head to Oklahoma to Cover Tornado's DevastationSeveral Programs to Originate from Moore on Tuesday 5/21/2013 10:03 AM Eastern
Correspondents from the news networks began descending on Oklahoma Monday to cover the massive devastation caused by a huge tornado that ripped through the town of Moore that afternoon.
NBC's Today team of Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist anchored the show live from Moore and Oklahoma City Tuesday morning. An hour-long Nightly News will also originate from Moore Tuesday evening, with Brian Williams anchoring an additional primetime hour at 8 p.m. with reports from Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Harry Smith, Kate Snow, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Anne Thompson, Janet Shamlian and Gabe Gutuerrez.
Geist, Joe Scarborough and Mike Brzezinski anchored MSNBC's Morning Joe from Oklahoma Tuesday morning. Chris Jansing and Thomas Roberts will anchor from there for the 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. hours.
ABC News' Sam Champion and Ginger Zee started reporting from Oklahoma Monday night, with David Muir, Alex Perez, Byron Pitts, Mike Boettcher and Cecilia Vega joining on Tuesday. World News with Diane Sawyer will offer an expanded one-hour newscast to affiliates on Tuesday. A special edition of Nightline will also be dedicated to coverage of the aftermath.
Chris Cumo, John Berman, Jake Tapper, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Sanjay Gupta and John King are all reporting from the Oklahoma City area for CNN. The network will be live on the story through midnight (ET) on Tuesday.
The Weather Channel's Mike Bettes, Jim Cantore and tornado expert Dr. Greg Forbes have been on the scene since Monday, with Roker and Stephanie Abrams joining this morning. Mike Seidel and Dave Malkoff will report from there on Tuesday.
Norah O'Donnell is on the ground in Moore for CBS This Morning, which will remain on the air through noon (ET) on Tuesday. The CBS Evening News is expanding to 90 minutes (6:30-8 p.m.) on Tuesday with Scott Pelley anchoring live from the city. Additional correspondents on the scene are Anna Werner, Mark Strassman, Manuel Bojorquez, Elaine Quijano and Vinita Nair.
This post will be updated as additional coverage plans are announced.