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03.03.2015

CBS NEWS SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL PLANTE WILL INTERVIEW PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN SELMA ON SATURDAY, MARCH 7

THE INTERVIEW WILL BE BROADCAST ON “CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD” (9:00 AM-10:30 AM)
AND ON 
“FACE THE NATION WITH BOB SCHIEFFER” (10:30 AM-11:30 AM), WITH PORTIONS
REVEALED ON THE SATURDAY EDITION OF 
THE “CBS EVENING NEWS” (6:30 PM-7:00 PM)

CBS NEWS TO RELEASE RESULTS OF NEW POLL ON VOTER RIGHTS AND RACE RELATIONS 

             CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante will interview President Barack Obama in Selma, Alabama on Saturday, March 7. The interview will be broadcast CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD (9:00-10:30 AM, ET) and FACE THE NATION WITH BOB SCHIEFFER (10:30-11:30 AM, ET), with portions revealed on the Saturday edition of the CBS EVENING NEWS (6:30-7:00 PM, ET), on the CBS Television Network.

             The interview is part of CBS News coverage of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march on Selma. Plante covered the march for CBS News in 1965.

            As part of the coverage, beginning Wednesday, the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY will feature Plante’s report on what happened in Selma then and now; an essay by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA); and an interview with photographer Stephen Somerstein, whose previously unpublished photos from that day are now the subject of an exhibit at the New York Historical Society. Plante will look back on the events of 1965 and his interview with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday’s broadcast of CBS THIS MORNING.

            CBS News on Wednesday will release the results of a new poll exploring Americans’ views on such past and present issues as the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the impact of the civil rights movement, the current state of race relations, and recent changes in the voting procedures including the requirement of photo identification, cutbacks in early voting hours, and voter fraud.

            CBS News Radio will provide reports from Selma leading up to the anniversary events of “Bloody Sunday” and other events there that led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

            CBSN, the first live-anchored streaming news network across all leading digital platforms, will deliver an encore of the hour-long special “The Road to Civil Rights,” which is anchored by Bill Whitaker and explores the Civil Rights movement during the past five decades using new and archival footage from the CBS News library. The special will be presented by CBSN Saturday at 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM, and on Sunday at 11:00 AM.

            Sharon Hoffman is the Executive Producer of the CBS EVENING NEWS: WEEKEND EDITION. Rand Morrison is the Executive Producer of CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD. Mary Hager is the Executive Producer of FACE THE NATION WITH BOB SCHIEFFER. Chris Licht is the Vice President of Programming, CBS News, and Executive Producer of CBS THIS MORNING. Steve Capus is the Executive Producer of the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY and Executive Editor of CBS News.

 

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Jackie Berkowitz

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202-600-6407

 

Richard Huff

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212-975-3328

 

Lance Frank

FrankL@cbsnews.com

212-975-5959  

Press:

Richard Huff
212-975-3328
huffr@cbsnews.com

Lance Frank
212-975-5959
frankl@cbsnews.com