via press release:
CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC ANNOUNCES NEW SERIES:
KATIE COURIC PUSHES BEYOND PROFESSIONAL POLLSTERS AND PUNDITS TO FIND OUT HOW AMERICAN VOTERS REALLY FEEL
CBS News announced today "American Voices," a new series of reports that will be broadcast on the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC (6:30 p.m. ET) leading up to the 2010 midterm elections. CBS News Anchor and Managing Editor Katie Couric is hitting the road in an effort to cut through the noise of pollsters, pundits and politicians to gain a better understanding of how American voters are feeling about the state of the union and what is driving their decisions as the elections approach. Couric will hold intimate, roundtable discussions, listening to a variety of voters including Independents, the unemployed and small business owners. Through these open and thoughtful conversations, this series of reports will give every day Americans an opportunity to speak their minds.
"Heading into an election, I have always believed it's incredibly important to get a sense of where Americans stand by talking to real people whose daily lives are being affected by the policy debates in Washington," said Couric. "When talking to these voters, I was so impressed by their thoughtfulness and how reasonable they were, even when they had understandable cause not to be."
"American Voices" will launch on the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC on Thursday, October 7, with a report from Cleveland, Ohio, a place where Barack Obama delivered a message of hope to working families just two days before his election. Since 2000, Ohio has lost nearly 600,000 jobs, and more than half of those during the past two years. Couric traveled to Cleveland, where hope is fading and frustration is growing, to sit down down with four jobless voters and hear their stories.
"American Voices" will debut Thursday, October 7, on THE CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC. All related coverage can be found online at www.cbsnews.com.