On election night, NPR reporters won't be the only ones sharing up-to-the-minute news and insights from NPR HQ. For the second straight general election, our Social Media Desk is hosting citizen journalists from across the country — and the political spectrum — to experience election night in person at NPR, as they present their own coverage of the evening's happenings.
From more than 150 applicants, we selected 31 professionals, activists, analysts, journalists and students with varying expertise and disciplines to experience the election with us. The group will blog, Tweet, crunch numbers, even live-sketch what they see and hear tomorrow.
Follow the visiting journalists, below, for their unique perspectives on #nprmeetup, and for a first-hand look at how NPR gets breaking news to your ears and eyes:
Ali is a PR professional based in Washington, D.C., who previously served as a press secretary for a congressional campaign in Florida.
Andrews works with the Washington, D.C., branch of the NAACP and has done defense and foreign policy work for the U.S. Senate. He's contributed to Politico, BET, The Root and National Journal, among other outlets.
Breese blogs for the social media monitoring and analysis site Crimson Hexagon, specializing in real-time analysis of what's trending online.
An Iraq War vet and author of My War: Killing Time in Iraqand Lost in America: A Dead-End Journey, Buzzell has also written for Esquire, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Daily Beast and other news outlets.
Cohen is the co-founder of political news site thedailybanter.com.
Connelly is a retired police officer and contributes to policemag.com.
Corbett is the CEO of iStrategyLabs and founder of DC Tech Meetup and DCWEEK, which takes place this week.
Davis is the co-founder of real-time news blog rawporter.com.
The former editor of Federal Computer Week, Dorobek now has a blog and podcast for govloop.com
Escalante is an immigration rights activist and media coordinator of DreamActivist.org. He writes about being an undocumented immigrant, and a beneficiary of the White House Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival initiative.
Fleischer is a writer and comedian who is active on his Tumblr page, evanfleischer.com.
Hartline is a strategist at a health technology company in Nashville, TN, and blogs at weshartline.wordpress.com.
Hosler is a 13-year veteran of the Red Cross.
Currently a software provider in the government security industry, Kaltenbaug volunteered for John McCain's presidential campaign.
Bernard F. King
King is an attorney and writer for policymic.com.
Klein, a high school AP Government teacher from a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA, uses the hashtag #fcapgov to discuss politics with her class.
Koplow is a program director for the Israel Institute and occasional writer for Foreign Policy and the Atlantic. His blog focuses on Israeli-Turkish relations and politics.
Lee is co-founder of the podcast It's All Journalism.
A professional illustrator based in San Francisco, MacNaughton will be posting real-time sketches of the activities at NPR on her website, wendymacnaughton.tumblr.com.
Miller works as an education consultant.
Jill Miller Zimon
Director of partnerships at the Knight grantee Civic Commons, which develops online engagement tools, Miller Zimon blogs at themModeratevoice.com and serves as a city council member in Pepper Pike, OH.
Neidert is a data researcher and demographer at the University of Michigan, who is currently conducting research on state marriage amendments.
The brains behind the I Love Charts Tumblr, Oberholtzer will be making charts and animated gifs throughout election night.
Ortega serves as the digital director at a Democratic consulting firm.
Plautz works at the Investigative News Network and the digital start-up upworthy.com.
Rabiee is an Iranian-American freelance multimedia journalist based in Washington, D.C.
Roshania is a advertising and education reporter for Kiplinger in Washington, D.C.
A senior at Middlebury College, Tolbert is the editor of the school's alternative news site middblog.com.
Currently the multimedia coordinator at the Council on Foreign Relations, Tran completed her thesis on cyber-warfare.
Troy, a Baltimore-based serial entrepreneur and community activist, is known for creating some of the first Twitter visualizations. He is also the co-founder of TEDxMidAtlantic.
An Egyptian political activist, Yaacoub was heavily involved in the country's revolution and served as an advisor to one of the secular political parties that ran for parliament.