updated 9/30/2004 11:32:24 AM ET 2004-09-30T15:32:24

MSNBC presents extended live coverage of the 2004 presidential and vice-presidential debates, anchored by MSNBC Election Anchor and “Hardball” host Chris Matthews live on-campus at the university debate sites. Extended coverage begins the night before the first presidential debate, Wednesday, Sept. 29, live at the

University of Miami.

Matthews anchors MSNBC’s live extended coverage on an outdoor set, with live crowd reaction and participation, at each of the university debate sites at the University of Miami, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Washington University in St. Louis and Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.  MSNBC’s “Hardball” Election Panel returns with live preview and analysis of the debates with a panel including NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, MSNBC analyst Ron Reagan, “Newsweek” editor Jon Meacham and guests including strategists and advisors from both campaigns.  “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw and NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator and Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert provide reports following the debates, as will NBC News correspondents covering the campaign including Campbell Brown, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Quintanilla and David Gregory and MSNBC’s Chris Jansing in the “spin room.”  MSNBC election analyst and former Howard Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi and Republican election attorney Ben Ginsburg provide additional analysis.  MSNBC’s late night “After Hours” coverage hosted by Joe Scarborough and Ron Reagan returns on debate nights with post-debate review and analysis, 12 a.m.-2 a.m. ET.

Following is a schedule of MSNBC’s coverage of the 2004 presidential debates:

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29
7-8 p.m. ET: “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” live from the University of Miami
8-9 p.m. ET: “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” live from MSNBC headquarters
9-11 p.m. ET: “Hardball with Chris Matthews: Presidential Debate,” live from the University of Miami

THURSDAY, SEPT. 30
2-4 p.m. ET: Chris Jansing hosts live coverage from the University of Miami
6-7 p.m. ET: “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” live from MSNBC headquarters
7-9 p.m. ET: “Hardball with Chris Matthews: Presidential Debate,” live from the University of Miami
9-10:30 p.m. ET: Live coverage of the presidential debate
10:30 p.m.-12 a.m. “Hardball” post-debate analysis
12-2 a.m. “After Hours” hosted by Joe Scarborough and Ron Reagan

TUESDAY, OCT. 5
2-4 p.m. ET: Chris Jansing hosts live coverage from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland
6-7 p.m. ET: “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” live from MSNBC headquarters
7-9 p.m. ET: “Hardball with Chris Matthews: Presidential Debate,” live from Case Western University in Cleveland
9-10:30 p.m. ET: Live coverage of the vice presidential debate
10:30 p.m.-12 a.m. “Hardball” post-debate analysis
12-2 a.m. “After Hours” hosted by Joe Scarborough and Ron Reagan

THURSDAY, OCT. 7
7-8 p.m. ET: “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” live from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
8-9 p.m. ET: “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” live from MSNBC headquarters
9-11 p.m. ET: “Hardball with Chris Matthews: Presidential Debate,” live from Washington University

FRIDAY, OCT. 8
2-4 p.m. ET: Chris Jansing hosts live coverage from St. Louis
6-7 p.m. ET: “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” live from MSNBC headquarters
7-9 p.m. ET: “Hardball with Chris Matthews: Presidential Debate,” live from Washington University
9-10:30 p.m. ET: Live coverage of the presidential debate
10:30 p.m.-12 a.m. “Hardball” post-debate analysis
12-2 a.m. “After Hours” hosted by Joe Scarborough and Ron Reagan

TUESDAY, OCT. 12
7-8 p.m. ET: “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” live from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.
8-9 p.m. ET: “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” live from MSNBC headquarters
9-11 p.m. ET: “Hardball with Chris Matthews: Presidential Debate,” live from Arizona State University

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13
2-4 p.m. ET: Chris Jansing hosts live coverage from Phoenix, Ariz.
6-7 p.m. ET: “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” live from MSNBC
7-9 p.m. ET: “Hardball with Chris Matthews: Presidential Debate,” live from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.
9-10:30 p.m. ET: Live coverage of the presidential debate
10:30 p.m.-12 a.m. “Hardball” post-debate analysis
12-2 a.m. “After Hours” hosted by Joe Scarborough and Ron Reagan

Chris Matthews anchors MSNBC’s coverage of the 2004 Presidential election and hosts “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” a nightly hour of in-depth political analysis and debate, Monday through Friday, 7-8 p.m. (ET) on MSNBC.  Matthews also hosts “The Chris Matthews Show,” a syndicated weekly news program produced by NBC News and distributed by NBC Universal Television Distribution.

Tammy Haddad is the executive producer of “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and MSNBC’s debate coverage. Phil Griffin is Vice President, Primetime Programming, MSNBC.  Mark Effron is Vice President, News, Daytime Programming, MSNBC and Rick Kaplan is the President and General Manager, MSNBC.

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