NBC News said Brian Williams would anchor the unit’s signature evening newscast live from Ferguson, Missouri, while CNN said it would stay live throughout primetime rather than running its usual Tuesday documentary, two signals that events surrounding the recent grand jury verdict in the death of teenager Michael Brown continues to absorb the national focus.
The grand jury chose not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed Brown, who was unarmed. Since that decision was revealed, protesters have vandalized buildings and set fires, and various news reports detailed dozens of arrests.
NBC News said correspondents Ron Allen and Miguel Almaguer were also present in Ferguson covering the events of last night as well news of the day. CNN said it had 11 correspondents in the area, including some of its best known: Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon, and Jake Tapper. Other CNN staffers in Ferguson include Ana Cabrera, Jason Carroll, Stephanie Elam, Sunny Hostin, Ed Lavandera, Evan Perez and Sara Sidner.