Ideas Week: Chicago’s ready for its close-up on ‘Meet the Press’
David Gregory (photo credit: NBC News)
It’s been more than 15 years since NBC originated a live edition of Meet the Press from Chicago. On Sunday, they’ll do it again.
In conjunction with Chicago Ideas Week, moderator David Gregory will host the show from the Museum of Contemporary Art theater, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel among his guests. As former White House chief of staff, Emanuel is expected to be asked what advice he’d give President Obama in advance of the 2012 election. He’ll also be grilled about federal and local solutions to improving the economy and creating jobs.
Gregory’s roundtable will include two congressmen from Illinois, Democrat Luis Gutierrez and Republican Aaron Schock, Bethany McLean of Vanity Fair (co-author of All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis), and Mark Halperin of Time magazine. Also appearing will be Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee.
Although the show will air live in most markets at 8am Central Time, it will be delayed here until after coverage of the Chicago Marathon at 11am on NBC 5. Meet the Press, a Washington-based institution on NBC since 1947, reruns several times Sunday afternoon and Monday morning on MSNBC.
The last time Meet the Press aired from Chicago was in December 2008 when an interview with President-elect Obama was taped on a Saturday. But an NBC News spokeswoman confirmed that the last completely live show from here was in August 1996 during the Democratic National Convention. Guests included Mayor Richard M. Daley and Democratic National Committee chairman Chris Dodd.
As a media partner for Chicago Ideas Week, NBC 5 plans to air updates on the event during its 5pm newscast, starting Monday. A nightly special featuring excerpts from each day’s panels will air at 6pm on the station’s Chicago Nonstop digital sub-channel. Some events also will be streamed live on nbcchicago.com.
Former President Bill Clinton will headline the seven-day, citywide series of talks, performances and networking events. Chicago Ideas Week is the brainchild of Groupon co-founder Brad Keywell, who told Time Out Chicago’s Jake Malooley: “I saw a need for a great platform in the Midwest that helps connect thinkers and doers. Chicago is finding its place as a powerhouse of ideas, and we need more to connect people who are active in the realm of innovation.”