WGN America’s “NewsNation” Delivers a Series of “Firsts” in First Month on Air

New Newscast First to Report President Trump’s Covid-19 Diagnosis, First to Report the Death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

CHICAGO (October 2, 2020) – In its first month on air, WGN America’s three-hour prime-time national newscast, “NewsNation,” is earning a reputation for being the first media outlet to break national and regional news as it happens.

Last night, “NewsNation” was the first to break the news that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for Covid-19 (NewsNationNow App).

Since launching on September 1, this story is just one of a series of “firsts” the newscast has delivered during its first month on air:

  • NewsNation was first to break the news of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. (NewsNationNow App)
  • NewsNation was the first news organization to have a comprehensive prime-time sit-down interview with President Trump after the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The exclusive one-on-one interview was conducted at the White House on September 22 by NewsNation anchor Joe Donlon and aired on that night’s newscast.
  • NewsNation was the first to tell the country about Daniel Prude’s death in Rochester, New York.
  • NewsNation was also the first to report on the shooting of two Louisville Metro police officers, LMPD Maj. Aubrey Gregory and Officer Robinson Desroches.

Airing nightly from 8 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. ET, NewsNation harnesses the power of the local market, regional and national expertise of Nexstar’s 5,400 local journalists in 110 local newsrooms across the country and is committed to delivering news reporting that is fact-based, impactful, educational, and unbiased.  In addition to the live nightly newscast, NewsNation’s digital team of reporters and producers deliver news twenty-four hours a day online through NewsNation’s digital properties and its mobile app, NewsNationNow.


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