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The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle to Join PBS Analyst Team for Alito Confirmation Hearing Broadcasts.

NEW YORK -- The National Law Journal(R) said today that Marcia Coyle, Washington bureau chief and Supreme Court correspondent for the newspaper, will join the on-air PBS analyst team covering the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. PBS will present live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee which will begin Monday, January 9, at noon, and continue throughout the week. PBS coverage will be produced by The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Coyle, who served as an analyst for PBS' broadcasts of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, will join anchor Jim Lehrer and studio guest analysts Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor of the National Review and syndicated political columnist Mark Shields.

The National Law Journal and the Online NewsHour ( also plan to work together to produce coverage of the Alito confirmation. The NLJ will provide access to news and background stories related to the confirmation for posting on the Online NewsHour site. The NLJ Web site ( will feature links to video and audio feeds, as well as podcasts, of the confirmation hearing broadcasts by PBS.

Coyle, who has appeared on a regular basis as a legal and Supreme Court analyst for the NewsHour, joined the NLJ and began covering the Supreme Court in 1987. Previously, she had covered state and national politics and government for the Allentown Call-Chronicle newspapers for nearly a decade. Coyle earned her bachelor's degree from Hood College, a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is a contributing author to "A Year in the Life of the Supreme Court" (Duke University Press) and has had articles published in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Vogue, and Ms. magazines, among others. Her work has earned her the George Polk Award for legal reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for outstanding investigative reporting, the Scripps Howard Neiman Award for environmental reporting and other national journalism awards.

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is seen five nights a week on more than 315 PBS stations across the country. The program is produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, in association with WETA, Washington, DC and Thirteen/WNET in New York. Corporate funding for The NewsHour is provided by the Archer Daniels Midland Co.; CIT and Pacific Life, with additional funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.

Founded in 1978, The National Law Journal has the largest paid circulation of any weekly publication serving the legal community. The newspaper is published by ALM.

Headquartered in New York City, ALM is a leading integrated media company, focused on the legal and business communities. ALM currently owns and publishes 39 national and regional magazines and newspapers, including The American Lawyer(R), Corporate Counsel(R), The National Law Journal and Real Estate Forum(R). ALM's is the Web's leading legal news and information network, while ALM's is the Web's leading information source for commercial real estate professionals. Other ALM businesses include book and newsletter publishing, court verdict and settlement reporting, production of professional trade shows, conferences and educational seminars, market research and content distribution. ALM was formed by U.S. Equity Partners, L.P., a private equity fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP. More information on ALM's businesses and services is available on the Web at
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