In the year and a half leading up to last night, NPR's Election and Washington teams worked nearly non-stop: producing live coverage, special series, profiles and reports of the politics taking shape across the country. And many others in the media stopped to take notice. So, with winners decided in the majority of elections, take a look back at a selection of coverage about NPR News "Election 2012":
Election Night App
Poynter highlighted the creative electoral-votes counter embedded in our responsive Election 2012 app, in this list of "5 really cool things we saw on election night."
A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money
Just last week, NPR Science Reporter Adam Cole visually scaled the electoral map to reflect the weight held by individual states and the money being invested in each. On election day, NBC's TODAY show used our graphic to demonstrate just what this looks like:
The TODAY show's "Top 5 memes of 2012 campaign"
Number three on the list was the viral video of 4-year-old Abbie Evans' reaction, filmed by her mom, to NPR campaign coverage.
Bipartisan Public Opinion Polls
NPR News commissioned three public opinion polls during the 2012 general election, with a hyper-focus on 12 key battleground states.
White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro visited MSNBC's The Daily Rundown to discuss what he found out in Cambridge about President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney's years at Harvard. The reports were part of NPR's election-long "Parallel Lives" series, which took a closer look at the surprising similarities between the two candidates.
"This is Ari Shapiro, traveling with the Romney Campaign."
For months on end, NPR White House correspondents traveled across America with the campaigns: Ari Shapiro with the Romney team and Scott Horsely with the President. In August, Ari's reporting from the road ended up setting the scene in GQ magazine's profile of the GOP hopeful:
Ari Shapiro is already recording a spot citing the quote for tomorrow morning's broadcast, which he records under his jacket in the seat behind me: "...he may have done some damage by drawing attention to his wealth once again."
We couldn't help but have some fun with Ari's GQ moment either. Adam Cole mocked up this caricature of our correspondent inspired by the descriptions of him in the article.