On-Air Highlights

First Presidential Debate for 2012 Election

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Oct 1, 2012 8:42 AM

Election2012_Logo_600x340.jpgwitf presents special coverage of the first debate between the two presidential candidates on TV and FM. The first debate will last 90 minutes and focus on domestic policy. It will broadcast live beginning at 9pm Wednesday from Denver, Colorado and features Jim Lehrer as moderator.

On TV:

PBS NewsHour will cover the debate. The live event will be followed by analysis from the PBS NewsHour team featuring NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni, NewsHour political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks and NPR reporters Ari Shapiro, Scott Horsely, Debbie Elliott and Brian Naylor. Coverage begins at 9pm and concludes at 11pm on witf-tv.

On FM:

NPR News will cover the debate. The debate concludes analysis will be provided by NPR Senior Washington editor Ron Elving, political analysts E.J. Dionne and Matt Continetti, and several NPR policy reporters who will be standing by. We'll also hear insights from NPR's traveling campaign reporters and a national political correspondent (either Mara Liasson or Don Gonyea), who will join us from the debate site. Coverage can be heard on witf-fm beginning at 9pm and ending at 11pm.

Future Dates:

  • Vice presidential debate (foreign and domestic policy): Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News Thursday, October 11, Centre College, Danville, KY
  • Second presidential debate (town meeting): Candy Crowley, Chief Political Correspondent, CNN and Anchor, CNN's State of the Union Tuesday, October 16, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
  • Third presidential debate (foreign policy): Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News and Moderator, Face the Nation Monday, October 22, Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL

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  • R.A.Lawhern img 2012-10-01 19:13

    I just wish Jim Lehrer would ask the tough question of both candidates, which could decide the election if we paid attention: "When -- before the election -- will you publish a detailed fiscal plan for bringing US Federal expenditures in line with tax revenues?"