TV and radio media partners to host U.S. senate debate

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U.S. Senate Debate ST. LOUIS – 5 On Your Side, the Nine Network of Public Media, and St. Louis Public Radio are partnering to host an hour-long U.S. Senate debate with Republican Josh Hawley and Democrat Claire McCaskill.

The debate will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 with a live audience of 130 Missourians at the Nine Network’s studio in St. Louis. Missouri residents who wish to be considered to be part of the audience should apply here.

The debate will be moderated by the PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff. The panelists will be 5 On Your Side’s Mike Bush and St. Louis Public Radio’s Jo Mannies. The questions asked by the panelists will be developed by a team of journalists from the three participating media organizations.

Nine Network’s Ruth Ezell will field questions from the audience and curate questions from social media, which will allow residents across the state to participate.

For people interested in viewing the debate who are not chosen to be members of the audience, a public watch party will be held in the Public Media Commons, between the Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio on Olive Street. 5 On Your Side’s Casey Nolen and St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum will get real-time audience perspective and host a post-debate analysis show.

The debate will be broadcast through NBC, NPR, and PBS affiliates throughout Missouri to help voters make informed decisions for the mid-term election.


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About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine Network offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life. Nine’s platforms include four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine PBS KIDS), the Nine Center for Public Engagement, the Public Media Commons, social media, and multiple websites accessible at Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our vision of a strong and healthy community working together through public media and our mission of igniting the spirit of possibility.

About St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Radio is an award-winning news organization and NPR-member station, providing in-depth news, insightful discussion and entertaining programs to half-a-million people per month on-air and online. With the largest radio or TV newsroom in St. Louis, our journalists find and tell important stories about communities across the region and help people to become deeply informed about the issues that affect their lives. We broadcast on 90.7 KWMU FM in St. Louis, 90.3 WQUB in Quincy, Illinois, 88.5 KMST in Rolla and 96.3 K242AN in Lebanon, Missouri, and share news and music online at  We are a member-supported service of the University of Missouri - St. Louis.


For more information contact: 

Alicia Elsner 314-444-5256, 5 On Your Side

Amy Shaw, 314-808-1045, Nine Network of Public Media

Madalyn Painter, 314-516-6617, St. Louis Public Radio

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