Press Release

Important Debates in Three Key Races to Air Live on WISN 12

Milwaukee County Executive, Milwaukee Mayor, and Wisconsin Supreme Court

By - Mar 5th, 2020 04:10 pm

MILWAUKEE, WIS. (March 5, 2020) – Ahead of election day on Tuesday, April 7th, WISN 12 is hosting three different debates featuring the candidates for Milwaukee County Executive, Milwaukee Mayor and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Marquette University Law School is partnering with WISN 12 to host the debates for Milwaukee Mayor and Wisconsin Supreme Court.

March 11th at 7:00 p.m.                Milwaukee County Executive   Live from WISN 12’s studio

March 31st at 7:00 p.m.                Milwaukee Mayor                          Live from Marquette University Law School

April 3rd at 7:00 p.m.                     Wisconsin Supreme Court          Live from Marquette University Law School

“These are three big races that will have a significant and long-lasting impact in our local communities and across the state,” says Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN 12. “Hosting these debates through our Commitment 2020 coverage offers viewers, and more specifically voters, information that is crucial in making informed decisions at the ballot box,” adds Wade.

The debate for Milwaukee County Executive will occur on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from

7:00 – 8:00 p.m., between state Representative David Crowley and state Senator Chris Larson. The debate will be moderated by Adrienne Pedersen, host of “Upfront” and anchor of “WISN 12 News This Morning,” and take place and air live from WISN 12’s studio.

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., the Milwaukee Mayoral debate will be held between incumbent Mayor Tom Barrett and state Senator Lena Taylor. This debate, airing on WISN 12, will be the only debate for Milwaukee Mayor before election day on April 7th. The debate for Wisconsin Supreme Court will occur on Friday, April 3, 2020, with incumbent Justice Dan Kelly and Judge Jill Karofsky. Both of these debates will take place at Marquette University Law School, and be moderated by Mike Gousha, Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy at Marquette Law School. Adrienne Pedersen, host of “Upfront” and anchor of “WISN 12 News This Morning,” will field anchor the live broadcasts on WISN 12.

“These debates are substantial opportunities for voters in Milwaukee and Wisconsin to hear directly from the candidates for important offices, in a substantial conversation with one another and Mike Gousha,” says Dean Joseph D. Kearney. “Marquette Law School welcomes the opportunity once again to collaborate with WISN in civic service of this sort.”

Marquette Law School Debates

Due to limited space, the events will be ticketed and all seats have been reserved. News coverage of the debates and/or access to a pool feed is welcome and requires media credentials. Journalists must contact Kevin Conway at Marquette University, kevin.m.conway@marquette.edu, regarding credentials. All media

must be on the credential list for access to the building the evening of a debate. Parking for live trucks must also be arranged in advance.

About WISN 12 and Hearst Television

WISN 12, the ABC station in Milwaukee, is owned by Hearst Television Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hearst Corporation.  Hearst Television owns and operates local television and radio stations serving 26 media markets across 39 states reaching over 21 million U.S. television households. Through its partnership with nearly all of the major networks, Hearst Television distributes national content over nearly 70 video channels including programming from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, MY Net, MeTV, This TV, Estrella and more.  Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry’s premier companies, and has been honored with numerous awards for distinguished journalism, industry innovation, and community service.  Hearst Television is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst.  The Company’s Web address is www.hearsttelevision.com.

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