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WHO-TV to Host Iowa Senate Seat Debate October 3rd


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Nexstar has announced that it will host a debate between the candidates for the United States Senate from Iowa, incumbent Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Theresa Greenfield (D-IA).

“U.S. Senate Debate – Iowa” will be taped on Saturday, October 3rd, at the studios of WHO 13 in Des Moines, IA, and be telecast throughout the state that night at 7 p.m. CT.

The one-hour debate will bring together nearly two million viewers in 68 counties across Iowa and air on three Nexstar television stations serving the state, including: WHO-TV (NBC) in Des Moines, KCAU-TV (ABC) in Sioux City, and WHBF-TV (CBS) in Davenport/Rock Island/Moline. Local viewers may also access a live-stream of the debate online by visiting the website of their local Nexstar station (see table below for more information).

The debate will be moderated by WHO 13 News Political Director, Dave Price, and include WHBF CBS 4 News anchor, Jim Niedelman, and KCAU ABC 9 anchor, Tim Seaman, who will pose questions to the candidates focused on current local and regional issues impacting communities across Iowa. The candidates will be asked for their views on education, health care and the coronavirus pandemic, infrastructure and the economy.

In addition to taking questions from the moderator and panelists, the candidates will respond to questions from local voters regarding issues that impact their local communities. Viewers can submit questions for the debate via email to senatedebate@who13.com, and can follow the debate and related content on social media using the hashtag #iasenatedebate.

“Nexstar and the award-winning news anchors and reporters at our Iowa television stations are committed to serving the interests of voters across the state by delivering exclusive local news content and political coverage that will enable them to make informed decisions on election day,” said Tim Busch, President of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.

“The ‘US Senate Debate – Iowa’ is the first statewide forum in which voters can hear directly from the candidates about the issues that matter most to them and their families before heading to the ballot box this November. We are proud to harness the combined resources of our local station operations throughout Iowa to bring this exclusive live debate to our viewers across the state. We are grateful to the candidates for their participation, and to the outstanding local communities we serve across Iowa for their continued viewership and engagement.”