FOI Foundation partners in ‘The Texas Debates’

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – KERA, the North Texas public television and radio stations, will host Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis in The Texas Debates: The Race for Governor. The live, one-hour debate is a co-production with NBC 5/KXAS-TV and Telemundo39/KXTX-TV,The Dallas Morning News and Texas Association of Broadcasters. Sponsored by AARP, the program will be broadcast on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. CT on television, radio and online.

The debate will be moderated by KERA managing editor Shelley Kofler. Questions will be posed by a panel of journalists: Brian Curtis, NBC 5/KXAS-TV; Peggy Fikac, San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle; Norma García, Telemundo39/KXTX-TV; and Gromer Jeffers, The Dallas Morning News

Voters also have a voice in the debate: They can submit questions for the candidates via Twitter to @keranews using #texasdebates. All submissions will be reviewed by the editorial staff before the debate.

The Texas Debates will air live on KERA-TV Channel 13, KERA FM (90.1 in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, 99.3 in Sherman, 101.1 in Tyler and 88.3 in Wichita Falls), COZI-TV Channel 5.2 and other radio and television stations around the state, and will be streamed live online at texasdebates.org, NBCDFW.com and dallasnews.com. Spanish-language viewers can watch the debate in Spanish at Telemundo39.com.

The television program will re-air on Wednesday, October 1, at 11:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 5, at 4:00 p.m. on KERA TV. KERA 90.1 FM will rebroadcast the debate on Friday, October 3, at 1:00 p.m. Telemundo39/KXTX-TV will re-air the debate in Spanish on Sunday, October 4 at 9:00 a.m. Video of the debate will be available for on-demand viewing at texasdebates.org at the debate’s conclusion.

The Texas Debates is produced by KERA in partnership with NBC 5/KXAS-TV, Telemundo39/KXTX-TV, The Dallas Morning News, Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB), San Antonio Express-News/Houston-Chronicle, Texas State Networks, Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas (FOIFT) and Texas public broadcasting stations.