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September 3, 2013

WGBH’s Greater Boston Spends a Week with the Candidates

WGBH News meets with each candidate as part of complete election coverage
BOSTON, Mass. (September 3, 2013) – Three weeks from today, Bostonians will cast a ballot in the first open race for Mayor in 20 years. In advance of that milestone, WGBH's Greater Boston with Emily Rooney will welcome all 12 candidates to the WGBH studios for a series of candidate discussions as part of a four-day extended version of Greater Boston.
The Greater Boston forums, each featuring three candidates, will air on WGBH 2 at 7pm Monday, September 9 through Thursday, September 12. Each candidate will have ample time to address the most pressing issues and challenges facing Boston, including education, economic development, transportation and more. Each of the programs will be simulcast on 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio.
“WGBH News offers the most complete, multi-platform coverage of Boston and Boston politics. We are proud that Greater Boston with Emily Rooney will host the most comprehensive broadcast forums for this year’s mayoral election, and we are excited to share these debates with the Boston electorate across all of our news platforms,” said WGBH News Managing Editor and Executive Producer of Greater Boston Linda Polach. “This year’s election is among the most significant in recent Boston history. As the city looks to the future, voters are turning to WGBH News for the kind of in-depth information and analysis they know they can count on from public media.”
Candidates are scheduled to appear on the following dates, as determined by random lottery.
·       Monday, September 9: Robert Consalvo,Michael Rossand David James Wyatt.
·       Tuesday, September 10: Bill Walczak, Charles Clemons and Charles Yancy
·       Wednesday, September 11: Daniel Conley, John Connolly and Charlotte Golar Richie
·       Thursday, September 12: Felix G. Arroyo, Marty Walsh and John Barros
Last month, WGBH News launched a new web-series, The Scrum, featuring WGBH’s political analysts David S. Bernstein and Peter Kadzis, along with reporters Adam Reilly and Anne Mostue, which looks at the week that was in the campaign for Boston’s highest municipal office. In addition, WGBH’s Morning Edition with Bob Seay began a daily segment earlier today with Bernstein, a contributing editor to Boston Magazine, focused on the final stretch of the 12-candidate race.
Complete coverage of the mayoral campaign can be found at wgbhnews.org.
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WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB, Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.


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