Markey, Kennedy, and Liss-Riordan Debate will Broadcast Live on
89.7 WGBH Radio, WGBH 2 Television,, WCAI Cape and Islands, and WGBY in Springfield

BOSTON (December 23, 2019) – WGBH News will host the first 2020 U.S. Senate Primary Debate between U.S Senator Edward Markey and Democratic challengers U.S. Representative Joseph Kennedy III and attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan on Tuesday, February 18 at 7 pm at the WGBH Studios in Brighton. The hour-long debate will be moderated by Boston Public Radio hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan and will include a studio audience. The debate will air live on 89.7 WGBH Radio, WGBH 2 television and stream on It will also be carried by Western Massachusetts public television station WGBY in Springfield and by WCAI, the Cape & Islands NPR Station.

“Voters throughout Massachusetts turn to public media for trusted news and information on the issues that matter,” said Kate Zachry, news director at WGBH News. “WGBH is uniquely positioned alongside our public media partners to present a debate that connects citizens across the Commonwealth, from the Cape and Islands to the Berkshires. We are committed to offering the candidates a forum for civil, civic discussion and look forward to hosting the first primary debate.”

About WGBH News
WGBH News is among the fastest growing local news providers in greater Boston and draws on the talent of a multi-platform newsroom that includes 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR, television and digital reporting. The WGBH newsroom continues to invest in substantive local coverage and has established dedicated desks for higher education, politics, innovation and investigations as well as unique partnerships to expand on that commitment, including with WNYC’s The Takeaway, The World from PRX and The GroundTruth Project. WGBH News partners with WCAI, the Cape, Coast and Islands NPR station and New England Public Media in Western, Massachusetts to connect the Commonwealth with trusted journalism. WGBH News also maintains bureaus in Dorchester, Boston’s largest neighborhood, and at the Massachusetts State House.

About WGBH
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 and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of digital content and programs for public radio through PRX, including The World and Innovation Hub, a leader in educational multimedia with PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content, and a pioneer in 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