BOSTON (July 28, 2022) – One month before Massachusetts voters head to the ballot box for the state primary, GBH News has announced a series of debates and interviews spotlighting five contested statewide primary races. Beginning August 1, 2022, the debates will expand on the reporting and resources at Election 2022, a hub of information for voters looking to make informed decisions at the primary and state elections this fall.

“GBH News is leveraging journalism as a public service to help voters understand how candidates think about the issues most important to them,” said Lee Hill, executive editor at GBH News. “From political debates to in-depth coverage across all of our platforms, GBH News is a vital resource for voters to elevate their civic competence and participation in this critical election year.”

Taking place from August 1-10, the series of debates will put a sharp focus on candidates in contested primary races for statewide office, including the races for the Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor, and primary races for the Republican nomination for Governor and the Democrat nomination for Lieutenant Governor. The debates will stream at 6:30 pm on the GBH News channel on YouTube followed by a broadcast on Greater Boston at 7 pm. The debates will be moderated by host Jim Braude. Additionally, all debates will be available across multiple GBH platforms, including GBH 2, and as well as on 89.7 FM and CAI. The debates will also re-air on GBH 2 during the week of August 29.

GBH News Debate Schedule

  • Attorney General Democratic Primary Race

Monday, August 1, 6:30 pm on YouTube, 7 pm on GBH 2

Democratic candidates Andrea Campbell, Quentin Palfrey and Shannon Liss-Riodan debate.

  • Lieutenant Governor Democratic Primary Race

Tuesday, August 2, 6:30 pm on YouTube, 7 pm on GBH 2

Democrat candidates Tami Gouveia, Eric Lesser and Kim Driscoll debate.

  • State Auditor Democratic Primary Race

Monday, August 8, 6:30 pm on YouTube, 7 pm on GBH 2

Democrat candidates Diane DiZoglio and Chris Dempsey debate.

  • Governor Republican Primary Race

Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 pm on YouTube, 7 pm on GBH 2

Republican candidates Geoff Diehl and Chris Doughty make their cases to voters in previously recorded back-to-back interviews. GBH News Political Reporter Adam Reilly provides additional analysis on this race.

  • Secretary of State Democratic Primary Race

Wednesday, August 10, 6:30 pm on YouTube, 7 pm on GBH 2

Democrat candidates Tanisha Sullivan and Bill Galvin debate.

As Massachusetts voters prepare for the state primary on September 6 and the state election on November 8, GBH News continues to build on its political coverage. The GBH News Politics Team recently welcomed veteran political reporter Katie Lannan as its new State House Reporter, joining Boston City Hall Reporter Saraya Wintersmith, Politics Reporter Adam Reilly, and Politics Editor Peter Kadzis. In addition, Talking Politics, which features conversations with local political newsmakers, influencers, analysts, and activists, will share a digital-only episode looking at the state primary election. The show returns to GBH 2 and YouTube on Friday, September 9 at 7 pm. Audiences can also stay up-to-date with local political coverage by subscribing to the GBH News politics newsletter and hearing from elected officials during regular appearances on Boston Public Radio.

About GBH News

GBH News is among the fastest-growing local news providers in Greater Boston and draws on the talent of a multiplatform newsroom that includes GBH 89.7, Boston’s Local NPR; television; and digital reporting. The GBH 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. GBH News partners with CAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station; and New England Public Media in western Massachusetts, to connect the Commonwealth with trusted journalism. GBH News maintains bureaus at the Massachusetts State House; Dorchester, Boston’s largest neighborhood; and Worcester. The Forum Network, part of GBH News, collects thousands of video and audio lectures from the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policymakers and community leaders and makes them available online to the public for free.