Worcester, MA — October 11, 2023 — Underscoring its commitment to covering local news throughout Worcester County, GBH News will host the first debate of the 2023 Worcester Mayoral race live from its Worcester Bureau on Monday, October 16 at 6 pm.

GBH News Worcester Reporter Sam Turken will moderate an open-format debate among the five candidates: incumbent Mayor Joseph Petty, Vice Mayor Donna Colorio, City Councilor Khrystian King, activist Guillermo Creamer Jr. and activist William Coleman.

“Worcester is a vibrant city, and we are excited to shine a light on its mayoral race as part of our commitment to local news in the region,” said Pam Johnson, general manager of news at GBH. "This debate will explore the issues that matter most to Worcester voters so they can make informed decisions at the ballot box this November."

The debate will be broadcast as a video livestream on the GBH News website and the GBH News YouTube channel, offering Worcester voters an opportunity to assess the five candidates in the race to lead New England's second-largest city.

The GBH News Worcester Bureau at 27 Federal Street is equipped with a full broadcast studio and technology to stream digital video and file radio stories for 89.7 FM and the GBH News website. The upcoming event marks the first time GBH News has hosted a debate in the bureau.

GBH News coverage of Worcester spans impactful reporting about nonprofits, housing, politics and business to the culture that defines Worcester as a city. A recent story about Worcester's history as a manufacturing hub for pre-built dining cars was awarded a 2022 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the category of Best Feature Reporting. Find more at: https://www.wgbh.org/tags/worcester.

The Worcester Bureau is funded in part by the C. Jean & Myles McDonough Charitable Foundation and the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation.

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