Senator Tim Kaine (D) and Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart (R) will square off tonight at a debate sponsored by AARP. The debate between the two leading candidates for the U.S. Senate will be streamed online and carried live in most of Virginia, though not Northern Virginia. WETA, which is located in Arlington but identifies itself as a D.C. station, will carry a delayed version of the debate at 11 p.m.
Washington Post national political reporter and PBS’ Washington Week host Robert Costa will moderate the debate, with panelists from AARP Virginia, WCVE PBS, and WTVR CBS 6. Media partners for the debate are WCVE-TV PBS and WTVR-TV CBS 6. The debate will be held at the WCVE-TV studio in Richmond and will be conducted live with an audience.
In addition to being broadcast, voters can watch the debate on live streams at theWCVE PBS and WTVR CBS 6 websites. The social media hashtag for the event is #PeoplesDebate2018. The sponsoring organizations’ Twitter handles are @AARPVa, @CBS6, and @WCVE.
Panelists for the debate will include WTVR-TV CBS 6 “Virginia This Morning” co-anchor Reba Hollingsworth (@RebaCBS6 on Twitter), WCVE-FM News Director Craig Carper (@craig_carper), and AARP Virginia State Director Jim Dau (@jdau1). Each panelist, as well as Costa, will ask the candidates questions during the hour-long broadcast. WTVR-TV CBS 6 anchor Bill Fitzgerald will offer introductions at the debate.
Costa, whose Twitter handle is @costareports, is the Moderator of Washington Week, the Peabody Award-winning weekly news analysis series on PBS. Costa is also a full-time national political reporter for The Washington Post, where he covers Congress and the White House and regularly travels the country to meet with voters and elected officials. He also serves as a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
Richmond television stations WTVR-TV CBS 6 and WCVE-TV PBS are co-producing and distributing the debate to broadcasters statewide in order to make the forum available to voters across Virginia.
Stations in the following markets have confirmed they will carry the debate live:
WVIR-TV NBC 29
WHTJ-TV PBS 41
WVPT-TV PBS 51
WGNT-TV CW 27.1
WHRO-TV PBS 15
WCVE-TV PBS 23
WCVE-FM NPR Radio 88.9
WTVR-TV CBS 6
WCVE website: https://ideastations.org/
WTVR website: www.wtvr.com
WDBJ-TV Channel 24
WBRA-TV PBS 15