WSIU, Partners to Present 12th Congressional District Debate on Thu, Oct 27 in Belleville

Oct 20, 2016

For Immediate Release

Thursday, October 20, 2016

WSIU, Southern Illinoisan & Regional Partners to Present 12th Congressional District Debate

Debate Scheduled for Thursday, October 27 at Lindenwood University in Belleville, Illinois

Limited Number of Tickets Available Through WSIU

Contact: Jennifer Fuller, Associate Director – News & Public Affairs, WSIU, (618) 453-6245,; Greg Petrowich, Executive Director, WSIU, (618) 453-4344,

Carbondale, Ill. – WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media stations of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, have partnered with Lindenwood University in Belleville, Ill., the Belleville News-Democrat, and the Southern Illinoisan to host a debate between candidates for the Illinois 12th Congressional District seat. The candidates are Republican Incumbent Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and challengers C.J. Baricevic (D-Belleville) and Paula Bradshaw (G-Carbondale).

The debate will take place on Thursday, October 27 at 7pm at Lindenwood University Auditorium, 2600 West Main Street in Belleville before a live audience and will air live on WSIU Public Television – WSIU-TV 8 and WUSI-TV 16 – and on WSIU Public Radio -- 91.9 FM, 90.3 FM, and 88.9 FM. Watch for updates online at and and on WSIU’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Veteran broadcast journalist and former WSIU-TV senior producer Jak Tichenor will moderate the debate, with questioning from panelists Jennifer Fuller of WSIU, Molly Parker of the Southern Illinoisan, and Joseph Bustos of the Belleville News-Democrat

“Having a face-to-face debate in the 12th Congressional District is important because it gives voters a chance to hear the candidates speak directly about the issues,” said Jennifer Fuller, Associate Director for News & Public Affairs at WSIU Public Broadcasting. “Voters can see and hear how the candidates think on their feet when faced with questions and decisions affecting our region and the nation.”

“Increasingly we hear from viewers and listeners who praise public broadcasting as one of the few places where candidates can address issues in a meaningful way and in their own words,” said Greg Petrowich, Executive Director at WSIU. "We’re pleased to continue playing such a vital role in the democratic process."

WSIU has a limited number of tickets available for the October 27th debate on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in attending the debate should call the WSIU Business Office during regular business hours, 8am to 4:30pm, at (618) 453-4344. Reserved tickets may be picked up in person at the Communications Building, Room 1003, 1100 Lincoln Drive, on the SIU campus in Carbondale.

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