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Minnesota Public Radio News to host and broadcast FINAL debate between U.S. Senate candidates Barkley, Coleman and Franken

October 7, 2008

What: U.S. Senate candidate debate with Dean Barkley (IP), Norm Coleman (R) and Al Franken (DFL), moderated by Midday host Gary Eichten

When: Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, 7–8 p.m.

Where: Minnesota Public Radio's Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E Exchange St, St. Paul

Tune in: The debate will be broadcast live on all Minnesota Public Radio News stations, including KNOW 91.1 FM in the Twin Cities, and will be streamed online at www.mpr.org

Tickets: This event is free and open to the public; main floor seats are reserved for campaign supporters and the media

Media: Journalists must contact Jennifer Haugh, communications manager, at 651-290-1369 or jhaugh@mpr.org for reservations. Media mult boxes will be available to broadcast journalists for a direct sound feed. Free WiFi will be available inside the Fitzgerald Theater auditorium for journalists and bloggers.

Minnesota Public Radio News will broadcast the final live debate, moderated by Midday host Gary Eichten, between the three major-party Minnesota U.S. Senate candidates on Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Fitzgerald Theater.

Minnesota's U.S. Senate candidates Dean Barkley (IP), Norm Coleman (R) and Al Franken (DFL) will square off in a one-hour debate starting at 7 p.m. The debate will be broadcast live on Minnesota Public Radio News stations throughout the region, including on KNOW 91.1 FM in the Twin Cities.

Journalists are required to register with Jennifer Haugh at 651-290-1369 or jhaugh@mpr.org to receive a press pass and additional access details.

With its roundtable seating arrangement, the debate will be a unique opportunity for audiences to observe the candidates in discussion with each other, a set-up resembling the historic debate between Coleman and Walter Mondale in 2002. Each political campaign will be given 75 seats on the main floor of the Fitzgerald Theater. Balcony and additional seating is open to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis.

A complete archive of coverage of Minnesota's 2008 U.S. Senate race, dating back more than a year, is available at Minnesota Public Radio's Web site, under www.mpr.org, Campaign 2008. The coverage includes all three candidates' biographical information and key policy positions.

Minnesota Public Radio's Campaign 2008: online coverage

Minnesota Public Radio's award-winning political coverage, dedicated to providing audiences with the most comprehensive election season information, includes a variety of online election tools and resources at www.mpr.org:

  • NewsCut—a news blog featuring a fresh eye on today's stories, including live blogging during the political debates and up-to-the-minute news updates with MPR reporter Bob Collins


  • Polinaut®—a blog with a daily round-up of political news and links from regular contributors Mike Mulcahy, Tom Scheck and Curtis Gilbert


  • Policast®—a podcast featuring highlights of MPR's award-winning regional political coverage, hosted by MPR’s political editor Mike Mulcahy


  • Electionwise™—this podcast, recently featured in Minnesota Monthly's "Best of the Cities" issue, features MPR reporters Curtis Gilbert and Molly Bloom, who track down answers to political questions from our audience


  • Idea Generators through Public Insight Journalism—a method of covering news and gathering information that depends on the knowledge, insight and input of more than 60,000 individuals in our Public Insight Network®


  • Votetracker—follow key legislation, read background on the issues, see MPR-related stories and find out how legislators voted


  • Select A Candidate®—a tool to help voters choose candidates in the U.S. Presidential, Minnesota's U.S. Senate and Congressional races who are most closely aligned with their views—now available in Spanish


  • Budget Hero™—a "smart game" that gives players a chance to try their hand at balancing the federal budget


  • MPR election results widget—free, customizable HTML code available to anyone for use on their Web site, yielding the latest election results for all major and state-level races


  • Comprehensive political and election coverage online


Minnesota Public Radio® operates a 38-station radio network serving virtually all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states and produces programming for radio, Internet and face-to-face audiences. Programs produced by Minnesota Public Radio's parent company, American Public Media,™ reach more than 15 million listeners nationwide each week. Of those, nearly 800,000 listen regionally, in Minnesota and surrounding states. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be obtained at www.mpr.org.

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Source: Data are copyright Arbitron, Inc., Nationwide and PSA data. Arbitron data are estimates only. Spring 2007/Fall 2007 average


Press Contacts:
Jennifer Haugh
Minnesota Public Radio
651-290-1369
jhaugh@mpr.org

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