published on April 6, 2018 - 1:09 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The studios of Fresno’s KSEE 24 NBC affiliate will be the site of a California gubernatorial debate on April 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The debate is titled “Extraordinary People on Common Ground,” and will be produced by Marc Corsi, president and CEO of Communication & Events by Corsi in partnership with station owner Nexstar Broadcasting.

All candidates for governor have been invited, with most confirming they will attend and participate, according to a news release.

By rule, all candidates with 5 percent or more support in the next Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies will be allowed to participate.

KSEE24 anchor Evan Otstot will be the moderator.

“It’s an honor to moderate a debate of this importance,” he said. “It also exemplifies KSEE24’s year-round political commitment to our viewers. I’m looking forward to giving the candidates the chance to separate themselves on issues that matter most.”

A panel of other journalists and shareholders from around the state will also provide input on questions and topics. Corsi added, “We are indeed bringing Extraordinary People to Common Ground in Central California. I am thrilled to be bringing the candidates and business influencers together for this debate in the Central Valley.”

The debate broadcast will be available to television and radio stations across the state, made possible by the California Broadcasters Association. Television stations in San Francisco (KRON) and Bakersfield (KGET) have committed to air the debate. The event will also be streamed on YouTube in a partnership with Google.

“We expect that this debate will allow candidates to share their vision for the future of California and to discuss substantive issues affecting residents of our great state,” stated KSEE24’s Vice President & General Manager Matthew Rosenfeld. “We look forward to sharing this forum with our viewers in the Central Valley and across the state leading up to the June 5th primary.”

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