WPRI 12 & The Providence Journal to Host First Televised Gubernatorial Debates of Campaign 2014

This year, Rhode Island voters will be electing a new governor. With so much at stake, it’s important for voters to understand where candidates stand on the key issues impacting Rhode Islanders.

On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, Eyewitness News and The Providence Journal will team up to present the first two political debates of the year. The first televised event will be Campaign 2014: The Democratic Gubernatorial Debate. On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, Eyewitness News and The Providence Journal will present Campaign 2014: The Republican Gubernatorial Debate.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, R.I. General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and former U.S. Education Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Clay Pell will debate on a variety of issues. Eyewitness News will broadcast Campaign 2014: The Democratic Gubernatorial Debate live on WPRI 12 on Tuesday, June 10th at 7pm.

Then on Tuesday, June 17th at 7pm on WPRI 12, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and Barrington businessman Ken Block will square off in Campaign 2014: The Republican Gubernatorial Debate.

Moderated by Target 12 Investigator Tim White, who will be joined by Providence Journal political columnist Ed Fitzpatrick and WPRI.com reporter Ted Nesi, both debates will be broadcast live from the Providence Performing Arts Center, located at 220 Weybosset St. in Providence.

“At Eyewitness News, we’re committed to giving viewers the most extensive coverage of Campaign 2014,” says WPRI/WNAC President and General Manager Patrick Wholey. “These debates give viewers a more in-depth look at the candidates and where they stand on the issues. It’s all about giving voters the information they need to make an informed decision when they step into the voting booth.”

For More Information: Karen Rezendes (401) 438-3310

About WPRI 12 & Fox Providence; WPRI 12 & Fox Providence provides local news, network and syndicated entertainment and local programming to the viewers of the Providence RI/New Bedford MA television market. Both stations are also known for broadcasting Eyewitness News and delivering quality television and digital media.