PBS39 to Broadcast Live Allentown Mayoral Debate


This live debate, featuring the candidates running for mayor of Allentown, will air at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 13.

Bethlehem, PA. – May 6, 2019 – PBS39 will broadcast a live mayoral debate from 7-8 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre at Cedar Crest College on Monday, May 13, 2019. This is the second debate in the station’s Who Will Lead? series, which will also include a mayoral debate in Reading on Tuesday, May 14. PBS39’s Who Will Lead? series will continue through the November 2020 election cycle.

PBS39 Executive Producer and Host Monica Evans will moderate this debate alongside Dr. Christine Carpino, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Cedar Crest College. This live debate will feature candidates Ray O’Connell (Incumbent) (D), Patrick Palmer (D), Cheryl Johnson-Watts (D), Michael Daniels (D) and Timothy Ramos (R).

“PBS39 is proud to promote civic engagement through our Who Will Lead? series,” Tim Fallon, Chief Executive Officer at PBS39 said. “As the Lehigh Valley’s public broadcasting station, it is our duty to educate citizens so they can make informed decisions at the polls this primary season.”

This event is free and open to the public. Visit PBS39.org/WhoWillLead to reserve a seat in our audience. Doors will open at 6, an hour prior to the live broadcast. Watch live coverage beginning at 7 p.m. on PBS39/WLVT and PBS39.org. Visit PBS39’s program guide to find the correct channel number for your over the air, cable or satellite provider.

About Monica Evans
PBS39 Executive Producer and Host Monica Evans has more than three decades of broadcast experience. Before joining the team at PBS39, Evans spent 11 years as a senior reporter for the FOX affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri. Previously, she worked as a court and crime reporter for the ABC affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts, an arts and entertainment reporter for the FOX affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut and a talk show host/producer for the NBC affiliate in Hartford. Evans has a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from Central Connecticut State University.

About Dr. Christine Carpino
Dr. Carpino teaches courses on public policy, international relations, political thought and American politics at Cedar Crest College. She earned her B.A. in politics from Fairfield University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to teaching at Cedar Crest, she taught at Santa Clara University and JFK University in California. In addition to teaching political science, Dr. Carpino also serves at the Research Coordinator for the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium, a collaborative program that connects local faculty with community organizations to conduct community-based research.

About PBS39
PBS39 acts as the catalyst to promote civic engagement, and to fulfill the regional needs of the Greater Lehigh Valley through its dynamic communication platforms and resources. PBS39 Reporter Corps journalists are embedded in the ten counties that make up the Greater Lehigh Valley. The Reporter Corps creates community-focused content for PBS39 News Tonight and for the PBS39 digital platform. PBS39 and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley are partnering to fund and fulfill the regional literacy initiative Lehigh Valley Reads. This campaign is working to ensure all Lehigh Valley students read on grade level by the end of third grade by 2025. PBS39, part of Greater Lehigh Valley Public Media, is a community-owned public media station serving eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. PBS39 is licensed in Allentown to the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. For more information, visit PBS39.org.


Information provided to TVL by:
Nicole Harrell
Public Relations/Promotions Manager, PBS39