PBS39 to Broadcast Live Allentown Mayoral Debate

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This debate, featuring the candidates running for mayor of Allentown, will air at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 14.


Bethlehem, PA. – October 9, 2019 – On Monday, October 14, PBS39, in partnership with The Morning Call, will broadcast a live debate featuring the candidates running for mayor of Allentown. This debate is part of PBS39’s Who Will Lead? series, which will continue through the November 2020 election cycle.

PBS39 Host Monica Evans will moderate this debate alongside Professor of Political Science and Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, Dr. Christopher Borick, and reporter for The Morning Call, Andrew Wagaman. This live debate will feature candidates Ray O’Connell (D) (Incumbent) and Tim Ramos (R).

“This partnership with The Morning Call has been invaluable to our community,” Tim Fallon, Chief Executive Officer at Lehigh Valley Public Media, home of PBS39 said. “We look forward to continuing this series and empowering citizens of the Greater Lehigh Valley to make informed decisions at the polls.”

This free event is open to the public and will take place in the Alumnae Hall auditorium at Cedar Crest College. Visit PBS39.org/WhoWillLead to reserve a seat in our audience. Doors will open at 6 and shut promptly at 6:55 p.m. for the live broadcast.

Watch live coverage beginning at 7 p.m. on PBS39/WLVT and on PBS39’s Facebook page. Visit PBS39’s program guide to find the correct channel number for your over the air, cable or satellite provider. Visit PBS39.org/WhoWillLead to watch PBS39’s previous debates featuring the candidates running for mayor of Easton and Northampton County District Attorney.


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 Andrew Wagaman
Andrew Wagaman covers Allentown for The Morning Call. He previously reported on Lehigh Valley business and industry, as well as the East Penn area. Wagaman grew up in Schnecksville and graduated from the University of Missouri. Before returning to the Lehigh Valley, Wagaman worked as a metro reporter for the Reading Eagle.

About Dr. Christopher Borick
Dr. Christopher Borick, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, is a nationally recognized public opinion researcher who has conducted more than 300 large-scale public opinion surveys. The results of these surveys have appeared in numerous publications including Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. Borick has also provided analysis for the BBC, National Public Radio, PBS, MSNBC, CBS News and NBC Nightly News. Borick earned his undergraduate degree at Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree from East Stroudsburg University. He completed his doctoral work at The State University of New York at Binghamton in the area of public policy analysis.

About Lehigh Valley Public Media™
Lehigh Valley Public Media, home of PBS39/WLVT, WLVR, and WPPT, 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. The Reporter Corps® creates community-focused content for PBS39 News Tonight, digital platforms, and radio. Lehigh Valley Public Media 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. Lehigh Valley Public Media is a community-owned public media organization 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