KWWL to Broadcast Three Iowa Debates Governor, Senate and 1st Congressional District Debates Scheduled

posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 in Blog


As a critical election day approaches for the state, KWWL stays on top of the important races. The station will be broadcasting debates for the Governor's, Senate and 1st Congressional district races in October.

“Iowans take their politics very seriously,” said Jim McKernan, Vice-President and General Manager of KWWL. “Broadcasting these debates provides viewers the opportunity to hear the candidates without the spin and make an informed decision.”

The Senate debate will be broadcast on Saturday, October 11th at 7pm. KWWL's Ron Steele will be present as one of the debate moderators.

The governor's debate will be broadcast on Tuesday, October 14th at 7pm. Ron Steele will be present as one moderator.

KWWL will host the 1st Congressional debate in their studio on Saturday, October 18th at 7pm. Ron Steele and Amanda Goodman will act as moderators along with reporters from the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, KWWL's coverage partner.

“Covering state politics is critically important,” said Shane Moreland, KWWL News Director. “As journalists, it's our obligation to provide this important service to voters. Having local anchors and reporters involved as moderators ensures that the concerns and questions of Iowans will be addressed.”

KWWL also plans to solicit questions from voters via social media. Those interested in submitting questions for consideration during the debates should closely monitor the station's Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Complete rules and guidelines for the KWWL hosted debate can be found on the station's website,

QNI is a privately held family owned company with roots in the newspaper business dating back to 1835. Quincy Newspapers, Inc. was formed in 1926 with the merger of The Quincy Herald and The Quincy Whig-Journal.

The company owns and operates NBC affiliates in Quincy and Rockford Illinois, Waterloo and Sioux City, Iowa, Rochester, Minnesota and Bluefield, West Virginia. QNI also operates ABC affiliates in Madison, La Crosse, Eau Claire, Wausau and Eagle River, Wisconsin and a FOX affiliate in South Bend, Indiana. QNI operates another FOX affiliate in Rochester, Minnesota under a shared services agreement. QNI also owns and operates an AM-FM radio combination in Quincy and daily/Sunday newspapers in Quincy, Illinois and Newton, New Jersey.