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KSTP-TV, Star Tribune to co-present U.S. Senate and Governor debates 10/4/02


In a final opportunity to hear the candidates debate key issues in a statewide broadcast before election day, KSTP-TV Channel 5, in partnership with the Star Tribune, will present live prime-time debates with the major-party candidates in Minnesota’s Governor and U.S. Senate races. The debates will be Oct. 21 for the gubernatorial candidates and Oct. 28 for Senate candidates.

The Star Tribune’s Minnesota Poll conducted in mid-September found that both races are extremely close.  Only 4 percentage points separated Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone and Republican Norm Coleman in the U.S. Senate race.  In the governor’s race, DFLer Roger Moe, Republican Tim Pawlenty and Independence Party candidate Tim Penny are within 5 points of each other, with many undecided voters.

Debate 2002:  Governor

Candidates:  Roger Moe (DFL), Tim Pawlenty (GOP), Tim Penny (Independence Party) and

Ken Pentel (Green Party)

Date:  Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. on KSTP-TV Channel 5

This debate will re-air on KSTC-TV Channel 45 at 8 p.m. – 9  p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Debate 2002:  U.S. Senate

Candidates:  Sen. Paul Wellstone (DFL), Norm Coleman (GOP), Jim Moore (Independence Party) and Ray Tricomo (Green Party)

Date:    Monday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. on KSTP-TV Channel 5

This debate will re-air on KSTC-TV Channel 45 at 8 p.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29.

KSTP-TV’s sister stations in Minnesota including WDIO (Duluth), KSAX (Alexandria), and KAAL (Austin) also will carry both debates live in the original KSTP-TV time period.  KSTC-TV Channel 45 is carried on cable channel 12 in most areas of the Twin Cities.

Channel 5 News Anchor Randy Meier will moderate both debates.  For the Senate debate, a panel of journalists including Tom Hauser from Channel 5, and from the Star Tribune, Lori Sturdevant and Dane Smithwill question the candidates. For the gubernatorial debate, the panel will include Tom Hauser from Channel 5 and  Patricia Lopez and Mark Brunswick from the Star Tribune.

The two news organizations welcome citizen participation by submitting questions in advance by mail or e-mail.  These questions may be asked directly by the panelists or used as background information.  The deadlines for questions are Oct. 17 for the governor debate and Oct. 24 for the U.S. Senate debate.

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 KSTP-TV  Star Tribune
 3415 University Ave.  425 Portland Ave.
 St. Paul, MN 55114  Minneapolis, MN 55488





KSTP-TV Channel 5 (the Twin Cities’ ABC affiliate) and independent sister station KSTC.TV Channel 45 are locally owned and operated by the pioneering broadcasting company, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.  Home of Eyewitness News, the stations produce more hours of regularly scheduled local news broadcasts than any other Twin Cities’ television news station.  KSTP-TV’s web site at features exclusive video streaming technology that empowers users to customize their personal on-line “5Cast” newscast on demand.

Hubbard Broadcasting also owns and operates five other television stations in Minnesota including KSAX-TV, Alexandria; KRWF-TV, Redwood Falls; WDIO-TV, Duluth; WIRT-TV, Hibbing; and KAAL-TV, Austin.  Among Hubbard’s television properties outside of Minnesota are WHEC-TV, Rochester, New York and WNYT-TV, Albany, New York plus three stations in New Mexico: KOB-TV, Albuquerque; KOBF-TV, Farmington; and KOBR-TV, Roswell. 

About Star Tribune

The Star Tribune Company, a news and information company serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, is a subsidiary of The McClatchy Company of Sacramento, Calif. (NYSE: MNI).   The Star Tribune produces the Star Tribune newspaper, one of the top 20 largest newspapers in the nation, with a daily circulation of 405,459 and a Sunday circulation of 669,290 (per Audit Bureau of Circulation report 03/02).  The company also produces a variety of direct marketing, niche print, and electronic services and products. Its Web site,, is the most frequently used local news and information service for the Twin Cities market, with more than 40 million page views per month.  For more information, go to or

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