NET to Broadcast Two Congressional District Debates

News Release Date: 
September 24, 2020


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For Immediate Release

NET to Broadcast Two Congressional District Debates

LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 24, 2020) – NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, will host two live hour-long debates with candidates for Congress during October.

In “Nebraska Debate 2nd Congressional District 2020,” Republican incumbent Don Bacon will debate Democratic challenger Kara Eastman at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

In “Nebraska Debate 1st Congressional District 2020,” Democratic challenger Kate Bolz will debate Republican incumbent Jeff Fortenberry at 8 p.m. CT on Monday, Oct. 12.

Both debates will originate from the Ron Hull Studio at NET in Lincoln and will be broadcast on NET’s television and radio channels, with live streaming on Facebook, and the NET Nebraska App.


NET News Director Dennis Kellogg will moderate both debates.


The debates are part of NET’s “Campaign Connection 2020” coverage, a multiplatform effort that focuses on Nebraska contests and issues, as well as the race for the White House.

The “Campaign Connection 2020” webpage is home to election-related “Signature Stories,” as well as links to national media coverage, podcasts and political party blogs, all designed to help Nebraskans make informed decisions. Visit

Also this year, NET News and our Harvest Public Media partners will be reporting as part of the national “America Amplified: Election 2020” project that aims to listen to and amplify the voices of those in diverse communities across the nation.

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