Gubernatorial Debate

News Release Date: 
August 5, 2014





For Immediate Release
NET Announces Gubernatorial Debate

LINCOLN, Neb. (Aug. 5, 2014) -- Nebraska gubernatorial candidates Pete Ricketts (R) and Chuck Hassebrook (D) will meet in October for a debate sponsored by NET News and the Nebraska Broadcasters Association.  The debate will take place on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. CT in the NET studios in Lincoln.  It will be broadcast live on NET Television’s NET1, NET Radio and streamed live on the NET website.

The 60-minute debate will be moderated by NET News Director Dennis Kellogg and feature a panel of Nebraska journalists asking questions of the candidates.  In addition to the reporters’ questions, each candidate will have the opportunity to ask a question of the other candidate. 

“This gubernatorial debate continues a long history of election coverage by NET News,” said Mark Leonard, NET CEO and general manager. “We’re excited to contribute to the civic health of our state by giving our viewers and listeners across Nebraska the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates on the issues before they cast their votes.” 

The debate is part of NET News’ ongoing “Campaign Connection 2014” election coverage, including in-depth “Signature Stories” on NET Radio reporting on the campaigns, candidates and issues, as well as election resources available online at   

The Nebraska Broadcasters Association (NBA) also has a long tradition of sponsoring candidate debates.  The NBA represents more than 100 over-the-air radio and television broadcasters throughout Nebraska.

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PROGRAM CONTACT: Dennis Kellogg, 402-472-9333, ext. 278, or e-mail at


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NET Radio: has been a service of NET since 1988 and provides popular local content of music, news and features and is Nebraska’s NPR station. It broadcasts on the following frequencies: Alliance/91.1 FM; Bassett/90.3 FM; Chadron/91.9 FM; Columbus/89.7 FM; Culbertson/92.7 FM; Falls City/88.9 FM; Harrison/89.5 FM; Hastings/Grand Island/89.1 FM; Lexington/88.7 FM; Lincoln/91.1 FM; Max/93.3 FM; Merriman/91.5 FM; Norfolk/89.3 FM; and North Platte/91.7 FM.

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