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Gavin Newsom, Brian Dahle Set to Debate at KQED on October 23

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Republican state Sen. Brian Dahle (left) will face off against Gov. Gavin Newsom in the first — and potentially only — gubernatorial debate, which will be hosted by KQED. Photo courtesy of Dahle for Governor campaign and Brontë Wittpenn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images.

This will be the only scheduled debate featuring the two California gubernatorial hopefuls before Election Day on November 8

San Francisco -- California's two candidates for governor, Democratic incumbent Gavin Newsom and his Republican challenger, Brian Dahle, have agreed to debate live at KQED in San Francisco on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, at 1 p.m. PT. The debate will be broadcast live via KQED Public Radio 88.5 with video to be streamed live from KQED's website and social channels, and will be televised on KQED Public Television 9 at 6 p.m.

The debate will be moderated by KQED senior politics editor Scott Shafer and KQED politics correspondent Marisa Lagos, who also are co-hosts of Political Breakdown. This is the only debate that Newsom and Dahle will participate in before voters choose a governor to lead the state of nearly 40 million people on November 8.

The conversation will not feature a live in-person audience, though KQED will solicit questions for the candidates ahead of time from the public. It will be conducted in a format similar to previous debates KQED has hosted: a directed conversation, not subject to strict debate timelines and rules.

"We live in an era of echo chambers and siloed political messaging, which means civic discourse and public debate are more valuable than ever," said Ethan Toven-Lindsey, KQED's vice president of news. "We are proud to be able to provide a space for these two candidates to share their differing visions for all Californians."


The program audio will be distributed statewide as part of the California Newsroom public radio collaborative, and shared with radio stations throughout the state and elsewhere to use live or rebroadcast later. Video of the debate also will be made available to stations for rebroadcast digitally or over the air after the KQED Public Television 9 rebroadcast at 6 p.m.

Read KQED's article about the debate here.

2022 California Gubernatorial Debate
Featuring Gavin Newsom and Brian Dahle
Hosted by Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos
Sunday, October 23 at 1 p.m. PT
Live audio broadcast on KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM and live video on kqed.org/live, the KQED Live YouTube channel and KQED's Facebook channel. The debate will be rebroadcast on KQED Public Television 9 at 6p.m. PT.

About KQED
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS member station based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source, leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas. www.kqed.org.


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