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KQED and the San Francisco Chronicle Present the 2024 San Francisco Mayoral Debate

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Five mayoral hopefuls will debate for a live broadcast audience at KQED’s studios on September 19

KQED and the San Francisco Chronicle announce that the Bay Area media partners will be co-presenting a 2024 San Francisco mayoral debate between the five highest-polling candidates. The debate will be moderated by KQED political reporters Marisa Lagos and Scott Shafer and San Francisco Chronicle senior political writer Joe Garofoli. It will take place at KQED’s event space, The Commons, on September 19 at 7 p.m.

Candidates will share their policies and ideas for taking on the most important issues facing the city. Invitations will be extended to the five highest-ranked candidates based on the San Francisco Chronicle’s polling.

“This is a critical election for San Francisco voters,” said Shafer. “There’s nothing like seeing the top candidates together onstage at the same time to compare their positions, personalities and plans for San Francisco. We hope their answers to our questions and interactions with each other give voters the information they need to decide who to support and how to rank their choices.”

“San Francisco is facing numerous challenges and opportunities — and as longtime reporters in this city, we know how important it is for all the top candidates to face questions from independent, seasoned journalists who understand both politics and policy,” added Lagos.


Garofoli noted, “San Francisco voters will be inundated with unprecedented amounts of political advertising in this mayoral campaign. This will be a chance to see the candidates go toe-to-toe in person and see who soars, who wilts and who just regurgitates their talking points.”

The debate will be broadcast live on KQED Public Television 9 and on KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM. Viewers can also livestream the debate for free by registering at kqed.org/live.

About the Moderators
Joe Garofoli
is the San Francisco Chronicle’s senior political writer, covering national and state politics. He has worked at the Chronicle since 2000 and in Bay Area journalism since 1992, when he left the Milwaukee Journal. He was the host of It’s All Political, the Chronicle’s political podcast. He has won numerous awards, including the Polk Award, a Webby Award for Best Documentary Podcast, and in addition to politics, has covered everything from fashion to the Jeffrey Dahmer serial killings to two Olympic Games.

Marisa Lagos
is a correspondent for KQED’s Politics and Government Desk and co-hosts Political Breakdown. Lagos conducts reporting, analysis and investigations into state, local and national politics for KQED radio, TV and online. Previously, she worked for nine years at the San Francisco Chronicle covering San Francisco City Hall and state politics,and at the San Francisco Examiner and Los Angeles Times. She has won awards for her work investigating the 2017 wildfires and her ongoing coverage of criminal justice issues in California.

Scott Shafer came to KQED in 1998 to host the statewide The California Report. Prior to that, he had extended stints in politics and government. Using that inside experience, he is now Senior Editor for KQED’s Politics and Government Desk where he provides reporting, hosting and analysis while also overseeing the politics desk. Scott co-hosts the daily show and podcast Political Breakdown with Marisa Lagos and he collaborated on The Political Mind of Jerry Brown, an eight-part series about the life and extraordinary political career of the former governor.

About KQED
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS affiliate 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 and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas. kqed.org

About San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Chronicle (www.sfchronicle.com) is the largest newspaper in Northern California and the second largest on the West Coast. Acquired by Hearst in 2000, the San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 by Charles and Michael de Young and has been awarded six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence.


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