Montana PBS Announces Non-Partisan Debates Featuring Candidates for U.S. House and U.S. Senate

The BPW Legislative Committee would like to share with BPW Members the following press release from Montana PBS announcing non-partisan candidate debates this fall. These debates are meant to be informational and educational, hosted by PBS leading into the upcoming elections.  We encourage BPW members to tune in to these debates on television and/or radio:

                                                            August 2, 2018

Montana PBS Announces Debates Featuring Candidates for U.S. House and U.S. Senate

Montana PBS will host United States Senate and United States House of Representatives candidate debates this fall.

On Saturday, September 29 in Missoula, Democratic incumbent Sen. Jon Tester and Republican Montana Auditor Matt Rosendale will discuss issues as they face off for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

On Saturday, October 6 in BozemanRepublican incumbent Rep. Greg Gianforte will debate Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams.

Both debates will broadcast at 7:00 p.m. across the state on Montana PBS and will be studio based without a live audience. Montana PBS journalists John Twiggs and Anna Rau will ask questions of the candidates and facilitate the discussion. The debates will be simulcast live on Montana Public Radio.

In the weeks preceding the debates, Montana PBS and Montana Public Radio will solicit questions on social media from their viewers and listeners to potentially ask the candidates.

“It is part of our Montana PBS mission to inform the citizens of our state,” Montana PBS general manager Aaron Pruitt said. “We hope the debates will shed light on the candidates and their positions before Montanans cast their votes.”

The broadcast of the debates is made possible with production support from the Greater Montana Foundation encouraging communications on issues, trends and values of importance to present and future generations of Montanans.

Montana PBS (KUFM-TV in Missoula, KUSM-TV in Bozeman, KUKL-TV in Kalispell, KBGS-TV in Billings, KUGF-TV in Great Falls and KUHM-TV in Helena) is a service of the University of Montana and Montana State University.

For more information, visit or contact: Ray Ekness, Director, UM Broadcast Media Center,  406-243-4154 or Aaron Pruitt, MontanaPBS general manager, 406-994-5021.