Republican Rodney Davis of Taylorville and Democrat Ann Callis of Edwardsville, candidates for Congress in the 13th District, will meet in the WILL-TV studio for a debate hosted by Illinois Public Media in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Champaign County, the News-Gazette, WCIA3/WCIX49 and the NAACP of Champaign County.
WILL-TV, WILL-AM 580 and WILL-FM 90.9 will broadcast the hour-long debate live at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, as will WCIX-TV 49. WEIU-TV (Charleston) will air the recorded debate at 8 p.m. the same night.
WCIA news anchor Jennifer Roscoe will moderate, with questioning by a panel of journalists including Tom Kacich of the News-Gazette, and Illinois Public Media News reporter Hannah Meisel.
Join the conversation online about the debate. What questions would you like the candidates to answer? Tweet your questions ahead of the debate using the hashtag #IL13th2014.
Find out more about where the 13th District candidates stand on the issues from our Illinois Public Media News interviews with each.
The 13th Congressional District stretches from Champaign-Urbana west to the Mississippi River and to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis.
WILL-TV will rebroadcast the debate at 11 pm Friday, Oct. 17, and 1 pm Sunday, Oct. 19.
WILL-AM 580 and WILL-FM 90.9 will broadcast another 13th District debate, hosted by WUIS-FM in Springfield, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Journalist John Hockenberry, a former NPR and Dateline NBC correspondent, is visiting the University of Illinois campus Sept. 29-30 and will host his public radio show, The Takeaway, from the WILL Radio studios on those two days.
During his visit, he'll meet with students and faculty from the U of I College of Media.
A paraplegic since an auto accident at age 19, he is also prominent figure in the disability rights movement. He is author of the nonfiction book Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence, an account of his reporting from all over the world while navigating in a wheelchair.
The Takeaway is an hour-long national news program that relies on the contributions of listeners across the country to deliver the perspectives and analysis you need to understand the day’s news. Hockenberry convenes conversations with both newsmakers and diverse voices. It is a co-production of PRI (Public Radio International) and WNYC Radio in collaboration with The New York Times and WGBH Boston. To listen, visit the show website.
Listen to a piece he did Sept. 30 about the Illinois Public Media/University High School oral history project collaboration.
Hockenberry joined NBC as a correspondent for Dateline NBC in January 1996 after a 15-year career in broadcast news at both NPR and ABC News. Hockenberry's reporting for Dateline NBC earned him three Emmys, an Edward R Murrow award and a Casey Medal. His most prominent Dateline NBC reports include an hour-long documentary on the often-fatal tragedy of the medically uninsured, an emotional portrait of a young schizophrenic trying to live on his own and extensive reporting in the aftermath of September 11th.
In 2009, Hockenberry was appointed to the White House Fellows Commission by President Barack Obama where he participates in the selection of the annual Fellows for this most prestigious of Federal programs.
Hockenberry is also the author of A River Out Of Eden a novel based in the Pacific Northwest He has also written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, I.D., Wired, The Columbia Journalism Review, Details, and The Washington Post.
Hockenberry spent more than a decade with NPR as a general assignment reporter, Middle East correspondent and host of several programs. During the Persian Gulf War (1990-91), Hockenberry was assigned to the Middle East, where he filed reports from Israel, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. He was one of the first Western broadcast journalists to report from Kurdish refugee camps in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey. Hockenberry also spent two years (1988-90) as a correspondent based in Jerusalem during the most intensive conflict of the Palestinian uprising. Hockenberry received the Columbia Dupont Award for Foreign News Coverage for reporting on the Gulf War.