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Nevada public broadcasters join forces for debate

Nevada Decides: 2022 Election Debates Presented by Vegas PBS and Nevada Public Radio

Vegas PBS and Nevada Public Radio are proud to announce that they are collaborating on a new election program, Nevada Decides. The series will feature the candidates running for office in Nevada during the 2022 midterm election. The program will be simulcast on Vegas PBS 10.1 and News 88.9 KNPR.

Candidates for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District, Steven Horsford (D) and Sam Peters (R), will engage in a live televised debate on Monday, October 10, 2022.

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Vegas PBS and Nevada Public Radio had hoped to stage a debate between Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and her Republican opponent Adam Laxalt to help voters make more informed decisions. While Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D) had agreed to the debate, Adam Laxalt (R) did not.

Dina Titus (D) has agreed to hold a separate, taped candidate conversation for Vegas PBS’ Nevada Week and KNPR’s State of Nevada that will air in early October after terms of the debate format could not be agreed upon with her opponent, Mark Robertson (R).

Watch That Conversation Here

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Through programs like PBS NewsHour, FRONTLINE, Morning Edition and All Things Considered, public media has cultivated a brand of reliability and trust. Vegas PBS and Nevada Public Radio have been carrying out this mission in the Silver State for over four decades. In addition to providing national programs to Nevada, both stations produce locally-oriented content as well. KNPR’s State of Nevada is a public affairs program that creates a venue for dialogue on the issues that matter to our region. Vegas PBS’ Nevada Week is a weekly series that provides insight into the most current and critical issues facing Nevada.

“This year’s midterm election cycle is unlike any other,” said Mare Mazur, President of Vegas PBS. “With the public’s confidence in institutions at an all-time low, it’s important that they’re able to find information from a trustworthy source. Through this collaboration, we hope to be able to provide that to Nevadans statewide and help them make their decision.”

The debate will be moderated by Nevada Week host Amber Rene Dixon and State of Nevada host Joe Schoenmann. Dixon ( @Amber_R_Dixon) is a veteran journalist with over a decade of experience in news and sports reporting in Las Vegas. Schoenmann ( @joedowntownlv) is the News Director at KNPR and has won multiple awards for his reporting.

“There are a wide variety of issues facing our state this year,” said Mark Vogelzang, President and CEO of Nevada Public Radio. “From water cuts along the Colorado River to an affordable housing crisis, voters will have a lot in mind when they head to the ballot box. With our combined resources, we’ll be able to provide in-depth coverage on all of these topics.”

Nevada Decides will be simulcast on Vegas PBS 10.1 and News 88.9 KNPR.

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About Vegas PBS
Vegas PBS is a member-supported public television service providing educational content for over 50 years. Vegas PBS builds community through television, education services, and unique experiences that create a sense of place, civic and social capital. For 14 consecutive years, Vegas PBS has remained among the top ten most-watched PBS stations in the country. The station offers four unique broadcast channels: Vegas PBS 10.1, Vegas PBS Create 10.2, VEGAS PBS KIDS 10.3, and Vegas PBS WORLD 10.4. The station collaborates with community partners to create award-winning content that examines informational, cultural, historic, and educational regional issues. 
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About Nevada Public Radio
Nevada Public Radio is committed to producing relevant content that meets the information needs of the communities we serve. To complement the national and international offerings from network producers NPR, APM and PRI, our production of KNPR's State of Nevada is a nationally recognized public affairs program that creates a venue for dialog on the issues that matter to our region.  Launched with a $500,000 grant of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, KNPR’s State of Nevada has been honored locally and nationally for program excellence including the “ACE” Award from the Public Radio Program Directors Association.

Desert Companion is the city regional magazine honored with multiple “Maggie” awards for publishing, design and editorial excellence. Reporting, smart writing and service journalism shines along with lifestyle and cultural profiles. The magazine extends the public media core values of independent editorial integrity into the magazine space reaching a broader demographic than traditional broadcast.

KNPR’s State of Nevada, Desert Companion and our network produced offerings are all supported and extended with a dynamic online presence at, related websites, podcasts and digital expressions that represent an evolving area for content production, marketing and membership/corporate support opportunities.


Jennifer Bradley