SAN DIEGO, CA – February 28, 2012 - NBC 7 San Diego today announced the live broadcast of two one-hour San Diego mayoral debates on Monday, April 23 at 6:00 PM and Sunday, May 20 at 6:00 PM. Invited to participate in each of the live NBC 7 San Diego broadcasts are Carl DeMaio, San Diego City Councilmember; Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego County District Attorney; Nathan Fletcher, California State Assemblyman; and Bob Filner, U.S. Representative. Political reporter Gene Cubbison will lead a panel of three journalists from NBC 7 San Diego and VoiceofSanDiego.org asking questions of the candidates, with NBC 7 San Diego news anchors Mark Mullen and Catherine Garcia each moderating one of the debates. This has already been an unprecedented campaign that began in earnest a year out from the election. We wanted to make sure our coverage was unprecedented as well,” said Greg Dawson, NBC 7 San Diego Vice President of News. “We have rotated the candidates through weekly in-depth interviews since the early days of the campaign. Now we are planning two televised mayoral debates to help viewers understand the candidates’ in-depth positions on the important issues facing San Diego.”
In addition to the two debates, NBC 7 San Diego will launch a new public affairs program, “Politically Speaking,” starting on Sunday, March 4. Each Sunday immediately following “Meet the Press” at 9:00 AM, Gene Cubbison will focus on political news and analysis important to San Diego. Cubbison has covered San Diego government and politics for 40 years, starting as a print reporter for a small independent San Diego newspaper in 1972.
We have always been devoted to covering local politics. But from the mayor’s office to the white house, the issues are far-reaching… employment, pensions and football stadiums just to mention a few,” said Dawson. “With a new weekly program hosted by Gene Cubbison, the San Diego reporter most known for political coverage, we will be on top of it all.”
About NBC 7 San Diego
Celebrating nearly 50 years of dedicated news service, NBC 7 San Diego is the only network owned television station in San Diego. It is also the only station in San Diego to broadcast from the heart of downtown at 225 Broadway. Producing over 25 hours of award-winning local news and information each week, NBC 7 San Diego is committed to keeping the community connected to what’s current, whether on-air or online at NBCSanDiego.com. And with the creation of unique and engaging digital franchises like Sound Diego and The GOODS along with digital channel, NBC California Nonstop, NBC 7 San Diego keeps locals on top of it all. Passionately supportive of the community it serves, NBC 7 San Diego also partners year-round with local organizations and campaigns to give back.
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