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PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff will moderate Prairie Public debate

FARGO, N.D., August 27, 2018 — “PBS NewsHour” anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff will be in Prairie Public’s downtown Fargo studio to moderate a debate between North Dakota’s U.S. Senate candidates.

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) will debate Friday, October 5, at 7 p.m. (CT), and Prairie Public will broadcast it live on its radio, television, and online network. Woodruff will co-moderate the debate with Prairie Public’s election coverage producer Matt Olien.

Woodruff rejoined the NewsHour in 2007 as a senior correspondent and in September 2013 became co-anchor of the show with the late Gwen Ifill. It was the first time an American network broadcast had been anchored by two women. In March 2018, Woodruff was named the sole anchor of PBS NewsHour.

Woodruff has anchored and co-anchored national news programs on CNN and NBC, as well as PBS, and she has moderated numerous presidential primary debates.

Known as one of the key Senate swing races to watch this year, the North Dakota Senate race has gained heightened national interest. “Clearly this race has potential to be close, and the Senate hangs in the balance. It is an honor to have someone of Judy Woodruff’s stature come to North Dakota to participate in this debate,” said Prairie Public President & CEO John Harris.

Election coverage on Prairie Public is sponsored in part by AARP of North Dakota.

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