Arizona PBS to host general election debates

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022


Arizona PBS, a community service of Arizona State University, will partner with the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, the state’s nonpartisan voter education agency, to host a series of general election debates in the coming weeks.

The debates, which will feature candidates for federal, state and local offices, will air on Arizona PBS and will be moderated by “Arizona Horizon” host and managing editor Ted Simons. In a few cases, Richard Ruelas or Stacey Barchenger of The Arizona Republic will join Simons to co-moderate. 

In addition to the regular broadcast on Arizona PBS, viewers will also be able to access live streams of the debates on and on the Arizona PBS YouTube channel

“This election season, Arizona PBS is your connection to local politics. With a long-established tradition of providing accurate, unbiased news coverage, our goal is to educate Arizona voters as they prepare to vote in the upcoming elections,” said Arizona PBS Senior Director and Content Officer Ebonye Delaney. “We are once again proud to join our partners in hosting these debates as we embark on our mission to serve our audience and community.”

Included in the lineup of debates that will air live on Arizona PBS is a U.S. Senate debate on Thursday, Oct. 6, featuring incumbent Democrat Mark Kelly, Libertarian Marc Victor and Republican Blake Masters. 

Arizona Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for Governor Katie Hobbs declined an invitation to debate, so there will be no gubernatorial debate. However, in accordance with Arizona law, Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake will participate in a one-on-one interview with Simons on Wednesday, October 12 from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

“Voters count on us to provide nonpartisan, nonpolitical election information and candidate debates are a cornerstone of our work,” said Citizens Clean Elections Commission, Voter Education Director, Gina Roberts. “We challenge ourselves to reach more voters year over year and couldn’t be successful without partnerships like these.”

The following debates have been confirmed: 

Thursday, September 15, 2022: Maricopa County Attorney 

Airing from 5 – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022: Fifth Congressional District 

Airing from 5 – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 22, 2022: Secretary of State*

Airing from 5 – 5:30 p.m.

Monday, September 26, 2022: Seventh Congressional District

Airing from 5 – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022: Attorney General**

Airing from 5 – 5:30 p.m.

Monday, October 3, 2022: State Treasurer**

Airing from 5 – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 6, 2022: U.S. Senate

Airing live from 6 – 7 p.m.

*Richard Ruelas of The Arizona Republic to co-moderate debate alongside Arizona PBS’ Ted Simons. 

**Stacey Barchenger of The Arizona Republic to co-moderate debate alongside Arizona PBS’ Ted Simons. 

For more information on these debates and all of Arizona PBS’ election coverage, visit

The Clean Elections 2022 General Election Debates series will be accessible at scale thanks to an assembly of local partnerships with stations, spearheaded by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, Arizona PBS, the Arizona Broadcasters Association and in collaboration with the Arizona Newspapers Association.

About Arizona PBS
Arizona PBS is one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, with four broadcast channels and a growing array of digital platforms. A trusted community resource for 60 years, Arizona PBS fosters lifelong learning through quality programming, in-depth news coverage and critical educational outreach services. It is one of the country’s largest public television stations, reaching 80 percent of Arizona homes and 1.9 million households each week. Arizona PBS has been part of ASU since the station launched in 1961. Learn more at 

About the Cronkite School
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs and has received international acclaim for its innovative use of the “teaching hospital” model. Rooted in the time-honored values that characterize its namesake — accuracy, responsibility, objectivity, integrity — the school fosters journalistic excellence and ethics in both the classroom and in its 13 professional programs that fully immerse students in the practice of journalism and related fields. Arizona PBS, one of the nation’s largest public television stations, is part of Cronkite, making it the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world. Learn more  at