Debate Watch and Discussion with Panel of Journalisms Set For October 19, 2016

October 07, 2016

DENVER – Regis University and the producers of the nonpartisan public affairs program, “The Aaron Harber Show” and its special election series, “Your Decision 2016” ( announced a joint project to engage Coloradoans in the 2016 general election. The broadcast series is the only one in Colorado offering in-depth debate and discussion programs of an hour or more on the state’s major ballot issues.

The project will include two key components: (1) making the programs produced for “Your Decision 2016” more available to voters and (2) producing a public debate watch event for the final presidential debate, which will offer the public the opportunity to discuss the most salient issues of the campaign as well as analyze the outcome of the Oct. 19 debate via an open forum and a live streaming.

The live streaming will be carried by Regis, but also will be made available to all members of the Colorado Broadcasters Association.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Colorado citizens to hear from and interact with some of the best-known and most insightful journalists in our state,” said John Hickey, Regis University associate dean and chair of the Communications Department. “We are especially grateful to have someone of Aaron’s caliber — who is known for his balanced and effective moderating skills in challenging debate situations — leading this effort.”

The panel discussion is set to include:

  • Award-winning investigative reporter and former Denver news anchor Tamara Banks
  • Editor of The Denver Post, Lee Ann Colacioppo
  • KNUS Radio Host and Colorado Christian University Professor Krista Kafer
  • blogger and former Rocky Mountain News Media Critic Jason Salzman

The schedule for the event, which will be held in the Mountain View Room of Peter Claver Hall at Regis University’s Northwest Denver Campus, 3333 Regis Boulevard, is detailed below:

5:30 p.m. –  Doors open with time for journalists to informally interact with audience, including students, faculty and staff.

5:45 p.m. –  Introductions and explanation of audience involvement procedure for broadcast purposes.

6 p.m. –  Panel with journalists addressing questions regarding media coverage of the debates to date.

7 p.m. –  Presidential debate viewing with real-time live tweeting of debate.

8:30 p.m. –  Follow-up discussion with journalists giving their insights and answering audience questions. 


Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service.

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