PBS NEWSHOUR’s Judy Woodruff to Moderate Des Moines Register Presidential Debate

May 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM EST

Des Moines, IA– The Des Moines Register will hold a Republican presidential candidate debate on Thursday, January 12, 2012. The Des Moines Register will partner with PBS NEWSHOUR, Iowa Public Television, Google and YouTube for this independent debate.

The debate will be held at Iowa Public Television, 6450 Corporate Drive, Johnston, Iowa.

Voters will have the opportunity to share ideas directly with the debate moderator on Google and YouTube’s platform.

Judy Woodruff, PBS NEWSHOUR senior correspondent, will moderate the debate. Woodruff has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS.  

“The Des Moines Register continues its long history of hosting the presidential candidate debates and, most important, the responsibility of providing Americans with insightful coverage of the Republican presidential candidates before the Iowa caucuses,” said Rick Green, editor of The Des Moines Register.

“The upcoming caucus and presidential cycle promises to be critically important for our country. We’re especially pleased that we will be teaming with several partners — PBS NEWSHOUR, Iowa Public Television, Google and YouTube — who will make this great Register tradition, which started in 1980, even more relevant for voters across Iowa and the nation. It’s very exciting that we’ll be working with Judy Woodruff, a top-notch and seasoned pro on the national political scene, as our moderator,” Green added.

The Iowa caucuses are currently scheduled for Feb. 6, 2012.

“PBS NEWSHOUR is thrilled to be partnering with The Des Moines Register, Iowa Public Television and Google/YouTube on the Register’s highly respected debate. Judy’s decades of commitment to excellence and fairness in covering presidential politics is a perfect match for the Register’s serious approach to illuminating the issues and candidates driving the first-in-the-nation contest on the eve of the crucial Iowa caucuses,” PBS NEWSHOUR executive producer Linda Winslow said. “Iowans are well known for questioning, poking, and prodding the presidential contenders for the benefit of voters across the nation and PBS NEWSHOUR is eager to help place The Des Moines Register debate before a national audience,” she added.

“For decades, Iowans have trusted The Des Moines Register and Iowa Public Television to present informative and high-quality debates among candidates for high office,” said           Daniel K. Miller, executive director and general manager of Iowa Public Television. “With the addition of the PBS NEWSHOUR and Google/YouTube, this debate will provide voters around the country the opportunity to hear from the candidates in the final days of the campaign in Iowa.”

“Voters across Iowa trust The Des Moines Register to deliver top quality journalism, and we’re pleased to work with the Register on a debate for the first-in-the-nation caucus,” said Ginny Hunt, Google product manager for elections. “Working together with the team at the Register, Google and YouTube are helping transform the political process from one that voters watch from afar to one that Iowans can participate in, engage with and shape in a democratic way.”

Green also added, “Iowans take pride in being informed voters and good citizens, and we take pride in serving Iowans with our expert political coverage team. For the next 10 months, The Des Moines Register will continue to provide in-depth and exclusive political coverage and has dedicated resources to the Iowa Caucuses 2012 web site at DesMoinesRegister.com/caucuses to inform and interact with Iowans.”

Des Moines Register Media is a multi-platform, news and information and advanced marketing services company. Des Moines Register Media publishes The Des Moines Register, along with 10 community and weekly newspapers, Juice, five monthly lifestyles magazines, and a multitude of web and mobile sites including DesMoinesRegister.com, HawkCentral.com, DesMoines.MomsLikeMe.com, DesMoines.Metromix.com and RAGBRAI.com. National alignments and partners include apartments.com, careerbuilder.com, cars.com, homefinder.com, Yahoo! and others. Des Moines Register Media owns and produces RAGBRAI, the world’s oldest, largest and longest annual bicycle ride across Iowa. Des Moines Register Media reaches more than 500,000 actively engaged consumers every week and excels at providing local businesses with solutions to reach their best customers.

PBS NEWSHOUR is seen five nights a week on more than 315 PBS stations across the country and is also available online, via public radio in select markets and via podcast. The program is produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, in association with WETA Washington, DC, and WNET.org in New York. Major corporate funding for the PBS NEWSHOUR is provided by Chevron, BNSF Railway, Pacific Life and Intel, with additional support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.

For media inquiries, contact:

Susan Patterson Plank
Vice President, Marketing
The Des Moines Register 
(515) 284-8261
splank@dmreg.com

Anne Bell
Public Relations Manager
PBS NEWSHOUR
(703) 998-2175
abell@newshour.org