PBS NewsHour & POLITICO Announce Podium Order and Coverage Plans for Democratic Debate

Order of podiums for PBS NewsHour & POLITICO Democratic Debate based on average of DNC qualifying polls.

Washington, D.C. (December 17, 2019) – PBS NewsHour & POLITICO today announced the following candidates have qualified for the sixth Democratic Debate on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles (in podium order, from left to right):

  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
  • South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Businessman Tom Steyer

Order of the podiums is based on an average of the DNC qualifying polls conducted in the weeks since the last debate. The top polling candidates are in the center, fanning out on both sides to the lowest polling candidates.

Broadcast and Online Special Coverage Plans for the PBS NewsHour & POLITICO Democratic Debate on December 19

Coinciding with the PBS NewsHour & POLITICO Democratic Debate on Thursday, December 19, NewsHour will broadcast on PBS stations (check local listings) and stream online the “PBS NewsHour POLITICO Debate Preview” at 7:30 pm ET, hosted by Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins. Desjardins will be joined by correspondent and PBS NewsHour West anchor Stephanie Sy, The Cook Political Report’s national editor Amy Walter, POLITICO chief Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza, and national political correspondent Laura Barrón-López

NewsHour’s regular 6 pm daily broadcast, anchored by correspondent John Yang, will be updated in the 7 pm hour, prior to the start of the evening’s special.

In addition to broadcasting the debate live on PBS stations nationwide, the debate will be also air on local NPR stations and Westwood One. 

Sy will host “PBS NewsHour POLITICO Post-Debate Show” with a panel of guests including POLITICO reporters and PBS NewsHour’s senior political reporter Dan Bush. Desjardins will be joined by Democratic candidates from the Spin Room.

The PBS NewsHour & POLITICO Democratic Debate will air live beginning at 8 pm ET (5 pm PST) on Thursday, December 19 on PBS stations nationwide, with simulcast on NPR and Westwood One. It will also be simulcast live on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español, live-streamed online at CNN.com and will be available across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV, and SiriusXM Channels 116, 454, 795.

Additionally, the debate will be streamed across PBS NewsHour’s and POLITICO’s digital and social platforms, including:

The DNC-sanctioned debate will be held at Loyola Marymount University and will start at 8 pm ET. PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, POLITICO chief political correspondent Tim Alberta, PBS NewsHour senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz and White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor will co-moderate the sixth Democratic primary debate.