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Atlanta Press Club To Hold Mayoral, City Council Debates At PBA Studios

Sep 5, 2017

The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series will host debates for the offices of mayor of Atlanta and city council president on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at Public Broadcasting Atlanta in the WABE Studios located at 740 Bismark Rd NE, Atlanta, GA, 30324.

The mayoral debate will be moderated by WABE’s Morning Edition host, Denis O’Hayer, and the journalist panel will be announced soon.

The Atlanta mayoral debate will take place at 10:00 a.m. It will broadcast on WABE 90.1, Thursday at 8:00 p.m. and will stream live on the Atlanta Press Club Facebook page.  The taped debate will air on PBA30 on Sunday, October 15 at 10:00 a.m.

The debate for Atlanta city council president will tape at 2:00 p.m. and will live stream on the Atlanta Press Club Facebook page.


Taping: Oct. 12 at 10 a.m.

Viewing/Listening: Streams live via on Oct. 12 and airs taped on WABE 90.1 at 8:00 p.m.; Oct. 15 airs taped at 10:00 a.m. on PBA30.

Invited Candidates: Peter Aman, Rohit Ammanamanchi, Keisha Lance Bottoms, John Eaves, Vincent Fort, Kwanza Hall, Carl Jackson, Laban King, Ceasar Mitchell, Mary Norwood, Michael Sterling, Cathy Woolard and Glenn Wrightson 


Taping: Oct. 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Viewing: Streams live via

Invited Candidates: CT Martin, Felicia Moore and Alex Wan

“The Atlanta Press Club looks forward to hosting debates that will help Atlanta voters make an informed decision as they head to the polls this November,” said Lauri Strauss, president of the Atlanta Press Club. “The races for Atlanta mayor and city council president are very competitive this year, and we are proud to offer an opportunity for the candidates to share their plans on issues affecting the city.”

“It is our mission to bring our listeners and viewers the best information possible across all our platforms so they can be aware of where the candidates stand on key issues.” said Wonya Lucas, CEO of Public Broadcasting Atlanta. 

The non-partisan mayoral and city council president election will be held on Nov. 7, 2017. More information regarding the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young debates can be found here:

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About the Atlanta Press Club

The Atlanta Press Club is one of the largest and most dynamic professional journalism associations in the country. The membership encompasses Atlanta’s burgeoning media community: print, broadcast and online, large and small, national and local media outlets. More than half the Club’s nearly 600 members are working journalists, the balance consists of public relations professionals, educators, retirees and students. The APC’s mission is to serve the evolving professional, educational, and social needs of Atlanta’s media community, foster journalistic excellence and advance the public's interest in and understanding of a free press. Please visit or call 404.577.7377 for more information.

About Public Broadcasting Atlanta
Public Broadcasting Atlanta is comprised of three dynamic, community-first platforms, WABE 90.1, PBA30TV and Atlanta PlanIt. Together, they bring NPR news, PBS programming, music, arts and cultural information to hundreds of thousands of listeners and viewers each year. As a broadcast service of Atlanta Public Schools, in partnership with the Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative (AETC), PBA has never lost sight of its original mission. Education remains at the core of our operation at every level, from children to adults.

About the Loudermilk-Young Debate Series

In 2011 R. Charles “Charlie” Loudermilk, pledged $1 million to permanently endow the Atlanta Press Club’s series of political debates during every election year in Georgia. In honor of Loudermilk’s close friendship with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, the debates were named the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series. Loudermilk is a conservative white Republican businessman while Young is a liberal African-American Democrat civil rights leader, preacher, former Atlanta mayor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Their close collaboration despite their political differences symbolizes the tone that the Loudermilk-Young Debate Series hopes to set in our state's political discourse.