Contact: Angela Woodward, Marketing Content Manager Wisconsin Public Radio


Madison, Wis. – Special election coverage is part of WPR’s ongoing commitment to serving Wisconsin this election year. Leading up to the Nov. 6 general election, WPR will air special broadcasts to keep voters informed on the candidates and issues in major statewide races.

Wisconsin Public Television’s Frederica Freyberg, host of “Here & Now,” joins WPR’s state capitol team of Shawn Johnson and Laurel White in two specials. The first highlights candidates for U.S. Senate, incumbent Senator Tammy Baldwin (D) and challenger Leah Vukmir (R), the second, Governor Scott Walker (R) and challenger Tony Evers (D). Each special will feature profiles of the candidates as well as analysis from reporters. The U.S. Senate candidate special airs Sept. 28* and the gubernatorial candidate special on Oct. 26. Both will be heard the on the NPR News & Classical Music Network at 6:30 p.m. and on The Ideas Network at 7:30 p.m.

Tune in Oct.12 at 7:30 p.m. as Johnson and Freyberg co-moderate a debate between candidates for attorney general, Republican incumbent Brad Schimel and Democrat Josh Kaul. On Oct. 13 the senate debate will air at 7 p.m. featuring Baldwin and Vukmir. Then, gubernatorial candidates Walker and Evers will face off at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 in a Wisconsin Broadcaster’s Association debate moderated by veteran broadcaster Jill Geisler. All three live debates will be broadcast on all WPR stations.

Listen anywhere at and locally on NPR News & Classical Music Network station 88.7/Madison and on The Ideas Network stations AM 970 & 107.9/Madison and 90.9/Middleton.

In addition to these broadcasts, WPR’s Beyond The Ballot ( is an archive of stories from Wisconsinites across the state about issues they and their communities are concerned is a collaborative effort between WPR and WPT, sharing current election related news, detailed profiles of all candidates for state and federal offices, voter registration information and classroom education resources. For a closer look at the governor’s race, turn to

*Repeated on both networks at 7 p.m. on October 12.

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