For the first time in Norfolk State University’s 85-year history, the institution will host a live U.S. Senatorial Debate on campus between Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and his Republican challenger, Daniel Gade, Ph.D., at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center.
The Oct. 3 debate will focus on racial disparities and inequities in education, healthcare, economic mobility and the criminal justice system.
The University and its Center for African American Public Policy (CAAmPP) has partnered with WAVY-TV-10, an NBC-affiliate and Nexstar Media Group station, The Virginia Bar Association, and Visit Norfolk to host the debate. The 90-minute debate between the candidates will stream on WAVY.com and on WAVY-TV 10’s Facebook Live channel and on the University’s radio station, WNSB-FM 91.1. at 5 p.m. WAVY-TV 10 will air the recorded debate on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
The debate will be moderated by WAVY-TV 10 journalists Anita Blanton and Regina Mobley, an alumna of Norfolk State.
Norfolk State University President Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston said it is an honor for the university to host the second of the three debates between the candidates at the university. As the state’s largest Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Adams-Gaston said NSU’s mission is to educate the next generation of thought-leaders who will make positive contributions to society through their
scholarship and service.
The debate will be broadcast or streamed in the several Nexstar Media Group markets, among them:
WAVY-TV NBC Norfolk, Virginia wavy.com @WAVY_news
WRIC-TV ABC Richmond, Virginia wric.com @8News
WFXR-TV FOX Roanoke, Virginia wfxrtv.com @WFXRnews
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines, the event will be closed to the public.