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Second General Election Mayoral Debate

November 1, 2017

General Election Comptroller Debate

October 17, 2017

General Election Public Advocate Debate

October 16, 2017

First General Election Mayoral Debate

October 10, 2017

Second Democratic Mayoral Debate

September 6, 2017

First Democratic Mayoral Debate

August 23, 2017

WCBS-TV Channel

Marcia Kramer

Marcia Kramer is the chief political correspondent at CBS 2.

Kramer joined the station in 1990 as an investigative and political reporter. Prior to CBS 2, she was the City Hall bureau chief at the New York Daily News.

Her reports on the local, national, and international level have garnered her multiple honors, including a George Foster Peabody award, two Edward R. Murrow awards, two Silurian awards, nine Emmy awards, two New York Press Club Golden Typewriter awards in print and television, and a first-place award from the Associated Press for her investigative reports. Her work has been recognized in editorials in the New York Times and the New York Post, as well as in a piece entitled “Marcia Kramer: Journalism at its Best,” which ran in the New York Observer in March 1998.

Most recently, Kramer broke a story exposing the improper use of lights and sirens by city government officials. Her story led to Mayor Bloomberg’s crackdown resulting in the removal of lights and sirens from hundreds of vehicles.

Other credits include a report on people stealing school supplies and selling them on the Black Market, a story on schools that served old food past its freshness date, and a film exposing school board members vacationing in Las Vegas on taxpayer dollars. She has also been cited for her reports on the Swiss Banks and Nazi Gold that culminated in a decision by the Swiss to finally give back the money. Kramer is also known for her 1992 interview with President Clinton in which he confessed he “never inhaled.”

Maurice DuBois

Maurice DuBois co-anchors CBS-2 News at 5 and 11. He joined CBS in September 2004.

At CBS News, he substitutes as anchor of The CBS Evening News, has reported for 60 Minutes Sports and CBS Sunday Morning, and has hosted CBS This Morning, 48 Hours and CBSN.

DuBois has covered everything from local news to national political conventions, to AIDS in South Africa, to Papal transition at the Vatican, to witnessing a double execution. He has anchored numerous live breaking news stories, and moderated debates for New York City Mayor and Congress. He has also hosted multiple specials on topics ranging from kids and violence, to breast cancer, to ticker-tape parades and telethons.

A Long Island native, DuBois spent seven years at WNBC-TV before joining CBS .
At NBC News, he appeared on “Today,” “Weekend Today,” “Dateline NBC,” MSNBC and NBC News at Sunrise. While at WNBC-TV, DuBois also hosted “Four Stories,” a magazine profiling local heroes; he also hosted Court-TV’s “Mind over Media,” for students to understand media images.

Previously, DuBois worked in Chicago and Sacramento. He began his career in 1987 at KING-TV in Seattle as a desk assistant before moving to reporting.
He’s appeared as – what else? – a news anchor, on CBS’s hit drama Person of Interest, and the feature films Soul Men and Kick Ass.

DuBois has won several journalism and community awards, including five Emmys. He’s also won honors from The Associated Press, The New York State Broadcasters Association, and The New York Association of Black Journalists, which recognized him as a Trailblazer.

DuBois serves on the non-profit board of NY City Center, and previously served at PENCIL, Susan G. Komen for the Cure/NYC, and The Northside Center for Child Development.

DuBois is a graduate of Northwestern University, has four Honorary PhDs, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

DuBois lives in Manhattan with his wife and two sons.

NewsRadio 880

Rich Lamb

Award-winning journalist Rich Lamb is the chief political reporter for WCBS Newsradio 880, where has been for almost forty years. Rich works out of a desk at New York City Hall and is considered one of the most experienced broadcast reporters covering New York today. His reporting has been cited numerous times, including awards by the Overseas Press Club, the Associated Press, UPI, the New York Press Club, the Diocese of Brooklyn, the Archdiocese of New York and a host of other organizations. He started at WCBS in February of 1978 and has covered everything from newspaper and transit strikes to Papal visits and presidential elections. Rich has been on assignment for WCBS all across the world, covering Pope John Paul II in Rome and the start of the first Gulf War in Saudi Arabia among other events. He’s hosted radio shows with numerous New York City politicians including Governors Cuomo, and Pataki, and Mayors Dinkins and Giuliani. A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Rich graduated from the University of Detroit and started his broadcasting career in Michigan in 1970. He worked as an anchor and reporter at WEXL, Royal Oak, WNIC, Dearborn, and at WOMC Detroit. Rich arrived at WCBS from New York City rock station WXLO 99X, where he had been the “sidekick” of morning man Jay Thomas.

1010 WINS

Juliet Papa

Juliet Papa is an award-winning reporter for 1010 WINS Radio, the top-ranked all-news station in the nation.

Papa covers all aspects of news and delivers news in a multi-media format. It includes 1010 WINS Radio(AM) and 1010WINS.com, where her reports and photographs appear.

She contributes to Reader’s Digest magazine and has contributed to The New York Times. Her published books are: The Mafia Handbook, Viking Penguin, 1993, and Ladykiller, St. Martin’s Press, 1995.

Juliet freelanced for WCBS-TV, has contributed to the ABC, AP, and CNN Radio Networks, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and Court TV.

Her assignments have included the trials of Martha Stewart, Sean “Diddy” Combs, the Mafia Cops, and John Gotti Sr. and Jr. Recent celebrity interviews include Regis Philbin, Donald Trump, Derek Jeter and Joe Torre.

She has performed voice-overs for feature films and network television shows. She also speaks before business, education and civic organizations. The CBS-TV network show “48 Hours” highlighted her professional day.

Juliet is the recipient of numerous Edward R. Murrow and New York Press Club awards. She was inducted into the NYPD Honor Legion for acting as an intermediary in a hostage stand-off. In 2000, the Associated Press named her Reporter of the Year.

Papa is on the Executive Committee of the Inner Circle, a journalists group that writes and performs a charity political lampoon show each year. She is also on the organizing committee of the annual Artists/Writers charity softball game in East Hampton, NY.

New York Daily News

Jillian Jorgensen

Jillian Jorgensen is the City Hall Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, where she covers city politics and government. She has previously covered politics at the New York Observer and the Staten Island Advance, and food and drink for amNewYork. Prior to covering New York City, she spent two years writing about New Hampshire for the Eagle-Tribune and the Union-Leader. She is a graduate of Boston University, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and print journalism, and a proud alumna of Staten Island Technical High School.

NY1

Errol Louis

Errol Louis is the Political Anchor of Spectrum News NY1 News, where he hosts "The Road to City Hall,"  a nightly prime-time show about New York City politics on which he interviews top political and cultural leaders, including an exclusive weekly one-on-one conversation with Mayor Bill de Blasio.   Louis has also conducted interviews with ex-mayors David Dinkins, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg; Gov. Andrew Cuomo and ex-governors George Pataki, Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson; dozens of city, state and federal officials, and presidential candidates including John Kasich, Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Louis has moderated more than two dozen debates between candidates for mayor, public advocate, city and state comptroller, state Attorney General and U.S. Senate.  In 2016 he was a panelist in the final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

In addition to political leaders, Louis has interviewed iconic cultural figures including filmmaker Ken Burns, activist Gloria Steinem and authors Robert Caro and Gay Talese. 

Louis is a longtime CNN Contributor, providing on-air commentary on key events from presidential primaries to Election Night. He writes frequently for CNN.com, as well as a weekly column for the New York Daily News on a range of political and social affairs.

Louis was recently ranked #40 on the list of the 100 most powerful people in New York City politics. He is an adjunct professor of Urban Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where he has taught political and investigative reporting to more than 100 graduate students. He is co-editor of Deadline Artists, a two-volume  anthology of America’s greatest newspaper columns published in October 2011.

Prior to joining NY1 News, Louis was a Daily News opinion journalist from 2004 to 2010, writing a regular column and serving on the paper’s editorial board. He also hosted a weekday talk show on AM1600 WWRL, where he was twice named one of the "Heavy 100" top talk show hosts in America by Talkers Magazine, the bible of the news/talk radio industry. In 2010, he was named the city’s Best Columnist & Radio Show Host by the Village Voice.

A graduate of New Rochelle High School, Louis attended Harvard College, where he graduated with a B.A. in Government. He also earned an M.A. in Political Science from Yale University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

Louis lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Juanita Scarlett, and their son.

Grace Rauh

Grace Rauh is an award-winning political reporter for Spectrum News NY1 News and guest-host of “Road to City Hall/Inside City Hall,” NY1’s public affairs show. She is the station’s lead City Hall reporter, driving its coverage of Mayor de Blasio. Her investigative reporting on the mayor and the role of outside consultants in his administration fueled changes in the way the state defines lobbying and has led to reforms within City Hall. She is the lead plaintiff in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the mayor. Earlier this year, Rauh won the Society of Professional Journalists’ national Sunshine Award for her reporting on the mayor’s relationship with private consultants. The award honors contributions in the area of open government.
In 2016, Rauh covered President Trump’s campaign for NY1, reporting from key primary states, the Republican National Convention and Trump’s election night party.

Prior to joining NY1 in 2008, Rauh was a City Hall reporter at The New York Sun. Before that, she covered education for the Oakland Tribune. She graduated with honors from Stanford University. Rauh lives with her husband and two daughters in Brooklyn.

Juan Manuel Benitez

Juan Manuel Benitez is an award-winning journalist. He is a political anchor/reporter for Spectrum News NY1 Noticias and the creator and host of Pura Política --NY1 Noticias' current-affairs program-- which received a New York Emmy Award nomination in 2016.

Benítez has covered every major political story of importance to Hispanic New Yorkers for the last 15 years, locally and overseas, including all national political conventions since 2004. He moderated the first televised debate in the Democratic Primary for New York City mayor in 2013, after having participated as a panelist in many other debates throughout the previous decade.

Benitez is a guest host of The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC Radio. He also teaches journalism at Columbia University and at the City University of New York (CUNY). In 2015, he designed the ground-breaking Bilingual Journalism program at CUNY's Journalism School.

Benítez is a frequent contributor to MSNBC's political shows and to several television and radio stations in the United States, Latin America and Spain.

He holds a Master's Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in Language and Literature from Universidad de Extremadura.

Benitez lives in Harlem.

WNYC Radio

Brian Lehrer

Brian Lehrer is host of "The Brian Lehrer Show," WNYC Radio's daily call-in program, covering politics and life, locally and globally. The show airs weekdays from 10am-noon on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and wnyc.org.

"The Brian Lehrer Show" was recognized with a 2007 George Foster Peabody Award for "Radio That Builds Community Rather Than Divides."

The New York Times called Lehrer a “master interviewer.” Time has called the program "New York City's most thoughtful and informative talk show." The Daily News calls it "cutting edge" for its extreme interactivity and creative use of the internet. Guests range from politicians such as Barack Obama, Chris Christie, Michael Bloomberg, John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Cory Booker, to cultural figures such as Werner Herzog, Penn Jillette, David Lynch, DJ Spooky and Margaret Atwood, to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, to New York City middle school students.

Lehrer is also a commentator on local and national issues on television and in print. He has appeared on TV networks including CNN, MSNBC, Fox Newschannel, C-SPAN, ABC World News Now, and NY1. He has written op-ed pieces for publications including The New York Times, The Daily News, Newsday, The New York Sun and Slate.com. He also hosts a weekly television program on CUNY-TV, "BrianLehrer.tv" featuring issue-oriented web video.

In addition to the Peabody, Lehrer has won numerous awards, including six Associated Press New York Broadcasters "Best Interview" Awards since 2000 and “Best Talk Show” by the Garden State Journalists Association in 2009 and 2011.
Lehrer was a questioner in the 2006 televised campaign debates for U.S. Senate and Governor of New York, and in the televised New York City Mayoral Debates in 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2009.

He has hosted his eponymous program, originally called "On The Line," since its inception in 1989. Prior, he was an anchor and reporter for the NBC Radio Networks, and an award-winning author and documentary producer.

Lehrer holds master's degrees in public health from Columbia University and journalism from Ohio State University and a bachelor's in music and mass communications from the State University of New York at Albany.

Brigid Bergen

Brigid Bergin covers City Hall and politics for WNYC. She focuses on explaining how government and our democracy works — and why it sometimes doesn’t. Besides covering the mayor and city agencies, she digs into stories about voting, elections, ballot access, civic engagement, always asking who controls the levers of power in our political system.

Her reporting on the New York City Board of Elections triggered multiple city, state and federal investigations after she uncovered a massive voter purge just days before the presidential primary in April 2016. Her coverage earned an award for public service journalism from New York State Associated Press Association. She also covered the New York delegation at the 2016 Democratic National Convention including a one-on-one interview with Mayor Bill de Blasio on the future of the party. Her work chronicling ambulance response times and the city’s 911 emergency call system won the Best Enterprise Reporting award from the Associated Press in 2015.

Her work has been featured on NPR, the BBC, on television and in multiple print publications.

Before becoming a journalist, Brigid spent more than eight years at JPMorgan Chase as a communications manager. She is a graduate of the University at Albany and earned her master’s degree as part of the inaugural class at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Brigid has a passion for breaking news and served as the station’s first breaking news producer. She directed on-air coverage for major breaking news events, like Hurricane Sandy. She also previously managed WNYC’s dynamic morning team.

Brigid is originally from Rochester, NY. She never uses the word “pop” to describe “soda.”

Politico

Gloria Pazmino

Gloria Pazmino covers City Hall for POLITICO New York. Prior to jumping into the de Blasio beat, Gloria spent three years covering the other side of City Hall focusing on the City Council and the political rise of Melissa Mark-Viverito—the city’s first Latina elected to lead the City Council.

Since 2013, Gloria has closely covered politics in the City with a focus on immigration policy and labor issues. She has also closely followed de Blasio’s fight to eliminate the horse carriage industry, the settlement of labor contracts with the entire uniformed workforce, and the city's efforts to reform and eventually close Rikers Island.

Prior to covering politics, Gloria covered breaking news for NY1 Time Warner Cable News and worked as a neighborhood reporter in Northern Manhattan.

She is a graduate of St. John’s University.

Laura Nahmias

Laura Nahmias is a reporter for POLITICO New York, covering Mayor Bill de Blasio, money in politics, and City Hall through a national lens. She is also co-writer of POLITICO New York Playbook. Before she began covering City Hall, she wrote about Albany politics for POLITICO New York. She has also written for City and State, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Laura earned her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, before earning a Masters Degree in Journalism at Columbia University.