Indiana Debate Commission Announces Moderators for the October Gubernatorial Debates

The Indiana Debate Commission has selected two Hoosier academics as moderators of its upcoming gubernatorial debates scheduled in October.

Andrew Downs

Andrew Downs, associate professor of political science at Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) and board member of the commission, will moderate Tuesday, October 20. Downs is the first director of PFW’s Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, a nonpartisan organization that helps people understand the role of politics and government in their daily lives.

Nadia E. Brown, associate professor and University Faculty Scholar of political science and African American Studies at Purdue University, will moderate Tuesday, October 27. Brown is the author of the award-winning “Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making” and the lead editor of “Politics, Groups and Identities.”

Both debates will be broadcast live from WFYI in Indianapolis and air from 7-8 p.m. Eastern.

As is the practice with all commission debates going back to 2008, the questions come from the public. Voters can submit their questions for consideration on the commission’s website through Thursday, October 15.

Nadia Brown

Because of public health restrictions related to COVID-19, both debates will be conducted without live audiences. However, voters whose questions have been selected by the commission may be able to ask their questions via pre-taped video.

The commission, through its broadcast partner, will provide a live broadcast feed and web stream to news media outlets across Indiana for viewers statewide. In addition, Hoosiers will be able to view the debates via live stream on the Indiana Debate Commission website and YouTube channel.

The major underwriter for this year’s two debates is AARP Indiana.