(CNN) – Ten days before Florida voters head to the polls to select a new U.S. senator, CNN and the St. Petersburg Times will partner with the University of South Florida to host a nationally televised debate in what could turn out to be the most exciting Senate contest in the country.
All three candidate have confirmed their intention to participate.
The October 24 debate will take place before a live audience and be moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent and anchor Candy Crowley during the network's Sunday morning program, "State of the Union with Candy Crowley." Beginning at 9 a.m. ET, CNN will air the hour-long debate among candidates Gov. Charlie Crist (I), Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) and Marco Rubio (R) live from USF's Tampa campus. It will be rebroadcast at 12noon ET on CNN.
(CNN) - CNN and the St. Petersburg Times are partnering with the University of South Florida to present a live, nationally televised debate 10 days before voters choose a new U.S. senator to represent Florida.
The Oct. 24 debate will be held on USF's Tampa campus with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley serving as moderator. It will air at 9 a.m. ET on "State of the Union with Candy Crowley."
The Times and CNN bring first-class experience and unprecedented expertise in producing political debates. The Times has coordinated debates for national, state and local offices for 16 years, and USF and the newspaper partnered with the Commission on Presidential Debates in 1996 to present the vice presidential debate between Al Gore and Jack Kemp from St. Petersburg.
(CNN) - It's not a Vegas wedding if there's not an Elvis impersonator.
CNN's own Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry and Senior Producer Shirley Hung tied the knot on Saturday at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Both CNN-ers will return to their posts later in July after their honeymoon.
We wish all the best to the happy couple as part of our large CNN Political Ticker family.
Washington (CNN) - Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Kathleen Parker will co-host a new hour long CNN primetime news program starting in the fall as the nation prepares for the 2010 midterm election, the network announced Wednesday morning.
The yet-to-be-named “roundtable discussion” program will air at 8 p.m. ET replacing Campbell Brown.
“Other cable news channels force-feed viewers one narrow, predictable point of view; in contrast, CNN will be offering a lively roundup of all the best ideas – presented by two of the most intelligent and outspoken figures in the country,” Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S., said in a statement released by the network. “Eliot and Kathleen are beholden to no vested interest – in fact, quite the opposite: they are renowned for taking on the most powerful targets and most important causes.”
Klein made the announcement in Wednesday’s network wide editorial conference call with CNN staff.
Parker, whose columns appear in over 400 newspapers twice a week, in April received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. She describes herself as a “rational” conservative.
Washington (CNN) - Mark Preston has been promoted to CNN's Senior Political Editor.
"Mark's sources in the political world are extraordinary and have led Mark to break story after story after story for CNN," said Sam Feist, CNN Political Director and Vice President of the network's Washington programming.
"In addition to helping guide our coverage during the 2008 campaign, Mark's strong political relationships were essential to CNN landing and producing more presidential primary debates/forums than any other network, which were a key factor in CNN's winning the Peabody award for our coverage of the 2008 Presidential primaries and debates," added Feist.
(CNN) - CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin is being honored Tuesday night for her distinctive reporting as a recipient of a prestigious Gracie Award for Outstanding Hard News Feature.
Yellin is being recognized for a series of stories she reported last year on "Political Women" looking closely at the role of women in politics and examining whether they are treated differently on the national scene versus men. Among the topics she examined: Whether there was a different standard being applied to former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, the decision by Caroline Kennedy to pull out of consideration for an appointment to the U.S. Senate and the proportion of female cabinet appointees by the incoming Obama White House.
Among the others being recognized at the event in Beverly Hills, California are HLN's Robin Meade, NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, and ABC's Barbara Walters, as well as actresses Glenn Close, Drew Barrymore and Sharon Gless.
The Alliance of Women in Media sponsors the annual Gracie Awards, which recognize what it calls exemplary programming created for, by and about women in all aspects of the media, television, and radio, and ranging from news to drama to comedy to public service and documentaries and sports.
Washington (CNN) – Traversing the country over the past year helped John King make a difficult decision a lot easier. What to name his new weeknight political program?
King, CNN's chief national correspondent, announced Friday morning on Twitter that it would simply be called "John King, USA." It debuts on March 22.
"One of the things they do tell you in this business is having your name associated with a show is important." King said in a video posted on CNN.com. "That is actually a little bit uncomfortable for me."