by: Staff September 21, 2012
At ths year's Convention in Columbia, MPA will be hosting a candidate forum for Missouri Governor and US Senate. Forums will take place Friday, September 21 beginning at 9:30 AM.
Candidates for Governor: incumbent Democrat Jay Nixon, Republican Dave Spence and Libertarian Jim Higgins will give statements and answer questions beginning at 9:30 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center.
The forum for Senate candidates will begin at 10:45. Participating will be incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill, Republican Congressman Todd Akin and Libertarian Jonathan Dine.
MPA, a statewide newspaper organization based in Columbia, will hold its 146th annual Convention Sept. 20-22. The candidate forums in the hotel's Expo Center will be part of the convention.
Forums are not open to the General Public.
Attending will be persons registered for the Missouri Press Association Annual Convention, and members of the working press who have requested credentials from MPA. A person must have a MPA-issued badge to attend.
At this point, interest in broadcasting the Forums has been shown by:
KBIA FM, 91.3, Columbia
KSSZ FM, The Eagle 93.9, Columbia
KCTV 5, Kansas City (live stream on the web)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City
KFRU AM, Columbia
KMIZ 17, Columbia
This information will be updated. Check back for more information or check with the station directly to confirm they will provide live coverage.
David Lieb, the Associated Press chief correspondent in Jefferson City, will moderate the forums. Candidates will be questioned by Bill Miller Sr., editor and publisher of the Washington Missourian; Jeff Fox, a writer for the Independence Examiner; and Hilary Niles and Nassim Benchaabane, students in the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
The forums will be open to MPA members who are attending the convention and to working members of the press who have obtained credentials. Journalists seeking credentials should call the MPA at (573) 449-4167.
MPA was founded in 1867. Membership includes nearly every newspaper in Missouri.