LOS ANGELES, CAThe USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, FOX 11 Los Angeles and POLITICO will co-host this year’s first debate for California’s Senate race at 6 p.m. PST, Monday, Jan. 22, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium.


The four California candidates invited to participate in the debate include Democratic U.S. Reps. Adam Schiff, Katie Porter and Barbara Lee, as well as Republican businessman Steve Garvey. The four were determined as qualified for the debate based on the results of the mid-December POLITICO/Morning Consult poll of likely primary voters.

The candidates are competing to fill the seat once held by the late U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. California voters will determine the top two candidates in the state’s primary election on March 5. The top two, regardless of party, will advance to the general election, which voters will decide on Nov. 5.

The debate will be co-moderated by Elex Michaelson, Fox 11 News co-anchor and host of California’s statewide political talk show, “The Issue Is,” as well as by Melanie Mason, senior political reporter covering California politics for POLITICO.

Promotional partners include California Environmental Voters Education Fund, Courage California Institute, East Bay Community Legal Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, and several USC student organizations.


The debate, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PST, will be broadcast live, commercial-free on FOX 11 (KTTV) in Los Angeles and on Fox 2 (KTVU) in the Bay Area. It also will be livestreamed on FOXLA.com and POLITICO.com.

In addition to the television broadcast, the debate will air on KFI-AM 640 radio in Southern California and on the iHeart Radio app.


Reporters are asked to email Kristy Plaza at kplaza@usc.edu to RSVP for the debate.

Reach out to Erika Guzman Cornejo at erika@envirovoters.org for questions and comment on this election year.



Erika Guzman Cornejo



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