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IRVING, Texas (September 19, 2018) – Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) (the “Company”) announced today that it will host the only Texas gubernatorial debate between incumbent Governor Greg Abbott (R) and former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. CT. The one-hour, statewide debate will air on Nexstar stations KXAN-TV (NBC), KRBC-TV (NBC), KAMR-TV (NBC), KVEO-TV (NBC), KTSM-TV (NBC), KAMC-TV (ABC), KMID-TV (ABC), KSAN-TV (NBC), KTAL-TV (NBC), KETK-TV (NBC), KWKT-TV (FOX) and KFDX-TV (NBC), in addition to select broadcast partners, including KPRC-TV (NBC), KSAT-TV (ABC) KRIS 6.2 (CW) and KXAS-TV (NBC) as well as select Telemundo stations and all radio stations in the state. Local viewers may also access a live-stream of the debate online by visiting their local Nexstar station’s website.

Reflecting Nexstar’s organization-wide commitment to excellence in local broadcast journalism and service to its communities, the Company committed to producing the debate in the state capital of Austin at the LBJ Presidential Library at the University of Texas. The debate will be moderated by Robert Hadlock (@RobertHadlock) of KXAN News in Austin. He will be joined by a panel of leading local news anchors and journalists from across the state who will deliver questions to the candidates, including Emmy Award-winner Julie Fine (@JulieFineNBC5) of KXAS NBC 5 news, Andy Cerota (@KPRC2Andy) of KPRC 2 news, Steve Spriester (@stevespriester) of KSAT 12 news and Norma Garcia (@Normagarciatv) of Telemundo 39. The questions will be focused on topical local/regional issues impacting communities across Texas and candidate-specific subjects.

Tim Busch, President of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. “As one of the nation’s largest local media companies, Nexstar remains committed to supporting the needs and interests of the local communities that we proudly serve in Texas and throughout the United States. We have harnessed the combined resources of Nexstar’s local station operations in twelve markets throughout the state to deliver extensive live coverage of the only televised Texas gubernatorial debate both on-air and streaming online. In addition, we are further extending the reach of the Texas Gubernatorial Debate by teaming up with select broadcast partners in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Corpus Christie as well as all radio and Spanish-language television stations across the state to ensure that we are addressing the information interests of all local voters. We are grateful to Governor Greg Abbott and Democratic candidate Lupe Valdez for their participation and to the outstanding local communities across the great state of Texas for their continued viewership and support.”

Jerry Walsh, VP, Local Content Development of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. added, “Over the last two election cycles, Nexstar has continued to invest in our news resources and reporting capabilities, including the expansion of our Washington D.C. and various individual State Capital Bureaus including our bureau in Austin, Texas, in order to deliver more hours of trusted local programming to our viewers. As a result, Nexstar stations have taken the lead in producing over 120 debates since 2016 to bring the local communities we serve across the United States greater access to local lawmakers and candidates. These events provide an important public forum for constituents to engage with local leaders on the issues that matter to their families and community. We look forward to connecting Texas voters with their gubernatorial candidates with our upcoming debate so they have the information they need to make thoughtful decisions on Election Day.”

Texas Gubernatorial Debate Television Broadcast and Live-Stream

Friday, September 28, 2018

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CT

LBJ Presidential Library at the University of Texas

2313 Red River St, Austin, TX 78712


  • Robert Hadlock, KXAN News @RobertHadlock


  • Julie Fine, KXAS NBC 5 news @JulieFineNBC5

  • Andy Cerota, KPRC 2 news @KPRC2Andy

  • Steve Spriester, KSAT 12 news @stevespriester

  • Norma Garcia, Telemundo 39 @Normagarciatv

Debate will be carried on the following local station and websites:

KAMC-TV, ABC, Lubbock


Note: In addition to the live television broadcast, viewers may also access a live-stream of each debate online by visiting their local participating Nexstar station’s website. Debate will also be carried on local radio stations as well as Spanish Language broadcast television stations. Check local listings.

*KRIS is owned and operated by Cordillera Communications

**KXAS, KVDA, KTMD and KXTX are owned and operated by NBC Universal

***KPRC and KSAT are owned and operated by Graham Media Group

About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

Nexstar Media Group is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 171 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 100 markets or nearly 39% of all U.S. television households. Nexstar’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. Nexstar’s community portal websites offer additional hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content while creating new revenue opportunities. For more information please visit

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