Atlanta Press Club to Host Runoff Debates

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk‐Young Debate Series will host debates for the primary runoff election on July 10 & 13, 2014. APC will host debates for Atlanta-area races on July 10 at Public Broadcasting Atlanta and U.S. Senate and Congressional debates on July 13 at Georgia Public Broadcasting. A full schedule of debates is below.  
Members of the media and public are invited to attend the debates and media are encouraged to cover them. The runoff elections will be held on July 22, 2014.  

The Georgia Public Broadcasting debates will be pretaped on July 13, 2014 and will air unedited later that same day. In addition to airing on Georgia Public Broadcasting on July 13, 2014, the debates will be available to view at  
The current debate schedule and participants are as follows: 
                                                                     Georgia Public Broadcasting – Sunday, July 13, 2014 

The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series will also host several debates at Public Broadcasting Atlanta. These debates will be taped on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The current debate schedule and participants are as follows: 
                                                          Public Broadcasting Atlanta – Debates Tape on July 10, 2014 
“We look forward to having as much success with the runoff debates as we did with the primary,” said Lauri Strauss, Executive Director of the Atlanta Press Club. “The Atlanta Press Club is so thankful for the support it has received and we hope the Loudermilk-Young Debate Series provides useful information to Georgia voters when it comes to making important decisions on Election Day.” 
Members of the media, the general public, and students are invited to attend and cover any of the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series. Please view the full debate series here: 
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About the Atlanta Press Club 
The Atlanta Press Club is one of the largest and most dynamic professional journalism associations in the country. The membership encompasses Atlanta’s burgeoning media community - print, broadcast and online, large and small, national and local media outlets. More than half the Club’s more than 550 members are working journalists, the balance consist of public relations professionals, educators, retirees and students. The APC’s mission is to serve the professional and social needs of Atlanta’s journalism community, foster journalistic excellence and advance the public's interest in and understanding of a free press. Please visit or call 404.577.7377 for more information. 
About the Loudermilk-Young Debate Series 
In 2011 R. Charles “Charlie” Loudermilk, pledged $1 million to permanently endow the Atlanta Press Club’s series of political debates during every election year in Georgia. In honor of Loudermilk’s close friendship with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, the debates were named the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series. Loudermilk is a conservative white Republican businessman while Young is a liberal African-American Democrat civil rights leader, preacher, former Atlanta mayor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Their close collaboration despite their political differences symbolizes the tone that the Loudermilk-Young Debate Series hopes to set in our state's political discourse. 
About GPB 
As one of the largest PBS stations in the nation, Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB Media), has been creating content worth sharing for over 50 years. With nine television stations, 17 radio stations and a multi-faceted web presence, GPB strives to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of our viewers and listeners with programming that includes statewide radio news, current affairs, high school sports, educational resources for teachers and students and enlightening programs about our state like Georgia Outdoors, Georgia Traveler and On the Story. 
About Public Broadcasting Atlanta 
Great cities are known by their museums, theaters, symphonies and parks. But the greatest impact on a city’s cultural life radiates invisibly through the air. For Atlanta, that cultural force is Public Broadcasting Atlanta. WABE 90.1 FM and PBA 30, brings NPR News, music, the arts and PBS programming to hundreds of thousands of listeners and viewers each year. Today, people turn to public broadcasting for their news, music, arts and entertainment. Yet, few people realize that public broadcasting began as “educational television” — strictly a learning resource. As a broadcast service of Atlanta Public Schools in partnership with the Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative (AETC), PBA has never lost sight of its original mission. Education remains at the core of our operation at every level, from preschoolers to our elders.