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PBS39 and The Morning Call Present Who Will Lead?

PBS39 to Broadcast Live Easton Mayoral Debate

This debate, featuring the candidates running for mayor of Easton, will air on PBS39 at 7 p.m. on October 7.

Bethlehem, PA. - September 25, 2019 - On Monday, October 7, PBS39 and The Morning Call will broadcast a live debate featuring the candidates running for mayor of Easton. This debate is part of PBS39’s Who Will Lead? series, which will continue through the November 2020 election cycle.

PBS39 Host Monica Evans will moderate this debate alongside Professor of Political Science and Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, Dr. Christopher Borick and reporter for The Morning Call, Christina Tatu. This live debate will feature candidates Sal Panto Jr. (D) (Incumbent) and Timothy D. Reilly (R).

“As the Lehigh Valley’s public media station, it is our duty to help citizens make informed decisions at the polls,” Tim Fallon, Chief Executive Officer at PBS39 said. “This partnership with The Morning Call allows us to use our combined resources for the common good of our community.”

This free event is open to the public and will take place in the Fowler Blast Furnace Room at the ArtsQuest Center on the SteelStacks campus. Visit to reserve a seat in our audience. Doors will open at 6 and shut promptly at 6:55 p.m. for the live broadcast.

Watch live coverage beginning at 7 p.m. on PBS39/WLVT and on PBS39’s Facebook page. Visit PBS39's program guide to find the correct channel number for your over the air, cable or satellite provider. PBS39 will also broadcast an Allentown mayoral debate on Monday, October 14. On Monday, September 23, PBS39 hosted a debate featuring the candidates running for Northampton County District Attorney.


About Monica Evans
PBS39 Executive Producer and Host Monica Evans has more than three decades of broadcast experience. Before joining the team at PBS39, Evans spent 11 years as a senior reporter for the FOX affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri. Previously, she worked as a court and crime reporter for the ABC affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts, an arts and entertainment reporter for the FOX affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut and a talk show host/producer for the NBC affiliate in Hartford. Evans has a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from Central Connecticut State University.

About Christina Tatu
Stroudsburg native Christina Tatu came to The Morning Call in 2015. Before that, she worked at the Pocono Record and New Jersey Herald as a general beat reporter covering multiple municipalities and school districts. Now, she writes about the city of Easton, Lower Nazareth and Nazareth Borough.

About Dr. Christopher Borick
Dr. Christopher Borick, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, is a nationally recognized public opinion researcher who has conducted more than 300 large-scale public opinion surveys. The results of these surveys have appeared in numerous publications including Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. Borick has also provided analysis for the BBC, National Public Radio, PBS, MSNBC, CBS News and NBC Nightly News. Borick earned his undergraduate degree at Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree from East Stroudsburg University. He completed his doctoral work at The State University of New York at Binghamton in the area of public policy analysis.

About PBS39
PBS39 acts as the catalyst to promote civic engagement, and to fulfill the regional needs of the Greater Lehigh Valley through its dynamic communication platforms and resources. PBS39 Reporter Corps® journalists are embedded in the ten counties that make up the Greater Lehigh Valley. The PBS39 Reporter Corps® creates community-focused content for PBS39 News Tonight and for the PBS39 digital platform. PBS39 and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley are partnering to fund and fulfill the regional literacy initiative Lehigh Valley Reads. This campaign is working to ensure all Lehigh Valley students read on grade level by the end of third grade by 2025. Battling Opioids: A Project of Pennsylvania Public Media is a collaborative, multi-media, effort undertaken by all seven PA Public Media stations. This initiative uses public media's combined resources of TV, radio, online, social, digital, and community outreach events for one common good - to save lives. PBS39, part of Greater Lehigh Valley Public Media, is a community-owned public media station serving eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. PBS39 is licensed in Allentown to the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. For more information, visit