Chronicle Editor Bankole Thompson Panelist On Mayoral Debate Panel


Chronicle Editor Bankole Thompson Named Panelist on Final Televised Detroit Mayoral Debate Panel


Bankole Thompson, editor of the Michigan Chronicle is one of four panelists who will ask questions at the final Detroit mayoral debate hosted by Channel 7-WXYZ. The live televised debate between mayoral candidates Mike Duggan and Benny Napoleon will take place on Tuesday, October 29, exactly one week before Detroiters go to the polls to select their next mayor.


WXYZ in a release said the station has a long history of televising important political forums and is proud to host this debate.


Duggan and Napoleon will face off at Channel 7’s Broadcast House before a live studio audience, from 7 to 8 p.m. Viewers will be able to watch the debate on WXYZ-TV, as well as and the station’s mobile apps.


A larger live audience will experience the debate remotely from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. They will also be a part of a live post-debate webcast from 8-8:30 p.m.


Channel 7 Editorial Director Chuck Stokes will moderate this final Detroit mayoral debate. Questions will be asked by panelists from 7 Action News, WJR News/Talk 760, the Michigan Chronicle and Crain’s Detroit Business.


In the days before the debate, Detroiters will also have the opportunity to share the questions they would ask the candidates.


The debate is being held in partnership with the Booker T. Washington Business Association and the Detroit Black Chamber.


Bankole Thompson is the Editor of the Michigan Chronicle. His book “Obama and Black Loyalty” published in 2010 follows his recent book “Obama and Christian Loyalty” with an epilogue by Bob Weiner former White House spokesman. Thompson is a Political Analyst at WDET-101.9FM Detroit (NPR Affiliate) and a member of the weekly “Obama Watch” Sunday evening round table on WLIB-1190AM New York and simulcast in New Jersey and Connecticut.


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