Live Conversations with Boston Candidates for Mayor - July 19 & July 20

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, left, and City Councilor Tito Jackson (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, left, and City Councilor Tito Jackson (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and challenger Tito Jackson will participate in hour-long conversations before a live audience at UMass Boston. The conversations will  be broadcast live on WBUR and live-streamed online at, The Boston Globe and UMass Boston before an audience in the school’s media auditorium.

The conversations will be conducted live on July 19 (Jackson) and July 20 (Walsh) as part of WBUR’s “Radio Boston” from 3 p.m. to 4 pm. The show’s host, Meghna Chakrabarti, will be joined as co-host by Meghan Irons, City Hall bureau chief of the Boston Globe.

The John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston, WBUR, the Globe, NBC Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston will co-sponsor the conversations.

Mayoral candidates were invited to participate based on specific criteria that included polling, fund-raising and demonstrated political support.

McCormack, WBUR, and the Globe collaborated last year in hosting debates on the four statewide ballot questions, also broadcast live on Radio Boston.

This year, they are joined by NBC Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston in a proposal, being considered by the candidates, to host formal debates in the fall – one before the September 26 preliminary election and the other before the general election on November 7. These debates would be broadcast by WBUR,  WBTS, necn, and by Telemundo Boston with simultaneous translation in Spanish – a first for the city.

Dean David W. Cash said, “The McCormack Graduate School, in its continuing role as civics catalyst, is delighted to help provide the chance for the public to hear from the mayoral candidates in this unique setting.”


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