TMJ4 News partners with Marquette for a series of Milwaukee Mayoral, Wisconsin U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial debates

Marquette University and TMJ4 News will co-host a series of televised political debates as Wisconsin voters prepare to go to the polls in three high-profile 2022 elections. The series of debates will focus on Milwaukee’s mayoral race as well as Wisconsin’s race for governor and U.S. Senate.

Each debate will be moderated by TMJ4’s veteran political reporter Charles Benson and Emmy Award-winning anchor Shannon Sims. Benson and Sims will be joined throughout the series by a variety of panelists. Marquette’s Varsity Theatre, 1324 W. Wisconsin Ave., will serve as the venue for each event. The 2022 debates continue a longstanding TMJ4 News tradition of keeping Wisconsin voters informed on candidates and pressing issues during campaigns. In 2018, TMJ4 hosted both U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial debates, which were televised statewide.

All 2022 debates will air in Milwaukee on TMJ4. The U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial debates will also air statewide on Wisconsin’s NBC affiliates:

  • Sunday, March 27 (6-7 p.m.):  Debate between two finalists in the race for Milwaukee mayor
  • Sunday, July 17 (6-7 p.m.): Candidates in the Wisconsin Democratic primary for U.S. Senate
  • Sunday, July 24 (6-7 p.m.): Candidates in the Republican primary for Wisconsin governor
  • Thursday, Oct. 13 (6-7 p.m.): Debate between Democrat and Republican nominees for U.S. Senate
  • Thursday, Oct. 20 (6-7 p.m.): Democrat and Republican nominees for Wisconsin Governor

Through educational programming, civic discourse and community outreach, Marquette University is a convenor of diverse viewpoints that help advance the search for truth and the discovery and sharing of knowledge., 620 WTMJ, and the Milwaukee Business Journal are also sponsoring the debates.

Due to limited space, the event will be ticketed and all seats for members of the public have been reserved. News coverage of the debate and/or access to a pool feed is welcome and requires media credentials. Journalists must contact Kevin Conway at Marquette University,, regarding credentials. All media must be on the credential list for access to the building that evening. Parking for live trucks must also be arranged in advance.

In addition to the televised debates, TMJ4 News will air a series of in-depth interviews with all seven candidates on the ballot in the Milwaukee Mayoral primary election. Those interviews will air each weeknight at 6 p.m. from Jan. 24-Feb. 1.

About TMJ4 and Scripps

The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is a diversified media company focused on creating a better-informed world. As the nation’s fourth-largest local TV broadcaster, Scripps serves communities with quality, objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. The Scripps Networks reach nearly every American through the national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Grit, Laff and Court TV Mystery. Scripps is the nation’s largest holder of broadcast spectrum. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”