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Media Information: Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial Debate at UMD

April 23, 2014
Contacts:, 301-257-0073

University of Maryland, NBC4 and Bowie State University to Host Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial Debate May 7 in College Park

University of MarylandCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland, NBC4 Washington and Bowie State University will host a political debate between the three candidates running in the 2014 Maryland Democratic gubernatorial primary election.

Media space is limited. This event is available to credentialed media only and advance media registration is required.


The debate between the three Democratic candidates, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Delegate Heather Mizeur, will focus on the state’s economy, expanding businesses, job creation, education and critical transportation and transit challenges facing Maryland. The debate will be moderated by David Gregory of NBC News' "Meet the Press." The three panelists include Chris Gordon and Chris Lawrence from News4, and Jenna Johnson from the Washington Post.

  • Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Democratic Candidate
  • Attorney General Doug Gansler, Democratic Candidate
  • Delegate Heather Mizeur, Democratic Candidate
  • David Gregory of NBC News' "Meet the Press," Moderator
  • Chris Gordon from News4, Panelist
  • Chris Lawrence from News4, Panelist
  • Jenna Johnson from the Washington Post, Panelist

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
7 – 8 p.m.

All media must arrive for check-in by 6:00 p.m.  Media must be in place for the start of the debate by 6:20 p.m. Media not in place by 6:20 p.m. will not be allowed in the theatre and will be directed to watch the debate from the press room. Only media who have been pre-confirmed will be allowed to attend.


Ina and Jack Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland, College Park 20742


Media space in the Ina and Jack Kay Theatre at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is limited and restricted to credentialed media who have pre-registered. Media badges will be distributed on site. To request credentials, please email name(s) and position(s), media affiliation, credentials possessed [these will be required at check-in], and full contact information to All requests will be responded to within 48 hours of the event. Logistics regarding live broadcasts, still and broadcast media pools, and a satellite feed test will be sent out to pre-registered media prior to the event. 


Complimentary parking is available in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage, located across the street from the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Signs will be posted from the campus entrances to the garage.


Media must enter and check in through the main entrance of the Clarice Smith Center to receive their media badges. Please bring identification and credentials to the check-in table.


A press room will be available to pre-registered media from 2p.m. – 11:00 p.m. inside the Clarice Smith Center.


The press room will have internet access. However, we encourage media to bring a “hot spot” as the strength of the internet access in the press room may fluctuate.


Media live trucks can begin to line up starting at 2 p.m. on the curbside adjacent to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. If you will have a media truck at the event, please specify in your registration request email whether you will be using microwave or satellite and the dimensions of your vehicle (length and height).


Satellite coordinates will be made available to registered agencies.  A test slate will be available on Monday, May 5 from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. An audio/video test will be available on Tuesday, May 6 from 2:30-4:00 p.m.


Live broadcasts must be in front of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in the designated area.


A courtesy live broadcast satellite feed will be provided by NBC4:

  • On air, online and print mandatory courtesy NBC4/WRC-TV. News Agencies may use up to 90-seconds of video and must credit NBC4/WRC-TV for the entire length of time the video clip is shown on air, online and all other platforms. Verbal courtesy on radio. Feed Coordinator: Ede Jermin, 202-359-8062,
  • From 6:30-8:05 p.m. a HD SDI and SD/analog feed will be provided onsite via the WRC Satellite Truck to a DA in the media room. Please bring your own deck or connectors. This feed will also be available on the satellite below.
  • The parameters for the HD uplink are as follows:  

AMC1 23  103 W             slot a/b
Horizontal down 12148  12 Mhz bandwidth
8psk                                DVB-S2
8.277 sym/s                    FEC 5/6


Photos will be permitted in the atrium by the Kay Theatre and in the press room. There is no photo or video allowed inside the venue.


A photography pool will be provided onsite by the Washington Post. Distribution access information will be made available to registered media.


There will be an individual Q&A session with each candidate immediately following the debate in the Cafritz Foundation Theatre at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

All media inquiries, including registration requests, should be directed to