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First Ohio Gubernatorial Debate Panelists Announced

University of Dayton political scientist Christopher Devine will serve as a panelist for the first Ohio gubernatorial debate, alongside experienced local journalists Laura Bischoff of the Dayton Daily News and Jim Otte of WHIO-TV.

The debate between Republican nominee Mike DeWine and Democratic nominee Richard Cordray begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the University of Dayton's Daniel J. Curran Place. The University will sponsor and host the event and Cox Media Group Ohio will be the presenting media partner and broadcast it on air and online.

Devine, assistant professor of political science, is co-author of The VP Advantage: How Running Mates Influence Home State Voting in Presidential Elections and the forthcoming Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice (15th edition). He holds a bachelor’s degree in government and English from Connecticut College and a master’s and Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. He has published numerous articles on campaigns and elections, political parties, public opinion, ideology, political psychology, and the U.S. presidency and vice presidency in academic journals including Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Electoral Studies, Presidential Studies Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, and The Forum.

Bischoff covers state and federal government Dayton Daily News. She has worked for the newspaper since 1995 and been assigned to the Statehouse bureau since 2001. She has broken stories on the public pension funds, The Ohio State University, Ohio Medicaid and politics of all kinds. Her work has earned her a number of state and national reporting honors.  

Otte has been investigating government spending for WHIO-TV since 1988. He started the "Wastebusters" segment on Channel 7, focusing on waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayers' money throughout the Miami Valley. He is a two-time winner of the Ohio Associated Press "Best Reporter Award," in 2009 and 2012.

WHIO-TV anchor James Brown will serve as moderator.

The nearly 1-hour debate will be available to air on TV and radio stations statewide and Cox Media Group Ohio online and social media platforms,, and Facebook live on the Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio Facebook pages. Check your local listings for the stations in your area broadcasting the debate.

The event is invitation-only and no public tickets are available.

This will be the first of three debates between the candidates. They will debate again Oct. 1 at Marietta College and Oct. 8 at Cleveland State University.


News and Communications Staff