Houston Public Media Announces Bilingual Mayoral Debate

The Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston and TelevisaUnivision team up with Houston Public Media to host a broadcast debate in English and Spanish.



Kori Lee
Manager, Membership and Communications
Houston Public Media

Houston, TX – October 4, 2023 – Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston, Univision Houston and Houston Public Media are collaborating to host and record a mayoral debate on October 19, 2023, at 10am. The debate will be simulcast at 7pm across multiple platforms in English and Spanish on Houston Public Media’s TV 8 and in Spanish on Univision Houston digital platforms and UniMás 67. In addition to the televised broadcast, radio listeners can also tune in to News 88.7 as well as online users can stream digitally through and on various social media applications.

"Univision Houston is proud to partner with Houston Public Media and the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs to bring our audience the 2023 Houston Mayoral Debate in Spanish," said Glenn L. Coleman, president and general manager of Univision Houston. "Informing and empowering Houston's Hispanic community is paramount to fulfilling one of our core missions of civic engagement. We are excited for this opportunity to deliver meaningful, local content to our audience on all of our TV, audio and digital platforms," added Coleman.

The debate comes just ahead of early voting which begins October 23. As Houstonians prepare to cast their ballots, this debate will provide them with the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates on the most pressing issues.

“Civic engagement is a vital component of our mission, particularly increasing voter participation among our youngest voters,” says Jim Granato, Ph.D., dean of the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston. “Houston’s next mayor will face complex public policy issues impacting Houstonians, and the debate will foster dialogue on solutions ahead of early voting.” The event will feature a panel of journalists including Houston Public Media's Executive Producer of Enterprise Journalism, Christina Lee, Politics and Government Reporter, Andrew Schneider as well as Univision Houston News Anchor, Marcela Perez Barros and The University of Houston's John Lomax, Editor in Chief, The Daily Cougar.

“This mayoral debate is a powerful demonstration of our commitment to serving our community and our role as a trusted source of information," added Josh Adams, Houston Public Media station manager. "We believe that informed citizens make stronger communities, and we are proud to provide a platform where Houstonians can connect with their potential leaders."

This diverse group of candidates will discuss their policies and visions for Houston’s future in front of a live studio audience. The debate will air in its entirety that evening at 7pm.

For media inquiries, including requests to attend the recording at 10am, please contact Sally Strong, Media Relations Rep, at or 713.743.1530.


About Houston Public Media
Houston Public Media is a service of the University of Houston and supported by financial gifts from the community. Houston Public Media combines broadcast and digital assets to serve residents of Southeast Texas with trusted local news and entertainment, as well as national programming from NPR and PBS. With a combined weekly audience of more than 1.6 million, Houston Public Media is committed to delivering content that expands minds and possibilities with trusted information.

About the Hobby School of Public Affairs
The Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston is a thriving resource for public affairs education, research and civic engagement. The next generation of leaders at the Hobby School is prepared to face unique challenges in various sectors through interdisciplinary coursework, training in ethics and leadership and experiential learning opportunities. Research at the Hobby School incorporates objective and rigorous methodologies to focus on the issues important to the Houston region, Texas and the nation.

About TelevisaUnivision
TelevisaUnivision is the world's leading Spanish-language media company. Powered by the largest library of owned Spanish-language content and a prolific production capability, TelevisaUnivision is the top producer of original content in Spanish across news, sports and entertainment verticals. This original content powers all of TelevisaUnivision's platforms, which include market-leading broadcast networks Univision, Las Estrellas, Canal 5 and UniMás, and a portfolio of 38 cable networks, which include TUDN, Galavisión, Distrito Comedia and TL Novelas. The company also operates the leading Mexican movie studio, Videocine, and owns and operates the largest Spanish-language audio platform in the U.S. across 39 terrestrial stations and the Uforia digital platform. TelevisaUnivision is also the owner of ViX, the largest Spanish-language streaming platform in the world. For more information, please visit

Sobre TelevisaUnivision (Spanish)
TelevisaUnivision es la compa&ntidle;ía líder de medios en español en el mundo. Impulsada por la biblioteca propia más grande de contenido en español y una alta capacidad de producción, TelevisaUnivision es el más grande productor de contenido para las verticales de noticias, deportes y entretenimiento. Este contenido original es lo que impulsa las plataformas de TelevisaUnivision, que incluyen las cadenas de transmisión líderes Univision, las estrellas, Canal 5, y UniMás, y un portafolio de 38 canales de televisión de paga, que incluyen TUDN, Galavisión, Distrito Comedia, y TL Novelas. La compa&ntidle;ía además opera el estudio de producción cinematográfica líder en México, Videocine, y posee y administra las plataformas más grandes de audio en español en Estados Unidos en 39 estaciones y la plataforma digital Uforia. TelevisaUnivision también es propietaria de ViX, el servicio de streaming en español más grande del mundo. Para más información, por favor visita