‘Governor's Race: The First Debate'

The first televised Massachusetts gubernatorial debate was broadcast live on NBC10 Boston and NECN on Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a Spanish livestream available at

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NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston and NECN hosted, broadcast and livestreamed a one hour live gubernatorial debate on Wednesday, Oct. 12: “Governor’s Race: The First Debate.”

The debate was the first televised Massachusetts gubernatorial debate between Attorney General Maura Healey and former State Rep. Geoff Diehl and was held at the NBCUniversal Boston Media Center in Needham.



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The NBC10 and NECN presentation of “Governor’s Race: The First Debate” aired from 7 to 8 p.m. A livestream of the debate was also available in English on and and in Spanish on Telemundo Boston will air the hour-long debate in Spanish on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m.

After the first Massachusetts gubernatorial debate Sue O'Connell and Cory Smith were joined by former gubernatorial candidate Chris Doughty, Host of 'Politics and Prosecco' Jacquetta Van Zandt, and BU College of Communications professor Tammy Vigil for a recap

An extended post-debate roundtable show aired from 8 to 8:30 p.m. on NECN and for streaming audiences on NBC10 Boston and NECN’s OTT apps on Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV. The post-debate show was also available on, and on the NBC10 Boston and NECN mobile apps. The post-debate discussion was hosted by NBC10 Boston/NECN political commentator Sue O’Connell and NBC10 Boston news anchor Cory Smith and included analysis and reaction from a panel of political experts.

“Debates like these are incredibly valuable to our viewers because they will hear directly from the candidates as they address the issues that shape our way of life,” said Kirsten Wolff, vice president of news for NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston and NECN.

The politicians addressed the top issues facing the Commonwealth and shared their positions on such issues. Questions for the candidates were prepared by the moderator and panelists, and viewer questions were solicited in advance.

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