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Primary 2020: The Exchange Candidate Forums from NHPR - Pete Buttigieg

Dan Tuohy


New Hampshire Public Radio, in collaboration with New Hampshire PBS, is holding a series of forums with presidential primary candidates to explore in-depth the issues that impact New Hampshire voters. Forums are open to the public, broadcast on NHPR live, and then broadcast on New Hampshire PBS.  

The next forum in the series will be on Friday, December 6, with Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. Prior forums included former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld on October 8, businessman Tom Steyer on October 28, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren on October 30 and entrepreneur Andrew Yang on November 7.

Primary 2020: The Exchange Candidate Forums from NHPR will be broadcast live from NHPR’s Studio D in Concord. Laura Knoy, host of The Exchange, will be joined by Lauren Chooljian, politics & policy reporter, as co-moderator of the forum with Mayor Buttigieg. 

For this forum and for future forums, conversations with the candidates will touch on the economy, healthcare, education, climate change, public safety and foreign policy. Listeners are encouraged to submit their questions for the candidates in advance; public questions will help guide the interview and may be read by an NHPR host on-air. Submit questions in advance online here.

Primary 2020: The Exchange Candidate Forums are part of a broader portfolio of NHPR reporting around New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary. Other tools and reporting projects related to primary coverage and accessible online include:

  • Stranglehold podcast – a new podcast from NHPR taking a deep dive into the New Hampshire primary – past and present.
  • Primary Candidate Tracker – a calendar tracking where and when candidates will appear in New Hampshire.
  • 2020 Candidate Conversations– long-form interviews with the candidates as featured on NHPR’s weekday talk show, The Exchange.
  • 2020 Two-Ways – a series of interviews with the candidates featured on NHPR’s Morning Edition.
  • Where They Stand: An interactive look at candidate plans to tackle the issues NH cares about: climate change, opioids, rural growth and more.
  • Candidate Interviews on the NPR Politics Podcast – Conversations with the national candidates, produced in collaboration with NPR and Iowa Public Radio.
  • Primary School– a series of explainers about the New Hampshire Primary and how it works, inspired by listener questions.


GENERAL PUBLIC: All forums are free, but registration is required and seating is limited. Please register online at: [NOTE: Look for the specific event name before registering]

MEDIA: All forums are open to the media. A media room is available onsite at NHPR with a livestream of the broadcast. If you’re a member of the media planning to attend the forum, please register at:


PRIMARY 2020: The Exchange Candidate Forum with Mayor Pete Buttigieg 

MODERATORS: Laura Knoy and Lauren Chooljian 

AUDIENCE QUESTIONS: Listeners with questions for Mayor Buttigieg are encouraged to submit their questions in advance here. [NOTE: These questions will help guide the interview and may be read by an NHPR host on-air]

DATE: Friday, December 6, 2019


New Hampshire Public Radio

2 Pillsbury Street, 6th Floor

Concord, NH  03301


8 a.m. - Doors open.

8:40 a.m. – Audience is seated (Studio D)

9 to 10 a.m. – The Exchange program live from Studio D.

[PROGRAMMING NOTE: This forum will be streamed on Facebook Live. The program will also be rebroadcast on NHPR, on Friday, December 6 from 7 to 8 p.m.  On New Hampshire PBS, the program will be broadcast on Friday, December 13 at 8:30 p.m. on New Hampshire PBS Explore and Saturday, December 14 at 12 a.m. on New Hampshire PBS. Go to to learn more.] 

This event is being recorded and photographed for Broadcast and used by NHPR and New Hampshire PBS. Your participation in this forum implies consent.


About NHPR

Since 1981, New Hampshire Public Radio has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Our mission is “Expanding minds, sparking connections, building stronger communities.” NHPR is broadcast from 14 different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week, NHPR is the choice of more than 161,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage, with thousands more viewing, following our social media sites or listening to our podcasts. Each day, New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by its award-winning news team. Locally produced programs and podcasts include The Exchange, The Folk Show, Outside/In, Bear Brook, and Civics 101, among others. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcasts national weekly programs such as The Moth Radio Hour, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and This American Life.

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New Hampshire PBS inspires one million Granite Staters each month with engaging and trusted local and national programs and services on-air, online, via mobile, in classrooms and in communities. Beyond its award-winning television programs, New Hampshire PBS is a leader in education and community engagement.

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