JUNE 20, 2019 – NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo will kick off a week of on-the-ground coverage in Miami for the first Democratic presidential debate beginning Monday, June 24.

The two-night debate, sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee, will air at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27 from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Both debate nights will be moderated by:

  • Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC
  • Savannah Guthrie, TODAY Co-Anchor and NBC News Chief Legal Correspondent
  • Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and Moderator of Meet the Press; Host, MSNBC’s MTP Daily
  • Rachel Maddow, Host, The Rachel Maddow Show
  • José Díaz-Balart, Anchor, Noticias TelemundoNBC Nightly News Saturday

Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and José Díaz-Balart will moderate the first hour each night. Holt will also appear in the second hour, which Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow will moderate.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect across all three networks and digital platforms for the week:  


  • Lester Holt will anchor NBC Nightly News throughout the week from Miami beginning Monday.
  • Savannah Guthrie will co-anchor TODAY from the Arsht Center starting Tuesday.
  • NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell, Peter Alexander, Hallie Jackson, Jacob Soboroff, Mike Memoli, Garrett Haake, Ali Vitali, Vaughn Hillyard and Shaq Brewster will also be on the ground in Miami offering the latest updates and analysis leading up to and after the debates.


MSNBC will offer a pre-debate special beginning at 7 p.m. ET and post-debate analysis with insight from the candidates themselves, campaign surrogates and political commentators beginning at 11 p.m. ET:

  • Brian Williams, Host, The 11th Hour; Nicolle Wallace, Host, Deadline: White House; Chris Hayes, Host, All In; and Lawrence O’Donnell, Host, The Last Word will anchor live from NBC News World Headquarters in New York.
  • Chris Matthews, Host, Hardball, will join live from the spin room in Miami.

In addition, MSNBC will broadcast live from Miami throughout the week including:

  • The Rachel Maddow Show at 9 p.m. ET on Monday and Tuesday
  • MTP Daily at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Andrea Mitchell Reports at 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Thursday
  • MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle, Hallie Jackson, Chris Jansing, Ali Velshi and Kasie Hunt on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET
  • MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist will anchor Morning Joe from Miami with a live audience on Thursday and Friday beginning at 6 a.m. ET

Leading up to debate week on Saturday, June 22, AM Joy host Joy Reid and PoliticsNation host Rev. Al Sharpton will be live from the South Carolina Democratic Party Convention where they will be joined by several Democratic candidates to preview the upcoming debate.

The Beat’s Ari Melber will also host Road to Miami, a pre-debate program exploring the candidates’ final weekend of campaigning and previewing their debate strategies on Sunday, June 23 at 9 p.m. ET.


  • Beginning on Wednesday, Un Nuevo Día at 7 a.m. ET, Noticias Telemundo Noon at 12:30 p.m. ET, and Nightly News at 6:30 p.m. ET will also broadcast live from Miami.
  • Telemundo’s debate pre-show on Wednesday and Thursday will begin at 8:55 p.m. ET with more in-depth analysis following the debate.
  • NoticiasTelemundo.com will live-blog and provide real-time fact-checking by PolitiFact during the debate.
  • Telemundo will stream the debates live and in full on: NoticiasTelemundo.com, on mobile and OTT apps, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. 


  • NBC News will stream the full debates live on: NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, NBC News NOW, our mobile and OTT apps, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  • NBC News NOW, the new streaming news service available through NBC’s OTT apps and NBCNews.com, will host an hour-long pre-show and post-show each night. The programming will feature conversations from a student viewing party, a panel of experts, explainers and analysis.
  • MSNBC will be streaming live audio on SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio and NBC News Digital. Show podcasts will be distributed across all the major platforms including Apple.
  • NBC Stay Tuned’s Savannah Sellers will be on the ground in Miami on both nights and will host special editions of the show on Snapchat and provide coverage on the show’s TikTok channel.
  • NBC News Digital’s Alex Seitz-Wald, Allan Smith and Jon Allen will also be on the ground in Miami reporting and providing analysis. Jane Timm and Adam Edelman will be producing real-time fact-checking of the candidates.
  • All NBC News Digital coverage will be available at NBCNews.com/debate, which will include: an interactive ‘View from Center Stage,’ a live blog and fact-checks of the debate in real time; best moments and insight into how candidates performed; and an interactive visualization of how often certain buzzwords are mentioned each evening.
  • NBC News’ signature “Election Confessions” is returning for the 2020 election at ElectionConfessions.com. This time, users are able to submit in a new interactive digital format and sort by candidate and location.
  • NBC News, MSNBC and Noticias Telemundo have also launched the Student Journalism Project, a collaboration with Instagram to highlight issues important to young voters ahead of the debates. By working with student journalists from colleges and universities across the country, the project will help these students report on topics most important to their generation and will amplify their reporting on Instagram to the three publishers’ IGTV accounts. NBC News will stream the debates live and in full on: NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, our mobile and OTT apps, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


After the live debate has concluded, non-NBC News, MSNBC, or Telemundo media and individuals, including Internet media, may use unlimited excerpts (up to 3:00 minutes at a time) with appropriate credit outlined below. Media outlets may not rebroadcast the debate in its entirety unless granted permission by NBC News/MSNBC.

  • Mandatory onscreen and verbal credit to NBC News on first reference. Mandatory and verbal credit to NBC News and Telemundo for Spanish-language networks.
  • The onscreen NBC News credit must be clearly visible and unobstructed at all times in any image, video clip, or other form of media.
  • Embedded web video must stream from the NBCNews.com media player with the unobstructed credit as described above.
  • Excerpts may only be used for the purpose of analyzing, reporting on, or commenting on the debate.

No NBC News, MSNBC, or Telemundo debate may be used in any medium where the primary purpose is to retransmit the event or excerpts of the event for Commercial Use. Commercial Use shall be interpreted as any use for which the primary intent is to procure a commercial advantage or private compensation. Without limitation, examples of Commercial Use include: charges for downloads or streaming; using debate video or audio to promote a website or product; or advertising preceding or during video or audio of the debate.

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For more information contact:

Richard Hudock
NBC News
Director of Communications

Camilo Pino
Telemundo News
Publicity Director

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Noticias Telemundo is a leading news provider for U.S. Hispanics. Its award-winning television news broadcasts, airing from the Telemundo Center, include the daily newscast “Noticias Telemundo” with José Díaz Balart, “Noticias Telemundo Fin de Semana” with Julio Vaqueiro, “Noticias Telemundo Mediodía” with Felicidad Aveleyra, the “Un Nuevo Día” news segment with Paulina Sodi, and the Sunday current affairs show “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart.” The “Noticias Telemundo Digital Team” provides continuous content to U.S. Hispanics via its growing online and mobile platforms. “Noticias Telemundo Investiga” produces investigative reports and in-depth documentaries. “Noticias Telemundo Planeta Tierra” offers environmental and climate change related information. In addition, “Noticias Telemundo” produces award-winning news specials, documentaries and news events such as political debates, forums and town halls.

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