Arizona COVID-19 Town Hall

News Release

April 1, 2020

The conversation will take virtual questions from the public, airing live across statewide local TV, radio and digital platforms.

PHOENIX — The Office of Governor Ducey is partnering with the Arizona Broadcasters Association and Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism to hold a live town hall on Thursday, April 2, on the COVID-19 public health emergency in Arizona. The hour-long conversation will air commercial free at 6pm on more than 80 local TV and radio stations statewide, allowing all Arizonans to submit questions to be asked of Governor Ducey.

Also participating in the town hall will be Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs Director Major General Michael T. McGuire, and State of Arizona Chief Operating Officer Daniel Ruiz. 

Virtual questions from the public can be submitted in advance through local television and radio stations across the state. The event will be moderated by Arizona PBS journalist Ted Simons and long-time journalist Carey Peña, who has spent more than 20 years in broadcast and print journalism in Arizona.

“Making sure Arizonans have timely, up-to-date information about the latest on COVID-19 is crucial,” said Governor Ducey. “I look forward to discussing Arizona’s latest actions and how Arizonans can access important resources and assistance during this time.”

“Basic information about COVID-19 is everywhere, but our goal is to cut through the clutter, eliminate any misinformation and let everyone in Arizona be part of an important conversation with our state leaders,” said Arizona Broadcasters Association President and CEO Chris Kline. “Arizona broadcasters are coming together in these unprecedented times and we hope it’s a model for everyone in Arizona to do the same.”

This first-of-its-kind event will broadcast with support from Skyview Networks in Scottsdale and RIESTER ad agency in Phoenix.