Presidential Candidate Forum

February 12, 2024

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Washington — A coalition of diverse journalists is organizing a 2024 Presidential Candidate Forum hosted by the George Washington University School of Media & Public Affair in September.

Both the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees will be invited to take part in the forum, held at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Sept. 12. The candidates will have the opportunity to address the largest gathering of journalists of diverse backgrounds who are covering the 2024 race for U.S. president

“Bringing together a diverse group of journalists ensures we can engage with the presidential candidates on issues that matter in a country that is only continuing to diversify,” said Brandon Benavides, president of the NAHJ Washington, D.C., Chapter.

“We all firmly believe diversity in the newsroom is essential to telling the stories of our communities — and telling our communities where these candidates stand on issues important to them,” said Benavides, Forum coordinator.

The forum is sponsored by a coalition composed of the Washington chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, the Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists, the Washington Association of Black Journalists and the Journalism & Women Symposium. 

"The School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University is honored to host the largest coalition of diverse journalists covering the 2024 presidential election,” said Peter Loge, director of the school. “We are thrilled to invite the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates to campus. It is important for our students to see all journalists, of all backgrounds, come together for this historic moment.” 

Details on registration and credentialing will be released at a date to be determined. This will be a private event for verified members in good standing and verified members of the GW community. Space will be limited.

View the full press release here