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Ken Owen '82 to Moderate Final Indiana Gubernatorial Debate

October 22, 2012

The third and final debate between the three candidates for governor of Indiana, which will take place this Thursday, October 25, will be moderated by Ken Owen, executive director of media relations at DePauw and 1982 graduate of the University. The event will take place at the studios of Fort Wayne PBS affiliate WFWA-TV at 7 p.m. EDT and will air statewide.

The 2012 candidates for Indiana governor are Rupert Boneham, Libertarian; John Gregg, Democrat; and Mike Pence, Republican. The Indiana Debate Commission coordinates the debates. (photo, l-r: Pence, Boneham and Gregg; courtesy: Indianapolis Star/Charlie Nye)

Learn more at the commission's website.

Ken Owen returned to DePauw in 2001 after two decades in TV news. During his career, he has interviewed a host of individuals, including presidents George H. Bush and Gerald Ford, and such national and international celebrities as Paul McCartney, Rev. Billy Graham, Tony Bennett and George Stephanopoulos.

Along with his responsibilities to raise the University's external visibility, he coordinates the Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture Series and the annual Monon Bell telecast. His efforts to make pieces of DePauw's past more relevant and accessible include the recent restoration of a 1941 admission film, and he has created "Monon Memories" of every football game between DePauw and Wabash College for the Monon Bell since the rivalry began in 1890. The video vignettes were the subject of features in the Chronicle of Higher Education and during HDNet's telecast of the 115th Monon Bell Classic in November 2008. (above: Bill Clinton and Owen before the former president's November 18, 2011 Ubben Lecture)

A communication major and Rector Scholar at DePauw, where he was station manager of WGRE, Owen has taught journalism at Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis. He has served on the board of directors of the Indianapolis Public Relations Society and co-chaired the Annapolis Group communications committee. He also moderated panel discussions at the past two O'Bannon Institutes for Community Service.

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