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Ken Owen '82 to Moderate Oct. 18 US Senate Debate

October 8, 2016

Ken Owen, executive director of media relations at DePauw and a 1982 graduate of the University, will serve as moderator of the Indiana U.S. Senate debate on Tuesday, October 18.  The hour-long program -- which will feature Democrat Evan Bayh, Libertarian Lucy Brenton, and Republican Todd Young -- will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. from the studios of Indianapolis PBS affiliate WFYI and will be televised statewide.

The race to succeed Republican Dan Coats, who is retiring, is seen as key in deciding which party will control the Senate going forward.

Owen's role is noted in the Evansville Courier & Press.

It's the second time the Indiana Debate Commission has called upon Owen, who spent nearly 20 years in journalism before returning to DePauw, to moderate. In 2012 he shared a studio with Mike Pence, John Gregg and Rupert Boneham for an Indiana gubernatorial debate televised from Fort Wayne.

Visit the Indiana Debate Commission online.

Kenneth A. Owen was a communication major, Rector Scholar and station manager of WGRE at DePauw.  On Tuesday he was quoted in a Washington Post article previewing the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine and discussed the same thing on Fox News Channel last Saturday.

Owen's TV career included stints at WANE in Fort Wayne, Indiana; WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina; and WXIN, WISH and WRTV in Indianapolis before joining the DePauw administration in 2001. 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.Ken Owen c1990 TV WISHc

Last November, he led a conversation between James Carville and Karl Rove at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's 26th Annual Awards Dinner in downtown Indianapolis, attended by 1,500 people.  He's also moderated several programs for the O'Bannon Institute for Community Service.

Owen's efforts to make pieces of DePauw's past more relevant and accessible include the 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.

Source: Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press

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