October 18, 2012 11:09 ET

"Minnesota Marriage Debate," a Collaboration Between MPR News and KARE 11 News, On-Air and Online This Week

GOLDEN VALLEY, MN and ST. PAUL, MN--(Marketwire - Oct 18, 2012) - This week, MPR News and KARE 11 News, two of the largest broadcasters in the Upper Midwest, join forces for an in-depth series about Minnesota's proposed constitutional marriage amendment. The series will be broadcast statewide on MPR News and KARE 11 as well as online today through Friday.

In preparing for the series, MPR News' Sasha Aslanian and KARE 11 News' Karla Hult travelled throughout greater Minnesota last month, visiting Red Wing, Granite Falls, St. Cloud, Moorhead, and Grand Rapids, to hear from both sides of the debate.

"Both MPR News and KARE 11 are committed to informing our communities about issues that matter," said Tim Roesler, MPR's general manager and senior vice president. "As Election Day approaches and the marriage amendment conversation continues, voters need as much information as possible as they go to the polls to make their voices heard. We are proud to partner with KARE 11 for this series."

From Granite Falls, where a DFL lawmaker split from his party to vote to put the measure on the ballot, to Moorhead, where the debate is playing out on the Concordia college campus, the "Minnesota Marriage Debate" series illustrates how divisive the proposed amendment is in communities across the state.

"In this important election year, it is critical that we share the conversations and information for our audience across the state," said John Remes, president and general manager, KARE 11. "Partnering with another top notch news organization allows KARE 11 to provide the very best content on every platform for our community."

Tune In: "Minnesota Marriage Debate" will air on Oct. 18 during KARE 11 News starting at 4:30 a.m. as well as at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. On Oct. 17 & 18 MPR News will broadcast "Minnesota Marriage Debate" during All Things Considered, 3-6:30 p.m., and Oct. 18 & 19 during Morning Edition, 4-9 a.m. on all MPR News stations, including KNOW 91.1 FM in the Twin Cities.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, MPR's Tom Weber will host a segment during the 9 a.m. hour of The Daily Circuit with Sasha Aslanian and Karla Hult. The Daily Circuit is heard daily on all MPR News stations, including KNOW 91.1 FM in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota Public Radio® (MPR) operates a 43-station radio network serving virtually all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states. Reaching one million listeners each week, MPR produces programming for radio, Internet and face-to-face audiences, and is home to the largest and most experienced radio newsroom in the Upper Midwest. Programs produced by MPR's parent company, American Public Media™, reach 17 million listeners on more than 800 radio stations nationwide each week. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be found at Source: Data are copyright Arbitron, Inc. Arbitron data are estimates only.

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