NOV. 18, 2019 – The Washington Post and MSNBC will kick off special coverage in Atlanta for the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate beginning Monday, Nov. 18.

The two-hour live event, sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee, will air at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

The debate will air live exclusively on MSNBC on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET. It will also stream on and as well as across mobile devices via NBC News and The Washington Post's mobile apps. In addition, the debate will also be available in audio through SiriusXM Channel 118, and TuneIn.

The debate will be moderated by:

  • Rachel Maddow, Host, The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC
  • Andrea Mitchell, Host, Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC and NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent
  • Kristen Welker, NBC News' White House Correspondent
  • Ashley Parker, White House Reporter for The Washington Post

Here’s a rundown of what to expect across MSNBC, NBC News Digital and The Washington Post leading up to and following the debate:


The Washington Post will offer special coverage via a stream of live reported-analysis before (8 p.m. ET), during (9 p.m.-11 p.m. ET) and after the debate (11 p.m. ET) on and across all Post mobile apps. The Post’s Libby Casey will anchor the debate coverage live from the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.

In addition, viewers can follow the latest on-the-ground reporting from reporters Robert Costa, Jenna Johnson, Michael Scherer, Matt Viser, Annie Linskey, Chelsea Janes, Sean Sullivan, David Weigel and Jada Yuan. Opinion writers Ruth Marcus, Erik Wemple and Megan McArdle will also provide analysis. Video producers Dave Jorgenson and Hannah Jewell will take viewers behind-the-scenes with real time updates via TikTok and Snapchat. Visit The Washington Post debate hub for minute-by-minute news coverage.


MSNBC will offer pre-debate special coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET and post-debate analysis with insights from the candidates, campaign surrogates and political commentators beginning at 11 p.m. ET:

  • Brian Williams, Host, The 11th Hour; Nicolle Wallace, Host, Deadline: White House will anchor live from NBC News World Headquarters in New York.
  • Chris Matthews, Hardball, will anchor live coverage from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.

In addition, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show will broadcast live from Atlanta in the lead-up to Wednesday’s debate at 9 p.m. ET on Monday and Tuesday.


Correspondents, reporters and contributors will provide the latest reporting and analysis across NBC News and MSNBC including:

  • NBC News’ Shaquille Brewster, Vaughn Hillyard, Mike Memoli and Ali Vitali will also provide the latest updates and analysis leading up to and after the debate.


  • NBC News will stream the full debates live on: [], [], NBC News NOW, our mobile and OTT apps. Comprehensive coverage will also be captured on all NBC News and MSNBC social accounts.
  • NBC News NOW, the new streaming service available through NBC News’ OTT apps, the NBC News app and [], will host a two-hour pre-show, beginning at 7 p.m. E.T. Beginning at 9p.m. E.T., NBC News Now will stream the full debate, and shortly after its conclusion, replay the debate for viewers who may have missed it.
  • MSNBC will be streaming live audio on SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio and NBC News apps. Audio of the debate will also be available in its entirety on MSNBC podcast feeds across all the major platforms including Apple, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher.
  • NBC Stay Tuned’s Savannah Sellers will be on the ground in Atlanta and will host a special edition of the show on Snapchat and provide coverage on the show’s TikTok channel. Additionally, in collaboration with The Washington Post, Sellers will join Washington Post digital reporter Hannah Jewell in providing a behind-the-scenes look at last minute debate details and take questions from the audience online straight to the candidates in the media center. The special features will appear on Stay Tuned’s Snapchat account and The Washington Post’s social accounts.
  • NBC News’ digital reporters Jon Allen, Shannon Pettypiece, Alex Seitz-Wald and Allan Smith will also be on the ground reporting on all the debate highlights and providing analysis. All NBC News Digital coverage will be available at [], which will include: a live blog and fact-checks of the debate, the best moments, an interactive ‘View from Center Stage’ and insight into how the candidates performed. In collaboration with The Washington Post, NBC News Digital will partner on data graphics, including candidate attacks and time spent talking.
  • NBC News’ signature “Election Confessions” will be on the ground in Atlanta and online asking the public to share their anonymous feelings about the presidential candidates – and if those feelings have changed over the course of the debates.


After the live debate has concluded, non-MSNBC/NBC News and The Washington Post media and individuals, including digital media, may use unlimited excerpts (up to 3:00 minutes at a time) with appropriate credit outlined below. Media outlets may not rebroadcast the debate in its entirety unless granted permission by MSNBC or The Washington Post.

  • Mandatory onscreen and verbal credit to MSNBC/Washington Post on first reference.
  • The onscreen MSNBC/Washington Post credit must be clearly visible and unobstructed at all times in any image, video clip, or other form of media.
  • Embedded web video must stream from the NBC Newsmedia player with the unobstructed credit as described above.
  • Excerpts may only be used for the purpose of analyzing, reporting on, or commenting on the debate.

No debate footage may be used in any medium where the primary purpose is to retransmit the event or excerpts of the event for Commercial Use. Without limitation, examples of Commercial Use include: charges for downloads or streaming; using debate video or audio to promote a website or product; or advertising preceding or during video or audio of the debate.