Skip Main Navigation

Community College of Rhode Island

Contact Information

Richard Coren
Director of Marketing, Communications and Publications
Tel: 401-825-2028

Jackie Hogan
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 401-825-1218

Main Office:
Knight Campus
3rd Floor, main building

Presidential DebateWatch 2012

Oct. 3, 2012

DebateWatch Logo


Wednesday, Oct. 3
7 p.m., Doors open
8 p.m., Town meeting
9 p.m., Debate followed by focus group discussions

Community College of Rhode Island
Knight Campus, Warwick
Vincent A. Cullen Field House

The 2012 campaign is on and the Community College of Rhode Island is excited to host DebateWatch, a national program that gives citizens a direct voice in the political campaign process. Previous DebateWatch events were held at Rhode Island College, and this year, CCRI is the only college in the state selected as an official DebateWatch site.

In partnership with the American Democracy Project at Rhode Island College, CCRI's DebateWatch will bring citizens from across Rhode Island and neighboring states to campus for the televised presidential debate, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Vincent A. Cullen Field House on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick. The schedule is as follows:

Obama and Romney DebateWatch 2012: Obama vs. Romney in the first 2012 presidential debate.
  • 7 p.m., Doors open
  • 8 p.m., Town meeting
  • 9 p.m., Debate followed by focus group discussions

The town hall-type meeting prior to the debate will be moderated by Channel 10's Bill Rappleye and Channel 6's Mark Curtis. They will conduct "Meet the Press" style interviews with many of the state's past and current office holders and political experts. Next, the crowd will view the presidential debate at 9 p.m. on large screens. Focus group discussions led by trained facilitators will take place immediately after the debate.

CCRI is now a founding member of The Democracy Commitment, a leading national organization dedicated to promoting civic endeavors on community college campuses. In its inaugural event, CCRI is hosting this year's DebateWatch with the cooperation of Rhode Island College's American Democracy Project. This is the first step in a joint effort to reach out to students at both institutions and the greater Rhode Island community.

Event Moderators

Bill RappleyeBill Rappleye, WJAR-TV, Channel 10

Bill gladly returns to Rhode Island airwaves following a 10-year absence. He broke into television news in New Bedford in the early 1980s, working as a photographer/reporter for cable television. He followed that up with seven years at WLNE, where he broke stories during the Rhode Island Housing scandal, and established himself as the station's environmental reporter.

After that, he moved on to Boston, and later spent two years reporting in New York City. Most recently, you may have seen Bill's reports on the Fox News Channel.

Mark CurtisMark Curtis, WLNE-TV, Channel 6

Mark Curtis is a 30-year professional in radio and television, all over America. He covered the entire 2008 Presidential campaign, traveling the country with all of the candidates as a blogger and freelance political analyst.

His new book, "Age of Obama: A Reporter's Journey with Clinton, McCain and Obama in the Making of the President 2008," was released Inaugural Week 2009 by Nimble Books, Inc. Mark is well known from his many years with KTVU in the San Francisco Bay Area, from 1993 to January 2008.

This page developed and maintained by Marketing and Communications. Send comments and suggestions to .

Last Updated: 11/5/15