Indianapolis Urban League

2020 Election Prelude – Featuring Donna Brazile and Michael Steele

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Tony Mason (317) 693-7603 |




INDIANAPOLIS (October 23, 2020) – Tony Mason, Indianapolis Urban League, President & CEO, today announced the Indianapolis Urban League is partnering with WISH-TV for a special, commercial free, hour-long edition of All INdiana Politics to air Wednesday, October 28, at 6:00 p.m., ahead of the 2020 general election.

This special edition of All INdiana Politics will feature Donna Brazile and Michael Steele, national contributors and former heads of the Democratic and Republican National Committees’ respectively. In a point and counter-point discussion, Brazile and Steele will join a discussion of national and local races sharing their common views of the deep divide in which find ourselves in American politics and what we must do to move forward.

Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to: the economy, social/race issues, voter suppression/early voting, COVID-19 response/CARES act, the Supreme Court, and healthcare.

In addition to national perspective, local contributors John Zody, Indiana Democratic Party chair, and Republican strategist Pete Seat, former communications manager for the Indiana Republican Party and White House press staffer, will offer localized insight and response to the issues discussed.  Zody and Seat will also address statewide races, Indiana election law, and how Hoosiers can work to bridge the ever-widening partisan gap at both the state and national level.

News 8 anchors Brooke Martin and Phil Sanchez will host this special edition with a welcome from Indianapolis Urban League President and CEO, Tony Mason.

“The Indianapolis Urban League is pleased to bring together the nationally recognized expertise of Ms. Brazille and Mr. Steele to the residents of Central Indiana as they finalize their electoral decisions on what could be the most important political presidential race of modern times.

Even as our nation grapples with the unanticipated scourge of the COVID 19 infection, record unemployment and economic displacement, and increased challenges meeting the daily realities of our newly complicated lives, it is more important than ever that all Hoosiers be deliberate in making informed decisions when casting their ballots at all levels of government” said Mason.

“We are very excited to bring Hoosiers this special edition of All INdiana Politics during this important political season,” said Al Carl, WISH-TV news director.  “In particular, this broadcast aims to provide viewers bi-partisan perspective on key national and local issues facing the electorate.  It’s our goal to empower voters with the information they need to cast their ballots decisively.”


Donna Brazile:  Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, vice chair of voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and former interim national chair of the DNC as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.

Michael Steele:  Political analyst, is an MSNBC contributor, radio host, author, writer, former chair of the Republican National Committee, and former lieutenant governor of Maryland – the first African American elected to statewide office there.

All-new, weekly versions of All INdiana Politics can be seen in its regular time period, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on WISH-TV.

About Indianapolis Urban League:
Founded in 1965, the Indianapolis Urban League is a nonprofit, non-partisan, interracial, community-based, human services agency dedicated to assisting African Americans, other minorities and disadvantaged individuals to achieve social and economic equality. Annually, the IUL provides direct services and advocacy in the areas of: education and youth services, economic and workforce development, health and quality of life, civic engagement and leadership, and civil rights and racial justice empowerment. IUL is one of 90 affiliates of the National Urban League serving 300 communities in 36 states and the District of Columbia. For more information visit

About WISH-TV:
WISH-TV has continued to set the standard for television excellence in Central Indiana, since 1954.  The station has been honored as “Television Station of the Year” by the Indiana Broadcasters Association, for its “Overall Excellence” by the Edward R. Murrow Awards, and as “Outstanding News Operation,” “Outstanding Weather Operation,” “Best Newscast,” and “Best Website” by the Indiana Associated Press Broadcast Association.  WISH-TV offers viewers 77 hours per week of local news and local programming and provides around the clock information on its digital platforms. WISH-TV is locally owned and operated by Circle City Broadcasting and is an affiliate of The CW network. The station serves more than a million households.

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