Scripps Debuts National Political Show

By Kevin Eck 

E.W. Scripps is launching a 30-minute political show on Sunday giving viewers an in-depth look at the 2016 presidential campaign.

Hosted by Mike Sacks, The Race will feature interviews with political experts and politicians about the election and will air on most Scripps-owned stations.

“The 2016 presidential election is unlike any we’ve seen in our lifetime,” said Sean McLaughlin, vp of news for Scripps. “Voters have an insatiable appetite for information on the candidates, and we see this final stretch as a prime opportunity to deliver accurate and unbiased political coverage that delves beyond talking points and rhetoric.”

Sacks is the political correspondent for the Scripps Washington Bureau. He covered Congress for the National Law Journal/Legal Times before that. He also was one of the founding hosts of HuffPost Live and covered the Supreme Court for the Huffington Post.

From Scripps:

The following Scripps stations will air “The Race” at varying weekend times:

WTVF – Nashville – Noon Saturday
KNXV – Phoenix – 11 p.m. Sunday
WFTS – Tampa – 10 a.m. Sunday
WEWS – Cleveland – 5:30 a.m. Sunday
KSHB – Kansas City – 4:30 a.m. Sunday
WXYZ – Detroit – 11:30 a.m. Sunday
KGUN – Tucson – 10:35-11:05 p.m. Sunday
WMAR – Baltimore – 12:35-1:05 a.m. Monday
WKBW – Buffalo – 7:30 a.m. Sunday
WTMJ – Milwaukee – 5 a.m. Sunday
WGBA – Green Bay – 9 a.m. Sunday
WRTV – Indianapolis – 2:30 p.m. Sunday
WCPO – Cincinnati – 11:30 a.m. Sunday
KTNV – Las Vegas – Between 2-4 p.m./Sunday 4-5 p.m.
KGTV – San Diego – 10:30 a.m. Sunday
WPTV – West Palm – 10:30 a.m. Sunday
KERO – Bakersfield – 4 p.m. Sunday
KJRH – Tulsa – 1:30-2 a.m. Sunday
KMTV – Omaha – 6 a.m. Sunday
WFTX – Fort Myers – 11 p.m. Sunday

“The Race” will include contributions from several Scripps media brands including stations WFTS in Tampa and WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida; Newsy, the over-the-top video news service; Decode DC, the political podcast and reporting service; and Politifact, the fact-checking resource from the Tampa Bay Times. The Now national desk, which is based at KMGH in Denver and reports on national stories for multiple Scripps markets, will produce the show and distribute it to other Scripps stations.