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The debate sponsors, presenter and producers

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 18, 1998

look at the presenter, producer and sponsors of the debates

Presented by: The St. Petersburg Times is the largest independently owned newspaper in the Southeast. The Times, winner of six Pulitzer Prizes, is owned by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a school that offers advanced training for journalists and news media leaders.

Produced by: NBC Florida News Channel is a regional arm of NBC News Channel, based in Charlotte, N.C. News Channel is the affiliate service division of NBC News, a sort of "middle man" between local NBC stations and the network that provides a 24-hour feed service of video and support information, said Sharon Houston, NBC News Channel's executive producer. As producer of the debates, NBC Florida News Channel is marshaling resources from Florida stations and the network to televise the events under the supervision of regional producer Julie Jarvis. The debates will be broadcast live on NBC stations throughout Florida.

Sponsored by: The American Association of Retired Persons, with more than 30-million members, is best known as an effective lobbyist for the interests of older Americans.

AT&T is the largest long distance service provider in the nation and also runs the largest digital wireless network in North America. The company has more than 90-million customers and annual revenues of more than $51-billion.

Holland & Knight is the largest law firm in the state of Florida, with more than 700 lawyers practicing in over 75 areas. The firm has offices in 11 cities throughout Florida, as well as Atlanta; Boston; New York; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; and Mexico City. In January 1990 the firm created the pro bono Community Services Team, which provides legal representation to people, groups and causes that could not otherwise afford it.

SunTrust Bank is part of the SunTrust Corp., a $34.7-billion financial institution based in Birmingham, Ala., that operates banking offices throughout the Southeastern United States.


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