Open to Debate Honored with Six Telly Awards for Virtual Programming

October 14, 2022
Open to Debate Press Release

Open to Debate, the veteran debate series and media organization, has just been honored with six Telly Awards for excellence in digital video programming. Winners were selected from more than 11,000 entries submitted from around the globe.


One award recognized the overall caliber of the company’s virtual events in the “Online Series / Virtual Events & Experiences” category, shining a light on their innovative live virtual debate model. The remaining five recognized individual debates in the “Political/Commentary” category. Here are the five specific Open to Debate debates that were honored:


“In our increasingly divided world, Americans deserve a contempt-free zone for hearing both sides of the issues. This suite of Telly awards underscores the demand and need for balanced, respectful, and civilized debate in our society,” said Clea Conner, CEO of Open to Debate “Our team is honored and humbled to have our work recognized alongside some of the world’s most brilliant content creators. We owe a special thanks to the debaters who took to our virtual stage this year: they demonstrated extraordinary courage of conviction and depth of knowledge on these important, complex topics.”

Catch up on their latest debates, asking the questions “Does Your Electric Vehicle Help The Planet?” and “Can Small Investors Beat The Street?”And last night they taped their next program, a conversation with debate champion Bo Seo about what debate strategies people can employ in their own contentious conversations. That will release soon across podcast platforms.

Open to Debate was founded to address a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics. Through its award-winning live debates and associated programming, the nonprofit company serves as a model for responsible media in a new age – fair, intelligent, nonpartisan – while restoring critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to public discourse. Recently recognized as “Best Podcast Event of 2020” by Adweek, Open to Debate reaches millions through multi-platform distribution, including public radio (the show airs in all top 25 markets that carry specials), podcasts, video live streaming, newsletters, interactive digital content, and on-demand apps including Roku and Apple TV. With over 190 Oxford-style debates and counting, plus additional podcast and video content, Open to Debate has encouraged the public to “think twice” on a wide range of provocative topics for over a decade. Author and ABC News correspondent John Donvan has moderated since 2008.