Family Members of Shooting Victims, Police Officers, Community Leaders and More Among Guests at Disney Media Networks Global Town Hall with President Obama

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Disney Media Networks is hosting a global town hall event with President Barack Obama and Americans affected by the spate of tragic shootings across the country including family members of shooting victims, police officers, community leaders and more. ABC News is producing the town hall on race, justice and policing moderated by “World News Tonight” Anchor David Muir, joined by ESPN Commentator and Co-Host of ESPN2’s “His and Hers” Jemele Hill and ABC News Correspondent Deborah Roberts.

“The President and The People: A National Conversation,” airs Thursday, July 14 (8:00 – 9:00 pm ET/PT), simulcast commercial-free on ABC, ESPN, FREEFORM; airing internationally on BBC, ESPN, The Armed Forces Network (AFRTS), reaching 174 territories along with 140 U.S. Naval ships at sea, and OSN (Orbit Showtime Network), reaching 29 Middle East countries including Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Syria; and streaming on ABC News sites and apps, FREEFORM Digital, ABC Digital, Watch ESPN, Yahoo, ABC News’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, ABC Radio and ESPN Radio.


  • Reverend Traci Blackmon – Ferguson pastor
  • Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy Michelle Carlino-Webster – widow of Officer Dan Webster
  • Pei Xia Chen – widow of Officer Wenjian Liu
  • Patrisse Cullors, Rasheen Aldridge Jr, Clifton Kinnie and DeRay Mckesson – Black Lives Matter
  • Andy Dwyer – retired NYPD police officer and brother of Officer Anthony Dwyer
  • Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn 
  • Erica Garner and Emery Snipes – daughter and son of Eric Garner
  • Baltimore Officer Timothy George and mother Teri George
  • Toya Graham and Michael Singleton – mom who pulled son out of the unrest after Freddie Gray protests
  • Ralph Godbee – former Detroit police chief
  • Nakia Jones – Cleveland police officer
  • Lezley McSpadden – mother of Michael Brown
  • John Minster – DePaul University student
  • Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss 
  • Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick 
  • Jennifer, Eliana and Malana Pinckney widow and children of Reverend Clementa Pinckney
  • Maritza Ramos – widow of Detective Rafael Ramos
  • Diamond Reynolds – widow of Philando Castile
  • Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard – Emanuel AME Church shooting survivors
  • Karen Sharpe – mother of Officer Michael Slager
  • Cameron Sterling and Quinyetta McMillon –  son and mother of Alton Sterling
  • After the town hall on Thursday, ABC News’ Senior Legal Correspondent and Analyst Sunny Hostin and ESPN’s Lonnae O'Neal, senior writer for The Undefeated, will continue the conversation with members of the town hall audience for a digital live stream.  

    ABC News will publish the town hall in its entirety across all digital platforms on desktop, mobile and OTT. ABC News will have ongoing coverage on all properties, including reaction from viewers online and across social media.  On Friday ABC News will offer users a front row, 360-degree view of the town hall with a series of special virtual reality videos.

    Karen Travers will report from the town hall for ABC Radio, the largest commercial radio network in the U.S., and Lana Zak will report for ABC NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News, which reaches over 200 stations and international news partners.

    On Thursday, ESPN Radio will air a preview special before the town hall (7:00 – 8:00 pm ET/PT) and “Undefeated Special: President and People” (9:00 – 11:00 pm ET/PT).



    “The President and The People: A National Conversation”

    Air Date: July 14, 2016

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    1.   Excerpts of no more than FIVE MINUTES (5:00) of actualities from ABC News, ESPN and Freeform may be incorporated in your regularly scheduled news programs broadcast within the seven (7) day period commencing at 9:00 p.m. ET Thursday, July 14.

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