August 03, 2015

Media Advisory – Debate Analysis

Presidential candidate debates are complex events, the subtleties of which sometimes require expert interpretation. Todd Graham, director of the highly successful debate program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is available for commentary on debates throughout the campaign season.

Graham has 20 years of experience analyzing presidential debates, including as debate expert for during the 2012 presidential election cycle. He contributed more than 20 pieces to national news outlets during the primary and general election debates.

Graham’s debate expertise has lead the SIU debate team to multiple national championships, including a national title for the past three years. He’s had teams in the final four of a national championship tournament for eight consecutive years, and has twice been recognized by national collegiate debate organizations as debate “Coach of the Year.”

The first sanctioned presidential debate of the 2016 campaign season will feature Republican candidates on Thursday, Aug. 6, in Cleveland, Ohio. The Democratic Party has not yet announced its schedule.

Contact him at or at 618/453-5090.