Journalism Student Moderates a 2018 Democratic Congressional Candidates’ Debate

Photo of Breen at the Congressional Debate.

From right to left: Breen is the second sitting.

Daniel Breen, a UA Little Rock School of Mass Communication journalism student who graduated this spring 2018, served as moderator during the Democratic U.S. House Candidates Debate hosted at Little Rock’s Philander Smith College on April 30, 2018.

This first debate, which will be followed by two more debates, is aimed at electing a Democratic candidate to run against Republican incumbent French Hill for Arkansas’ 2nd District U.S. Congressional seat. The four running Democrats are Paul Spencer, Jonathan Dunkley, Gwen Combs and Clarke Tucker.

The second debate was on May 7, and the final is scheduled for May 22. General election will take place in November.

A close-up shot of Jacob Kauffman and Daniel Breen at the debate.

From right to left: A close-up shot of Jacob Kauffman and Daniel Breen at the debate.

Breen has been working as a reporter and an anchor at KUAR. He plans to continue his passion in public broadcasting after graduation.

A writing and learning enthusiast, Breen has gained extensive experience in reporting, editing, and media production and design. He started as a student reporter for Little Rock Central High School’s Tiger Newspaper, radio and TV stations.

Breen is a coffee lover, and usually finds himself strumming a guitar, or wandering Arkansas’ wilderness areas during his spare time.

When asked about what he enjoyed the most as a student at UA Little Rock School of Mass Communication, Breen responded via email that, “[T]aking Frank Fellone’s class and being quizzed on my knowledge of sports every week.”

Breen said he didn’t have any favorite quotes, but if he had to pick one, it would be “It’s just me against the world, baby” of Tupac Shakur.

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