Type: Public event
Host: Ford School

Election 20/20: Detroit to D.C.

Date & time

Jan 6, 2022, 8:00 pm EST


This is a Virtual Event.

January 6, 2022, marks the one-year anniversary of the assault on the U.S. Capitol by those protesting the results of the presidential election.

To examine the events surrounding the election and to consider its long-term consequences, Detroit Public TV is presenting a one-hour special that evening at 8 pm Eastern, “Election 20/20: Detroit to D.C.” The centerpiece of the program is a video created in collaboration with the Detroit Free Press focusing on election night and the vote count over the next few days, as the nation’s eyes turned on Detroit and weary poll workers faced angry protestors pounding on windows of the city’s major convention center trying to disrupt the process.

It was a scene with rare precedent in American history, and it set the stage in many ways for the violence of January 6. During the election count, Detroit Free reporters and video journalists provided unparalleled coverage of these events, and they tell a harrowing, startling story in this video of democracy on the verge of chaos.

The DPTV special also includes interviews with Rep. Brenda Lawrence and Rep. Fred Upton, who were both inside the Capitol that day and who provide their own eyewitness account of events.

Finally, Dean Michael S. Barr of the U-M Ford School of Public Policy and Detroit Free Press Editor and Vice President Peter Bhatia provide a thoughtful analysis of the issues posed by the election and its aftermath—the rampant spread of misinformation, the ongoing attacks on the credibility of the electoral system, the importance of a trusted media to a healthy democracy and what this all means to our nation going forward.

Moderated by Christy McDonald, the managing editor and anchor of DPTV’s “One Detroit” news team.