DES MOINES, IOWA (KCTV) – A lot of people in the metro will be watching the Democratic debate Tuesday night, but one metro resident will get a front row seat.

Briannn Phannenstiel grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, and graduated from the University of Kansas. After stints at the Lawrence Journal World and the Kansas City Star, among others, the 31-year-old got the job of Chief Political Reporter for the Des Moines Register.

Phannenstiel will moderate alongside CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer and Abby Phillip, a huge platform as we head into the 2020 election.

KCTV5 News was at the debate all night as the candidates debated for hours, trading some jabs but staying mainly on-point answering the questions.

The six candidates were asked about everything from healthcare to climate change. First up was Iran and the Middle East and the seemingly endless wars.

Another memorable moment was when Senators Sanders and Warren were asked about the accusation Senator Sanders once told Senator Warren that a woman couldn’t win the presidency. Sanders denied he’d ever say anything like that, and Warren moved on, but with a shout out to women. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, StormTrack5 weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from KCTV5 News. 

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