WURD Radio’s Tonya Pendleton to moderate student debt panel hosted by Vice President Kamala Harris on April 8

todayApril 8, 2024

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Reality Check Host Tonya Pendleton

PHILADELPHIA — On Monday, April 8, WURD Radio host Tonya Pendleton will moderate a roundtable discussion on student debt hosted by Vice President Kamala Harris.

Harris is visiting Philadelphia following the announcement of plans from the Biden-Harris administration to expand student debt relief efforts to 23 million Americans. The vice president will host a roundtable discussion Monday afternoon featuring Philadelphia residents impacted by the administration’s student debt cancellation.

Pendleton, host of Reality Check on WURD Radio, will moderate the panel and conduct a one-on-one interview with Harris immediately following the roundtable.

A recording of the interview will air Tuesday, April 9, during the first hour of Reality Check at 10 a.m.; a recording of the panel will air the same day at 1 p.m. on WURD Radio.

On Monday the Biden-Harris administration announced a slate of plans to continue their efforts to relieve student debt for millions of Americans. The cancellation plans would be done under Education Secretary Miguel Cardona’s authority under the Higher Education Act, originally signed into law in 1965.

Among the highlights of the plan are:

  • Cancellation of up to $20,000 of the amount a borrower’s balance has grown due to unpaid interest on their loans after entering repayment, regardless of their income

  • Automatically canceling debt for borrowers eligible for loan forgiveness programs but who have not enrolled

  • Canceling student debt for borrowers who entered repayment over 20 years ago, those who enrolled in low-financial-value programs, and those experiencing hardship paying back their loans

The roundtable discussion will focus on the stories of individuals who have already had debt cancellations while detailing the administration’s new proposals to continue reducing and eliminating student debt.


About WURD Radio

WURD Radio is the only Black-owned and operated talk radio station in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2023, over the past two decades WURD has evolved into a multi-media, multi-platform communications company that reaches deeply into the Black community through radio, video, events, digital and social media. It is considered the go-to media channel to engage, interact and connect with Philadelphia’s Black community. Tune in to WURD Radio on 900AM and 96.1FM in Philadelphia, at and on the WURD Radio app. Watch WURD TV via FacebookTwitch and Follow WURD on Instagram and X @onwurd and at


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