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What You Need to Know about the Presidential Debate Moderators

03moderators-combo-master768The 2016 election is rapidly unfolding into the fall, and with the cooling temperatures comes the presidential debates leading up to the November election. Moderators can make or break a debate: they’re either guiding forces that allow candidates to confront serious issues, or they help distract candidates from the concerns of the American public. This is no ordinary election either- Trump and Clinton, two highly controversial and enigmatic figures, will finally confront one another in front of millions of their potential constituents. In order to guide you through these crucial weeks of the election, here’s what you need to know about 2016’s presidential debate moderators:

Lester Holt

  • Media affiliation: NBC
  • Prior experience: Holt moderated the Democratic debate on January 17th
  • Moderating: September 26th, in Hempstead, NY
  • Fast fact: Holt replaced Brian Williams as NBC’s Nightly News anchor, becoming the first appointed black lead host of a broadcast network’s weekday evening newscast

Anderson Cooper

  • Media affiliation: CNN
  • Prior experience: Cooper moderated a series of debates leading up to the Republican primaries
  • Moderating: October 9, in St. Louis, MO
  • Fast fact: Cooper is the first openly gay man to moderate a presidential debate

Martha Raddatz

  • Media Affiliation: ABC
  • Prior experience: Raddatz moderated the vice presidential debate between Ryan and Biden in 2012; she also moderated the ABC News debate with the Republican candidates in February and the December Democratic primary debate
  • Moderating: October 9, in St. Louis, MO
  • Fast fact: Raddatz is a recipient of the annual First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation

Chris Wallace

  • Media Affiliation: Fox News
  • Prior experience: Wallace co-moderated three Republican primary debates
  • Moderating: October 19, in Las Vegas, NV
  • Fast fact: Wallace will become the only Fox News anchor to moderate a presidential debate

You’d be hardpressed to call any of these moderators inexperienced, but this is the first time any of them have moderated a general election debate. Their diverse experiences and backgrounds will surely contribute to a debate season that already promises to be lively.

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