Univision to host separate candidate forums for Hispanic voters with Obama, Romney

August 23, 2012

The discussions will be moderated by Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, anchors of Univision's evening newscast "Noticiero Univision," in front of a live audience. According to the news release, Univision Network is one of the top five networks in the country and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast network, reaching 96 percent of U.S. Hispanic households.

The Commission on Presidential Debates has been criticized by the president of Univision, as well as associations representing African American and Hispanic journalists, for the lack of racial and ethnic diversity among the journalists chosen to moderate the three debates between Obama and Romney, and the one between their running mates.  CNN's Candy Crowley, one of the four journalists, is the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years.

The commission responded that the journalists selected see their assignment as representing all Americans.

Vanessa Williams is a deputy national editor at The Post and edits the She The People blog. She has covered and edited local and national politics for the paper. Contact her at Vanessa.Williams@washpost.com.
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