Presidential debate moderators announced: Crowley is first woman in 20 years
The 2012 presidential debates will feature a female moderator for the first time in 20 years.
The Presidential Debate Commission announced Monday that PBS’s Jim Lehrer, CBS’s Bob Schieffer and CNN’s Candy Crowley will moderate the three presidential debates, while ABC’s Martha Raddatz will moderate the lone vice presidential debate between Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
Crowley is the first female moderator for a presidential debate since ABC’s Carole Simpson, who was the last female to land the gig in 1992.
Lehrer is a mainstay when it comes to presidential debates, with the Oct. 3 debate in Denver being his 12th.
Here’s the full rundown of the four debates (the formats, dates and venues were announced two weeks ago):
Presidential debate No. 1 (domestic policy):
Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor of the PBS NewsHour
Wednesday, Oct. 3, University of Denver, Denver, Colo.
Vice presidential debate:
Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News
Thursday, Oct. 11, Centre College, Danville, Ky.
Presidential debate No. 2 (town-meeting style):
Candy Crowley, Chief Political Correspondent, CNN and Anchor, CNN’s State of the Union
Tuesday, Oct. 16, Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.
Presidential debate No. 3 (foreign policy):
Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News and Moderator, Face the Nation
Monday, Oct. 22, Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla.
For more on the moderators, check out their official bios:
This post initially said incorrectly that Carole Simpson was the first female moderator of a presidential debate.