Presidential debate moderators announced: Crowley is first woman in 20 years
By Aaron Blake,
The 2012 presidential debates will feature a female moderator for the first time in 20 years.
Candy Crowley, center, moderates a Virginia Senate debate on July 21. (Steve Helber — Associated Press)
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.