Moderators for Clinton-Trump debates announced

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the American Legion's 98th Annual Convention at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the moderators for this fall’s presidential and vice presidential debates.

With less than a month until the first debate on September 26, the announcement has been highly anticipated by the media. CNN had reported the names might not be released until after Labor Day, as the commission sought journalists who Republican nominee Donald Trump would not accuse of pro-Hillary Clinton bias.

The final list includes a mix of representatives from most major TV news outlets.


First presidential debate (September 26, Hofstra University): Lester Holt, NBC News

Vice presidential debate (October 4, Longwood University): Elaine Quijano, CBS News

Second presidential debate (October 9, Washington University in St. Louis): Martha Raddatz, ABC News & Anderson Cooper, CNN

Third presidential debate (October 19, University of Nevada, Las Vegas): Chris Wallace, Fox News

Steve Scully of C-SPAN will serve as backup moderator for all three debates.

"These journalists bring extensive experience to the job of moderating, and understand the importance of using expanded time periods effectively. The formats chosen for this year's debates are designed to build on the formats introduced in 2012, which focused big blocks of time on major domestic and foreign topics. We are grateful for their willingness to moderate, and confident that the public will learn more about the candidates and the issues as a result," commission co-chairs Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. and Michael D. McCurry said in a statement.

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