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The Commission on Presidential Debates on Friday morning announced the moderators for the general-election debates.
NBC “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt will moderate the first presidential debate, which will take place at Hofstra University in New York on September 26.
ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will moderate the second presidential debate, scheduled for October 9 at Washington University in St. Louis.
And “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace will moderate the third presidential debate, which will be held at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas on October 19.
CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano will moderate the vice-presidential debate on October 4 at Longwood University in Virginia.
“These journalists bring extensive experience to the job of moderating and understand the importance of using expanded time periods effectively,” Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. and Michael D. McCurry, the chairs of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said in a statement.
The statement added: “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.”
Wallace also issued a statement about being chosen as a moderator.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity,” he said in the statement. “Personally, I’m excited. I’m also excited because I will be the first FOX reporter to ever moderate a presidential debate so I think that’s quite a statement for our news organization.”