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Presidential debate to be moderated by a woman, for the first time in 20 years!


“The moderators of the 2012 presidential and vice presidential debates were announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates today, and Candy Crowley, host of CNN’s “State of the Union,” will host the second debate on October 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island. Crowley will be the first woman in over 20 years to moderate a presidential debate. The last woman to do so was Carole Simpson of ABC News, who served as moderator of a 1992 debate between Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot. Crowly was honored at the first Women’s Media Center annual Media Awards in 2009 for her clear and probing political correspondence during a contentious election. This fabulous news comes in the wake of a Change.org petition created by a graduate of The Women’s Media Center’s 2012 Progressive Girls’ Voices media and leadership training, Emma Axelrod. With classmates Sammi Siegel and Elena Tsemberis, Emma petitioned the Commission on Presidential Debates to engage a woman journalist to moderate one of this fall’s planned debates. The petition has gotten over 120,000 signatures.”

First Woman to Moderate Presidential Debate in 20 years | Women’s Media Center

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