Presidential Debate Moderators Announced: Chris Wallace, Steve Scully & Kristen Welker
On Wednesday, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced the moderators for the three presidential debates between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and incumbent Republican president Donald Trump.
The first presidential debate will be moderated by Chris Wallace, an anchor from Fox News Sundays who has been notably hard on Trump and his supporters. The debate will take place in Cleveland, Ohio, at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
Steve Scully, the senior executive produce and political editor of C-SPAN Networks, will moderate the second presidential debate at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. The debate will be in the form of a town meeting and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 15. Scully had previously been a back-up moderator for the 2016 presidential and vice presidential debates.
The final presidential debate will be moderated by Kristen Welker, co-anchor of Weekend TODAY and the White House correspondent at NBC News. This debate will be done at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday, Oct. 22.
“We are grateful to these experienced journalists, who will help ensure that the general election presidential debates continue to serve their unique educational purpose of helping the public learn about the candidates. Each individual brings great professionalism to moderating and understands that the purpose of the 2020 debate formats is to facilitate in-depth discussion of major topics,” said the co-chairs of the CPD.
In addition, the CPD announced that the vice presidential debate on Oct. 7, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be moderated by Susan Page, the Washington Bureau chief of USA Today.
All debates will run from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET with no commercial breaks.