The Commission on Presidential Debates just released the schedule of which journalists will be moderating the upcoming three forums between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
As Gregg Jarrett reported on America’s Newsroom, the first debate will be held on September 26 and will be hosted by Lester Holt, who took over for Brian Williams as host of NBC Nightly News.
The second debate on October 9 will be moderated by Martha Raddatz of ABC News and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
The third and final debate on October 19 will be moderated by Fox News Channel’s own Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday.
The vice presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence will take place October 4, moderated by Elaine Quijano of CBS News.
Wallace, who moderated Fox News Channel’s GOP primary debates with Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly, said on America’s Newsroom today that he’s excited and honored to become the first Fox News Channel anchor to be selected.
Wallace said he plans to talk to some previous moderators to get some advice on how to prepare for the big night.
But he likened the job to the responsibilities of a boxing referee in a championship fight, explaining that the event is about the candidates, not the moderator’s questions.
“If you do a really good job, people see a great fight and they forget the fact that you were even in the ring, you’re almost invisible. If people say it was a great debate and I don’t remember you being there, I will have done my job.”