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Lester Holt to moderate first 2016 presidential debate

Journal Staff Report | 9/6/2016, 6:40 a.m.
Lester Holt, anchor of "NBC Nightly News, has being selected as the moderator for the first 2016 presidential debate.
Lester Holt

Lester Holt, anchor of "NBC Nightly News, has been selected as the moderator for the first 2016 presidential debate.

Holt will moderate the first debate on Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. The commission also announced today that Martha Raddatz of ABC and Anderson Cooper of CNN will moderate the town hall debate on Oct. 9; and Chris Wallace of Fox News will moderate the final debate on Oct. 19.

All of the 2016 moderators are first-time presidential debate moderators. CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano will moderate the vice-presidential debate on Oct. 4.

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulated Holt on his selection.

NABJ congratulates Lester Holt, NABJ Journalist of the Year and anchor of "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt" on being selected as the moderator for the first 2016 presidential debate.

"NABJ is pleased that the Commission on President Debates selected Lester for this important role and for ensuring that diverse voices are at the table to lead the discussion. We know that Lester will do an exemplary job as moderator, and that the public will learn more about the two nominees," said NABJ President Sarah Glover.

"As an advocacy organization, we have continued to champion diversity inclusion. Just four years ago, black journalists and journalists of color were not selected for the moderator roles. While we celebrate Lester and Elaine Quijano's participation, it is unfortunate that a Latino journalist won't be represented in a moderator position this year."

Holt follows in the great footsteps of NABJ members Bernard Shaw, co-moderator of the 1988 presidential debate and vice presidential debate in 2000; Carole Simpson, the only black woman to moderate a presidential debate in 1992; and Gwen Ifill, moderator of the vice presidential debate in 2004 and 2008.