CNN’s Candy Crowley Will Be First Female Presidential Debate Moderator In 20 Years

Good news! The Presidential Debate Commission announced today that Candy Crowley of CNN will be the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years. Crowley is CNN’s chief political correspondent and anchors the hour-long show “State Of The Union.” She’ll moderate the second town hall meeting-style debate on October 16 at Hofstra Univeristy in NJ.  Crowley will join Jim Lehrer of PBS and Bob Schieffer of CBS in moderating one of three presidential debates; she’ll be the first woman to do so since Carole Simpson of ABC moderated a presidential debate in 1992. Another woman, Martha Raddatz of ABC, will moderate the vice presidential debate; Gwen Ifill of PBS moderated the VP debates in both 2004 and 2008.

I hope the Presidential Debate Commission was influenced by the three New Jersey 16-year-olds who started a petition  — which collected 130,000 signatures — to hire a female moderate. Congratulations, ladies! [Washington Post;]