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

Jessica Wakeman | August 13, 2012 - 12:20 pm

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;]