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There Will Be 5 Moderators for the 20-Person Dem Debates

NBC News announced that no less than 5 moderators will handle the duties for the first Democratic presidential debate on June 26-27.

By NTK Staff | 06.11.2019 @11:30am
There Will Be 5 Moderators for the 20-Person Dem Debates

With an expected 20 candidates filling the debate stage over two nights, NBC News figured what’s another five people? The network, which will play host to the first Democratic presidential debates of the 2020 cycle in two weeks, announced that five moderators will steer the conversation over two nights on June 26-27.

The five moderators include Lester Holt, who will remain on stage for the duration of both debates, Savannah Guthrie and José Diaz-Balart, who will pair up with Holt for the first hour, and Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow, who will join Holt for the second hour.

Here’s a rundown of who’s who:

Holt is anchor of “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” and “Dateline NBC.”

Guthrie is co-anchor of “TODAY” and NBC News chief legal analyst.

Todd is moderator of “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” and NBC News political director.

Maddow is host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC.

Díaz-Balart is anchor of “Noticias Telemundo” and “NBC Nightly News Saturday.”

It’s not entirely clear why pairs of co-moderators are swapping in and out over the course of the two-hour debate.

The network will air the debates on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo from 9pm to 11pm ET both nights. Ten candidates will appear on stage during each debate, and the DNC will randomly select who appears on which night during a random drawing at 30 Rockefeller Center on Friday.

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