• Top journos tapped for US debates

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    NEW YORK: Leading broadcast personalities Anderson Cooper of CNN and NBC’s Lester Holt are among the journalists tapped to moderate three presidential debates between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, organizers said Friday (Saturday in Manila).

    Holt, who anchors the “NBC Nightly News”, will conduct the first debate on September 26 at Hofstra University in New York, according to the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates.

    A 57-year-old California native with 35 years of broadcast news experience, Holt, an African-American, became the network’s evening news anchor in 2015.

    The second debate will be moderated by ABC journalist Martha Raddatz and Cooper, a 49-year-old broadcasting star who arrived at CNN in 2001 and began hosting his own show “Anderson Cooper 360” in 2003.

    Raddatz, 63, joined ABC in 1999 and serves as the network’s news chief global affairs correspondent and co-anchor on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

    The debate will take place on October 9 at Washington University in St Louis.

    The third and final debate will be held on October 19 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    It will be moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News, who has spent more than 40 years in the industry and hosts
    “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.”

    As is traditional, a vice presidential debate will be held between Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine and Trump VP nominee Mike Pence.

    It will take place on October 4 at Longwood University in Virginia.

    Clinton leads Trump in an average of polls by the Real Clear Politics website.

    The Democrat averaged 46.1 percent during the period August 22 to September 1, a lead of 4.1 points over the Republican bet’s 42 percent.

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