Sunday, September 4, 2016

Elaine Quijano makes history as first Asian/American debate moderator

FILIPINO/AMERICAN journalist Elaine Quijano has been named the moderator of the 2016 vice presidential debate, the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced Friday (Sept. 2).

Quijano, 42, will make history as the first Asian/American to moderate a national debate in a general election campaign. She is also the first anchor of a digital network selected to moderate a nationally televised debate.


Elaine Quijano
“It’s an honor to be chosen to help bring the issues of this critical election to the public,” said Quijano, who was born and raised in the Chicago area. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism.

“Elaine connects today’s digital audiences with this historic 2016 campaign​,” said CBS News President David Rhodes. “Her perspective, dedication to political reporting, and important role on CBS News’s live-streaming platform make her an ideal choice to lead the only vice presidential debate this fall.”

Quijano leads political coverage on CBSN, the CBS News 24-hour digital streaming network, and has anchored CBSN coverage of primary, debate and political convention nights throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. Quijano anchors weekdays on CBSN as well as the Sunday edition of CBS Weekend News. Additionally, her reporting is regularly featured on “CBS This Morning” and the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

Based in New York, Quijano is a versatile correspondent whose deep journalism background includes covering the White House and the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Quijano joined CBS News in 2010. Since then, she has traveled extensively and covered a variety of stories, including the Boston Marathon bombings, Superstorm Sandy, and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Quijano was also part of the CBS News team that received an Alfred I. duPont Award for the network’s coverage of the 2012 Newtown elementary school massacre.

Prior to joining CBS News, she worked for CNN as a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent. While there, she reported from various beats, including the White House, the Pentagon and the Supreme Court.

Quijano was named a White House correspondent for CNN in 2006 and covered the administrations of President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. During that time, she reported on the Bush administration’s war on terror, his failed push for comprehensive immigration reform and the financial crisis that emerged in the fall of 2008. She also traveled around the world, visiting a host of cities, including Kabul, Afghanistan, Islamabad, Pakistan and Beijing, China. Before being named a White House correspondent, she covered Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign and the campaign of vice presidential candidate John Edwards.

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Prior to that, Quijano was a correspondent for CNN Newsource, the Network’s affiliate news service. She was part of Newsource’s round-the-clock coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and reported for CNN affiliates across the nation. Quijano also traveled to Kuwait City just days before the U.S. launched its invasion of Iraq in 2003, and provided extended onsite coverage.

The vice presidential debate will cover a broad range of topics to help voters learn more about the candidates and their positions on the issues. The commission organizing the debates said the time will be divided into nine segments with about 10 minutes of discussion on each topic, and noted that the moderator alone will determine the questions to be asked.

In addition to the vice presidential debate, there are three presidential debates​​​ scheduled this fall between Donald Trump​ and Hillary Clinton​. The first, to be held September 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, will be moderated by NBC News’ Lester Holt. The second, on October 9, will be moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC News’ Martha Raddatz at Washington University in St. Louis; this debate will be a town-hall meeting style format that will also feature questions from the audience. The third debate, on October 19 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, will be moderated by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.

The vice-president debate will be held Tuesday, October 4, at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. It will be the only debate between the two vice presidential nominees, Democratic Senator Tim Kaine and Republican Governor Mike Pence. The 90-minute debate will be presented live, without commercial interruption, at 9:00 p.m. ET on the CBS Television Network and CBSN.

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