NBC announces five moderators for first Democratic debate

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NBC announced on Tuesday the five moderators for the first Democratic primary debate, just over two weeks away.

Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Diaz-Balart will moderate the debate, which will take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami over two nights on June 26-27.

The debate will air on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo from 8 to 10 p.m. Central time both nights.

  • 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.”\

Holt will moderate both hours on each day while Guthrie and Diaz-Balart will be alongside him the first hour and then Todd and Maddow appear alongside him during the second hour. 

In all, 20 candidates will participate in the two-night event, with ten on the stage each night.

Candidates need to either register 1 percent support in three qualified polls or have 65,000 unique donors to their campaign, with a minimum of 200 different donors in at least 20 states, to qualify for the debate.

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