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“Democracy in Action: A Review of the 2012 Presidential Debates” on the Next Kalb Report, January 28, 8 p.m.

Candy Crowley, Jim Lehrer, Martha Raddatz and Bob Schieffer come together in a “meeting of the moderators” to discuss the 2012 debates and the democratic process in the digital age
January 14, 2013

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      WASHINGTON – From substance to sound bites, the 2012 U.S. Presidential Debates proved memorable and left lasting impressions.  On the next edition of “The Kalb Report,” Candy Crowley, Jim Lehrer, Martha Raddatz, and Bob Schieffer, the four respected journalists selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates to moderate the 2012 debates, join Marvin Kalb to discuss the impact of these forums and the evolution of the democratic process in the digital age.  The program will take place on Monday, January 28, at 8 p.m. in the main ballroom of the National Press Club (529 14 St., NW, Washington, D.C.).

     "Only during the presidential debates every four years do the American people get a chance on nationwide television to see and hear the candidates," said Kalb. "It's truly democracy at work, and I so look forward to talking to the hosts of these debates--the reporters who ask the questions.  They are the connective tissue between the candidates and the people.  Wonder what they have to say about this amazing process."

     Candy Crowley is CNN's award-winning chief political correspondent and anchor of “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” a political hour of newsmaker interviews and analysis of the week’s most important issues. Ms. Crowley took the reins of “State of the Union” in February 2010. In her role as chief political correspondent, Ms. Crowley covers a broad range of stories, including presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races and major legislative developments on Capitol Hill. Ms. Crowley has been honored with numerous awards for journalism, including an Edward R. Murrow Award, the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for excellence in journalism for her reporting on the 2004 presidential election, an Emmy for her work on “CNN Presents the Enemy Within,” and the DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award for her coverage of the impeachment and trial of President Bill Clinton.  Ms. Crowley was selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates to moderate a 2012 general election debate between President Obama and Gov. Romney. The town hall debate, held on Oct. 16, 2012 in Hempstead, NY, was the first Presidential Debate moderated by a woman in two decades.

     Jim Lehrer has served as executive editor, co-producer and longtime anchor of the “PBS NewsHour.”  Mr. Lehrer has more than 50 years of journalistic experience and has been honored with numerous awards for journalism, including two Emmys, the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, the George Foster Peabody Broadcast Award, the National Press Club Fourth Estate Award and the 1999 National Humanities Medal, presented by President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.  In the last seven presidential elections, Mr. Lehrer has served as a moderator for 12 of the nationally televised debates among the candidates.  He was selected to be the sole moderator for all of the presidential debates in 1996 and in 2000, and in 2008 and 2012, he was selected to moderate the first presidential debate.  Mr. Lehrer is the author of 20 novels, two memoirs and three plays.  His most recent book, a non-fiction work about the presidential debates, titled “Tension City,” was published by Random House in September 2011.
 
     Martha Raddatz is the chief global affairs correspondent for ABC News and author of “The New York Times” best-selling book, “The Long Road Home-a Story of War and Family.” During her tenure at ABC, she has traveled to Iraq more than 20 times, in addition to numerous trips to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ms. Raddatz began her career with ABC News in 1999, when she was appointed the network’s State Department correspondent and was later named senior national security correspondent and White House correspondent during President George W. Bush’s administration. Prior to joining ABC News, Ms. Raddatz was the Pentagon correspondent for National Public Radio, covering foreign policy, defense and intelligence issues, including the war in Bosnia. She has been honored with three Emmy Awards; the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for excellence in presidential news coverage under deadline pressure in 2007; the 2005 Daniel Pearl Award from the Chicago Journalists Association; and a 1996 Overseas Press Club Award for her live coverage of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.  In October 2012, Ms. Raddatz moderated the only Vice Presidential debate between congressman Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden, which covered both domestic and foreign topics.

     Bob Schieffer is the chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and moderator of “Face the Nation.” Having worked in Washington for over 30 years, Mr. Schieffer holds the distinction of being one of a select few journalists to cover all four major D.C. beats - The White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Capitol Hill.  Mr. Schieffer has been honored with numerous awards for his contributions to journalism, including the prestigious Paul White Award, seven Emmy Awards (one of which was for Lifetime Achievement), and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards. During his tenure at CBS, Mr. Schieffer has covered every presidential campaign since 1972 and moderated three Commission-sponsored debates during the last three election cycles.  He is the author of “Bob Schieffer’s America,” “Face The Nation: My Favorite Stories from the First 50 Years of the Award-winning News Broadcast,” as well as the 2003 New York Times bestseller, “This Just In: What I Couldn’t Tell You On TV” and “The Acting President,” published in 1989.

     “The Kalb Report” is produced by George Washington University, the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the University of Maryland University College, and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.  

     For the 10th consecutive season, the series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Since 1994, the partnership has produced 78 forums with guests including Rupert Murdoch, Lara Logan, Walter Cronkite, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Bill O’Reilly, Bob Costas, Ken Burns, Roger Ailes and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel. All forums offer open media coverage.

     “The Kalb Report” series was recently honored with both a Gold World Medal and the overall Grand Award in the 2012 New York Festivals International Radio Awards competition that included entries from across the United States and 28 countries.
   
     “The Kalb Report” series is distributed nationally by American Public Television. Oklahoma Educational Television Authority serves as presenting station.  “The Kalb Report” also airs on the public radio channels of Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, and on Federal News Radio in Washington, D.C. (1500 AM). Each program is streamed live on kalb.gwu.edu.  
    

     Moderator Marvin Kalb is Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Over the course of his distinguished 30-year career in broadcast journalism, Mr. Kalb served as chief diplomatic correspondent for both CBS News and NBC News, and moderator of “Meet the Press.” He went on to serve as the founding director of Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Among his many honors are two Peabody Awards, the DuPont Prize from Columbia University, the 2006 Fourth Estate Award from the National Press Club and more than a half-dozen Overseas Press Club awards.  Mr. Kalb has authored or co-authored 12 nonfiction books and two best-selling novels. His latest book, co-authored with his daughter, Deborah, is “Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama.”

    

     Executive Producer Michael Freedman is a professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University and a senior vice president and professor of the practice at University of Maryland University College. Mr. Freedman is the former general manager of CBS Radio Network News, and former managing editor for the broadcast division of United Press International. He is the recipient of more than 85 honors for journalistic excellence including 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

     Senior Producer Heather Date is a GW alumna, former CNN producer and an associate vice president at University of Maryland University College. She is the recipient of the Alliance for Women in Media’s 2011 Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer of a News Program for her work on “The Kalb Report.”

     Lindsay Underwood, a 2011 graduate of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, is the associate producer of “The Kalb Report.”

     Web Editor Bryan Kane is a junior at George Washington University.

     “The Kalb Report” series is directed by Robert Vitarelli, a 39-year CBS News veteran and a Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
 

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