Lester Holt, Martha Raddatz, and Anderson Cooper among the journalists selected

By Nick Maslow
Updated September 02, 2016 at 03:57 PM EDT
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When Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump come face-to-face at the presidential debates this fall, they’ll field questions from a group of familiar faces. On Friday, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced the journalists who have been selected to moderate the three political events.

Kicking off the series of debates on Monday, Sept. 26, Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News, will moderate Clinton and Trump’s first match at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

The second debate will be led by ABC’s Martha Raddatz, This Week‘s chief global affairs correspondent, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The town hall event will take place Sunday, Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

For the final debate leading up to Election Day, Fox News Sunday‘s Chris Wallace will preside on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine and his Republican counterpart Mike Pence will also get the chance to share their thoughts on the nation’s most important issues when CBS News’ Elaine Quijano steps up the moderator plate during the only VP debate on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Should the moderators not be able to fulfill their duties, Steve Scully — C-SPAN’s senior executive producer, White House, and political editor — will fill in, the CPD announced.

“These journalists bring extensive experience to the job of moderating, and understand the importance of using expanded time periods effectively,” said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. and Michael D. McCurry, co-chairs of the non-partisan CPD. “The formats chosen for this year’s debates are designed to build on the formats introduced in 2012, which focused big blocks of time on major domestic and foreign topics. We are grateful for their willingness to moderate, and confident that the public will learn more about the candidates and the issues as a result.”

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