NBC News has named five moderators for the first set of Democratic debates, slated to take place in Miami June 26-27.
The debate is stretched into a two-night format due to the huge size of the Democratic field. Each night will feature 10 different candidates on stage during a two-hour debate. The moderator setup will be the same both nights.
Lester Holt, who hosts the NBC News nightly news program will serve as a moderator across the full two hours.
In the first hour, Holt will be joined by Savannah Guthrie and José Diaz-Balart.
Guthrie co-anchors Today, NBC’s morning show, and also serves as a chief legal analyst at the network. Diaz-Balart anchors Noticias Telemundo and NBC Nightly News Saturday. His brother, Mario, is a Republican congressman representing Florida’s 25th Congressional District.
The New York Times recently began more strongly enforcing a policy to bar its reporters from appearing on “partisan” programs, a list which Maddow’s liberal-leaning show.
The first slate of debates will air on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo from 9 to 11 p.m. on June 26 and 27. It will be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.
The list of Democratic candidates who will appear on stage is not yet finalized.