CBS’ Quijano will moderate vice presidential debate

Published 2:47 pm Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Elaine Quijano

Elaine Quijano

CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano will moderate the Oct. 4 vice presidential debate at Longwood University.

Quijano, who is also an anchor for CBSN — the CBS News 24-hour digital streaming network — joined CBS in 2010. According to the network, “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 to receive an Alfred I. duPont Award for the network’s coverage of the 2012 Newtown shootings.

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“These journalists bring extensive experience to the job of moderating and understand the importance of using expanded time periods effectively,” Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) Co-Chairs Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. and Michael D. McCurry said in a release.

“In her role at CBSN, Quijano has anchored the streaming network’s coverage of primary, debate and political convention nights throughout the 2016 presidential campaign,” the network’s website states. “Quijano (also) anchors … 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.’”

According to the commission, the debate will be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. Quijano will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Quijano will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

In the release, Fahrenkopf and McCurry said 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.”

“The CPD has a simple mission, to ensure that presidential debates help the public learn about the positions of the leading candidates for president and vice president,” Fahrenkopf and McCurry said. “These formats will allow an in-depth exploration of the major topics in this year’s election.”

Before joining CBS News, Quijano 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 previously corresponded for CNN Newsource, the network’s affiliate news service.

Quijano holds a degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.