(CNN)—Veteran journalists Jim Lehrer, Gwen Ifill, Tom Brokaw and Bob Schieffer will moderate the fall presidential and vice presidential debates, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Tuesday.
Lehrer, Executive Editor and Anchor of The NewsHour will moderate the first presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain September 26 at the University of Mississippi.
Lehrer has been the moderator of 10 presidential debates over the years. The PBS anchor was chosen in 2004 to moderate the first debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry.
Gwen Ifill, a Senior Correspondent for The NewsHour will moderate the first vice presidential debate from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri October 2. Ifill was also chosen in 2004 to head the vice presidential debate between Dick Cheney and John Edwards.
Tom Brokaw, who is currently the interim moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, and anchor of NBC’s Nightly News for 22 years will head the second presidential debate October 7 from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The format will be town-hall style, in which voters themselves will pose their
questions to the candidates.
The Gallup Organization will be choosing undecided voters from in or around the Nashville, Tennessee area to participate in the town hall meeting, and Brokaw will review each question before it is posed to avoid duplication, a statement from the commission said
The final presidential debate - on October 15 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York - will be moderated by Bob Schieffer, CBS News chief Washington correspondent and host of "Face the Nation." Schieffer covered the White House, Pentagon, State Department and Congress during his years as a journalist and was chosen to moderate the third presidential debate in 2004 between Bush and Kerry.
Each debate will last 90 minutes. One of the presidential debates will focus predominantly on domestic policy, one on foreign policy, and one will be town hall style.