NORMAN — Candy Crowley, moderator for the Oct. 16 presidential debate, will discuss this year’s election at a President’s Associates dinner Wednesday at the University of Oklahoma in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom of Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave.
Crowley will be the first woman in 20 years to moderate a presidential debate, set to take place next month at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. It will take the form of a town meeting in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues.
“In my opinion, Candy Crowley is one of the most insightful and objective journalists in the nation,” OU President David L. Boren said. “The respect she enjoys from her peers is demonstrated by her selection to moderate a presidential debate.”
Crowley is CNN's chief political correspondent, covering a broad range of stories including presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races and major legislative developments on Capitol Hill. She is also the anchor of “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” a political hour of newsmaker interviews and analysis of the week’s most important issues, a position she has had since 2010.
As a member of the Peabody Award-winning “Best Political Team on Television,” she played a pivotal role in CNN’s America Votes 2008 coverage, traveling to both conventions, every debate and additional stops along the campaign trail.
Crowley earned a prestigious Gracie Allen Award in 2009 for coverage of Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House. She also was part of the network’s Emmy Award-winning 2006 mid-term election coverage.
She has covered the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Howard Dean, Bob Dole, Jesse Jackson, Edward Kennedy, John Kerry, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, among others.
Since the presidential nomination of Jimmy Carter, she has covered all but one of the national political conventions. She was also granted an exclusive sit-down interview with President George W. Bush days before he left office.
Limited seating is available by reservation for OU students, faculty and staff, with overflow seating available to the public.
For reservations, more information and accommodations on the basis of disability, call the OU Office of Special Events at 325-3784.