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Martha Raddatz receives Walter Cronkite Award for Debate Moderating


April 25, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger       
Martha Raddatz

Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent of ABC News, recently received a Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism in recognition of her excellence in moderating the Vice Presidential Debate at Centre College on Oct. 11, 2012.

Raddatz was honored with a Special Commendation for Debate Moderation at a ceremony at the National Press Club on Friday, April 19.

“We were pleased but not surprised when Martha Raddatz received the award for her role as moderator of the vice presidential debate,” says Richard Trollinger, vice president for college relations and co-chair of the debate committee on campus. “We were all impressed with the job she did in moderating the exchange between two powerful political figures.”

Raddatz was widely praised for her skills as a moderator, particularly for her ability to challenge both candidates on important topics and to keep them on track. ABC News called Raddatz “an active moderator who struck the right balance between facilitating and shaping the debate. She posed excellent questions, asked for specifics and did her best to keep the candidates on point.”

The Vice Presidential Debate at Centre drew in 51.4 million television viewers and drew thousands of media hits across the world worth an estimated $53 million in ad value. For more about the Vice Presidential Debate at Centre, click here.

Raddatz will be the featured speaker at Centre’s 190th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2013. She has held her current role at ABC since 2008. Previously, she acted as the network’s State Department and senior national security correspondent. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding journalism, including four Emmy Awards, an Overseas Press Club Award and the Daniel Pearl Award, among others.

Before joining ABC News, Raddatz worked as the Pentagon correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR).

Through the years, Raddatz’s work has taken her across the world, to various places including the former Soviet Union, Africa, the Middle East, the Philippines, Haiti, the Yemen, Asia and Europe.

Raddatz is the author of “The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family” (2007), a New York Times Bestseller about the Iraqi war.

To read Centre’s 20 Questions with Raddatz, click here.



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Centre College, founded in 1819, is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Danville, Ky. Centre hosted its second Vice Presidential Debate on 10.11.12, and remains the smallest college in the smallest town ever to host a general election debate. For more, click here.



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