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Kristin is the Rules Analyst for the 2019-20 Presidential Debate Season

The 2019-20 Presidential Debate season is a hot mess.  Most pundits are going to discuss what each candidate said. I’ll take a fresh and different angle: How did the moderators impact the discussion? Smackdown or Run Wild?

I am the leading authority on moderating panel discussions.  I literally wrote the book on it.  Much like a football rules analyst, I comment on how objective, skilled and fair the debate moderators were immediately after each debate.

I’ll provide real-time data to back up my assertions:

  • Do the moderators follow their own ground rules?
  • Are the questions posed objectively?
  • Is the airtime equally distributed – or did one candidate have an unfair advantage?
  • Do the moderators intervene appropriately?

It’s a unique angle that hasn’t been reported…unless the debate goes off the rails.  Which it will.  The debates will be skewed, biased and crowded. And I’ll be there (live or Zoom) to report on all the salacious details for you.

Democratic Primary Debates 2019 (along with links to my commentary):

  1. June 26 and June 27, 2019 –  Miami, FL – Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Diaz-Balart
  2. July 30-1, 2019 – Detroit, MI – Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper
  3. September 12, 2019 – Houston, TX – George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis, and Jorge Ramos
  4. October 15, 2019 – Westerville, OH – Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, and Marc Lacey
  5. November 20, 2019 – Atlanta, GA – Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Ashley Parker, and Kristen Welker
  6. December 19, 2019, Los Angeles  – Judy Woodruff, Amna Nawaz, Tim Alberta, Yamiche Alcindor,
  7. How Moderators Influence the Debate
  8. 16 Types of Questions Debate Moderators Asked in 2019

Democratic Primary Debates 2020 (along with links to my commentary):

  1. January 14, 2020 – Des Moines, IA – Wolf Blitzer, Abby Phillip, Brianne Pfannenstiel
  2. February 7,  2020 – Manchester, NH – George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis, Adam Sexton, Monica Hernandez
  3. February 19,  2020 – Las Vegas, NV – Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Hallie Jackson, Vanessa Hauc, and Jon Ralston
  4. February 25, 2020 – Charleston, SC – Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King, Margaret Brennan, Major Garrett
  5. March 15, 2020 – Washington DC – Dana Bash, Jake Tapper, and Ilia Calderón

Presidential Debates 2020:

Here are some examples of reporting done for the 2016 Presidential debates:

Get your Presidential Debate Moderator Report Card example here:

For more information, check out Kristin’s primary website,, call her at 480.399.8489,  email at kristin at or schedule a 15-minute conversation here.

2019-20 Presidential Debate Media Interviews:

2019-20 Presidential Debate Articles:

Award-winning author Kristin Arnold is an expert panel moderator and professional meeting facilitator. Featured on ABC and NBC as well as numerous publications such as ForbesHarvard Business Update, USA Today, and Selling Power, Kristin knows what it takes to lead, facilitate and participate on high performing teams.

As the past President of the National Speakers Association of the United States (2010-11) and one of the first female graduates of the United States Coast Guard Academy, Kristin brings 20 years of practical team building experience to your audience. She has worked with small businesses to Fortune 500 companies and is equally adept on the shop floor as she is in the executive boardroom.


Recent Media about Panels!

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    • Survey Reports 63% of Panel Discussions are Mediocre or Much Worse March 18, 2014

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