When Chris Wallace takes up the moderator’s role at Wednesday’s third and final debate of the 2016 presidential election, he will bring more than 50 years’ experience and an impeccable reputation to the task.
The debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will air on Fox News Channel on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. ET.
Wallace, the anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” moderated Fox News Channel’s GOP primary debates alongside Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly and considers his role to let the candidates take center stage.
“If people say, ‘it was a great debate and I don’t remember you being there,’ I will have done my job,” said Wallace.
Wallace has announced the topics, which will be discussed in six 15-minute segments.
- Debt and entitlements
- Supreme Court
- Foreign hot spots
- Fitness to be President
Wallace has interviewed presidents before, including an exclusive sit-down earlier this year with President Obama, his fourth interview with Obama. He has also handled moderating duties in the past, working alongside co-anchors Baier and Megyn Kelly in August 2015, during the first GOP presidential debate of the 2016 election.
Wallace also co-moderated the network’s second and third debates of the 2016 cycle, held on Jan. 28 in Des Moines, and March 3 in Detroit.
In prior election years, Wallace served as a panel member and moderator of FNC’s South Carolina, New Hampshire and Florida debates during the 2012 primary campaign season. He also played an integral role in Fox News’ 2008 and 2004 election coverage.
It was 1964 when Wallace got his first taste of presidential politics, serving as news legend Walter Cronkite’s “go-fer” at the RNC convention.
Over the next 50-plus years in broadcasting, Wallace has won every major broadcast news award for his reporting, including three Emmy Awards, the Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton, the Peabody Award and the Sol Taishoff Award for Broadcast Journalism, which was awarded to him by the National Press Foundation.
Most recently, he received the 2013 Paul White Award for lifetime achievement and service to electronic journalism from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Wallace has been described as an “equal opportunity inquisitor” by The Boston Globe, “an aggressive journalist,” “sharp edged” and “solid” by The Washington Post and “an equal-opportunity ravager” by The Miami Herald.
Before joining FNC, Wallace worked at ABC News for 14 years where he served as the senior correspondent for “Primetime Thursday” and a substitute host for “Nightline.” During his tenure with ABC News, Wallace hosted multiple groundbreaking investigations and received numerous awards for his work.
Prior to joining ABC News, Wallace served as NBC’s chief White House correspondent from 1982-1989. While at NBC, he covered the 1980, 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns as well as the Democratic and Republican conventions in those years. Wallace moderated “Meet the Press” from 1987-1988.
Wallace attended Harvard College.