Who Is Debate Co-Moderator Martha Raddatz?

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Martha Raddatz may not be as readily recognizable as co-moderator Anderson Cooper, but she has been a key member of ABC News’ team since 1999 and ABC’s Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent since 2008 reporting for many of their flagship news programs.

No stranger to the debate stage, Raddatz moderated 2012’s Vice-Presidential debate between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden.

She has also reported in considerably more dangerous territory than the debate stage, having made multiple trips to Iraq during the height of the Iraq war as a national security correspondent for ABC. In 2008, she led her network in the breaking news of the location and death of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who was known his attacks on the US military in Iraq.

On the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, she conducted a now infamous interview with Dick Cheney, during which Raddatz pointed out that the war in Iraq had lost favor with many Americans. Cheney responded with a quick “So?” generating significant backlash for Cheney, who served as Vice President to George W. Bush when the U.S. entered Iraq in 2003.

Raddatz has a Peabody Award and three national Emmy awards and is the author of the New York Times best-selling book “The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family.” Prior to her TV work, she reported on the pentagon for National Public Radio.


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