Despite objections from the Democratic National Committee, 2004 Brighton High School grad Tim Alberta will be one of the four moderators of the Dec. 19, 2019, Democratic primary debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Alberta, chief political correspondent for POLITICO, will co-moderate the sixth Democratic primary debate with PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz, and PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor.
The DNC objected to Alberta as a moderator because he previously wrote for the conservative National Review.
Alberta’s 2019 book, “American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump” — which debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times best-seller list — chronicles the Republican Party’s capitulation to President Donald Trump.
A number of journalists defended the choice of Alberta as a moderator.
Prior to joining POLITICO, Alberta had extensive experience at National Journal, where he covered Congress as House leadership reporter, and later reported on campaigns as the publication’s senior political correspondent. In addition, he served as senior editor of The Hotline, and has reported for both The Wall Street Journal and covered the 2016 campaign for National Review.
Alberta’s work has been featured in dozens of other publications, including Sports Illustrated and Vanity Fair, and he frequently appears as a commentator on political television programs.
The DNC is planning six more debates between January and April 2020.