LHS, KU graduate to be a moderator in Democratic presidential debate

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Workers clear snow outside a venue at Drake University, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa, in advance of a Democratic presidential primary debate that is scheduled for Tuesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A graduate of Lawrence High School and the University of Kansas will be one of three moderators during an upcoming debate among Democratic candidates for the U.S. presidency.

Brianne Pfannenstiel, the chief political reporter for the Des Moines Register, will join CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Abby Phillip next week as moderators for the seventh Democratic Party presidential debate, CNN announced this week.

Pfannenstiel is a 2006 graduate of LHS, according to Journal-World archives. She graduated from KU with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2010, a university spokeswoman said. She interned at the Journal-World in 2009 and rejoined the staff in 2011 before working at a number of other area media outlets.

In partnership with the Register, CNN will broadcast the debate live at 8 p.m. Tuesday from the campus of Drake University in Iowa. The event will be the final debate between the candidates before Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3.

According to CNN, the debate will include former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.


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