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Howard K. Smith
Howard K. Smith

American broadcast journalist Howard K. Smith, pictured here in 1945, moderated two presidential debates.

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Broadcast journalist Howard K. Smith of ABC and CBS moderated a 1980 presidential debate between Reagan and Democratic incumbent Jimmy Carter in Cleveland, Ohio. He also moderated a 1960 presidential debate on domestic issues between Democrat John F. Kennedy, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, and Republican Richard M. Nixon, then the vice president.

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