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Penn alumni and renowned journalists Andrea Mitchell (left) and Ashley Parker (right). Credit: Chase Sutton , Son Nguyen

Penn alumni and renowned journalists Andrea Mitchell and Ashley Parker will be serving on the four-person moderating panel at November’s Democratic presidential primary debate, hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. 

Mitchell, a 1967 College graduate, has been a member of the NBC News team for over 40 years and has served as their chief foreign affairs correspondent since 1994. Mitchell also currently hosts the “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC every weekday. She has worked as a political correspondent on several presidential campaigns, including leading NBC News' and MSNBC's coverage of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2016. 

A recipient of numerous accolades and awards for journalism, Mitchell also received an honorary degree from Penn in 2018, speaking at Penn's commencement ceremony that same year. She also served as a Penn trustee for over 20 years and endowed the creation of Penn's Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy in 2017. 

2005 College graduate Ashley Parker, an alumna of The Daily Pennsylvanian, will join Mitchell on the panel. A former reporter for The New York Times, Parker covered the two previous presidential election cycles in 2012 and 2016. Since 2017, she has worked as a White House reporter for the Washington Post, in addition to serving as an on-air contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. Last year, Parker was part of the team that received the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for coverage of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

Mitchell and Parker will be joined by television news show host Rachel Maddow and NBC News’ White House Correspondent Kristen Welker. 

So far, nine candidates have qualified for the debate, NBC News reported. The qualification period ends on Nov. 13, and the debate will be held on Nov. 20.

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