Who is Dana Bash? What to know about the moderator ahead of the June Presidential Debate

Muted microphones, an empty audience, and CNN moderators Dana Bash and Jake Tapper will be key parts of the first presidential debate Thursday.

The showdown between President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump is scheduled for June 27 at 9 p.m. ET at CNN's studio in Atlanta. With Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. officially failing to qualify, it is shaping up to be a rematch of the 2020 debates.

The two candidates ditched the Commission on Presidential Debates this year, opting for fewer and earlier debates so far. Another debate is scheduled for Sept. 10 hosted by ABC.

Here is what to know about moderator Bash ahead of the debate:

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Who is Dana Bash?

DES MOINES, IOWA - JANUARY 10: Moderators and CNN hosts Jake Tapper and Dana Bash during a commercial break of the CNN Republican Presidential Primary Debate in Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University on January 10, 2024 in Des Moines, Iowa. Republican presidential candidates Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley both qualified for this final debate before the Iowa caucuses, while former President Donald Trump declined to participate and instead held a simultaneous town hall event live on FOX News.

Dana Bash is CNN's chief political correspondent. She anchors "Inside Politics with Dana Bash" and co-anchors "State of the Union."

She regularly serves as a moderator for political town halls and debates. She moderated two presidential primary debates in the 2020 election and six presidential primary debates for the 2016 election. Tapper and Bash also co-moderated a Republican primary debate earlier this year.

She has a forthcoming book "America’s Deadliest Election,” and has launched special CNN series like "Being..." and the "Badass Women of Washington."

Bash graduated from The George Washington University.

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When is the first presidential debate?

The debate between Biden and Trump is scheduled for June 27 at 9 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the first debate between Trump and Biden?

The debate will air live on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español and CNN Max.

For those without a cable subscription, the debate will be streaming on CNN.com, the network said in a news release.

Contributing: Gabe Hauari, Sudiksha Kochi

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Presidential debate moderator Dana Bash: Key facts about CNN anchor