AAJA Congratulates Elaine Quijano for Making History as the First Asian American to Moderate a National Debate

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The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) congratulates our member Elaine Quijano, CBS News correspondent and digital anchor of CBSN, for making history as the first Asian American to moderate a national debate during a general election.

At 42, the Filipino American journalist was also the youngest moderator in decades, hosting last Tuesday’s match-up between vice-presidential candidates Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.

“Elaine Quijano has blazed an important trail for all journalists with this achievement,” AAJA Executive Director Kathy Chow said. “In the most contentious election in modern American history, the role journalists play in our democracy has never been more crucial.”

Quijano’s selection highlights the growing importance of the Asian American and Pacific Islander vote. With a population of 21 million, Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States.

Quijano was also the first digital anchor to moderate a national debate. She leads political coverage on CBSN and has anchored the streaming network’s coverage of primaries and political conventions throughout the 2016 presidential campaign.

Based in New York, Quijano is a veteran journalist, whose career highlights include covering the White House, the 9/11 attacks and the Boston Marathon bombings.

AAJA member Quijano spoke at this year’s AAJA convention in Las Vegas, sharing practical advice to help journalists navigate the broadcast industry.