Who is Susan Page, moderator of the vice presidential debate?

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Susan Page, the Washington bureau chief for USA Today and a longtime member of the DC press corps, will be the moderator at Wednesday’s debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris in Salt Lake City.

Page, 69, has covered 10 presidential campaigns and six White House administrations in her 47-year career in Washington, according to her bio on USA Today.

She has also interviewed the past nine presidents, including three after they left office.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Page was named the American News Women’s Club 2017 Excellence in Journalism Award, twice received the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency and the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Merriman Smith Memorial Award for Deadline Reporting on the Presidency.

Before joining USA Today in 1995, Page was the White House correspondent for Newsday.

She also penned a biography of former first lady Barbara Bush – “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty” – and is working on a book about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The journalist, who graduated from Northwestern University and got a master’s degree from Columbia University, is sought out for her commentary and analysis, appearing on a number of news shows – including “PBS’ NewsHour,” “Fox News Sunday,” CNN, NPR, MSNBC and Fox News.

She was named by the Presidential Debate Commission as moderator of the vice presidential debate last month.

The stage is set with glass between seats ahead of the vice presidential debate at the University of Utah.AP

“The debates are a crucial part of making our democracy work, and I am honored to participate,” she said after her selection. Page hasn’t given any interviews since then.

She faced some criticism for hosting a “Girls’ Night Out” party at her home for Seema Verma, the Trump administration’s head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in November 2018.

Some questioned whether she could be an impartial moderator because of her relationship with Verma.

A Congressional investigation found that Verma’s department was billed for some of the soiree’s costs, a violation of federal law on the use of taxpayers’ money, according to the Washington Post.

USA Today said Page was not aware that the CMS was billed and paid more than $4,000 for catering, beverages and tips for the wait staff.

Page will follow last week’s moderator, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.

The veteran journalist has faced criticism over his handling of the much-anticipated first presidential debate last Tuesday for not being able to get control over the near constant interruptions and shouting matches.

“Gentlemen! I hate to raise my voice, but why shouldn’t I be different than the two of you?” an exasperated sounding Wallace shouted at the candidates after repeatedly failing to keep both men in line.

Speaking to the New York Times in the immediate aftermath of the raucous affair, Wallace said, “I’m just sad with the way last night turned out. I never dreamt that it would go off the tracks the way it did.”

While discussing the debate Thursday on Fox News, the 72-year-old reporter referenced an analysis done by the network which counted 145 interruptions from Trump and 67 from Biden.

In an acknowledgement that the night grew out of control, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced the morning after that it would add more “structure” to the final two face-offs to prevent as many interruptions.