Democratic Debate Moderator is a Whitman Grad

Ashley Parker, the Washington Post reporter who was one of the moderators of Wednesday’s Democratic debate, is a graduate of Whitman High School (Class of 2001). Parker grew up in Bethesda, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, interned at the now defunct Gaithersburg Gazette before working at the New York Times and then landing at the Post in 2017.

Parker was part of an all-female panel of moderators Wednesday night. The others were: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Andrea Mitchell and NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker.

This was the third time that the moderators for a Presidential debate were comprised exclusively of women.

Parker has expressed her pride in her high school alma mater on Twitter:

She’s also the subject of this GIF, captured while former Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer was making a tenuous point comparing Bashir Al-Assad to Adolf Hitler:


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