10/16/2012 11:52 am ET Updated Oct 16, 2012

Candy Crowley: 10 Things To Know About The Presidential Debate Moderator

When Candy Crowley takes the stage October 16 to moderate a presidential debate, she will be the first woman in over 20 years to do so. Crowley, a political correspondant at CNN and host of the cable news network's Sunday morning talk show "State of the Union," is already attracting criticism from both political campaigns for her stated intent to take a more active role in the town hall-style debate than the moderator traditionally does. Before she steps into the spotlight with the candidates and we get to know her as a moderator, here are some facts about Crowley's life and career up to this point, from her passion for meditation to the incredible scope of her political reporting experience.

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