Who is moderating the U.S. presidential debate tonight?
Ben Cousins CTVNews.ca Writer, @cousins_ben Contact, Published Thursday, October 22, 2020 6:36PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, October 22, 2020 6:37PM EDT, Source - https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/a...te-tonight-1.5156968
This image provided by NBC News shows NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker. (NBC News via AP)
TORONTO -- After last month’s largely chaotic U.S. presidential debate, NBC reporter Kristen Welker will take over the reins in what could be another explosive night.
Welker has been a White House reporter with NBC since 2011 and played a prominent role in the network’s coverage during the 2016 presidential election. In January, Welker was promoted to co-anchor of “Weekend Today,” NBC’s weekend morning show.
In September, Welker was honoured with the award for “Outstanding Journalism in Broadcast Television” at the Washington Women in Journalism Awards.
U.S. President Donald Trump previously congratulated Welker on her new job with “Weekend Today” back in January, saying the NBC made a “very wise decision” in hiring her, but has since changed his tune, tweeting on Saturday that she has “always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters.”
During a rally in Arizona on Monday, Trump called her a “radical Democrat” who’s “been screaming questions at me for a long time.”
Welker was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., to a white father and Black mother. Her mother was the first African-American president at Penn State University’s women's student association.
Welker has previously said it was this upbringing that inspired her to become a journalist.
"Growing up as a biracial child, the idea of helping people of different races and backgrounds better communicate inspired me to become a journalist," she said in a profile on Black journalists in Glamour Magazine back in June.
Welker was among four debate moderators for a U.S. Democratic debate in November 2019, where she was tasked with asking the 10 remaining candidates about health care, race and housing.
This time around, Welker selected six topics: fighting COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership.