World News – CA – Kristen Welker receives bipartisan praise as UModer of Presidential Debate


Graham slaughter
CTVNewsca writer


Ben cousins
CTVNewsca writer


After the first US presidential debate that prompted organizers to introduce a mute button, NBC reporter Kristen Welker took over the reins in what many viewers feared would be another chaotic night of screaming and crossover conversations

Instead, the debate stayed largely on track as Welker kept candidates in the loop, earning the veteran White House reporter a rare moment of bipartisan praise

– So far @kwelkernbc is doing a good job, – tweeted former Fox News host Megyn Kelly in the first half of the debate, who went on to praise Welker for asking Biden about the allegations regarding her son’s relationship Hunter with Ukraine

at ???? Kristen Welker hosts a master class on how to moderate a presidential debate, â € “ White House bureau chief Philip Rucker tweeted to the Washington Post

– A tip from the Stetson to Kristen Welker, – tweeted veteran US news anchor Dan Rather ???? An accomplished pro on a big and difficult stageâ ????

Welker has been a White House reporter for NBC since 2011 and played a leading role in network coverage during the 2016 presidential election. In January, she was promoted to co-host of â ???? Weekend Today, â ???? NBC Weekend Morning Show

In September Welker received the award for « outstanding journalism in television broadcasting » at the Washington Women in Journalism Awards

US President Donald Trump previously congratulated Welker on his new job with â € “ Weekend Todayâ ???? in January, saying that NBC had made a « very wise decision » in her hiring, but has since changed her tone, tweeting Saturday that she has always been terrible unfair &, as have most of the Fake News reportersâ € ”

At rally in Arizona on Monday, Trump called her a ‘radical Democrat’ who has been screaming questions at me for a long timeâ ????

Welker was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa to a white father and a black mother His mother was the first African American president of the Penn State University Women’s Student Association

“Growing up as a biracial child, the idea of ​​helping people of different races and backgrounds communicate better inspired me to become a journalist,” she said in a profile on Black Journalists in Glamor magazine in June

Welker was among four debate moderators for a US Democratic Debate in November 2019, where she was tasked with questioning the remaining 10 candidates on health care, race and housing

This time around, Welker has selected six topics: the fight against COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership

NBC News moderator Kristen Welker listens to President Donald Trump and former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University on Thursday Oct February 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee (Jim Bourg / Pool via AP)

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