Meet Kristen Welker: The First Black Woman To Moderate A Presidential Debate Since 1992

By Duchess Magazine

Award-winning NBC News White House correspondent and anchor Kristen Welker, 44, recently made history as the first Black woman to moderate a presidential debate solo since 1992.

During the final faceoff between President of the United States Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, 12 days before the election on November 3rd, Kristen Welker stood in as moderator, applaudably firmly putting the debaters in the lane without letting them veer off.

Welker earned praised from top notch news outlets like The New York Times, The Guardian, for keeping conversation about issues and policy positions and reintroducing civility.

In September, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced that Welker would moderate the second and final debate between the two candidates: she became the first Black women to moderate a presidential debate solo.

A Philadelphia native and Harvard graduate, Welker who has been on the NBC News team since 2010 and assumed the role of White House correspondent in 2011 has had prior debate moderation experience; Welker co-moderated a Democratic primary presidential debate last November alongside MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, and Washington Post’s Ashley Parker. She also covered the 2016 campaign for NBC News.

The top American Journalist was promoted to Weekend TODAY co-anchor alongside Peter Alexander at the beginning of 2020.

At the Washington Women in Journalism Awards, Welker was named 2020’s Outstanding Broadcast Journalist. She also won a National Emmy Award for her part in NBC News’ coverage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash.

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