NBC News journalist Kristen Welker was the moderator of the last presidential debate on Thursday, October 22nd. People want to get to know her and wonder what her ethnicity is.
If there is one winner from the last presidential debate this week that should be journalist Kristen Welker. This is an opinion shared by many people on social media and fellow journalists, including Rachel Maddow.
Kristen was hugely praised for her role as a moderator, especially for how she handled the timeslots of the two presidential candidates.
Many want to find more information about her, including her family and ethnic background.
Who is Kristen Welker?
Kristen Welker was born on July 1st, 1976. She grew up in Philadelphia in the city’s Fairmount neighbourhood.
She studied American History at Harvard University and wanted to become a journalist since she was in sixth grade.
Kristen joined NBC news for the first time when she was 21 years old. During her university years, she joined the network as an intern when she worked on the Today show.
The 44-year-old has also served as White House correspondent since 2011.
In January this year, Kristen was confirmed as a regular presenter on Weekend Today alongside Peter Alexander.
Kristen Welker: Ethnicity
Kristen is biracial. Her father, Harvey Welker, is white and her mother, Julie Welker, is black.
Harvey has worked as an engineer, while Julie is a real estate agent who previously ran for City Council.
In an article for Glamour, Kristen revealed that her parents were married for three years before interracial marriage was banned. She wrote:
“My parents got married three years after the Supreme Court, in 1967, struck down laws banning interracial marriage. Their courage to wed 50 years ago shaped my view of the world, and my role in it.”
Kristen Welker and her journalism career
Kristen has mentioned that she wanted to pursue a journalism career in a number of previous interviews.
Speaking to The Everygirl in 2018, she explained that it was her community and family which inspired her to become a journalist and contribute to the public.
“My parents instilled in me the importance of contributing to my community. I see journalism as a way to contribute to our democratic process and as a way to hold those in power accountable to the people. I can think of no better way to give back.”
Meanwhile, in her article for Glamour, she added:
“Growing up as a biracial child, the idea of helping people of different races and backgrounds better communicate inspired me to become a journalist. My father’s words reminded me that the sense of responsibility that got me into journalism more than 20 years ago is what needs to guide me right now.”