President Donald Trump and Joe Biden will square off at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., in an hour and a half debate starting at 9 p.m.
Welker, 44, has been the White House correspondent at NBC News since 2011, after her previous work serving as a news reporter in Rhode Island.
Yet Trump followers who took issue with hard interrogation by past moderators like Chris Wallace and Savannah Guthrie may find themselves pining for those aggressive hosts after Welker is done with the president.
Welker comes from an established Democratic family — who have drained money into party coffers, and to Trump enemies, for years.
Her mother, Julie Welker, a leading real estate broker in Philadelphia, and father, Harvey Welker, a consulting engineer, have distributed tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic nominees and close to $20,000 only to Barack Obama.
There was also $3,300 for Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign and $2,100 for Hillary Clinton’s lost 2016 presidential battle against Trump. Another $7,300 was given to the Democratic National Committee within 2004 and 2020.
In 2012, Welker and her family went to the White House to celebrate with the Obamas.
Though Kristen Welker’s party registration is not listed today, she was a registered Democrat in Washington, DC, in 2012 and in Rhode Island in 2004.
Throughout Welker’s tenure as a White House correspondent, she has gained a reputation for a harsh way of questioning.
“Mr. President, yes or no. … have you ever worked for Russia. Yes or no?” she asked throughout a confrontation in January 2019.
In March 2016 Welker was smashed on live television tipping off Hillary Clinton’s Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri about at least one question she thought to ask her throughout a post-debate interview in Michigan. Back then, Clinton was locked in a tough fight for the Democratic nomination against Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“I’m going to ask you about Flint,” Welker said of the Michigan city’s infamous water crisis.
Welker erased her Twitter account last week, heading off a more complete look at her past comments and views. It was later restored. The closing of the Twitter account came after Scully's Twitter account was deleted following an alleged hacking that took place on Thursday night, the hacking turned out to be a lie.
“Anyone who’s ever dealt with Welker knows she’s an activist, not a reporter. The White House press team views her the same way they would AOC or Pelosi if they walked in the office,” said a senior White House official.