MEET KRISTEN WELKER

Even though tens of millions of American voters have already made up their minds about who ought to be the next president of the United States, many are still expected to tune into tonight’s final presidential debate between Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.

In the middle of the brouhaha will be NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker, only the second Black woman to moderate a presidential debate and the first to do so in more than 20 years (ABC News journalist Carole Simpson was the first in 1992).

But while Welker is unquestionably diligent, professional and poised—just see how she gracefully sidestepped two collapsing fixtures during a live shot from the White House earlier this year—the true test for tonight will be how well she manages an event that devolved into chaos the last time the two candidates met on stage.

The last time Trump and Biden shared a room was for the first debate, on Sep. 29.NBC colleague and personal friend Andrea Mitchell told the Post that she considers Welker “tough” and capable of taking the “noise” and criticism that is part-and-parcel of moderating debates.

This is, of course, par for the course for Trump, though even he was singing a different tune about the Harvard-educated journalist earlier this year, when Welker, who has covered the White House for NBC since 2011, was added to NBC’s lineup for the weekend edition of the Today Show.

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