Megyn Kelly, known for her career at Fox News, then NBC, and now as a conservative podcaster and radio host, is set to moderate the upcoming Republican primary debate on Dec. 6 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Former President Donald J. Trump is unlikely to attend the event, which will be hosted by the NewsNation television network, owned by Nexstar Media Group. Alongside Kelly, Elizabeth Vargas and Eliana Johnson will also moderate the debate. The event will be sponsored by The Free Beacon and SiriusXM, and broadcast on digital platforms and local CW affiliates. NewsNation, positioning itself as centrist and independent, has recently added several familiar on-air personalities including Dan Abrams, Ashleigh Banfield, and Elizabeth Vargas.
The network has faced accusations of conservative bias and staff resignations in the past, but has seen an increase in viewership in recent years. Many former Fox News employees have joined NewsNation, reflecting the channel’s aim to introduce more viewers to its “outstanding journalism.” The upcoming debate is expected to provide an alternative space for conservative ideas and values, as expressed by moderator Eliana Johnson. Megyn Kelly has promised an entertaining evening, likening the debate to a spicy and intoxicating margarita.