Those who can tell a thing or two about Kristen Welker will quickly point out that she is a media personality known for her work with NBC News where she among other things, has been serving as the White House Correspondent. Only a handful will describe her as an actress. Yeah, more than being a television journalist, Welker is also an actress and a good number of other things. As an actress, you will find her in 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen wherein she acted the role of a reporter and in the political thriller series House of Cards created by Beau Willimon.
It would be ridiculous to assert that Kristen is the most accomplished journalist among her peers. But then, there is no denying the fact that her career has seen many accomplishments that many can only dream of. She has gained vast experience in her field, working with various media outlets and this has made her a popular public figure with many people wanting to know more about her personal life.
Kristen Welker Is a Harvard Alum
On the 1st of July in the year 1976, Kristen Welker was born to Harvey Welker and his wife Julie. Records have it that she was born in Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania. To the best of our knowledge, it was also in Philly that Kristen was raised, even though details of her upbringing have been quite vague.
Irrespective of the fact that the kind of childhood the journalist had is best known to her, it is no secret that she was a student of Germantown Friends School in Germantown, Philadelphia. It is said that she graduated from the co-educational independent school in 1994.
To further her studies, Welker moved on to Harvard University where she proved herself to be a brilliant mind. She graduated cum laude from the prestigious institution, bagging a Bachelor’s degree in American history; this was in 1998.
She Has Been Passionate About Journalism Since Childhood
Among the many things that we have come to learn about Kristen Welker’s career, the fact that she has always wanted to be a journalist is most inspiring. Her passion for the field has been traced back to when she was in sixth grade. If anything, it is another proof that we can all actualize our dreams if we stay true to our plans and remain passionate about it.
The Philadelphia native kicked off her professional career working as a researcher for Weekend Today but that isn’t when she started practicing journalism. While she was still in college, she interned with NBC’s The Today Show; that was in 1997. Decades later, she would be named a co-anchor of Weekend Today.
Welker’s Pathway to Landing Her Dream Job At NBC
Sometime in 2001, Welker began her first on-air job at KRCR in Redding, California. She also served the outlet as a reporter and stayed with them for about two years. Kristen Welker left KRCR in 2003 to join WLNE-ABC6 News where she continued serving as a reporter. In addition to that, she worked for KRCR-TV as a reporter and anchor; this lasted from 2003 to 2005. Joining NBC 10 in the latter year, she worked with the establishment until 2009. Meanwhile, she was as well serving WCAU-TV (NBC) as a reporter and held the job from 2005 to 2010.
It was in 2009 that Kristen Welker became an NBC News Correspondent. She held the position for two years, moving on in May 2011 to become the White House Correspondent for the media house.
She made another leap in her career on the 10th of January 2020 when NBC disclosed that she has been picked to co-anchor Weekend Today with Peter Alexander.
For the journalist, joining The Today Show is a dream come true as she will get to work with Peter Alexander who has been her friend for a long time. Apart from being good at what she does, Kristen Welker is admired for her ability to build a quality friendship with co-workers. Justin Pizzi, her co-worker at NBC10 had to throw her a party when she was set to leave Philadelphia with her parents to join NBC News in Burbank, California.
Kristen Welker’s Parents Set An Impeccable Example For Her To Follow
As stated earlier, this television journalist was born to Harvey Walker and his wife Julie. Considering the heritage of her parents, Kristen Welker is biracial. Her mother is an African American who has built a fine career as a realtor.
Kristen’s mother attended Penn State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree. Afterward, she went to the University of Pennsylvania and bagged a Master’s degree in City Planning. Julie is the president of Coldwell Banker Welker Real Estate and according to records, she has been serving in that capacity since 1977.
Like her mom, her dad has also thrived in his career as a cost estimator consulting engineer. Mr. Harvey got his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dartmouth College. He attended the school from 1961 to 1965.
The latter year saw him commence his pursuit for a Master’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering which he acquired in 1967. Harvey has been working as an ICARUS Consultant at WRE Inc. since August 1998 and he takes pride in describing himself as an Aspen Capital Cost Estimator with over 3 decades of experience.
Kristen Welker’s Husband Is A Marketing Professional
It is no secret that Kristen Welker has been married to John Hughes since 2017. What many don’t know is that the journalist had a hard time finding love. It has been reported that John is a marketing director working with Merck in Philadelphia and, that Welker met him in October 2014 after their mutual friends arranged a date for them. Among other things, Kristen fell for John’s intellect and the fact that he valued her work.
Based on what she shares on her social media pages, it is obvious that the journalist adores her husband a great deal. She regards him as her best friend and often uses terms like “my prince” and “my partner forever” to describe him. According to her, they celebrate their first date every year and it’s only one of the many things that make being married to him exciting and wonderful.