Jansing in 2011
Christine Ann Kapostasy
January 30, 1957
|Alma mater||Otterbein College|
|Spouse(s)||Robert Jansing (m. 1982; div.)|
Christine Ann Kapostasy-Jansing, known as Chris Jansing, is an American television news correspondent. She currently works for NBC News as senior national correspondent for the network's cable division, MSNBC and, alongside Brian Williams, as a breaking news anchor for the channel. Jansing was NBC News senior White House correspondent from 2014 to January 20, 2017. From 2010 to 2014, she hosted an MSNBC show called Jansing and Company.
Early life and education
Jansing was born to a Roman Catholic family in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, the youngest of 12 children of Joseph and Tilly Kapostasy. She is of Hungarian and Slovak descent. Originally a political science major, Jansing switched majors to broadcast journalism after working for the college radio station. In 1978, she graduated from Otterbein College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
After college, she worked as an intern at a cable station in Columbus, Ohio, and then accepted a job for a short stint at radio station WIPS in Ticonderoga, New York. She then accepted a position as a general assignment reporter for WNYT television in Albany, New York, where she quickly rose to become the weekend anchor and then the weekly co-anchor. She stayed at WNYT for 17 years. While there, she won a New York Emmy Award in 1997 for her coverage of the Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. Jansing joined NBC News in June 1998 at which point, she began to use the last name of "Jansing" professionally instead of her maiden name of "Kapostasy" which she had used before then. She has since anchored and reported for MSNBC and has been a substitute anchor for The Today Show, and the Sunday version of NBC Nightly News. In 2008, she relocated to Los Angeles and worked as a field reporter for two years before returning as an anchor in 2010. Chris Jansing previously anchored the 10 am hour on MSNBC weekdays on Jansing and Company, with Richard Lui regularly serving as a correspondent and substitute anchor. The show ended on June 13, 2014, when Jansing became NBC's Senior White House Correspondent.
On June 1, 2017, Jansing was named senior national correspondent for MSNBC. As part of the role, Jansing will continue to anchor the network's breaking news coverage alongside Brian Williams, as well as provide coverage from the White House and Capitol Hill.
- An Emmy Award for her coverage of the 1996 Olympic Park bombing at the Olympic Games in Atlanta. She also has a second Emmy Award.
- "Best Person" award from the New York State Broadcasters Association for her report on hunger in New York State.
- Inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in June 2016.
In 1982, she married Robert Jansing, a chemist, who ran an analytical chemistry laboratory, and in 1998, upon her move to NBC, she began using her married name. She explained it was easier for viewers to pronounce. She and her husband subsequently divorced, but she has continued to use the name "Chris Jansing" professionally.
- Media Bistro: "Before the Smoke Clears, Covering the Conclave" by Gail Shister February 21, 2013 |"To Jansing, a lifelong Catholic, the Vatican holds special significance."
- Her Life Magazine: "Inspirations - CHRIS JANSING" by Ann E. Butenas March 2013
- "Kapostasy, DiNicola Earn New York Emmys," Albany NY Times-Union, April 29, 1997, p. C8
- Rob Owen, "WNYT After Kapostasy," Albany Times-Union, May 30, 1998, p. D7
- Ariens, Chris. "Chris Jansing Named MSNBC Senior National Correspondent". TVNewser. Adweek.com. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
- "Kapostasy Changing On-Air Name," Albany NY Times-Union, June 20, 1998, p. D6
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