Kristen Welker

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Kristen Welker
Born (1976-07-01) July 1, 1976 (age 41)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Harvard University
Occupation Journalist, correspondent
Spouse(s) John Hughes (m. 2017)

Kristen Welker (born July 1, 1976[1]) is an American television journalist working for NBC News. She serves as a White House correspondent based in Washington.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Welker is the daughter of Harvey and Julie Welker.[3] Her father, Harvey, is an engineer, and her mother, Julie, is a real estate agent.[4] Harvey is white and Julie is black.[3][5] She graduated from Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia in 1994 and Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1998.[6][7][8] At Harvard, she graduated with honors, majoring in History.[9] Welker married John Hughes on March 4, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[10]


Welker has worked at ABC affiliates WLNE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island, and KRCR-TV in Redding/Chico, California, and joined NBC in 2005 at affiliate WCAU in Philadelphia, where she was a reporter and weekend anchor. She then joined NBC News in 2010 as a correspondent based at the NBC News West Coast Headquarters in Burbank, California. She became an NBC White House correspondent in December 2011.


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