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July 1, 1976 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Early life and education
Welker is the daughter of Harvey and Julie Welker. Her father, Harvey, is an engineer, and her mother, Julie, is a real estate agent. Harvey is white and Julie is black. She graduated from Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia in 1994 and Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1998. She graduated from Harvard with honor, with a major in History.
Welker has worked at the ABC affiliates WLNE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island, and KRCR-TV in Redding/Chico, California, and joined NBC in 2005 at affiliate WCAU, where she was a reporter and weekend anchor, and then joined NBC News in 2010 as a correspondent based at the NBC News West Coast Headquarters in Burbank, California. She became NBC White House correspondent in December 2011. Welker has traveled around the world with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and First Lady Michelle Obama.
- Kristen Welker (@kwelkernbc) (July 1, 2015). "Thanks so much! "@Shawn_NJ: @kwelkernbc my birthday today as well. Have a happy. We share with Pam Anderson and Lady Diana. Solid company."". Twitter. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
- "Kristen Welker". msnbc.com. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
- Philly Magazine: "HughE Dillon: Jonas Brothers Play Ball in Camden - Plus today’s Snoop Dogg appearance, a farewell party for NBC 10′s Kristen Welker, and D.A. Seth Williams sings for his supper" By Hugh E. Dillon August 30, 2010
- Dan Gross. " Go West Young Kristen Welker." Philadelphia Daily News, August 19, 2010, p. 28.
- Philly Magazine: "Race For Votes Flier's Bigoted, Sexist, Welker Camp Argues" by Cynthia Burton and Mark McDonald April 27, 1995
- Philly Magazine: "Kristen Welker’s New Gig: Hanging Out With the Obamas - The Philly native and NBC10 alum joined the White House press corps" By Gail Shister December 20, 2011
- Philly Magazine: "Brian Williams, Matt Lauer … Kristen Welker? - The Philly-bred reporter is headed for the big leagues as a national correspondent for “Nightly News”" By Gail Shister August 19, 2010
- "Harvard Alumni Directory". Retrieved April 9, 2015.
- Patricia Clifford. "Family Celebrates Welker's Career Move." Philadelphia Tribune, August 31, 2010, p. 8B.