Kristen Welker is an American journalist who is best known for her work with NBC. In 2011 she became a White House correspondent for the network.
Her coverage appears on all platforms of NBC News, including NBC Nightly News, Today, Meet the Press, MSNBC and NBCNews.com. Here is a look at her career development and details of her private life.
Kristen Welker Bio/Salary/Net Worth
Kristen Welker was born on 1 July 1976 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She attended high school at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, where she graduated in 1994.
Kristen then enrolled at the renowned Harvard University, where she studied American history. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in 1998. Kristen also studied Spanish in Madrid with a Rotary Scholarship.
She began her career as a reporter at the ABC subsidiary KRCR, where she worked for two years between 2001 and 2003. Kristen joined WLNE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island in 2003 and worked for 2 years, until 2005, as both a presenter and reporter. At the same time, she worked for KRCR-TV.
Kristen joined NBC in 2005. Four years later she became a news correspondent at NBC Universal, Burbank Bureau. After two years, Kristen was promoted to White House correspondent in 2011.
Kristen has worked with ex POTUS Barracks Obama and ex-Vice President Joe Biden and has traveled.
Kristen is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and has been nominated twice for the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards.
Kristen’s salary, like her career, has undoubtedly increased exponentially. Although the exact figures are not known, we estimate their net value at $1.5 million – $2.5 million.
Kristen Welker Ethnicity/Parents
Kristen’s father Harvey is a white American, while her mother Julie is a black American, which makes Kristen a mixed ethnicity.
There is not much information about her parents, but we know they are highly educated people who fully support their daughter’s career.
Her father Harvey is an engineer, while her mother Julie is a real estate agent.
Kristen Welker Married/Husband
Until recently, when she married, exactly in March 2017, no information about Kristen’s romantic life was published.
Kristen married John Hughes, a marketing director at Merck in Philadelphia. Her wedding was attended by some 300 guests, including journalists Chris Jansing, Chuck Todd, Kelly O’Donnell, Andrea Mitchell, Mr. Alexander, Comcast exec David Cohen, Pete Williams, and Aditi Roy.
As you might expect, the wedding was a big deal. The New York Times columnist, Brooke Lea Foster, met the couple for an in-depth interview in which they told juicy details about their love affair.
Kristen Welker was 40 when she tied the knot, and it was her very first marriage, by the way, John is 4 years older than her.
This number is quite large for a lady’s first marriage, but Kristen didn’t deliberately choose to stay that long. Her romantic life was clouded by a full workflow and the relationships she was able to build ended in a wreck.
She revealed to NYT that if she thought about her love life, she would ask herself, “What is wrong with me? Her bad experiences made her complain, “That happens to everyone else, but maybe not to me.”
Her grief was turned into joy when a mutual friend joined her with John in October 2014. When Kristen wanted to visit her parents in Philadelphia, she took the time to give John a first date. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Although Kristen is always on TV, John hadn’t seen her until that day. He told NYT that he was getting his news from other sources. However, he was impressed by what he saw and thought that Kristen was “out of his league”.
Kristen knew that John was “the One,” after her second date, where John gave her a crossword puzzle with presidential quizzes and clues that he had written himself.
“This is the moment he caught me. As a White House correspondent, it was so touching and different from any other I’ve ever been with,” Kristen NYT said.
In June 2016, John asked the big question. At the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. John said;
“I wanted to ask her out in a place where you could pass years later and tell your kids that we got engaged in that place.”
His exact words were: “I couldn’t imagine not being with you for the rest of my life. Would you do me the honor of marrying me?
Back to the wedding. It took place in her hometown Philadelphia in the Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel. The wedding program included a copy of the President’s crossword puzzle John had made for her.
Kristen went shopping with her mother and John’s mother for their wedding dress. Together they choose a Vera Wang figure.
For more photos of the couple follow Kristen on Instagram.