Things you probably didn’t know about famous American journalist Kristen Welker, Find OUT!!

Kristen Welker, born on 1 July 1976, is an American TV Journalist who works for  NBC News. She lives in Washington DC and shares work responsibility with  Peter Alexander as the network’s co-chief White House correspondent and as co-host of Weekend Today, also the Saturday edition of Today. She was a moderator in the second presidential debate with Joe Biden and Donald Trump in October 2022.

Early Life and Education

Kristen Welker was born to her parents, Harvey and Julie Welker. Her mom is a real estate mogul, while her father is an engineer. Her mom is African-American, and her father is white. She went to Germantown Francis School in Philadelphia in 1994 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Harvard College in 1998. Kristen studied History and graduated with honors; after which she became an intern for Today in 1997. 


Top 10 facts about Kristen Welker

  1. Kristen Welker has a close relationship with her mom. Welker told Mariah River, “My mother, Juliet Welker, is my best friend, greatest inspiration, and biggest supporter. The most important lesson she taught me was to believe in myself. My mother is living proof of the power of that lesson.
  2. Although it took quite a long time for Welker to find true love, true love found her most incredible, and she is happily married.
  3. Trump lashed out at Welker on Twitter a few days t the presidential debate. Although, he had praised her after she received her Today Gig. However, when he learned that she was a democrat, he became pissed and called her an unfair and partial person.
  4. When Welker was in 6th grade, she knew that she had an interest in journalism and began writing for her school newspaper.
  5. Kristen Welker’s Instagram account is private; it’s, however, unclear as to whether she made it private before the presidential debate or after the debate.
  6. She is the second black woman to moderate a presidential debate.
  7. John Hughes’s exact net worth is unknown but his wife has an estimated net worth of $3 million.
  8. Kristen’s husband has amazing body features despite he is a mid-aged guy, he has grey hair with a round chubby face and cute brown eyes which swept the famous journalist off her feet.
  9. John and Kristen hooked up through a mutual friend, Laura Nagle, but after their first successful setup date, they had to wait for a longer time for a second date due to Weklker’s hectic schedule.
  10. John Hughes is not available on social media platforms due to his love for privacy, his wife’s private account has about 58k followers.

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After graduating from Harvard College, Welker started a career in Journalism as an intern at Today. She worked with ABC affiliates from 2003 to 2005 in Rhode Island and KRCR TV in California. Kristen started working with NBC in 2005, serving as a weekend anchor and reporter. In 2010, she joined NBC News as a correspondent based at the NBC News Headquarters in California. After which, she became an NBC White House in December 2011.

She frequently represented MSNBC at daily white house press briefings and reported live on various occasions on the network. She often fills in on Today and NBC Nightly News. In January 2020, NBC announced Peter Alexander and Welker to become their regular co-host for Weekend Today. After becoming a co-host with Peter Alexander, she was selected to moderate the presidential debate between President Donald Trump and nominee Joe Biden, which made her the second black woman to moderate a presidential debate solo. The first black woman to assume that role was Carole Simpson, ABC News journalist, during the election in 1992.

She has a previous experience in debate moderation in November 2019 with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, and Washington White House reporter Ashley Parker. She was honored with an award for outstanding journalist in Broadcast TV at the Washington Women in Journalism Awards.

Who is Kristen Welker, the Moderator of This Week's Presidential Debate? | Vogue

Personal Life

Her Husband-John Hughes

Kristen Welker married a marketing executive with Merck, John Hughes, on 4 March 2017 and gave birth to a baby girl born via a surrogate in June 2021.

John and Kristen Welker met in 2004 after they were set up by mutual friends to go on a date. The first date was fantastic for the duo, and they fixed another date which Kristen almost missed due to breaking news she received, plus the need for her to prepare for an impromptu international trip. John Hughes traveled to Washington DC from Philadelphia just for the date; However, when Kristen arrived late, Hughes handed an envelope to her with a creative presidential trivia crossword puzzle he created while waiting for her.

Kristen said, “That was the moment he got me.” She said to the New York Times that what he did, showed that he was different from every other person. In an interview, she disclosed that she had given up finding the right guy. In her words, “I had given up on the idea of finding someone; but when we had dinner in Philadelphia, and the rest is sort of history.”

John Hughes and Kristen’s love story

John said, “When she got out of the car, I immediately felt like I was out of my league.” And although John knew that she was a famous TV journalist, he had never had physical contact with her. When they met, he was taken aback by her dress sense; he said her hair and makeup were perfect.

Their first date went perfectly well and subsequent dates also. Hughes proposed to Welker in 2016; during a campaign trail, she informed him that she would be busy all through the campaign period; he squeezed time and took her to the steps of Lincoln Memorial, where he popped the beautiful question. He told New York Times that he wanted to propose to her in an outdoor location, where he could walk by and say to his children their love story. They had a beautiful and exciting relationship until they tied the knot at Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia.

Her Social Media

Kristen Welker is active on Instagram @kristenwelker with about 58k followers, on Twitter @kristenwelker with 429k followers, and active on Facebook @kristenwelker with 15k followers; on the other hand, her husband John Hughes is not available on any social media platform.

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She paid a visit to the refugees that fled from Ukraine, thereby making a post on Twitter with the caption: “it was a beautiful experience to meet with refugees who are at the center of this crisis. They are calling on the world not to look away.”

Her Net Worth

As of 2019, she has an estimated net worth of $3 million. She is one of the successful females in the journalism network and earns an enormous amount for her dedication and hard work. She earns approximately $100k from NBC News, excluding rewards, motivations, and expenses.


Kristen Welker is one of those women who inspire the female gender by their influence and affluence. She is a woman who knows how to create a balance between work and family life. Despite all the hard times and challenges she has faced, she is still striving in her career. We wish her greater heights and achievements.

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