Kristen Welker is an NBC News Chief White House Correspondent whose hard-hitting political reporting appears across all NBC News and MSNBC platforms, including “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “TODAY,” “Meet the Press,” and NBCNews.com.
Her dynamic questioning in White House press briefings is frequently highlighted by other outlets.
A staple of NBC News’ 2016 election coverage, Welker reported from the trail of former Sec. Hillary Clinton’s campaign. She frequently broke exclusives like Vice President Joe Biden’s decision not to run for office and was recognized by Glamour magazine as a “key player” of the “women of Election 2016.”
Welker began covering the White House for NBC News in December 2011, travelling domestically and internationally with President Obama, the First Lady, and Biden. She was “a lead source on headline-grabbing moments – from payroll tax cuts to FLOTUS’s first international solo trip, to South Africa,” according to Washingtonian magazine.
Prior to the White House beat, Welker was a network correspondent based in Burbank, California, joining NBC News in 2010. During her first year at the network, Welker was nominated for a national Emmy Award for her role in NBC News’ midterm election coverage.
She previously worked at WCAU-TV, NBC’s Philadelphia owned and operated station, where she anchored the NBC 10 weekend newscasts and started as a general assignment reporter in April 2005.
Welker also previously worked at WLNE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island and KRCR-TV in Redding, California.
Welker, a native of Philadelphia, graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s Degree in American history. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Welker is on Twitter at @kwelkernbc.