Kristen Welker is a well-known American television journalist who works as a White House correspondent for NBC News. She works alongside Peter Alexander as the network’s co-chief White House correspondent.  Kristen is also the co-anchor of Weekend Today, the Saturday edition of Today. Besides that, Kristen Welker served as a moderator in the second presidential debate with Donald Trump and Joe Biden in October 2020. Here is her biography.

Profile Summary 

Full Name: Kristen Welker

Date of Birth: July 1, 1976 

Age: 45 years old 

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A

Education: Harvard University (BA)

Occupation: Journalist

Employer: NBC News

Spouse(s): John Hughes ​(m. 2017)​

Child: Margot Lane

Early Life  

Kristen was born on the 1st of July 1976 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was born to Harvey and Julie Welker. Her father is white, while her mother is an African-American. Welker’s father, Harvey, is an engineer, while her mother, Julie, is a real estate agent. 


Kristen Welker attended Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. She graduated from the school in 1994. Welker also attended Harvard College; while she was at the college, she majored in history. In 1997, Welker did her internship at Today. In 2008, She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Art. 


American Journalist Kristen Welker

 Welker worked at ABC affiliate WLNE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island. She has also worked for KRCR-TV in Redding, California. In 2005, Welker joined National Broadcasting Company at their Philadelphia owned-and-operated station, WCAU. At the time, she was a reporter and weekend anchor. In 2010, Welker joined NBC News as a correspondent based at the NBC News West Coast Headquarters in Burbank, California. In December 2011, she became an NBC White House correspondent.

Welker regularly represents MSNBC, an American news-based pay television, at daily White House press briefings. She reports living for various programs on the network. Besides that, Welker occasionally fills in on NBC Nightly News and Today. On January 10, 2020, Welker became the regular co-anchor of Weekend Today alongside Peter Alexander. She debuted as co-anchor on Weekend Today on January 11, 2020. In September 2020, she received an award for Outstanding Journalist in Broadcast Television at the Washington Women in Journalism Awards.

Personal Life

Welker and her husband

The journalist is not affiliated with any political party ever since she registered to vote in 2012.

Welker married John Hughes on March 4, 2017, in Philadelphia. Her husband, John Hughes, is a marketing executive with Merck. He became the marketing executive in 2015, although he has been working for Merck since 2006. Welker and John were set up for a date by one of her mutual friends.  The two started dating despite Kristen’s busy work schedule. 

John proposed to Welker during the 2016 campaign trail since she worked to cover it for the network. Welker already told John that she would be in Washington D.C. for just 24 hours. He took her to the steps of Lincoln Memorial and popped the question.

They got married in 2017 at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia, just a block where they had their first date. The couple compliment each other despite being opposites.

Does Welker have a child?

Kristen Welker and family

On April 23, 2021, Welker and her husband John Hughes announced that they were expecting their first child. A few months later, on June 12, 2021, the couple welcomed their first child, a baby girl, Margot Lane Welker Hughes. They had their daughter with the help of a surrogate. 

In an email sent to Today, the couple explained the meaning behind their daughter’s name. They said Margot was chosen in honour of Kristen’s grandmother, Margaret. It is because her grandmother paved the way for Kristen and her mother to live a life she could only dream of. Their daughter’s middle name, Lane, is derived from her husband’s family.

A few months after Margot Lane was born, Mrs Hughes opened up to people about her infertility and surrogacy. Welker told the media outlet that she never imagined that she would be one of the couples that would struggle with infertility. She and her husband decided to opt for surrogacy after three years of failed IVF treatments.

Since her daughter’s birth, the journalist has been using her platform to support and share her surrogacy story so that women going through infertility issues won’t feel alone.

Social Media

Welker is active on Twitter with about 195 thousand followers. She is also active on Instagram with 29.4 thousand followers.