Have you ever wondered how long does it take to find love? And how much can you wait for your prince charming to come and sweep you off of your feet? We think Kristen Welker, the White House correspondent for NBC News knows it better.
Caption: Kristen Welker has a good heart. She wants quality education for all kids, 2013. She will onday be an inpiring mother.
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Kristen Welker, who’s been working for NBC News since 2010, falls into one of the 50 most beautiful according to The Hill. But even her beauty couldn't help her meet the right person for all these years. But there is a saying, ‘everything happens for a reason.' Maybe the reason behind her failed relationships was to meet the perfect guy in her late 30s (she is 38).
Yes, you heard it right. Our beloved Kristen is finally on her way to getting married, and we couldn’t be happier.
So who is the lucky guy who won Kristen’s heart? We have a little inside scoop.
The newly engaged Kristen had talked to Today around 2 months before the proposal about how boyfriend (now fiancé) and her parents helped her stay focused while she was busy reporting on the 2016 presidential campaign trial for NBC.
Dream Proposal from John: To Whom She Married?
It was a regular Friday night (June 24) for Kristen and John (Kristen’s fiancé). They were on their way to a restaurant for dinner when out of nowhere John got down on one knee and popped the question she had been waiting for all her life. And the answer was a definite yes.
Friends, I've waited nearly 40 years for this and wanted to share that John Hughes @salatrix and I got engaged Friday night in Washington, D.C. Thank you to a quick thinking jogger, Anna Perkinson, for capturing the moment. And thank you John for making me the happiest and luckiest girl in the world. #worththewait #atlast
Happy Couple: Kristen's Loving Fiancee and Future Husband, John
The beautiful moment was captured on-camera by runner Anna Perkinson, who happened to be jogging near Lincoln Memorial when all of this was going on.
Congratulations to the Happy Couple!!
Even her followers are showering her with love and wishes all over her social media feeds.
Kristen’s soon to be husband, John Hughes, is a marketing director at Merck in the Philadelphia area. He is also a beer enthusiast.
Before dating John, she was in a relationship with Andrew Mulroney, who is a senior software developer at Kimmel Centre. Phillymag.com reports that Andrew and Kristen grew up with the same friends.
How Kristen and John Met?
Caption: Kristen with her fiancee John before participating in the "Flamouth Road Race" in August
In an interview with article.philly.com in July 2016, she had revealed about how she met John for the first time. She said:
I'm 40 years old. I say that to give hope to other women who maybe haven't found The One in their 20s. So two summers ago, my best friend from high school's mother said, "I'd really like you to meet John Hughes." He is their family friend's son. I had just about given up on the idea of finding someone, but we had dinner in Philadelphia, and the rest is sort of history.
How She Went on to be a Reporter?
In the same interview, she stated her mother political journey inspired her to be a reporter. She said:
I was in sixth grade. I loved TV news. I acknowledge that I was also in awe of Barbara Walters interviewing Patrick Swayze and dancing with him.
But when my mother ran for City Council, that was the moment when I knew I wanted to be a political reporter. Some reporters asked her about being married to my father - they have an interracial relationship - as if that was somehow a negative thing. I think my parents handled it with grace I would get very upset about this line of questioning. It made me realize how important it is that political reporters are being fair. Tough, but fair.
Kristen Welker’s Professional Journey:
Graduated from Harvard University with honor, majoring in history, Welker started her reporting career from WLNE-TV, an ABC-affiliated company. She later joined WCAU, an NBC affiliate company as a weekend anchor and reporter. She officially joined NBC News in 2010 as a correspondent and reported for NBC platforms like “Today,” “Nightly News” and MSNBC. She was named White House correspondent in December 2011.
She even had the opportunity to travel around the world with President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, and First Lady Michelle Obama.Nevertheless, she was the only journalist who grabbed a place in Glamour’s Meet the Women of Election 2016 spread. Go Kristen!
No matter how tough journey it has been for the hardworking television personality, her family has always been by her side. Now that she is engaged to the man she has been waiting for, the man who has loved her like her family, she is probably the happiest person in the world at this moment of time.
You’re gone for weeks at a time, you come home, do your laundry, and get back on the trail…. I talk to my parents and my boyfriend every day. It helps you maintain a sense of normalcy.
- Kristen Welker on her hectic schedule covering the 2016 Presidential election on MSNBC's Morning Joe in 2015
In 2015, Kristen along with her team was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Awards for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story. She apparently won in the same category in 2015. She is also an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Her Ethnicity and her Motive to Cover the Election:
My mother [who is African American] ran for city council when I was in ninth grade and college, and a few reporters asked her why she was married to my father, who was white. It just angered me and made me feel that voters and candidates deserve a more elevated level of discourse. I want to press candidates to articulate policy.
-Kristen Welker on her motive to cover the election
Kristen Welker grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as an only child of anchor Harvey and Julie Welker. Her father, Harvey, is an engineer, and her mother, Julie, is a real estate agent and a former city council candidate. Her mother has described her as “the greatest reporter who’s ever walked the Earth.”
Since Welker’s father belongs to white ethnicity and her mother belongs to African American ethnicity, she belongs to a mix ethnic background and is of American nationality.
Caption: Kristen interviewing 2016 Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders in May. During the interview, Bernie strongly refused to back out from the race and pointed his fingers to a "Democratic Convention" when Kristen asked about his chances of winning the nomination. He was later invited by Green party's Jill Stein to take over the party ticket and he refused. Ultimately, he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president at the DNC.
Kristen's Short Bio:
Kristen Welker was born on July 1, 1976, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to an interracial couple; mother Julia Welker, a prominent Fairmount realtor and former councilmember candidate, and loving father.
A Walk to the Past: Kristen holding her childhood picture.
She comes from a multi-racial family where her father belongs to white ethnicity, and her mother belongs to black ethnicity. Welker graduated from the Germantown Friends School in 1994, and Harvard College in 1998, in Bachelors of Arts, with a major in History.
She worked as a reporter in different television stations around the country, finally settling as a news correspondent for NBC News in 2010. She was later named the official White House correspondent for NBC in December 2011, which gave her the opportunity to travel around the world along with President Obama. She is currently busy covering the US 2016 election cycle. She as recently assigned to cover the DNC, which took place in her hometown Philadelphia.
Caption: Kristen at the DNC
She was also an important member of NBC Roadwarriors, an election-themed round-table show that aired (4 p.m) for three consecutive Friday in April and June.The show was an instant hit, thanks to the young female personalities including Kristen, Katy Tur, Halie Jackson and Kasie Hunt.
Caption: The NBC RoadWarrior team on the campaign trail. The election brought the personalities together who were living in different places fulfilling their respective duties.
Huffington Post senior reporter Michael Calderone wrote an article titled 'MSNBC Touts Straight News Shift, But Daytime Lineup Still In Flux' in June 2016 pointing out that MSNBC was no longer a left-leaning network. He emphasized that MSNBC was also attempting to grasp the conservative base. Nevertheless, he also stated that the boom period will come to an end once the election cycle is over. MSNBC Phil Griffin had stated that MSNBC was experimenting different shows and ideas due to the recent election rating boom.
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