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Today star steps in to replace Chuck Todd on Meet the Press – details

The longtime NBC stalwart will be succeeded by Weekend Today co-anchor Kristen Welker

Moderator Chuck Todd, Kristen Welker, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent, and NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams appear on Meet the Press in Washington, D.C. Sunday, July 31, 2022
Beatriz Colon
Beatriz ColonOnline News WriterNew York
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Chuck Todd, after nine years as moderator on NBC's Meet the Press – which has been on the air since 1947 – is departing the show's news desk. Meet the Press is television's longest-running regular show.

Succeeding him will be Kristen Welker, NBC's chief White House correspondent, who also serves as co-anchor (alongside Peter Alexander) of Weekend Today, the Saturday edition of the Today Show.

She will step in as the show's moderator, its 13th in their 76-year history, at the end of the summer in September.

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Chuck, 50, announced the news during the concluding remarks of the Sunday, June 4 installment of the show. He became moderator of Meet the Press, its 12th, back in 2014, when he replaced David Greggory, who himself replaced Tim Russert following his 2008 passing.

During his departing statement, he acknowledged how many leaders tend to "overstay their welcome" and that he would rather leave "a little bit too soon than stay a tad too long." A longtime political journalist in Washington, he noted in his remarks: "I've let work consume me for nearly 30 years."

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He added: "I can't remember the last time I didn't wake up before 5 or 6 a.m., and as I've watched too many friends and family let work consume them before it was too late, I promised my family I wouldn't do that."

Moderator Chuck Todd appears in a pre taped episode of "Meet the Press" in Washington, D.C. Thursday, May 25, 2023© Getty
Chuck will have been moderator for nearly a decade when he departs in September

Chuck has been married to Kristian Denny, a communications professional and co-founder of Maverick Strategies and Mail, since 2001. They live in Arlington, Virginia, with their two children, Harrison and Margaret.

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President of editorial for NBC News Rebecca Blumenstein and the network's senior vice president of politics, Carrie Budoff Brown, revealed in a memo that Chuck would remain part of the NBC family – he first joined as NBC News political director in 2007 – as chief political analyst of the network.

Moderator Chuck Todd and Kristen Welker, NBC News White House Correspondent, appear on "Meet the Press" in Washington, D.C., Sunday September 22, 2019© Getty
Chuck and Kristen on Meet the Press in 2019

"Through his penetrating interviews with many of the most important newsmakers, the show has played an essential role in politics and policy, routinely made front-page news, and framed the thinking in Washington and beyond," they said in a memo, per the New York Times.

Kristen, 46, first became NBC White House correspondent in December 2011, and regularly anchors at MSNBC, plus has occasional appearances both on NBC Nightly News and on the Today Show. She became the regular co-anchor of Weekend Today in January of 2020.

Jacob Soboroff, Kristen Welker and Peter Alexander on Thursday, December 29, 2022 on Today Show© Getty
Kristen with her Today co-anchor Peter and fellow longtime Today contributor Jacob Soboroff

She has been part of the NBC family since 1997, when she became an intern for Today at age 21, while she studied at Harvard, from where she graduated the following year with a major in history. She joined the network in an official capacity in 2005 at affiliate WCAU in Philadelphia, later joining NBC News in 2010 as a correspondent based at the NBC News West Coast Headquarters in Burbank, California.

US President Donald Trump (R) Democratic Presidential candidate, former US Vice President Joe Biden and moderator, NBC News anchor, Kristen Welker (C) participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 2© Getty
The journalist was widely praised for her moderation of the final presidential debate between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump in 2020

Kristen has been married to marketing executive John Hughes since 2017, and in June 2021, they welcomed their first child, daughter Margot Lane Welker Hughes, via surrogacy.

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