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‘Meet the Press’ Host Chuck Todd to Step Down, Kristen Welker to Succeed Him
“Meet the Press” host and moderator Chuck Todd announced on Sunday that he will step down this year after nine years hosting the public affairs talk show. Kristen Welker, NBC News’ co-chief White House correspondent, will succeed him.
Todd: Proud of What We Built
“It’s been an amazing nearly decadelong run. I am really proud of what this team and I have built over the last decade,” Todd said during the broadcast Sunday. “I’ve loved so much of this job, helping to explain America to Washington and explain Washington to America.”
Todd to Remain at NBC in New Role
He plans to remain at NBC in a new role as chief political analyst, where he will serve as a key voice both in the field and during coverage of major events. He will also focus on longform journalism.
Blumenstein and Budoff Brown Hail “Thoughtful and Passionate Leadership”
In a memo to staff members, NBC News’ president of editorial, Rebecca Blumenstein, and NBC News’ senior vice president of politics, Carrie Budoff Brown, hailed “Chuck’s thoughtful and passionate leadership.”
Welker: Second Woman and First Black Journalist to Moderate “Meet the Press”
Welker joins the ranks of hosts that included Tim Russert, who presided over the show from 1991 until his death in 2008. She is the second woman — following its inaugural host, Martha Rountree — and the first Black journalist to moderate “Meet the Press.”
“Meet the Press” Celebrates 75th Anniversary
“Meet the Press” is the longest-running show on American television, celebrating its 75th anniversary last year. It has led its rival shows in total viewers for more than eight years and won its first Emmy during Todd’s tenure for a special report titled “Schools, America, and Race.”
Todd Steered “Meet the Press” Through Seminal Political Events of the Last Decade
Todd was at the helm of the show during some of the most seminal political events of the last decade — including the final years of President Barack Obama’s administration, the 2016 presidential campaign and the election of Donald Trump, and the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
Todd Sparred With Trump Administration Officials in Memorable Interviews
In one of the most memorable interviews of the early Trump era, Todd asked Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump’s top aides, why then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer used his first appearance in the briefing room to dispute reports about the crowd size at the inauguration. Conway replied that Spicer was providing “alternative facts” — a turn of phrase that quickly became synonymous with the Trump administration’s attitude towards facts and the news media.
In response, Todd said: “Look, alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.”
Welker Ready to Step Up, Says Todd
Todd — the 12th moderator of “Meet the Press” and a five-time Emmy-winning journalist — saw himself as a custodian of the show. “I don’t own this, I’m just house sitting,” he said during a 75th anniversary celebration in Washington last year. “I want to leave it in better shape for the next person, and every person has done that.”
Welker has regularly filled in for Todd on “Meet the Press.” In his remarks during Sunday’s broadcast, Todd said he was ready to step back in part because Welker has been “ready for this for a long time.”
Welker: Masterfully Moderated Primary and General Election Presidential Debates
“She has masterfully moderated primary and general election presidential debates and her sharp questioning of lawmakers is a masterclass in political interviews,” Blumenstein and Budoff Brown said in their memo to staff members. “She is a dogged reporter who relishes getting big scoops and is widely admired throughout the bureau and the network for her deeply collaborative nature.”
Welker to Take Over “Meet the Press” During 2024 Presidential Campaign Season
Welker will take over the show as the 2024 presidential campaign heats up and prepares to enter the primary season. The first GOP debate is scheduled for Aug. 23, the Republican National Committee announced last week.
Todd Expanded “Meet the Press” Broadcast and Digital Footprint
Todd took over “Meet the Press” in September 2014, succeeding David Gregory, expanding the program’s broadcast and digital footprint to include a weekly podcast, a blog and an annual film festival. In addition to the Sunday program, he helped launch and hosted “MTP Daily,” a weekday version of the show that aired on MSNBC before moving to the streaming service NBC News Now last year.
He previously served as NBC News’ chief White House correspondent and host of the MSNBC series “The Daily Rundown.” Before arriving at NBC, Chuck was editor-in-chief of The Hotline, a political news and commentary website, where he developed a reputation as an incisive elections analyst with a quick command of data.