BY MELISSA NOEL via https://www.essence.com/
HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE VETERAN BLACK JOURNALIST AND POLITICAL ANCHOR WHO IS NOW AT THE HELM OF TELEVISION’S LONGEST-RUNNING PROGRAM.
Kristen Welker made her debut as the new moderator of NBC’s flagship politics show “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning. Welker, 47, who has been NBC’s chief White House correspondent since 2011, took over the desk from Chuck Todd, who hosted the show for nine years.
Welker made history as the first Black journalist to take the helm of the Sunday morning public affairs program, which has been on the air since 1947, making it the longest-running program on television. She is also only the second woman to moderate Meet The Press. The first was Martha Rountree, who moderated the show from 1947 to 1953, according to the NBC News.
Welker’s debut interview as moderator was with former President Donald Trump, who, over the past year, has been indicted on numerous charges for efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election after he lost. Critics took issue with NBC’s decision to interview Trump and give him such a platform. However, the veteran journalist addressed the criticism a…