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Kristen Welker to Become First Black Host of NBC Political Panel Show “Meet the Press”

Kristen Welker will become the first Black host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” replacing Chuck Todd, who has decided to step down after moderating the show for a decade.

“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.”

“I leave feeling concerned about this moment in history but reassured by the standards we’ve set here,” Todd said on the occasion of his departure. “We didn’t tolerate propagandists and this network and program never will.”

“If you do this job seeking popularity, you are doing this job incorrectly,” he said referring to his critics. “I take the attacks from partisans as compliments. And I take the genuine compliments with a grain of salt when they come from partisans.” Chuck Todd was the target of intense criticism from former President Donald Trump.

Welker, 46, who is a former Chief White House Correspondent has been associated with NBC since 2011 and has been covering for Todd for three years.

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Written by Aliyah Collins