Chuck Todd, who has been a prominent host on MSNBC for over ten years, is stepping down as the host of the iconic political show, “Meet the Press.” As a graduate of George Washington University, he began hosting “The Daily Rundown” before taking on the role of “Meet the Press” host in 2014.
In an announcement made on Sunday, June 4, Todd expressed his pride in the achievements of his team during his nearly decade-long tenure and stated that there were initial doubts about the show’s relevance in the modern media landscape, which he believes they have successfully dispelled. He also emphasized his commitment to balancing work and family, assuring his viewers that he would not let his career consume him.
In a memo addressed to NBC News staff, Rebecca Blumenstein, President-Editorial, and Carrie Budoff, Vice President of Politics, announced Chuck Todd’s departure as the host of “Meet the Press.” They praised his exceptional leadership qualities, characterized by thoughtfulness and passion, and acknowledged the show’s enduring status as one of the country’s most essential news programs.
It was clarified that Todd would not be leaving NBC but would transition to the role of the network’s chief political analyst. In this new position, he will primarily engage in long-form journalism and report from the field during significant news events.
Starting in September, Kristen Welker will assume the role of host for the news program, taking over from Chuck Todd. Welker has frequently filled in for Todd in the anchor chair and co-hosts the streaming show called “Meet the Press NOW.” With a longstanding association with NBC, the 46-year-old journalist is a valued member of the network. Notably, she will be the second woman and the first black host of the show. Presently, Welker holds the position of NBC’s chief White House correspondent.