Chuck Todd, the respected host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” announced on Sunday that he will be stepping down after almost ten years. NBC’s chief White House correspondent, Kristen Welker, has been selected to succeed him. Todd explained that he wants to leave the show a little early rather than staying for too long, as he has seen many leaders overstay their welcome.
After dedicating almost 30 years of his life to his work, Todd acknowledged the toll it has taken on him and his family. He expressed his commitment to avoid letting work consume his life, having observed friends and family who fell into that trap. Although he is leaving “Meet the Press,” Todd will continue to be NBC’s chief political analyst.
During his time as host, Todd conducted interviews with influential figures such as former Vice President Mike Pence, Vice President Kamala Harris, Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, and Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York, the House minority leader. His discussions played a significant role in shaping political discourse and influencing policy decisions in Washington and beyond.
Rebecca Blumenstein, the president of the editorial for NBC News, and Carrie Budoff Brown, the network’s senior vice president of politics, expressed their gratitude to Todd in a memo. They acknowledged the impact of his interviews, highlighting that “Meet the Press” consistently made news and influenced public opinion. While Todd’s departure marks the end of an era, his contribution to the show’s legacy is undeniable.
Kristen Welker, a familiar face on NBC, will take on the role of host on “Meet the Press.” With over a decade of experience at the network, Welker has established herself as an experienced journalist. She began as an intern for “Today” in 1997 and has since covered various White House administrations, reporting from countries such as Belgium, England, Austria, Poland, and Japan. Welker gained widespread acclaim in 2020 for moderating the final presidential debate between President Donald J. Trump and Joe Biden.
Chuck Todd assumed the role of host from David Gregory in 2014, following the passing of esteemed journalist Tim Russert in 2008. Since then, the show has experienced a decline in viewership. In 2014, Todd introduced “MTP Daily,” the first daily installment of “Meet the Press,” initially airing on MSNBC and later moving to NBC News Now, the network’s advertising-supported streaming platform.
The final episode of “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd as host will air in September, marking the end of an era for the esteemed political talk show. As viewers bid farewell to Todd, they eagerly anticipate Kristen Welker’s leadership and the fresh perspective she will bring to the program.