(SNews) – “Meet the Press” host and moderator Chuck Todd announced today that he will step down after nine years of hosting the show.
Kristen Welker will replace him.
Todd said: “It’s been an amazing nearly decadelong run.
“I am really proud of what this team and I have built over the last decade.
“I’ve loved so much of this job, helping to explain America to Washington and explain Washington to America.
“When I took over ‘Meet the Press,’ it was a Sunday show that had a lot of people questioning whether it still could have a place in the modern media space.
“Well, I think we’ve answered that question and then some.”
NBC News’s senior vice president of politics, Carrie Budoff Brown, and the network’s president of editorial, Rebecca Blumenstein, said in a memo to staff:
“‘Meet the Press’ has sustained its historic role as the indispensable news program on Sunday mornings.
“Through his penetrating interviews with many of the most important newsmakers, the show has played an essential role in politics and policy, routinely made front-page news, and framed the thinking in Washington and beyond.”
Welker said: “Chuck Todd has been a mentor and friend since my first day at NBC News.
“I’ve learned so much from sitting with him at the anchor desk and simply experiencing his passion for politics.
“I’m humbled and grateful to take the baton and continue to build on the legacy of Meet the Press.”