Kristen Welker, moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, received the Television Broadcast Award from the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association during its annual dinner at the National Press Club.
In her acceptance remarks, Welker underscored the importance of diverse perspectives in the news media and reflected on her journey as a journalist of color and her efforts to set an example for future generations of reporters from different backgrounds.
“Growing up in Philadelphia – and reporting and serving as an anchor there before joining NBC News – I learned a lot about the importance of seeing people on TV that looked like me – people that had undergone experiences like the ones I had,” said Welker. “I think that growing up having women and women of color to look up to made me who I am today – Andrea Mitchell, Gwen Ifill, Carol Simpson, and others who helped pave the way with their work.
“We underestimate the power of example – of showing new generations what’s possible and striving to create a legacy that they are proud to continue building on.”