Who is Chris Jansing?

Chris Jansing is an American broadcast journalist and television personality, who is probably most famous for serving as the senior national correspondent for MSNBC and NBC News. Additionally she is widely recognized for co-anchoring the “TODAY Show” and the “Nightly News” alongside Brian Williams, as well as for previously anchoring her own news and talk-show “Jansing & Co.“.

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Early Life, Childhood and Education

Christine Ann ‘Chris’ Kapostasy was born under the zodiac sign of Aquarius on the 30th January 1957, in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, the youngest of 12 children of Tilly and Joseph Kapostasy.

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Apart from being of American nationality and white ethnicity, she is also of Slovakian and Hungarian ancestry. She attended Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, where she began her political science studies. However, after volunteering for its college radio station, Chris ‘became hooked’ on journalism, and decided to change her major. She graduated with honors in 1978, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Early Career

Upon graduating, Chris began her career as an intern for a local cable station in Columbus, Ohio, before moving to Ticonderoga, New York, where she joined the crew of its WIPS radio station.

She then relocated to Albany, New York, and landed a job as a general assignment reporter for the NBC’s affiliated TV station WNYT. With her popularity on the rise, she quickly earned a promotion and became its weekly co-anchor, as well as the weekend anchor. For her great works and the coverage of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia, Chris was honored with the New York Emmy Award in 1997.

After honing her professional skills at the WNYT during the course of 17 years, in June 1998 Jansing transferred to the NBC News.

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As one of the most respected anchors of MSNBC and its flagship daytime news program “MSNBC Live”, Jansing reported on a vast number of global events and major affairs, covering topics from sports to politics. Her abundant professional portfolio includes stories about the September 11 attacks in 2001, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, as well as the Japan nuclear crisis in March 2011 – the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Speaking of some of the leading international sport competitions, Chris also reported from the 2006 Summer Olympic Games held in Torino, Italy, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada, as well as from London, UK and its 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Some of her other memorable reports include the 2011 Tucson and 2012 Aurora shootings in the state of Colorado.

Jansing also has a quite rich, almost two-decade-long history with the Vatican City and the Catholic Church’s Holly See. In March 2000 she followed Pope John Paul II on his historic pilgrimage to Israel. In April 2005 Chris reported from Rome, Italy, covering his funeral, while two weeks later she was there when Pope Benedict XVI was elected. She also reported about the beatification of Pope John Paul II in May 2011.

Between 2008 and 2010, she served as the NBC’s field reporter from Los Angeles, California, while from 2010 to 2014 she hosted her own information program “Jansing & Co.” Since June 2014, Chris serves as the NBC’s Senior White House Correspondent.

Alongside Brian Williams as a co-anchor of NBC’s programs “Nighty Night” and “TODAY Show”, Jansing has covered important events on the US’s political scene, such as the Presidential Elections in 2008, 2012 and 2016, which were complemented by her interview with the 45th President of the US Donald Trump. She was also the host of the network’s primetime report show regarding elections, named “Battleground America”.

Since June 2017, Chris Jansing serves as the MSNBC’s senior national correspondent as well.

During her tenure at the NBC, which currently spans more than 20 years, apart from the abovementioned, she has also reported from Iceland, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Bolivia, covering volcano eruptions, Middle East war conflicts as well as stories such as The King of Pop’s death in June 2009, and the 2011 Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton to name a few.

For her great works and professionalism, Jansing has been honored with several accolades in career, such as an Emmy Award and the New York State Broadcasters Association’s Best Person award, followed in June 2016 by being inducted into its Hall of Fame. In September 2017 she was appointed as a Women’s Press Club Award’s Hall of Honor inductee.

Personal Life

This natural blonde 63-year-old American television personality stands 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, weighs around 125lbs (57kgs), and sports a slim silhouette with vital statistics measuring 36-28-36.

She was married in the early 1980s to the owner of a chemical laboratory, a chemist and research scientist named Robert Jansing, but from whom she divorced after only a couple of years. However, in 1998 she began using her married surname professionally, and has used it ever since, claiming that is easier for the public to pronounce than Kapostasy.

Salary and Net Worth

Authoritative sources estimate that Chris Jansing’s wealth, as of early 2020, revolves around the quite impressive amount of $8 million, with annual income figuring over $200,000.


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