John Hughes Wiki – John Hughes Biography
Kristen Welker, the White House correspondent and co-anchor of Weekend Today for NBC News, has been married to husband John Hughes since 2017. They were set up on a blind date by mutual friends and tied the knot three years later. They do not have children.
Despite her career in the spotlight, Welker and Hughes are more private about their personal lives. Welker does not post about her husband on Twitter and her Instagram page is set to private.
Welker was selected to moderate tonight’s presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, which begins at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Hughes is a marketing professional. According to The New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hughes was working as a marketing director for the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. Inc. at the time of his wedding to Welker.
A search of online records suggests Hughes previously held a managerial position in the “Pricing and Reimbursement Strategy” department for Merck. Hughes’ LinkedIn profile has been deactivated or deleted.
But if Hughes ever wanted to get into news production, his wife says he now has the experience. When the coronavirus pandemic triggered stay-at-home orders, Welker said Hughes was a major help when she was broadcasting from their house. She joked to People that Hughes can “run a mean teleprompter.” She added, “We joke that he’ll be joining the union soon, because he knows how to use all of the equipment.”
John Hughes Age
Kristen Welker’s age is unknown.
Kristen Welker Interrupted Trump More Than Biden as Debate Moderator
Although many are praising her debate performance, critics are accusing Kristen Welker, the moderator in the presidential debate on October 22, of interrupting President Donald Trump more than his challenger Joe Biden.
How many times did Welker interrupt Trump? How many times did she interrupt Biden?
Ronna McDaniel, the chairperson of the Republican National Committee, kept a tally of Welker’s interruptions. She wrote that Kristen Welker interrupted Biden eight times and interrupted Trump 41 times. She also wrote: “President @realDonaldTrump knocking it out of the park! Particularly impressive considering he is the only person the moderator interrupts.”
The GOP’s rapid response director wrote on Twitter, “Debate moderator Kristen Welker of NBC interrupted @realDonaldTrump over 5 times as much as she did Joe Biden.”
In the last debate, Trump was criticized for his constant interruptions of Biden, but a mute button was installed during this debate.
For those keeping score, moderator interruptions for each candidate:
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) October 23, 2020
Although he criticized her for what he called liberal bias before the debate happened, even Trump praised Welker during it. “By the way, so far, I respect very much the way you’re handling this. I have to say,” Trump told her about an hour into the debate, which largely focused on a substantive discussion of policy issues from oil to COVID-19.
Before the debate, Trump wrote, “Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS. Tonight’s anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse! #MAGA.”
Others also praised Welker’s debate performance. Here are some of those reactions:
“Thank you @kwelkernbc for giving the American people a real #DebateTonight.”
A lot of the praise came from fellow journalists. “Winner of the debate: @kwelkernbc who was clearly in command from start to finish with poise, substance and authority. Bravo!” Andrea Mitchell wrote.
Kristen Welker on people in need of funds from stalled COVID-19 relief bill: "Mr. President, why haven't you been able to get them the help they need?"
"Because Nancy Pelosi doesn't want to approve it," Pres. Trump replies. "I do."
— ABC News (@ABC) October 23, 2020
Even some Republicans praised Welker. “Kristen Welker did a good job (much better than I expected) moderating the debate. i was pleasantly surprised when she asked Biden about the corruption scandal,” wrote Newt Gingrich.
A man tweeted at Welker, “Your performance, professionalism, and adaptability during last night’s debate was outstanding!! America got a clearer look at the candidates and their views because of your amazing mediation skills. Thank you!”
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Some people on Twitter were unhappy that Welker interrupted Trump more times than his opponent. Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:
“Thanks for reminding me again how awful Kristen Welker was. She gave Biden the floor…every time….interrupted Trump incessantly.”
John Hughes & Kristen Welker
Hughes and Welker had their first date in Philadelphia in October 2014. In a lengthy feature for The New York Times, Welker explained that she felt “optimistic” about meeting Hughes because her best friend had already given him the “stamp of approval.” Welker later explained to the Philadelphia Inquirer that her best friend’s family knew Hughes’ family.
Hughes admitted feeling nervous before his first date with Welker. He told the Times, “I remember thinking to myself, ‘If I can just make her laugh, maybe I’ll have a chance.’” The two ended up talking all night.
Hughes traveled to Washington, D.C., for their second date, which Welker nearly canceled. She got stuck at work for more than two hours longer than she expected and she was scheduled to fly to Asia the following day with the Obama administration. But she decided against canceling and Hughes patiently waited for her.
Hughes passed the time by creating a “crossword puzzle of presidential trivia” for Welker to take with her on the plane. Welker told The Times that was the gesture that won her over. “As a White House correspondent, it was so touching, and it marked him different than anyone else I ever dated.”
The couple got married on March 4, 2017, at the Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia. As The Times reported, their wedding program included the crossword puzzle Hughes had made for Welker on their second date. Their first dance was to the song “At Last” by Etta James.
Hughes & Welker Bought Their Washington Home
Hughes was living and working in Philadelphia when he and Welker started dating. But he relocated to Washington, D.C., after popping the question.
According to property records on the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue website, Hughes and Welker purchased their two-story townhouse in November 2016 for $1.249 million. The home, which was originally constructed in 1900, sits on a 2,000-square-foot lot. It has 2,680 square feet of living space, three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and two fireplaces.
Records on Redfin show the house was renovated in 2003 and its estimated value has risen substantially since then. The townhouse was sold in 2004 for $695,000. Redfin estimates the property’s value has risen above $1.35 million as of this writing.
Neither Hughes Nor Welker Is Affiliated With a Political Party
Hughes’ personal opinions about politics are unclear. He does not appear to have any active social media accounts on which he might share an opinion. And he is not affiliated with any political party.
Voter registration information for Washington, D.C., is available online. According to the D.C. Board of Elections, Hughes registered to vote there in April 2017 as an independent.
Welker’s voter registration information also shows that she is not affiliated with a political party. She has been registered to vote in D.C. since January 2012.