NBC News names two ‘chief White House correspondents,’ among other changes

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NBC News has made the somewhat unusual move of naming two different people “chief White House correspondent.”

Both Kristen Welker and Peter Alexander, who have been serving as two of a team of “White House correspondents” for the network, were both given the title in a Jan. 8, 2021 announcement (as opposed to something along the lines of “co-chief White House correspondent”).

It is not uncommon for networks to shuffle D.C.-based staff after a presidential election and inauguration.

This means that Hallie Jackson, who held the “chief” title during the Trump administration, is becoming the network’s “senior Washington correspondent” and will continue to anchor an hour of “MSNBC Live” as well as debut a show on the network’s streaming news service NBC News Now.

Geoff Bennett and Kelly O’Donnell will remain as White House correspondents, with Monica Alba joining the group alongside Mike Memoli and Carol Lee.

Meanwhile, Andrea Mitchell is getting the title “chief Washington correspondent” to her title.

On the digital side, Shannon Pettypiece is staying on as a senior digital White House reporter with Lauren Egan joining to cover breaking news out of the White House.

Walker and Alexander also continue to co-anchor the Saturday edition of “Weekend Today” from Washington.