NBC10's Kristen Welker promoted to NBC News

Congratulations to NBC10 anchor/reporter Kristen Welker who has been hired by NBC News as a network correspondent, and starting Aug. 30, will report for "NBC Nightly News," "Today," and MSNBC. NBC News President Steve Capus announced her promotion today. Welker, a Germantown Friends and Harvard graduate, had been in Los Angeles since June reporting for NBC news out of Burbank where she'll be based during her new multi-year assignment.
"I was just told that the network needed extra coverage over the summer and asked if I wanted to help out," Welker said when we asked her this afternoon if she knew her LA assignment was a network audition. "During the two months I was there I covered everything from wildfires to the immigration debate in Arizona to celebrity news," said Welker, who grew up in Fairmount. Welker, daughter of real estate agent Juliet Welker and engineer Harvey Welker, says she's "going to miss Philadelphia and my NBC10 family, but I am so thrilled to have this opportunity. This is something I have dreamed about since I was a child," she said. "Having said that, it was also a dream to work in Philadelphia for 5 years. I feel so incredibly lucky to have worked at NBC10 where Chris Blackman has been more than a news director to me, he’s been a mentor and a friend, and [station president] Dennis Bianchi has been great to work for," Welker said. 
Welker heads back to LA next week and plans to spend as much time as possible with friends and family before she leaves.
This story has been updated.