Chris Jansing

Published : Jul 13 2013 | Modified : Jun 22 2016

Christine Jansing works as a news correspondent in the United States. She is currently the host of Jansing and Company, a weekday morning news and information program that aired on MSNBC from 2010 to 2014. This news correspondent has won an Emmy award for the work she did covering the bombing in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympic Games. Today, Chris works for NBC News as the White House correspondent while she also serves the network’s cable division (MSNBC) as a breaking news anchor and political correspondent.

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Quick facts

Height 5' 6"
Marital Status Divorced
Ex. Husband Robert Jansing

Childhood and Education

Christine Ann "Chris" Kapostasy-Jansingwas born on January 30, of 1957 in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, on Lake Erie. The name given to her at the time of her birth was Christine Kapostasy. Her mother Tily Kapostasy is of Slovakian descent. Her father Joseph Kapostasy is of Hungarian descent. Chris is the youngest one of twelve children, so as she admitted once during an interview, as a child all she wanted to be was a grown up. In her own words, Chris said: “I’m the youngest of 12 children and I wanted to do everything they did, from driving a car to playing football.” The place she grew up in had a beach and a lighthouse along with a whopping 4,000 immigrant residents most of whom were of Finnish or Hungarian descent.

She entered Otterbein College, outside of Colombus, as a political science major and while studying there, she got exposed to journalism when she was working at the college radio station. Chris was soon hooked on journalism and changed her major to broadcast journalism instead of political science. She graduated with bachelors in broadcast journalism in 1978 and until this day, she recalls her college years as an exciting period of her life.

Her Life off Camera

She married Robert Jansing in 1982. Robert was employed at the time as a chemist and run a chemistry lab, though his current employment status and position are both unknown. Chris continued to use her maiden name while she was working at WNYT, but when she made the career move to NBC in 1998 she started to use her husband’s surname on the air. She explains that Jansing is much easier to pronounce than Kapostasy is. Chris and Robert did divorce after some time, but she continued to use the surname of Jansing. The divorce was subsequent. It didn’t create a lot of fuss, if any, which strikes as a surprise, given that Jansing is such a huge personality in the field of journalism. Nevertheless, the public fan-base of the admired and achieved NBC’s White House correspondent shall never know the true reason that she got divorced for.

Other than being single again and when not working, NBC News’s Chris Jansing loves to make wedding caked for family or extraordinarily close friends. During a rather spicy interview on The Hill, she revealed that being with close family and friends, traveling, meeting interesting people, experiencing new things and throwing great dinner parties are some of the things that make her most happy. She also said that if she had a theme song it would be “Born to Run”


After college Chris landed a position as a general assignment reporter for WNYT located in Albany, New York. Chris also worked as an anchor at the same network. She stayed along this station for seventeen years. It was during her time at this station that she won the Emmy for her Olympic Games coverage in 1996.

In 1998 Chris switched over and went to work for NBC. She worked as an anchor and a reporter for MSNBC. In addition, she helped out the Today show whenever there was a need for a substitute to cover someone. She has also substituted on the Sunday version of the broadcast of the nightly news by NBC.

After Jansing and Company, which was undoubtedly the peak of Christine’s career, she now interviews politicians and covers all political matters that come right from the White House, representing the NBC News network.

Of course, as exciting and thrilling as it may be most of the time, her line of work has its ups and downs, especially when one has to deal with top of the tier political presences. In fact, Christine Jansing was called a dishonest reporter by Donald Trump during an interview a couple of months ago, which went something like this:

CHRIS JANSING: You don't feel ill-served to go on, for example a very popular talk radio show, and you didn't know the host was anti-Trump.

DONALD TRUMP: I don't mind that, you go into the enemy camp sometimes, to take on the enemy. He's not a very smart guy, not a very bright guy, and if you listen to the entire show -- You would say Donald Trump won that debate. I was on the show for 15 minutes.

Everybody that listened to that show, said you convinced me. I've had people call me who were going to vote against me, they listened to me, by the end of that show they wrote me too -- I have two or three letters. They wrote, and said by the end of that show, you totally convinced me. So sometimes you go into unfriendly territory, that's part of the game.

CHRIS JANSING: And that's what you consider Wisconsin to be?

DONALD TRUMP: No, you said about a radio talk show host. That's what I mean about the dishonest media.

CHRIS JANSING: I'm asking you a question and allowing you to answer.

TRUMP: Excuse me. You're asking me about a show host. And I said that he is unfriendly territory. And you said, is that Wisconsin. That's so dishonest. That's called. You know what that's called? Dishonest reporting.

Jansing and Company

On Monday, October the fourth of 2010, Chris started hosting Jansing and Company. As mentioned above, Jansing and Company was a morning news program that aired each weekday at 10 AM eastern time.Richard Luiserved as her in- studio correspondent on Jansing and Company. But more than that, when Chris couldn’t make it to filming the news programRichard Luiwas her replacement host.

The show ended on June 13, 2014, when Jansing became NBC's Senior White House Correspondent. And in those – approximately – 5 years of its existence, nearly all major names from the political spectrum appeared on the show as guests.


Besides winning the Emmy in 1996 for her reporting on the bombing at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Chris was awarded the title of “Best Person” by the New York State Broadcasters Association. She won this accolade for the work she did on the hunger situation in the state of New York. Chris truly made the people feel and understand the plight of the hungry in New York. A city of wealth, and privilege, that is home to many people who do not have food to eat or a place to lay their head at night.

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