Chris Jansing

Published : Jul 13 2013 | Modified : Jul 18 2017

Christine Jansing works as a news correspondent in the United States. She is known as the host of Jansing and Company, a weekday morning news and information program that aired on MSNBC from 2010 to 2014. Jarsing won an Emmy award for the work she did covering the bombing in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympic Games. Today, she works for NBC News as the White House correspondent while also serving 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
Date of Birth 30-01-1957
Alma Mater Otterbein University
Birth Sign Capricorn
Nationality American
Birth Place Fairport Harbor, Ohio
Ethnicity White
Net Worth approximately $8 million
Profession Correspondent
Boyfriend N/A
Employer NBC News
T.V. Show(s) Way To Early, MSNBC LIve, Jansing and Company
Children N/A

Childhood and Education

Christine Ann "Chris" Kapostasy-Jansing (born Christine Kapostasy) was born on January 30, 1957 in Fairport Harbor, Ohio on Lake Erie. Her mother Tily Kapostasy is of Slovakian descent. Her father Joseph Kapostasy is of Hungarian descent. Being the youngest of twelve children, 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.” Her home town had a beach and a lighthouse along with 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. While studying there, she worked at the college radio station; her first exposure to journalism. Chris was soon hooked and changed her major to broadcast journalism. She graduated with bachelors in broadcast journalism in 1978 and to this day, recalls her college years as an exciting period in her life.

Her Life off Camera

Chris married Robert Jansing in 1982. Robert was employed at the time as a chemist and ran a chemistry lab. (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 began using her husband’s surname on the air. She found that Jansing was much easier to pronounce than Kapostasy. Chris and Robert later divorced, but she continued to use the surname of Jansing. The divorce didn’t create make a stir, which was surprising given Jansing's huge personality and status in the field of journalism. The reasons for the divorce remain unknown.

When not working, NBC News’s Chris Jansing loves to make wedding caked for family or extraordinarily close friends. During a 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 what makes 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 and also worked as an anchor at the same network. She stayed with this station for seventeen years. It was during her time at WNYT that she won the Emmy for her Olympic Games coverage in 1996.

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

Jansing and Company was undoubtedly the peak of Christine’s career, running from 2010-2014. She now interviews politicians and covers all White House political matters for NBC News.

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