NBC News’s Chris Jansing: A Coldplay fan with a knack for baking wedding cakes


Chris Jansing has gone from a full house, growing up in Ohio, to the White House.

The TV journalist, named NBC News’s senior White House correspondent in May, is the youngest of a dozen children. Jansing says she dreamed of being just like her 11 siblings: “I wanted to do everything they did, from driving a car to playing football.”


Now that she’s all grown up, when not serving as a guest moderator for “Meet the Press” (as she did in August) or heading to Guatemala for an exclusive interview with Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times The 10 GOP senators who may break with Trump on emergency On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 MORE (R-Ky.), Jansing is entertaining guests at dinner parties at her own home.

And there’s one thing that’s never missing from Jansing’s soirees. “There should always be a cheese course,” she says.

The former host of “Jansing & Co.” on MSNBC is also becoming an explorer of sorts. Since moving from New York to Washington over the summer for her new NBC role, Jansing has made a point to stroll the nation’s capital.

“I’m new to the city, so I walk home different ways to find new places,” she says.

We wanted to learn more about the 57-year-old reporting pro who got her start in local TV news, so we asked her to answer these questions:

Grew up in: Fairport Harbor, Ohio, on Lake Erie with a beach and a lighthouse and a whopping 4,000 mostly Finnish and Hungarian immigrant residents. The Hungarian Culture Club is the local hangout. I still have family there, and it will always be home to me.

College attended: Otterbein University outside of Columbus, Ohio. It was Otterbein College then, and Westerville was a dry town. The fraternities all had hidden kegs in the basement. I hope no administrators are reading this. I loved it.

What did you want to be when you were a kid? A grown-up. I’m the youngest of 12 children and I wanted to do everything they did, from driving a car to playing football.

After work, you’ll find me: If I don’t have to be somewhere, I’ll be walking. I’m new to the city, so I walk home different ways to find new places and just generally marvel at the architecture.

Favorite/most hated food: I am tragically allergic to seafood, so I will pretend to hate it. I live for carbs. Pasta and bread is my perfect meal.

Favorite band: Depends on my mood. Nostalgic? Beatles. Rockin’? Bruce and E Street or Nirvana. Coldplay anytime. I recently switched phones and only have one song downloaded, so I’ve listened to “Fugitive Motel” by Cast of Thousands about a billion times.

I’m happiest when: I’m happy a lot. Anytime I’m with close family and friends. Doing breaking news. Traveling. Meeting interesting people and experiencing new things. And it makes me very happy to throw a great dinner party with fun people around the table that lasts for hours. There should always be a cheese course.

What you like/dislike about D.C.: It’s a stunningly gorgeous city that produces hideously bad hair days.

Best advice given: Don’t sweat the small stuff. It gets easier to follow as you get older.

If I had a theme song, it would be: “Born to Run.”

Something that few know about you: I bake wedding cakes. Family and extraordinarily close friends only — no requests please!