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Chris Jansing (born Christine Kapostasy) (b.January 30, 1957) is an American television news correspondent. She currently works for NBC News as a correspondent in Los Angeles. She contributes reports to the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and is a contributing anchor on MSNBC.

Jansing was born in Fairport Harbor, Ohio and is the youngest of 12 children of Joseph and Tilly Kapostasy, of Hungarian and Slovakian extraction.

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Career

Kapostasy first was exposed to journalism while doing college radio in Ohio. Originally a Political Science major, Kapostasy became hooked on journalism and switched majors to Broadcast Journalism and graduated from Otterbein College in Ohio in 1978.

Pre-1981

1981

  • Kapostasy is hired as a general assignment reporter by WNYT in Albany, New York. Subsequently, Kapostasy is promoted to anchor, eventually teaming up with legendary local news anchor Ed Dague. For over a decade the Dague/Kapostasy anchor team ruled Albany television.

1996

  • Kapostasy receives a "Best Person" award from the New York State Broadcasters Association for her report on hunger in New York State.

1998

  • An NBC News executive, vacationing in upstate New York, sees Kapostasy on WNYT. Kapostasy leaves WNYT after 17 years and is hired by NBC News and goes to work at NBC's cable news channel MSNBC in June 1998. Kapostasy takes on her married name of Jansing with the move to MSNBC. Jansing's duties outside of MSNBC include reporting for Dateline NBC and substituting on Weekend Today and the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News.
  • On November 12th, Jansing has an exclusive one hour live interview with O.J. Simpson on MSNBC's Newsfront program.

1999

2000

2001

  • Jansing anchors the invasion of Afghanistan for MSNBC.

2002

  • With the Afghan conflict and the War On Terror receding a bit in the public's consciousness, MSNBC makes a bizarre programming move still talked about to this day. MSNBC changes its format away from hard news and institutes four hours of talking head style coverage. Jansing's role at MSNBC is reduced to five minute news updates during the Curtis and Kuby and Buchanan and Press shows. MSNBC's ratings tumble and within a few months Curtis and Kuby is cancelled and Buchanan and Press is scaled back to one hour. Jansing resumes anchoring MSNBC news coverage full time.

2003

  • When the Iraq War began Jansing anchored the coverage for MSNBC in the mornings working 8 hour shifts on the air for 14 days straight.

2004

2005

  • Jansing covers the inauguration of President George W. Bush for his second term.
  • Jansing heads to Rome, ostensibly to cover Pope John Paul II during Easter. However after Easter, the Pope, already frail, passes away while she is in Rome and Jansing covers his funeral and the choosing of his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. For the ceremony installing the new Pope, Jansing anchors the coverage with Chris Matthews exclusively for both MSNBC and NBC.
  • Jansing covers the launch and landing of Space Shuttle Discovery, doing several space themed specials during that period as well.
  • Jansing anchors a new periodic series on MSNBC called "The Ethical Edge", the concept of which sprung from her experiences in Rome earlier in the year.

2006

2007

  • Jansing moves west (temporarily) as LA based general assignment reporter for NBC News.

2008

Biographical

  • Jansing is a believer in giving back to the community and especially to helping children. She has taken time off to speak aspiring journalists at colleges and universities across the country on her experiences as a broadcast journalist.
  • The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York established a scholarship in her name; The Christine Kapostasy Jansing Endowed Scholarship in Public Communications.
  • In 2006, Jansing participated in the Communities In Schools program Lunch With a Leader to raise money for the North Carolina chapter of the charity. The program consisted of a series of eBay auctions where pariticpants bid for the chance to have lunch with a leader in a particular industry.

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