MSNBC political correspondent Kasie Hunt follows the campaign trail back to her native Philly for this summer’s Democratic National Convention.
Hunt with GOP nominee Donald Trump.
When Kasie Hunt arrives in July to cover the DNC, she won’t just be delivering near-nonstop news coverage for MSNBC and NBC—she’ll also be playing the part of tour guide for her fellow journalists. It’s a role the Wayne native tried on for size while covering a rally for Bernie Sanders at Temple University in April. “It’s fun to tell people which restaurants to try or to go run up the Art Museum steps,” says the current DC resident. “I’m surprised by how much I remember.” Hunt also recalls games at Veterans Stadium and exploring Valley Forge Park, which was her “backyard” growing up. She had always been a “news junkie” as a kid, but September 11 proved a pivotal moment in determining her career path. “I remember standing in the hallway at Conestoga High School when 9/11 happened. I came home and turned on the TV and I never really stopped watching [the news].” Fast forward a little more than a decade, and Hunt is not only on the news, she’s making news: She was the first person to interview Donald Trump following his announcement that he would run for president. Her “front-row seat to history” is almost as exciting as returning to her hometown this summer, says Hunt. “I’ve traveled to nearly all of the 50 states [covering the election], so I’ve realized how much it means to come home.”