White House press corps

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The White House press corps is the group of journalists or correspondents usually stationed at the White House in Washington, D.C., to cover the President of the United States, White House events, and news briefings. Their offices are located in the West Wing.


Semi-permanent setup of press corps on the west end of the north White House lawn, from where live media broadcasts with the White House are typically delivered.

The White House Press Secretary or a deputy generally holds a weekday news briefing, which takes place in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. The room currently seats 49 reporters. Each seat is assigned to one news gathering organization, with the most prominent organizations occupying the first two rows. Reporters who don't have an assigned seat may stand. Often a smaller group of reporters known as the White House press pool is assembled to report back to their colleagues on events where the venue would make open coverage logistically difficult.[citation needed]

When a new U.S. president is elected, some news organizations change their correspondents, most often to the reporter who had been assigned to cover the new president during the preceding campaign. For example, after the 2008 presidential campaign, ABC News moved Jake Tapper, who had covered Barack Obama during his presidential campaign, to the White House correspondent's position.[citation needed]

Some White House correspondents[who?] have come under criticism for not more directly challenging the people they cover. A common criticism of the White House news briefings is that top reporters are given priority access to the Press Secretary and are allowed follow-up questions, while those in the back rows are rarely called upon.[citation needed] Such seating assignments are selected by the White House Correspondents' Association, not Press Secretary or White House staff.[1]

Current White House correspondents[edit]


Print and Internet[edit]


Press Room[edit]

Former White House correspondents[edit]

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