White House press corps

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Reporters ask questions at a White House Press Briefing in 2019

The White House press corps is the group of journalists, correspondents, or members of the media 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.


Photographers and videographers in the Oval Office in 2019
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 in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. The room currently seats 49 reporters. Each seat is assigned to a news gathering organization, with the most prominent organizations occupying the first two rows. Reporters who do not 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]


The White House press corps had their first duties in the White House in the early 1900s. An urban legend exists of President Theodore Roosevelt noticing a group of correspondents in the rain looking for sources for their stories and inviting them into the White House. Subsequent historical research outlines how reporters were able to start with small stories in the White House and then grew their presence and influence over a span of many years.[1]




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  12. ^ "Jérôme Cartillier (@jcartillier)". Twitter. December 29, 2009. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  13. ^ "Briefing on U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in Rakhine State". U.S. Department of State. September 20, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
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  16. ^ "Bloomberg Announces White House Team". Cision.com. December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  17. ^ "CNN Profiles – Michelle Kosinski – White House Correspondent". CNN.com. September 1, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  18. ^ "All Joking Aside, Here's How Sean Spicer is Shaking Up the White House Press Briefing". New York Times. February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2017.

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