ABC said Cecilia Vega would be a White House correspondent; The Washington Post named Ashley Parker as head of the newspaper’s White House bureau; Nancy Cordes will be CBS News’s chief correspondent; and Kristen Welker will co-chair NBC’s White House correspondent with Peter Alexander.
Journalist Jamice Alcindor covers the White House for PBS NewsHour from 2018 and will continue to do so during the Biden administration.
The list includes, in particular, black women, including Welker, who last October became the first black woman to moderate a general presidential debate since 1992.
“It’s clear that diversity in all forms, including gender and race, is needed to tell the stories of our generation in the most accurate and fair way possible,” Alkindor told CNN Business. “The American people are best served by a medium that looks like a collage of experiences and backgrounds that make up this country.”
Anne Compton, a former White House correspondent for ABC News, noted how the gender balance has changed in the training room. “A generation ago, being the only woman was probably a blessing – I really stood out from the crowd.”
Compton added: “The day will come – it must come – when it is not news that the majority in the eyes of society in every profession are women.”
As of Wednesday, more women will be represented on both sides of the cabin, as Biden’s communications team is fully hired by women – the first in US history, according to the incoming administration.
Biden’s spokesman, Jen Psaki, will hold the administration’s first chamber press briefing on Acting Day.