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Chris Jansing Offers First Report as NBC News Senior White House Correspondent

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 23.45.01Chris Jansing filed her first report as NBC News Senior White House Correspondent on Monday’s “NBC Nightly News,” covering today’s White House Summit on Working Families.

Jansing’s first day coincided with Josh Earnest‘s first as White House Press Secretary. During today’s White House Press Briefing, he welcomed Jansing, saying, ”Congratulations on your first day, Chris…Nice to see you here.”

Jansing’s new position was announced in early May. She joins Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, White House Correspondent Kristen Welker, and National Correspondent Peter Alexander.

Her last day anchoring MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co.” was June 13.

Check out Jansing’s first “Nightly News” report, after the jump. Read more

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WHCA and GW Host Panel on Diversity in WH Press Corps

20140428_113410On Monday, the White House Correspondents’ Association and GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs hosted a panel to discuss the past, present, and future of minority journalists in the White House press corps. The panel comprised Fusion’s Jim Avila; former WHCA President Ed Chen, currently with the Natural Resources Defense Council; WaPo managing editor Kevin Merida; David Nakamura, White House reporter for The Washington Post; AP’s Sonya Ross; NBC News Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland; and NBC News White House reporter Kristen Welker and was moderated by American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan.

The discussion took place more than 70 years after Harry McAlpin of the Atlanta Daily World became the first black journalist to cover a White House news conference and 100 years after the first White House Correspondents Dinner.

“Some of the traditional ways to get to a place like the White House coverage – those still exist, but there’s other ways,” said Merida, referring to less traditional and often more digital coverage of the White House.

Strickland added, “The reason why it’s important to have diversity for more than just diversity’s sake is that many of the issues covered in Washington largely affect diverse populations…You want those voices at the table, to have the discussion.”

To watch the full panel conversation in entirety, look to GW’s website later in the week.

GW Explores Diversity Among White House Press Corps

correspondents1924-960The Monday before the 2014 White House Correspondents Dinner, the WHCA and GW will examine diversity among the White House press corps, 70 years after the Atlanta Daily World’s Harry McAlpin became the first black journalist to cover a White House news conference. The panel comprising media from The Washington Post, the Associated Press, and NBC News, among others, will explore ”the roles that minority journalists have played in the White House press corps throughout the years, where they are today, and what more must be done to create a press corps that reflects the growing diversity of America.”

Slated for Monday, April 28th at 11am, media interested in attending should contact Nicole Carlotto at nfcarlotto@gwu.edu.

A full list of those participating and event logistics after the jump.

Photo credit: White House Correspondents, 1924. Digitized glass negative, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. (via http://www.whca.net/history.htm).

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Separated at Birth: Karen Finney

This morning we’re matching up MSNBC “Disrupt” host Karen Finney and NBC White House Correspondent Kristen Welker.

Alexander Gets NBC White House Beat

NBC News President Steve Capus today announced that Peter Alexander has been named White House Correspondent, joining Chuck Todd and Kristen Welker on the beat effective immediately. Noteworthy: Alexander’s wife is Alison Starling, who works for ABC7 in Washington.

In other NBC news… Todd will extend his tenure as NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent, as well as anchor of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” editor of NBCNews.com’s “First Read” blog, and frequent contributor to “Meet the Press.”

Alexander’s reporting earned recognition as one of Politico‘s “10 breakout reporters of 2012.”

See the canned, complimentary quote from Capus… Read more