Another Step Toward Change: A Wave of Women Correspondents Headed for the White House

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One of the first and most celebrated surprises of the Biden Administration was the announcement of a predominantly female cabinet. Now, six major news outlets are following in the same footsteps. Since the inauguration, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC PBS, and the Washington Post assigned women to reporting duties for the White House.

Historically, men have been at the frontlines of everything centered around the government, even in the media. As times changed, so have the views and what people want to see more. This includes BIPOC, Women, and the LGBTQ+ community at the center of it all, finally representing the true diversity in the United States, far from the defeated archetype of the white cis man.

For NBC, Kristen Welker will be on Capitol Hill. In the presidential election debate, she was the first Black woman to moderate the event in close to 30 years. Welker shared that she was excited to be working with a ‘formidable group of reporters.’

Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS since 2018, told CNN that, “It is clear that diversity in all forms including in gender and race is necessary to tell the stories of our generation in the most accurate and fair way.”

As for ABC, veteran journalist Cecilia Vega will be the White House’s chief correspondent. She will be replacing Jonathan Karl, who previously was the head of the White House Correspondents’ Association. 

In a statement after his victory, and to announce his all-female communications team, Biden said, “Communicating directly and truthfully to the American people is one of the most important duties of a President, and this team will be entrusted with the tremendous responsibility of connecting the American people to the White House.”

Katie Collins, the new White House correspondent for CNN, said she “always thought women belonged in the front row- whether that’s in the White House briefing room or any other.”

Though people feel these strides of progression should have happened some time ago, which is valid, it is still a glorious day to know that the day of getting closer to being equally treated is near. 

Ann Compton, a former ABC News White House correspondent, told WENY News, “A generation ago, being the only woman was perhaps a blessing. I really stood out from the crowd. The day will come — should come — when it is not news that the majority in the public eye in any profession is female.”