February 10, 2023

Today March 22 – Event on Press and Presidency at Kennedy Presidential Library

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre briefs reporters at the White House, Thursday, Feb.2, 2023. ( Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times)


6 – 730 PM EDT. Wednesday March 22

The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce an event discussing the press and the presidency in cooperation with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

The panel discussion will explore the relationship between the White House press and presidents, including how both reporting and presidential communication have changed with new media such as radio, television, and Twitter.

“A big goal of mine for this year is to educate the public about how White House correspondents do our jobs and the important role an independent press corps plays,” said Tamara Keith, president of the WHCA and moderator of the discussion. “We are grateful for the partnership of the Kennedy Library since President Kennedy was the first president to truly harness the power of television.” 

The event will be at the library in Boston from 6 pm – 730 pm EDT, March 22, with attendance open in person and viewing available online.

The panel will include:

Tamara Keith

Tamara Keith has been a White House correspondent for NPR since 2014 and co-hosts the NPR Politics Podcast, the top political news podcast in America. In that time, she has chronicled the final years of the Obama administration, covered Hillary Clinton’s failed bid for president from start to finish and documented the Trump administration, from policy made by tweet to the president’s COVID diagnosis and the insurrection. In the final year of the Trump administration and the first year of the Biden administration, she focused her reporting on the White House response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Keith has deep roots in public radio and got her start in news by writing and voicing essays for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday as a teenager. She went on to work at member stations KQED, KPCC and WOSU. In 2018, Keith was elected to serve on the board of the White House Correspondents’ Association and is currently its president.

Darlene Superville

Darlene Superville is a veteran Associated Press White House reporter who has covered Presidents Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Her portfolio included coverage of first ladies Michelle Obama, Melania Trump, Jill Biden and a little bit of Laura Bush. She is a co-author of “Jill: A Biography of the First Lady,” about Jill Biden. Before being assigned to cover the White House, Ms. Superville was a supervisor on the AP’s national political desk in Washington for the 2008 presidential election that saw Obama become the nation’s first Black president. She also held that role during the 2012, 2004 and 2000 election cycles. Darlene has covered Congress, federal agencies and spent several years on an enterprise writing team. She is a native New Yorker and graduate of New York University.

Doug Mills

Photo: Arlington Magazine

Doug Mills has worked as a photographer in the Washington bureau of The New York Times since 2002. Previously, Mr. Mills served for 15 years as chief photographer for The Associated Press in Washington. He joined The A.P. after working for four years in the Washington bureau of United Press International. Mr. Mills won a Pulitzer Prize for photography in 1993 with The A.P. for team coverage of the Clinton/Gore campaign and won a second Pulitzer Prize for photography with The A.P. for its team investigative coverage of the Clinton/Lewinsky affair. Mr. Mills has also won numerous awards in the White House News Photographers Association. Born in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960, Mr. Mills studied at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Va. Mr. Mills is married with two daughters and lives in Arlington, Va.

Ellen Fitzpatrick

Ellen Fitzpatrick, who holds a PhD in History from Brandeis University, is Presidential Chair and Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire and has taught previously at Harvard University, M.I.T. and Wellesley College. She is the author and editor of eight books, including The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency (Harvard University Press, 2016), the New York Times bestselling, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation (Ecco, 2010); and History’s Memory: Writing America’s Past, 1880-1980 (Harvard University Press, 2002). She has been interviewed as an expert on modern political history by numerous print, television, and radio outlets including the PBS News Hour, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the BBC, and National Public Radio. In 2021, she received the University of New Hampshire’s highest award for excellence in teaching.

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