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press-secretary

White House Press Secretary

The White House Press Secretary is a senior White House official with a rank one step below Presidential Cabinet level. The Press Secretary is the primary spokesperson for the Administration. The current Press Secretary is Dana Perino.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities center on collecting information about what is happening inside the Administration and around the world, and getting that information to the media in a timely and accurate fashion. The information includes things like a summary of the President's schedule for the day, whom the President has seen, called or had interactions with, and the official position of the Administration on the news of the day. This position pays around 170,000 dollars per year.

The Press Secretary traditionally also fields questions from the White House Press Corps in briefings and press conferences, which are generally televised, and "press gaggles", which are on-the-record briefings without video recording, though transcripts are usually made available.

The position of White House Press Secretary has often been filled by individuals from news media backgrounds:

List of Press Secretaries

Year(s) Press Secretary President
1929–1930
George Akerson
Herbert Hoover
1930–1933
Ted Joslin
1933–1945
Stephen Early
Franklin Roosevelt
1945
J. Leonard Reinsch
1945
Jonathan Daniels
1945 Jonathan Daniels Harry Truman
1945–1950
Charlie Ross
1950 Stephen Early
1950–1952
Joseph Short
1952–1953
Roger Tubby
1953–1961
James Hagerty
Dwight Eisenhower
1961–1963
Pierre Salinger
John Kennedy
1963–1964 Pierre Salinger Lyndon Johnson
1964–1965
George Reedy
1965–1966
Bill Moyers
1966–1969
George Christian
1969–1974
Ron Ziegler
Richard Nixon
1974
Jerald terHorst
Gerald Ford
1974–1977
Ron Nessen
1977–1981
Jody Powell
Jimmy Carter
1981–1989
James Brady 1
Ronald Reagan
1981–1987
Larry Speakes 2
1987–1989
Marlin Fitzwater 2
1989–1993 Marlin Fitzwater George H.W. Bush
1993–1994
Dee Dee Myers 3
Bill Clinton
1993
George Stephanopoulos 4
1994–1998
Mike McCurry
1998–2000
Joe Lockhart
2000–2001
Jake Siewert
2001–2003
Ari Fleischer
George W. Bush
2003–2006
Scott McClellan
2006–2007
Tony Snow
2007–present
Dana Perino
1 Did not brief the press after wounded in the Reagan assassination attempt.
2 De-facto Press Secretary (as White House Deputy Press Secretary).
3 Did not brief the press while Stephanopoulos was Communications Director.
4 De-facto Press Secretary (as White House Communications Director).

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