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:
J. Leonard Reinsch
|1945||Jonathan Daniels||Harry Truman|
|1963–1964||Pierre Salinger||Lyndon Johnson|
James Brady 1
Larry Speakes 2
Marlin Fitzwater 2
|1989–1993||Marlin Fitzwater||George H.W. Bush|
Dee Dee Myers 3
George Stephanopoulos 4
|George W. Bush|
|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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