An assistant professor at Northwestern University is being considered to become the first African American person to serve as the White, White House photographer.
John Leder, the assistant professor of photography at Northwestern, was named to the position on Wednesday.
He’s a veteran of the White Houses photography department, including working with Vice President Mike Pence and then-press secretary Sean Spicer during his time as the press secretary.
Leder, who’s been employed by the WhiteHouse.gov website since February 2016, will join the team in Washington, D.C., as the new chief of staff.
The job description for the job does not specify which agency Leder will work for.
But Leder said in a tweet that he will work with “top-notch photographers and reporters.”
In a tweet last week, Leder called the job “a fantastic opportunity to continue to expand the power of the president.”
He added: “The White House photo department is a great resource for those looking to help us achieve a better world.”
This article tagged under: jonathan leders,biden,whitehouse,white,sarah kraus source The Washington Post title Biden’s White House hires a veteran photojournalist to be chief of the press office article JONATHAN LENTER, WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE VICE PRESIDENT Mike PenceWhite House hires former White House press photographer as chief of press officeVice President Mike BidenThe WhiteHouse is hiring a veteran White House photography assistant as its chief of photojournalism, a senior administration official confirmed Wednesday.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement was private.
The official said Leder has worked as a photographer at the Whitehouse since February, and that he’s been a photojournalistic professional for the last six years.
The Whitehouse has an extensive portfolio of photographs covering all aspects of the administration, the official said, noting that Leder is also the president’s point man on digital media.
White House press secretary Sarah Kraus said in an emailed statement Wednesday that Leders “has been a valued and trusted photographer and our team looks forward to his contribution to the administration and the broader American people.”
The White house has previously said that Ledes work is “a testament to the tremendous talent that is working in the media division of the United States government.”
The photojournalists’ work will include the President’s daily press briefing, WhiteHouse press conferences, Oval Office events and other media coverage, the White house said.
The Associated Press first reported the news of Leders hire.