Karine Jean-Pierre is the first black, and the first openly gay person to become the Press Secretary of the White House.
President Biden has named Karine Jean-Pierre as his new top spokesperson – the first time a black, or openly gay, person has held the role. Ms Jean-Pierre, 44, has served as the administration’s principal deputy press secretary since Mr Biden was elected. She will replace outgoing press secretary Jen Psaki, 43, in the top role at the end of next week.
Press secretaries conduct daily news briefings with White House reporters, meaning the role can be high-profile.
Biden in a statement praised Jean-Pierre’s “experience, talent and integrity,” saying he was “proud” to announce her appointment.
The 44-year-old Jean-Pierre, who has a daughter with her partner, a CNN journalist, has already taken to the famed podium in the White House’s James S. Brady Press Briefing Room as Psaki’s number two. From May she’ll take centre stage at the daily White House press conference, which is broadcast live and highly scrutinized.