Biden Appoints All-Women White House Press Team

Headline Roundup November 29th, 2020

Projected 2020 presidential election winner Joe Biden named his White House senior communications staff on Sunday, selecting a team of all women. Jen Psaki, who served under President Barack Obama's administration, was chosen to be his first press secretary; Psaki also oversees the confirmations team for Biden's transition team. Biden selected Kate Bedingfield as White House communications director, and Kamala Harris named Symone Sanders as senior adviser and chief spokesperson for the vice president. Both Bedingfield and Sanders served the Biden-Harris campaign. Biden continues to build his Cabinet and White House staff, led by Chief of Staff Ron Klain, despite the fact that President Donald Trump has not yet acknowledged a Biden win.

Biden's selections were covered by outlets across the political spectrum. Reports in center-rated outlets tended to analyze Biden's staff picks and their history. Some coverage from left-rated outlets framed the appointments as a reflection of Biden's purported commitment to diversity within his staff; some reports from right-rated outlets focused on the fact that several of Biden's selections previously worked as contributors to left-rated media outlets.

Biden Appoints All-Women White House Press Team

From the Center
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President-elect Joe Biden on Sunday named his White House senior communications staff, choosing a team of all women led by Jen Psaki, a veteran of President Barack Obama's administration, as his first press secretary.

Psaki, who wore many hats under Obama including White House communications director, has overseen the confirmations team for Biden's transition team.

Turning to top campaign aides, Biden also tapped Kate Bedingfield as White House communications director and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris named Symone Sanders senior adviser and chief spokesperson for the vice president. Bedingfield worked...

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From the Left
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President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female senior communications team at his White House, reflecting his stated desire to build out a diverse White House team as well as what’s expected to be a return to a more traditional press operation.

Biden campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield will serve as Biden’s White House communications director. Jen Psaki, a longtime Democratic spokeswoman, will be his press secretary.

In a different area of the White House operation, Biden plans to name Neera Tanden, the president and CEO of the liberal think tank...

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From the Right
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President-elect Joe Biden has formed his all-female senior communications team.

Members of his staff include Elizabeth Alexander as communications director for Dr. Jill Biden, Kate Bedingfield as White House communications director, Ashley Etienne as communications director for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Karine Jean Pierre as principal deputy press secretary, and Jen Psaki as White House press secretary.

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