Karine Jean-Pierre (Courtesy photo)

By Deborah Bailey,
AFRO D.C. Editor

Karine Jean-Pierre has been promoted to White House Press Secretary and Assistant to the President, the White House announced today.  She will replace Jen Psaki, the current White House Press Secretary when Psaki steps down from the position on May 13.

In a White House statement issued May 5, President Joe Biden said “Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris Administration on behalf of the American people.”  

Jean-Pierre will become the first black person and the first openly gay person to assume the role of lead spokesperson for the White House.    

Jean-Pierre is currently Principal Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President.  Previously she served the current present in the Obama Administration. Jean-Pierre has also been a political analyst on NBC and MS-NBC. Jean-Pierre also served as Chief Public Affairs Officer with Moveon.org

Psaki is scheduled to take an on-air role at MSNBC after her departure from the White House. 

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