Few Minorities Report on the White House

Diversity in Washington journalism remains uneven
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2009 12:07 PM CST
The White House in Washington, in this Tuesday, Nov. 18,2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – Although America is nearing the inauguration of its first black president, the press corps that will be covering him remains largely white, the Washington Post reports. Cable news has delivered a few minority reporters, like CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Wendell Goler from Fox News. But the broadcast networks remain mostly monochromatic.

"The White House is often used as a place for the networks to try out folks they think might have a high-visibility future," Goler says. "It is more difficult to place African-Americans in this position if they're competing with someone else you're thinking of for a high-visibility position further down the road."