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February 25, 2009

McClatchy photographer named to White House staff

Inaug Chuck Kennedy, a veteran photographer who’s covered presidential campaigns, the White House and Congress for two decades, is leaving the McClatchy-Tribune Photo Service to take a job in the White House.

He will be the Assistant Deputy of the White House Photo Office. He will have administrative duties but also will do a “fair amount of shooting,” said White House Photographer Pete Souza.

Kennedy’s most recent accomplishment was a unique shot of President Barack Obama taking the oath of office. He used a remote operated camera in the inauguration platform floor to shoot the close-up photo of Obama with his wife and two daughters beside him. It landed on hundreds of newspaper front pages across the country and around the world.

Souza also announced other additions to the staff that records the presidency.
Lawrence Jackson was named an official photographer and will be work with Souza covering the president.
Samantha Appleton will be an official photographer primarily assigned to cover First Lady Michelle Obama.
And Arun Chaudhary was named the official White House videographer.

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