President-elect Joe Biden has begun filling positions for his administration, and after making history by selecting the first woman who became the vice president-elect, he may be on the brink of another first — tapping the first Black woman to be named White House press secretary, NBC News reported on Wednesday.
Multiple officials stressed to the network that a final decision has not yet been made but that Karine Jean-Pierre, a former Obama official who served as senior adviser to Biden and became chief of staff to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris when she was named Biden’s running mate in August, has emerged ahead of the pack as a strong candidate for the position.
Biden campaign senior adviser Symone Sanders, who worked on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) 2016 presidential campaign, has also been discussed for the top communications role and has made her own interests in filling the seat clear.
Both Jean-Pierre and Sanders also share backgrounds in political commentary on major news networks. Jean-Pierre has appeared as an MSNBC political analyst and Sanders was a political commentator on CNN.
The potential hires would follow earlier announcements for key staffing in the Biden White House, including chief of staff Ron Klain and his deputy, former Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon.