Alice Dunnigan

Journalist and White House Correspondent

Alice Allison Dunnigan was the first African-American to cover the White House journalistically. In 1936, she multitasked the African Negro Press and night classes at Howard University. Dunnigan became the first ever African American to gain a Congressional Press Pass. In 1960, she left ANP for a full-time job on Lyndon B. Johnson’s campaign team. She continued working for him while he was vice president and later in the Johnson Administration. She was even and information specialist for the Department of Labor. Dunnigan retired in 1970 and passed in 1983. She was 77 years old.

The Newseum puts up statue of Alice Dunnigan.

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