Pete Souza: Chief Official White House Photographer, 2009-2017

To receive the Chancellor’s Medal at the May 13 undergraduate Commencement ceremony.

Pete Souza

Pete Souza, a native of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, served as the Chief Official White House Photographer and the Director of the White House photo office, during the presidency of Barack Obama. He had also served as Official White House Photographer for President Ronald Reagan.

Prior to serving as President Obama’s official photographer, Souza had served as Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, national photographer for The Chicago Tribune based in the Washington bureau, and freelancer for National Geographic.

Several of Souza’s books document his intimate, humanizing photographs of his time with President Obama and President Reagan.

He has won numerous photojournalism awards, including several in the prestigious National Press Photographer Association's Pictures of the Year annual competition, and the White House News Photographers Association's yearly contest.


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