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Indian-American elected to board of White House Correspondents Association

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

has become the first Indian-American to be elected to the board of the Correspondents Association (WHCA), more than a century-old apex body of journalists covering the US

Kumar, who has been covering the since 2012, was elected unopposed to the Board.

Born and brought up in Charlottesville, she went to the After college, she started her career from and Advance in Lynchburg, and and Record in Greensboro,

St Petersburg Times, now known as The Tampa Bay Times, was her first major organisation, where she worked for 10 years before moving to the US capital.

Kumar is now the for group of newspapers.

"Last year, when I ran for the first time, and I ran for the A

few people encouraged me to run for the of the body because they thought this would be such a statement to the Trump White House that somebody like me and a woman would be the (WHCA) president," she told in an interview.

Now covering the White House for the second president, she feels that access to journalists has been an issue in both the presidency she covered.

"They (journalists) want more briefings. They want more on the record statements. They want more access to other people besides (the White House Press Secretary) They want the press office people to return their emails. That's a big problem to get anyone to respond and answer any questions," she said.

The board of the has nine members.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 10:30 IST