Paula Robo, Essence
The first African-American woman credentialed to cover the White House will be honored with a life-sized statue to be erected next month in Washington, D.C.
Alice Allison Dunnigan, a Kentucky native, was the first Black female journalist to cover a presidential campaign — President Harry Truman’s whistle-stop campaign tour in 1948, the Associated Press reports. She later received credentials to cover the White House.
As head of the Associated Negro Press’ Washington bureau for 14 years, Dunnigan supplied stories to 112 African-American newspapers across the country. She was also the first Black woman to obtain press credentials to cover Congress, the State Department, and the Supreme Court.