Pete Souza (’76) is the chief official White House photographer for President Barack Obama.
Souza held the same role under President Ronald Reagan and has also been a freelancer for National Geographic and the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune’s Washington bureau.
Souza first photographed Obama while documenting the latter’s first year in the U.S. Senate. He subsequently published his work in a book, The Rise of Barack Obama (Triumph Books, 2008). Souza has also published Plebe Summer at the U.S. Naval Academy, a photo documentary book following a company of midshipmen through their six-week indoctrination period.
The South Dartmouth, Mass., native has racked up awards, including the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism. His photos have been published in Fortune, Newsweek and other magazines and newspapers around the world, and Souza has lectured at universities across the country and appeared on Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America, CNN Special Reports, Fox Friends and Family, and National Public Radio.