WHCA elects ABC’s Karl as ’19-20 president

The White House Correspondents’ Associated announced Friday that ABC News’ Jonathan Karl had been elected as their president for 2019-20.

Karl, who received 104 of 265 votes on the way to sealing his victory, was also appointed to a 3-year term as an at-large member of the WHCA’s board of directors, according to a White House press pool report from the group.

While he currently serves as Chief White House Correspondent for ABC, Karl, 49, has notably covered almost every major beat in Washington, D.C., from Congress to the Pentagon to his current role. A 2013 Walter Cronkite Award and 2009 Emmy Award winner, he began his ABC tenure in 2003 covering the State Department.

Karl edged-out Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News, who earned 87 votes, for the role of president, but Gillman also notched a position on the board as a newspaper representative. The New York Times’ Doug Mills, meanwhile, was elected to fill the photography seat on the board.

Jeff Mason, current WHCA president, extended his congratulations to all of those elected on Twitter Friday.

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