White House Official Photographer Sonya N. Hebert in the West Colonnade of the White House, Jan. 17, 2012.

Photographer: Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

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VisCom alumna Sonya Hebert joins White House photography staff

Sonya Hebert, an alumna of the School of Visual Communication (VisCom) at Ohio University, has joined the White House photography staff and will cover the First Lady in addition to other assignments.

Hebert, who most recently served as staff photographer at the Dallas Morning News, attended Ohio University from 2005 to 2007. She earned a political science degree from Emory University. She was appointed by official White House photographer and Ohio University professor Pete Souza and also joins fellow alumna, chief White House photography editor and deputy director of the official White House photography office Jennifer Poggi.

VisCom Director Terry Eiler remembers Hebert as a dedicated and driven student.

“Sonya was a compassionate storyteller and graduate student, who set a very high bar for her visual journalism,” he said. “From her work on the first Soul of Athens to her nomination for a Pulitzer at the Dallas Morning News, Sonya has continued to prove that talented good people can still do exceptional work in contemporary photojournalism.”

Hebert has won numerous awards for her photography work, including the 2011 DART Award from The Columbia University School of Journalism, a 2011 National Headline Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award for video feature reporting and a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism.

To read more about her appointment, visit the National Press Photographers Association site.