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Desirée Rogers

White House correspondent, Morgan alumna April Ryan on covering 3 presidents, highlighting black issues

White House correspondent, Morgan alumna April Ryan on covering 3 presidents, highlighting black issues

April Ryan clearly recalls the first time President Bill Clinton called her by name. She laughs about observing George W. Bush "raise the roof" before acknowledging that Barack Obama would succeed him as president. And she treasures the memory of chatting with Obama about her mother, who never lived to see the nation elect its first black president.

For Ryan, a "loud-mouthed kid from Baltimore," each moment was unforgettable, even overwhelming. But they were also part of her job: The 49-year-old White House correspondent and pundit will celebrate two decades on the beat in January, which also marks the swearing-in of the 45th president.

Ryan is chief of...

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