- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest LGBT newspaper, has been selected to join the White House press pool on a rotating basis, the paper announced Wednesday.

“This designation reflects the Blade’s nearly 45-year commitment to quality journalism,” said Blade editor Kevin Naff in a press release. “We’re excited to get started and continue the Blade’s long tradition of excellence in objective reporting.”

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Blade political reporter Chris Johnson will take the lead in covering President Obama, the paper said.

The Washington Blade, based in D.C., is the second-largest LGBT newspaper to New York City’s Gay City News.

In 2009, the New York Times called the paper “one of the most influential publications written for a gay audience.”