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Polly Irungu: Kenyan-American photographer gets plum job at White House

Polly Irungu
Polly Irungu, a photojournalist of Kenyan descent, made an official announcement about her new position at the White House.
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Polly Irungu, a photojournalist of Kenyan descent, excitedly announced her new position as official photo editor for the office of the Vice President to the Biden-Harris Administration.

Irungu is the first person to hold the position in the office of US Vice President Kamala Harris.

Polly Irungu
Polly Irungu and Kamala Harris


“New chapter, I’m excited to announce that I’m the first official Photo Editor for the Office of the Vice President to the Biden-Harris Administration. Honored and grateful is an understatement,” she shared.

Polly Irungu

Irungu is the brain behind the Black Women Photographers, a network and directory of more than 1,000 black photographers worldwide established two years ago.


She became aware of how challenging it was for black women photographers to be recognized and given work, which inspired her to launch the movement.

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Polly is a well-known and skilled photojournalist who has won over 15 awards and distinctions. She went to the University of Oregon and earned a journalism degree there.

Before starting her own business, she worked as a digital editor at New York Public Radio. She also worked with companies such as Twitter, WeTransfer, and the National Press Photographers Association.


Irungu and Nikon USA previously collaborated to provide selected photographers with grants and cash awards totalling about USD 50,000 in an effort to support their businesses and inspire other women.

Her work was displayed on Nasdaq billboards in US Times Square in 2020 making her able to live the American dream. With an estimated 50 million visitors a year, Times Square is one of the most well-liked tourist spots in the world.


She was born in Nairobi and currently resides in Washington, D.C. after having resided in Topeka, Kansas, Eugene, Oregon, and New York.

Polly joins Joy Ngugi, a fellow Kenyan employee who works in the Office of Digital Strategy under President Biden’s leadership.

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