Christi Parsons is White House correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and six other papers of the Tribune Company’s Washington, DC bureau. She has covered Barack Obama since 1997, when he was a member of the Illinois Senate and she was posted in the Chicago Tribune’s Statehouse bureau.
During a 20-year career at the Tribune, Parsons has covered city, state and national politics. She took part in team coverage of wrongful conviction in the Illinois criminal justice system, award-winning work by the Tribune that ultimately led to clearance of the state’s death row. As a senior member of the newspaper’s political team, she covered the rise and fall of two Illinois governors, George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich.
After moving to Washington in 2006, she wrote about Congress before going on the road to cover the presidential campaign. As president-elect, Obama gave his first print interview to Parsons and her teammates at his hometown paper.
Parsons is a 1989 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned a Master of Studies in Law from Yale Law School, where she was a Knight Fellow in 2001. She lives in Silver Spring with her husband and two children.