Pete Souza??was the Official Chief White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the??Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for??National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. His books include the New York Times bestseller??The Rise of Barack Obama, which documents the president’s meteoric ascent from his first day in the U.S. Senate through the 2008 Pennsylvania presidential primary. Souza is currently a freelance photographer based in Washington, D.C.