"I've always thought women belonged in the front row,” CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins said 

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Cecilia Vega, Kaitlan Collins, Nancy Cordes and Kristen Welker
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Four of the major news networks have recently appointed women as their chief White House correspondents to cover President-elect Joe Biden's administration. 

ABC has appointed Cecilia Vega as the network's chief correspondent; Kaitlan Collins will take on the role for CNN; CBS News has selected Nancy Cordes; and Kristen Welker is joining Peter Alexander for NBC. 

Yamiche Alcindor will also be continuing in her role covering the White House for PBS, which she has done since 2018. 

ABC announced Vega's new post on Tuesday, sharing that the former chief correspondent, Jonathan Karl, will be launching an interview show for ABC News Live, according to Deadline. Vega first joined the network in 2011 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent and was named a senior White House correspondent in 2017, a role she has held until now.

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In 2018, the longtime journalist made headlines when outgoing President Donald Trump told her she "never" thinks during a press conference, for which he was later criticized as sexist

Collins was appointed to her role as chief White House correspondent last week after spending three years covering the White House for CNN. She has similarly clashed with Trump over the years, most notably in July of 2018, when she was banned from a Rose Garden press conference. 

"I've always thought women belonged in the front row — whether that's in the White House briefing room or any other," Collins told CNN of her new post. "I am thrilled to be among this formidable group of reporters."

CBS' new chief White House correspondent, Cordes, was first hired by the network in 2007. Most recently, she has served as the Capitol Hill beat reporter. 

"I have taken a fresh look at the needs in D.C. and feel confident that we are putting the right team in place for success," Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, the network's executive vice president, said in a statement announcing CBS' staffing changes, according to Variety. "Our priorities: to break news, provide the audience with original reporting and context and lead the way among our peers."

As for Welker, she had been covering the White House for NBC since 2011 before her new appointment to join Alexander as the chief correspondent. In October of last year, Welker became the first Black woman to moderate a general-election presidential debate since 1992.

In addition to covering Biden as chief correspondents together, Welker and Alexander will continue to co-anchor Weekend Today.