From the Archives: governors’ news conference photos

From the Archives: governors’ news conference photos


(Photos courtesy of Washington State Archives)

Those of you who have watched Gov. Inslee or any of his predecessors hold a news conference on TV know that such events are typically held in the Governor’s Conference Room. It’s a large, formal-looking room to the left of the front lobby in the Governor’s Office.


Our State Archives has many photos of news conferences held by Washington governors over the years. The top photo shows Gov. Dan Evans answering reporters’ questions during a 1969 news conference. The middle shot features Gov. Chris Gregoire during a 2006 news conference. (Note that the gentleman in the blue shirt is then-AP reporter David Ammons, now our OSOS communications director!) The bottom shot shows an empty Governor’s Conference Room in 1927. What, no news conference?

Governor's conference room 1927

The top photo is in the Digital Archives’ State Governors’ Negative Collection, 1949-1975. The middle photo is found in the Archives’ Washington State Patrol photo collection. The bottom photo is found in the State Digital Archives’ Susan Parish Photograph Collection, 1889-1990.


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