bohan2The White House press corps has a new president.

Reuters White House Correspondent Caren Bohan won the election for president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and will take the mantle in the 2011-2012 term.

Until then, she will serve as the wire-service representative on the WHCA board which represents the White House press corps on matters of access, traveling with the president, and other issues related to covering the White House.

The WHCA also organizes the annual dinner where the president gets a chance to publicly poke fun at the press before an audience of journalists, politicians and Hollywood stars.

Julie Mason of the Washington Examiner won the at-large seat, Holly Bailey of Newsweek won the magazine seat, and Don Gonyea of NPR won the radio seat.

Caren has covered the White House since 2003 and last year was one of the lead Reuters correspondents on the presidential campaign trail.