Pete Souza was the Director of the White House Picture Office and the Chief Official White House Photographer under President Barack Obama. Souza was previously an Associate Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the Chicago Tribune's national photographer, a freelancer for National Geographic, and President Ronald Reagan's official White House photographer. The Rising of Barack Obama, a New York Times bestseller, chronicles the president's extraordinary rise from his first day in the United States Senate through the 2008 Pennsylvania presidential primary. Souza is currently based in Washington, D.C. as a freelance photographer. and is Emeritus Professor of Visual Communication at Ohio University.