For 38 years, Kathleen Arberg, the U.S. Supreme Court’s public information officer, has had an inside view of the marble palace. Through the pandemic, an anthrax-related evacuation, the Sept. 11 attacks, justices’ deaths and new arrivals after confirmations, Arberg has been a face and voice for the court.
Arberg is retiring July 3 after 22 years as the high court’s top spokesperson. Before she held that role, she was an assistant PIO at the court for 17 years. Unflappable and thoughtful in her dealings with news reporters, Arberg was only the fifth person to serve as public information officer since the office was established in 1935.