I had posted this question under "academic-writing" and on there someone believes that it might be called "attribution". Can anyone confirm if this is correct or where I can find a reference?

Original Question:

I'm curious to know if this style of writing (pattern) has a name. They can sometimes take up almost a full paragraph giving background about a specific person or subject when introducing them into an article.

"At the Saturday briefing, Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, co-author of the critically acclaimed book "XYZ", told us that..."

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It is indeed an example of attribution.

This website lists 4 distinct styles of attribution, and your example is the first kind:

  1. On the record: All statements are directly quotable and attributable, by name and title, to the person making the statement. This is the most valuable type of attribution.

Example: "The U.S. has no plans to invade Iran," said White House press secretary Jim Smith.

Your statement is simply the reverse. Hope this helps!

  • Thank you sooooo much! This helps me immensely!
    – M4cJunk13
    Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 21:52

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