January 28, 2011

Biden Comms Director, Former Time DC Bureau Chief Carney Named New White House Press Secretary

Press Briefing Room Jay Carney, the Communications Director for Vice President Joe Biden, has been named the new White House Press Secretary, replacing Robert Gibbs.  Carney is expected to begin briefing duties in mid-February when Gibbs exits.

Carney was a journalist at Time magazine for 20 years, rising to the position of Washington Bureau Chief, before heading to the White House to work for then Vice President-elect Biden in 2008.

Carney is married to ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman and they have two children.

Jay Carney Most reporting describes the choice of Carney as an outsider (in that he was never part of the Obama inner circle) but also someone who has worked in the West Wing for the Vice President for two years.  Carney is known to have strong relationships with the Washington press corps, of which he was recently a member, and he is described as less confrontational than Gibbs.

Carney was selected over other candidates, including internal White House candidates Bill Burton, Jen Psaki and Josh Earnest, and external candidates former DNC Communications Director Karen Finney, current DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell and Treasury Counselor Jake Siewert.

Jay Carney and Claire Shipman Carney will not receive the title of Counselor to the President, as Gibbs did, and will report to White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.

Here’s how the major news organizations led their stories about Carney’s hiring:

NEW YORK TIMES: Jay Carney, the spokesman for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and a former Washington bureau chief for Time magazine, will become White House press secretary as part of a final flurry of personnel changes in a months-long makeover of the West Wing.

WASHINGTON POST: President Obama named ex-journalist Jay Carney as the next White House press secretary on Thursday, rounding out a broad personnel restructuring within the West Wing after the midterm elections.

WALL STREET JOURNAL: President Barack Obama named Jay Carney to be White House press secretary Thursday, elevating a former journalist to be a prominent public face of the administration.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Jay Carney, the spokesman for Vice President Joe Biden, will replace Robert Gibbs as President Obama's press secretary, the White House announced Thursday.

USA TODAY: Jay Carney, the communications director for Vice President Biden, will be the new White House press secretary, chief of staff William Daley announced Thursday. Carney, 45, a former reporter for Time magazine, will replace spokesman Robert Gibbs when he leaves in mid-February.

POLITICO: President Barack Obama on Thursday named Jay Carney, communications director for Vice President Joe Biden and former Washington bureau chief for TIME magazine, to replace Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary.

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