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Jay Carney ’87

You may have seen Jay Carney ’87 on TV before, analyzing and opining as a Time magazine journalist. But you’ll be seeing a lot more of him now. White House chief of staff Richard Daley announced yesterday that Carney will be President Obama’s new press secretary.

For the last two years, Carney has been communications director for Vice President Joe Biden. But before that, he spent 20 years at Time, reporting from Moscow and Miami before moving to Washington to cover the White House and later to run the D.C. bureau. He covered the 2008 presidential campaign for Time.

Although Carney, who is married to ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman, is officially an inside hire, Politico’s Josh Gerstein says the appointment of someone who was so recently a working journalist—rather than an Obama campaign veteran—suggests “a break with campaign-style tactics in favor of a more buttoned-down focus on the business of governing, and possibly a détente with the White House press corps.”

A D.C. native and product of the Lawrenceville School, Carney was managing editor of the New Journal at Yale.

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