Jay Carney

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Jay Carney
Jay Carney on April 5, 2011.jpg
29th White House Press Secretary
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 11, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyJosh Earnest
Preceded byRobert Gibbs
Personal details
BornJames Carney
(1965-05-22) May 22, 1965 (age 48)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Claire Shipman
Children2
Alma materYale University
ProfessionJournalist
WebsiteWhite House Briefing Room
 
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Jay Carney
Jay Carney on April 5, 2011.jpg
29th White House Press Secretary
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 11, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyJosh Earnest
Preceded byRobert Gibbs
Personal details
BornJames Carney
(1965-05-22) May 22, 1965 (age 48)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Claire Shipman
Children2
Alma materYale University
ProfessionJournalist
WebsiteWhite House Briefing Room

James "Jay" Carney (born May 22, 1965) is the 29th White House Press Secretary.[1] He is the second person to serve in the position during the presidency of Barack Obama, having replaced Robert Gibbs. Prior to his appointment as Press Secretary he was director of communications for Vice President Joe Biden. Carney previously served as Washington Bureau Chief for Time magazine, a post he held from September 2005 until December 2008, and as a regular contributor in the "roundtable" segment of ABC News' This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

Journalism career[edit]

After being hired as a reporter for The Miami Herald in 1987, Carney joined Time magazine as its Miami Bureau Chief in 1989. Carney worked as a correspondent in Time's Moscow Bureau for three years, covering the collapse of the U.S.S.R.. He came to Washington in 1993 to report on the Bill Clinton White House.[2]

He has written and reported about the presidency of George W. Bush, and was one of a handful of reporters who were aboard Air Force One with President Bush on September 11, 2001.[2] Carney later won the 2003 Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency.

Carney was Time's Washington Bureau Deputy Chief from 2003 to 2005, and Chief from September 2005 until December 2008. He was assigned to the magazine's Washington Bureau in that tenure while also being able to write about politics and national affairs. Carney has also worked for CNN (another TIME Warner division) as a special correspondent.

Work in Obama administration[edit]

Jay Carney (middle right) in a White House staff meeting in the Oval Office, May 11, 2011

On December 15, 2008, Carney went from the private sector to public service as Director of Communications to Vice President Joe Biden.[3][4]

On January 27, 2011, Carney was selected to become the Obama administration's second White House Press Secretary.[1] He was named the successor to previous White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs by White House Chief of Staff, William Daley.[5][6] Carney was one of fourteen White House appointees announced by Daley on that day.[6]

Personal life and education[edit]

Carney was raised in Northern Virginia, attended high school at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey,[7] and earned a B.A. cum laude in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Yale University, in 1987.[2] He and his wife, Claire Shipman (a senior correspondent for ABC News),[2] live in Washington, D.C., with their son and daughter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Henry, Ed (January 27, 2011). "Jay Carney named White House press secretary". CNN. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Connolly, Katie (January 28, 2011). "James Carney: Profile of White House press secretary". BBC News. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Biden TIME". Time. December 15, 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ Calderone, Michael (December 15, 2008). "Stengel defends Carney's decision". Politico. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ Mason, Jeff; Holland, Steve (January 27, 2011). "Former reporter Carney next White House spokesman". Reuters. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Knoller, Mark (January 27, 2011). "Daley, Not Obama, Announces new Press Secretary, Aides". CBS News. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jay Carney ’83 Named White House Personal Minister works to rid Obama of his sins.". The Lawrenceville School. January 28, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 

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Preceded by
Robert Gibbs
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2011–present
Succeeded by
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