New spox for Biden comes from reporter ranks
March 18th, 2011
01:56 PM ET

New spox for Biden comes from reporter ranks

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden has tapped another journalist to be his communications director.
Washington Post reporter Shailagh Murray will step into her new role “next month” according to a statement from the vice president’s office.

In announcing his choice, Mr. Biden praised the veteran journalist. “She is as well respected among her peers as she is versed in the serious issues facing our nation and the world.”

Murray follows Jay Carney who left that position to become White House press secretary after longtime Obama spokesman and confidant Robert Gibbs departed to become an outside adviser and cheerleader for the president.

In one of her last stories posted on the Washington Post’s web site in early March, Murray wrote about her new boss and his role intervening in a “partisan brawl” to work out a compromise to fund the federal government.

“Shailagh’s years of experience covering a broad array of issues ranging from domestic policy to foreign affairs make her uniquely positioned to lead our communications team,” the vice president said in the statement.

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