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Jay Carney tapped for White House press secretary

Veteran journalist Jay Carney, currently serving as Vice President Biden's communications director, is expected to become President Obama's new press secretary.

Jay Carney (r.) stands with Anna Marie Cox (l.) and Elizabeth Edwards (c.) at TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People Awards at New York's Lincoln Center in May 2007. Mr. Carney is expected to be named the White House press secretary, replacing Robert Gibbs.

Patrick McMullan / Sipa Press / Newscom / File

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Veteran journalist Jay Carney will move behind the briefing room podium to become White House press secretary, the White House was expected to announce Thursday.

For the past two years, Mr. Carney has served as Vice President Biden’s communications director. But before that, he had a 20-year career as a reporter for Time magazine, serving in Miami, Moscow, and Washington – including a stint as White House correspondent, then Washington bureau chief.

The choice of a journalist to serve as press secretary may seem an obvious move. Journalists, after all, know the news business. But in fact, very few White House press secretaries have come out of the Fourth Estate. Most are professional flacks. President Bush’s third press secretary, the late Tony Snow, came out of the media world, though more as a commentator, and later broadcaster.

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