Veteran Post reporter Shailagh Murray to join White House staff

at 12:52 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Veteran political reporter Shailagh Murray is leaving the Washington Post to serve as communications director for Vice President Joe Biden, The Fix learned today.

“There are few reporters more skillful than Shailagh when it comes to connecting politics and policy in Washington,” said Post national editor Kevin Merida. “She is a master at explaining complex legislation and the unpredictable twists and turns of Congress. Her sophisticated understanding of issues and an ability to bring big ideas to our pages have served readers well.”

Murray has spent the past six years covering Congress and political campaigns for the Post. Before coming to the Post, Murray worked for the Wall Street Journal from 1999 to 2005 covering politics and Congress and had also done previous stints for the Journal as a correspondent in Brussels and Prague.

Murray will be the second former reporter to serve as Biden’s communications director. Former Time Washington bureau chief Jay Carney served in the post from 2009 until earlier this year when he was named White House press secretary.

 
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