A Washington Post defector rises in the government ranks.

Jon Finer, an excellent reporter, writer and foreign correspondent — he reported from some 20 countries and was embedded with the Marines during the Iraq War — inexplicably went to work in the White House in 2009 in the chief of staff’s office and then as a special adviser and speechwriter to Vice President Biden. He then went to the National Security Council and has served, since September 2013, as deputy chief of staff at the State Department.

Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday that Finer’s moving up a notch, replacing longtime Kerry aide David Wade, who had been Kerry’s chief of staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and more recently at Foggy Bottom. We hear he’s staying at home for now with his newborn son.