Biden Hires Post Reporter as Press Aide

Posted March 18, 2011 at 3:12pm

Vice President Joseph Biden is tapping another journalist to be his communications director: Washington Post reporter Shailagh Murray.

Biden announced Friday that Murray, a longtime Wall Street Journal reporter who has spent the past five years covering Capitol Hill for the Post, will succeed Jay Carney as his spokesperson. Carney, another veteran journalist, took over as White House press secretary last month.

“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,” Biden said in a statement. 

“She is as well-respected among her peers as she is versed in the serious issues facing our nation and the world. Her leadership and counsel will be invaluable to me, and to the entire administration.”