The news that Time magazine editor Richard Stengel is leaving his post to become the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs prompted Atlantic Wire reporter Elspeth Reeve to examine how many reporters had left their jobs for positions in President Barack Obama’s administration. It turns out that quite a few journalists have found second careers working for the president.
“But it is the latest example in a growing trend of the White House reaching out to hire journalists. According to one count, at least 15 journalists have joined the Obama administration since 2009.,” writes The Daily Beast’s Ben Jacobs.
Stengel joins high-profile figures in the Obama administration who once served as reporters like White House Press Sec. Jay Carney and former senior advisor to Obama, David Axelrod. But lesser-known figures in the administration like former Washington Post reporters Douglas Frantz and Shailagh Murray, former CBS and ABC News reporter Linda Douglass, and former Associated Press and Boston Globe reporter Glen Johnson also once reported on their current employer.
“Yet hiring journalists isn’t an Obama innovation,” Jacobs concludes. He notes that Abraham Lincoln and George W. Bush also plucked promising reporters from their careers for positions in their administrations.
h/t The Daily Beast
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