Jay Carney

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Jay Carney
Jay Carney on April 5, 2011.jpg
White House Press Secretary
In office
February 11, 2011 – June 20, 2014
President Barack Obama
Deputy Josh Earnest
Preceded by Robert Gibbs
Succeeded by Josh Earnest
Personal details
Born James Carney
(1965-05-22) May 22, 1965 (age 51)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Claire Shipman (2001–present)
Children 2
Alma mater Yale University (BA)

James "Jay" Carney (born May 22, 1965) is an American journalist who was the 29th White House Press Secretary.[1] He was the second person to serve in the position during the presidency of Barack Obama, having replaced Robert Gibbs. Prior to his appointment as press secretary, he was director of communications for Vice President Joe Biden. Carney previously served as Washington Bureau Chief for Time magazine, a post he held from September 2005 until December 2008, and as a regular contributor in the "roundtable" segment of ABC News' This Week with George Stephanopoulos. President Obama announced he had accepted Carney's resignation as press secretary on May 30, 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Carney was raised in Northern Virginia, attended high school at The Lawrenceville School, a college preparatory boarding school in Lawrenceville, New Jersey,[2] and earned a bachelor's degree cum laude in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Yale University in 1987.[3]

Journalism career[edit]

After being hired as a reporter for The Miami Herald in 1987, Carney joined Time magazine as its Miami Bureau Chief in 1989. Carney worked as a correspondent in Time's Moscow Bureau for three years, covering the collapse of the U.S.S.R.. He came to Washington in 1993 to report on the Bill Clinton White House.[3]

He has written and reported about the presidency of George W. Bush, and was one of a handful of reporters who were aboard Air Force One with President Bush on September 11, 2001.[3] Carney later won the 2003 Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency.

Carney was Time's Washington Bureau Deputy Chief from 2003 to 2005, and Chief from September 2005 until December 2008. He was assigned to the magazine's Washington Bureau in that tenure while also being able to write about politics and national affairs.[citation needed]

Press Secretary[edit]

Jay Carney (middle right) in a White House staff meeting in the Oval Office, May 11, 2011

On December 15, 2008, Carney went from the private sector to public payroll as Director of Communications to Vice President-elect Joe Biden.[4][5]

On January 27, 2011, Carney was selected to become the Obama administration's second White House Press Secretary.[1] He was named the successor to previous White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs by White House Chief of Staff, William Daley.[6][7] Carney was one of fourteen White House appointees announced by Daley on that day.[7]

As of June 21, 2013, Yahoo News reported that Carney had somehow dodged a question approximately 9,486 times, including responding in some variation of "I don't know" over 1,900 times since his first briefing.[8]

On November 21, 2013, a majority of the news outlets covering the White House submitted a joint letter to Carney complaining about the lack of access provided to reporters.[9] The letter specifically addressed several instances where the Press Corps was told a certain event was private, yet the White House allowed White House Photographer Pete Souza exclusive access to the event.[9]

On December 12, 2013, Carney was confronted by most of the White House Press Corps for the unprecedented lack of access to the President during a routine news conference.[10]

During the discussion, the reporters became increasingly frustrated and often talked over Carney.[11] The Corps noted that while Obama had promised a more transparent administration, CNN's Brianna Keilar notes, "anyone here can tell you there's less access than under the Bush administration".[10] Carney proceeded to cite the rise of internet journalism for making photojournalists obsolete, but promised the White House would do everything it could to rectify this problem.[12]

On May 30, 2014, President Obama announced Carney would be succeeded by Josh Earnest.[13]

Post-Obama administration career[edit]

Following Carney's stint as press secretary, he worked as a CNN senior political analyst from September 2014 until February 2015.[14][15]

On March 2, 2015, Carney began working for Amazon as the senior vice president of Worldwide Corporate Affairs.[16]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Claire Shipman (a senior correspondent for ABC News) and their two children.[17] He is a devoted fan of the indie rock band Guided By Voices.[18]


  1. ^ a b Henry, Ed (January 27, 2011). "Jay Carney named White House press secretary". CNN. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Jay Carney '83 Named White House Personal Minister works to rid Obama of his sins.". The Lawrenceville School. January 28, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Connolly, Katie (January 28, 2011). "James Carney: Profile of White House press secretary". BBC News. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Biden TIME". Time. December 15, 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ Calderone, Michael (December 15, 2008). "Stengel defends Carney's decision". Politico. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ Mason, Jeff; Holland, Steve (January 27, 2011). "Former reporter Carney next White House spokesman". Reuters. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Knoller, Mark (January 27, 2011). "Daley, Not Obama, Announces new Press Secretary, Aides". CBS News. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jay Carney Has Said "I Don't Know" Over 1,900 Times". TIME. June 21, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Jay Carney letter" (PDF). Corpcommapo.files.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  10. ^ a b "White House faces press revolt over access to Obama's South Africa flight". Washington Times. December 12, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  11. ^ Video on YouTube
  12. ^ "Jay Carney Blames the Internet for Obama's Opaque Transparency and Propaganda Machine - Katie Pavlich". Townhall.com. December 13, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  13. ^ Camia, Catalina (May 30, 2014). "White House spokesman Jay Carney resigns". USA Today. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  14. ^ Stetler, Brian (September 10, 2014). "Jay Carney joins CNN as commentator". CNNpolitics. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  15. ^ Allen, Mike (February 26, 2015). "Jay Carney to Amazon". Politico. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ Kusek, Kathleen (February 26, 2015). "Amazon Hires Ex-White House Spokesman Jay Carney". Forbes. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  17. ^ Boss, Shira J. (March 2002). "From Columbia to the Kremlin and the Capital". Columbia College Today. Columbia College Alumni Association. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  18. ^ Chris Richards (May 23, 2013). "White House press secretary Jay Carney discusses favorite band, Guided by Voices". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 15, 2016. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Gibbs
White House Press Secretary
Succeeded by
Josh Earnest