Shailagh Murray

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Shailagh Murray
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Senior Advisor to the President
In office
April 3, 2015 – January 20, 2017
Serving with Brian Deese
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDan Pfeiffer
Succeeded byIvanka Trump
Jared Kushner
Stephen Miller
Kevin Hassett
Personal details
Shailagh Jane Murray

(1965-10-09) October 9, 1965 (age 55)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Neil King Jr.
EducationUniversity of Missouri (BA)
Northwestern University (MA)

Shailagh Jane Murray (born October 9, 1965) is an American university administrator, former political aide and journalist who served as a senior advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama.[1] She previously served as deputy chief of staff and communications director for Vice President Joe Biden.[2]


Murray worked for The Wall Street Journal from 1999 to 2005.[2] She then became Capitol Hill correspondent for The Washington Post, covering the elections of 2006, 2008 and 2010.[2]

She joined the Office of the Vice President in 2011 as communications director and was later promoted to deputy chief of staff.[3]

In March 2015, she was named as the successor to Dan Pfeiffer as senior advisor to the President with a communications portfolio.[4]

In September 2018, she was appointed executive vice president for public affairs of Columbia University.[5]


  1. ^ Dovere, Edward-Isaac (24 March 2015). "Barack Obama names two new top aides". Politico. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Reinhard, Beth (16 July 2013). "Shailagh Murray, Communications Director, Office of the Vice President". National Journal. Archived from the original on 24 May 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  3. ^ Memoli, Michael A. (18 March 2011). "Biden names reporter as communications director". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  4. ^ Milbank, Dana (27 March 2015). "Is this the end of the White House's insufferable insularity?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Shailagh Murray Appointed Executive Vice President for Public Affairs". Columbia University. September 5, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Pfeiffer
Senior Advisor to the President
With: Brian Deese
Valerie Jarrett
Succeeded by
Jared Kushner
Stephen Miller