Jay Carney

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Jay Carney
Jay Carney.jpg
26th White House Press Secretary
In office
February 11, 2011 – June 20, 2014
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyJosh Earnest
Preceded byRobert Gibbs
Succeeded byJosh Earnest
Personal details
James Carney

(1965-05-22) May 22, 1965 (age 54)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Claire Shipman (m. 1998)
EducationYale University (BA)

James "Jay" Carney (born May 22, 1965) is the former press secretary to President Barack Obama.

From 2014 to 2015, he worked as a senior political analyst at CNN. He served as White House press secretary, from 2011 to 2014, and his resignation was accepted by President Barack Obama, on May 30, 2014.[1] From 2008 to 2011, he was director of communications for Vice President Joe Biden. He worked as the Time Magazine Washington bureau chief, from 2005 to 2008 and was a regular contributor in the "roundtable" segment of This Week with George Stephanopoulos for ABC News.

Carney has been the senior vice president of worldwide corporate affairs at Amazon since March 2, 2015.

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, New Haven, Connecticut, in 1987.[3]


Time Magazine[edit]

After working as a reporter for The Miami Herald, since 1987, Carney joined Time magazine as the Miami bureau chief, in 1989. He worked as a correspondent in Time's Moscow bureau for three years, covering the collapse of the U.S.S.R.. He transferred to Washington, D.C., in 1993, to report on the Bill Clinton White House.[3] He was Time magazine's Washington bureau deputy chief, from 2003 to 2005 and the bureau chief, from September 2005, until December 2008.[4]

White House 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 left the private sector to take a position as director of communications to Vice President-elect Joe Biden.[5][6]

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 M. Daley.[7][8] Carney was one of fourteen White House appointees announced by Daley on that day.[8]

On May 30, 2014, President Barack Obama announced Carney would be succeeded by Josh Earnest.[9]

CNN commentator[edit]

Following his stint as press secretary, he worked as a CNN senior political analyst, from September 2014 to February 2015.[10][11]


On 2 March 2015, Carney began working for Amazon as the senior vice president of worldwide corporate affairs.[12]


He has written and reported about the Presidency of George W. Bush, and was one of a few reporters who were aboard Air Force One with Bush on September 11, 2001.[3] In 2003, he won the 2003 Gerald R. Ford prize for distinguished reporting on the presidency of the United States of America.

Personal life[edit]

Carney lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Claire Shipman, a senior correspondent for ABC News, and their two children.[13] He is a devoted fan of the indie rock band Guided By Voices.[14][15]


  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. ^ Kurtz, Howard (December 16, 2008). "Time Magazine's Carney Hired as Biden Spokesman". Washington Post. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Biden TIME". Time. December 15, 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2010.
  6. ^ Calderone, Michael (December 15, 2008). "Stengel defends Carney's decision". Politico. Retrieved December 27, 2010.
  7. ^ Mason, Jeff; Holland, Steve (January 27, 2011). "Former reporter Carney next White House spokesman". Reuters. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Knoller, Mark (January 27, 2011). "Daley, Not Obama, Announces new Press Secretary, Aides". CBS News. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  9. ^ Camia, Catalina (May 30, 2014). "White House spokesman Jay Carney resigns". USA Today. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  10. ^ Stetler, Brian (September 10, 2014). "Jay Carney joins CNN as commentator". CNNpolitics. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  11. ^ Allen, Mike (February 26, 2015). "Jay Carney to Amazon". Politico. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  12. ^ Kusek, Kathleen (February 26, 2015). "Amazon Hires Ex-White House Spokesman Jay Carney". Forbes. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  13. ^ Boss, Shira J. (March 2002). "From Columbia to the Kremlin and the Capital". Columbia College Today. Columbia College Alumni Association. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  14. ^ Chris Richards (May 23, 2013). "White House press secretary Jay Carney discusses favorite band, Guided by Voices". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  15. ^ The Fire Note (May 25, 2014), Jay Carney Intro Guided By Voices in DC, retrieved August 3, 2017

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