Obama has added another journalist to his staff.
Chicago Tribune’s Jill Zuckman joins President Obama’s administration as the Department of Transportation’s director of public affairs and assistant to Secretary Ray LaHood.
Zuckman was a Washington-based correspondent at the Tribune and also made frequent appearances on MSNBC and Fox News.
She is the second Tribune reporter to take a job in the administration. Peter Gosselin is now the chief speech writer for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. This move is somewhat of a trend- Jay Carney, formerly of Time Magazine, is now Vice President Biden’s communications director and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta is supposedly among the top picks to become the next surgeon general.
Of course it’s no surprise. Politicians always pay back the people that were instrumental in getting them elected.