State Department top voice Rubin to step down in April

WASHINGTON, DC: The State Department’s PR operation is preparing for a changing of the guard, with top voice James Rubin last week announcing his intention to step down in April.

WASHINGTON, DC: The State Department’s PR operation is preparing for a changing of the guard, with top voice James Rubin last week announcing his intention to step down in April.

WASHINGTON, DC: The State Department’s PR operation is preparing

for a changing of the guard, with top voice James Rubin last week

announcing his intention to step down in April.



Rubin, currently assistant secretary of state for public affairs, is

leaving to join his wife, CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour, in

London.



One journalist covering the State Department credited Rubin with being

’more articulate and more telegenic than most of his predecessors.’ By

all accounts, he brought with him a sense of humor that matched his

grasp of foreign policy. ’He could articulate foreign policy without

reading from set pieces written by the bureaucracy,’ the journalist

said.



His successor will be Richard Boucher, who served as a spokesperson for

Secretaries of State James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger and Warren

Christopher.



Boucher is currently coordinator of the Asia Pacific Economic

Cooperation Forum. A career diplomat, he served as a US Ambassador to

Cyprus and as Consul General in Hong Kong.



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