White House press secretaries: Where are they now?

A look back at former press secretaries' next moves after leaving the White House

Jay Carney's predecessor Robert Gibbs
Jay Carney's predecessor Robert Gibbs

WASHINGTON: Josh Earnest will become the third White House press secretary of President Barack Obama’s administration when he takes over from Jay Carney later this month.

The president announced the transition during a Friday briefing, saying Carney, a former journalist at Time, approached him about stepping down in April. 

The role started when Herbert Hoover was in office. Harry Truman and Bill Clinton share the record for most press secretaries with five apiece.

Below, a look at the post-White House careers of the past dozen press secretaries.

Barack Obama
Jay Carney
2011-14
Resignation announced on May 30. Next move TBD.

Robert Gibbs
2009-2011
Founding partner, the Incite Agency, and MSNBC contributor. Also worked on Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

George W. Bush
Dana Perino
2007-2009
Co-host of Fox’s The Five, president of Dana Perino and Company, founder of Minute Mentoring. Also worked for Burson-Marsteller after the end of the Bush Administration.

Tony Snow
2006-2007
Snow resigned from the role in 2007. He died after a battle with colon cancer in July 2008.

Scott McClellan
2003-2006
VP for communication at Seattle University. Authored of What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, a New York Times bestseller, in 2008.

Ari Fleischer
2001-2003
Founder of Ari Fleischer Sports Communications. Wrote Taking Heat about his years in the White House. 

Bill Clinton
Jake Siewert
2000-2001
Global head of corporate communications at Goldman Sachs. Also served as counselor to the US Treasury secretary and in a variety of roles at Alcoa, including as VP for business development.

Joe Lockhart
1998-2000
Founding partner and MD at the Glover Park Group. Was VP of global communications for Facebook from 2011 to 2013.

Mike McCurry
1994-98
Partner, Public Strategies Washington, and distinguished professor of public theology at the Wesley Theological Seminary.

George Stephanopoulos
1993
Anchor, Good Morning America and This Week on ABC. Also the network’s chief political correspondent.  

Dee Dee Myers
1993-1994
EVP for worldwide corporate communications and public affairs at Warner Bros., effective September 2. Was also director at the Glover Park Group, has co-hosted CNBC’s Equal Time, and was a consultant on NBC’s The West Wing.

George HW Bush
Marlin Fitzwater
1989-1993
Also worked as a consultant to The West Wing, and as a member of the board of trustees at Franklin Pierce University.  

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