May 21st, 2008
11:05 AM ET
13 years ago

Award winning journalist joins Obama team

WASHINGTON (CNN) - CNN has confirmed that former ABC News congressional correspondent and current National Journal contributing editor, Linda Douglass, will leave her publication to join the Obama campaign.

Douglass says she will serve as a senior strategist and senior spokesperson on the campaign's plane, in addition to other senior staff.

She assumes her new post next week.

Douglass joined National Journal Group in June 2007 and covers government, politics and the 2008 election, according to National Journal's Web site.

She is also a senior fellow with the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

Douglass won the 2000 National Press Foundation's Everett Dirksen Award for her coverage of Congress, and the 1990 Broadcast Journalist of the Year, from the Society of Professional Journalists, according to the site.

A response from the Obama campaign was not immediately available.

Update: In a press release to CNN Wednesday, Suzanne Clark, the president of National Journal Group, wrote: "Linda Douglass is a first rate talent.  She has made significant contributions to the National Journal Group – from breaking news and securing high profile interviewees and event panelists to launching our radio show."

"We are sad to see her go. She has done great work for our publications, helped us expand our multi-media presence and has been a true friend to her colleagues.  We wish her the best," Clark added.

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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Who gives a ........

    Who else are you guys going to dig up to support Obama? With all the help he has gotten he still has not put Hillary away – and he won't. If he gets the nomination its because of the delegates and superdelegates – not the will of the people. Yuk and more Yuk!!!

    May 21, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Rhonda, DC

    To The DNC,

    Do not sell your soul to Hillary on the 31st of May. We know she has something up her sleeve in order to get what she wants. She may tell you that she will get out of the race sooner, etc., but don't buy it. She is evil and will say and do anything to win.

    Do not let her bargain with just Dean in the room because he is a push-over. We need someone strong who won't allow Hill and Bill to bend the rules.

    May 21, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. A Proud American(Republican)

    We welcome your vote, Ms Roy. I, a long time republican had decided I was going to vote Democratic this time. However since it appears Hillary won't make it I am forced to vote republican again. As far as I am concerned Obama is not even a choice in my book!

    May 21, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Gary Chandler in Canada

    May 21st, 2008 3:01 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    @ Dianne May 21st, 2008 2:30 pm ET
    ——— Why don't you ask Monica Lewinsky who she supports? It's more than weird that the Clinton camp is on 'high' road as to how women are treated.
    As a Canadian, I have always thought of the White House as a world Icon, and respect most of American history, though not recently.
    When I see a film based on the Oval Office, I think of cigars and DNA stains on dresses. The White House, at the expense of a woman, was defiled by the Clintons'. Why do Bonds and Clemens face criminal charges if shown to be liars, while Bill was proven to have 'ad sexual relations with THAT woman'?
    How demeaning for Monica, for women, and, Dianne, Bill is still your hero? How can you possibly play the feminist card? Oh, AND why did card carrying, Republican Hillary not stick to her party? Instead, she threw her GOP party under the bus to adopt her husband's? Real strong woman huh?

    May 21, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. from CT

    RIF well said, a lot of people have noticed too.

    May 21, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |

    Helen Roy... I see right through you...shame on you and all you so-called Dems who will vote for McCian if Hillary not picked. Give me a good reason and be honest if you can.

    May 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. EC

    Welcome a board Ms. Douglas, glad to have you!

    May 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Mat

    Come on Hillary lovers – CNN is the Clinton News Network and Wolf Blitzer is the biggest Hillary fan there is! I can't believe you're upset about this?!

    Get over it – grow up – and read a little more than just one news site – and if you think the news you're being fed is one sidded then look for a second, third and forth opinion! Don't blame the media for Hillarys position right now or even Obama.

    Move on – vote for what you believe in –

    May 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. No Rovian Tactics

    Wow, with all of Hillary's rovian tricks, Obama has survived. I"m proud of al the Americans who stood up for him–it's a great feeling. We refused to allow Sean Hannity, and Fox No News to sway us in another direction. We stood up to the pollsters and the hired henchmen to support the candidate that we think will be best for our country.

    Thank you America, I can tell you're in it to win it.

    May 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. anon

    at least she'll freely admit she's working for Obama unlike the rest of the mainstream media!

    May 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Proud Republican

    The Republican Party has lost my vote. I'll be voting Democrat for the first time in my life this year.

    Republicans for Obama!

    May 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. California Girl

    To every super delegate of the Democratic Party,

    Please think long and hard about the simple choice you now have to make:

    1) Choose to endorse Hillary Clinton as the Party’s nominee and watch her become the first woman to be elected President of the United States.


    2) Choose to endorse Barack Obama and watch the first African American nominee of the Democratic Party lose in the general election.

    Hillary Clinton will win against John McCain in the states that the Democratic Party needs to win in order to reach 270 electoral votes in the general election.

    Obama won’t.

    It’s that simple.

    Hillary Clinton has been the best candidate in this long primary election, is by far more competent to run against the Republicans in the general election, and is infinitely more qualified to be President of the United States than is Barack Obama.

    Endorsing Barack Obama, a relatively unknown candidate with a thin resume who has lost nearly every large state and swing state to Hillary Clinton in the primaries by large margins, is a huge gamble at best.

    Please don’t gamble with our futures.


    May 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. kvsmith in FL

    If you are a democrat who is considering voting for McCain who is truly clueless, you should be ashamed of yourself. PERIOD!!!

    May 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Ilona Proud Canadian


    Are you living on another planet?? Almost every day, on television, on the blogs, just about every way we turn, Hillary and her "Pied Piper" followers are complaining "Bitterly" because, as they put it, many women were giving them grief, because they were voting for Hillary simply because she is a woman, and here you are badmouthing this woman because she isn't supporting your "Pied Piper" What a bunch of hypocrites the Clinton supporters are.

    By the way, you Hillary supporters who "say" that you will vote for McCain (or not vote at all) if Hillary is not the Dem. nominee. These Hillary supporters are learning from the very best. If Hillary is not allowed to set the rules, she will just take her ball and go home. Just like she and Bill are threatening the DNC Committee. Change the number of delegates needed, because we say so, Seat Florida and Michigan delegates as per the original votes, because we say so, let us pick our nominee according to the GOP rules, because we now thing this is a better system. Bill and Hillary just can't stop changing the rules.

    Barack Supporters,

    Why is CNN not reporting about the Florida Super Delegate that Barack picked up today?

    May 21, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. jamie in FL

    I'm ashamed I ever called myself a Republican. I'm voting for Obama.

    May 21, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. jr.

    Democrats are not having a fair Election they are holding Hillary's votes back so Obama can wind on the delegates firts.

    May 21, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Marie-Lynn

    Thanks Linda

    May 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. calling all believers to pray!

    That's great! Obama is getting some great people, Keep em coming!

    May 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. AJ

    If all the Hillary supporters are voting for McCain, then I'm voting for Obama.

    McCain is just another Democrat in Republican's clothing.

    Obama '08

    May 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    She is obviously not hearing hilary's and ferraro's charging of sexism! It must really frost clintons butt that Intelligent people, along with so many ex members of her staff are joining Obama. Heck, even some of McCains staff are beginning to leave so that they won't have to campaign against Obama!

    May 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. not her please

    Gary-your grammar/spelling is attrocious but i think i got the gist of your're saying that any man that doesn't vote for Hillary is a woman-hater....i'd use the word misogynist but judging from you're post you'd have no clue what that is. Anyway, a woman certainly could be president but that doesn't mean you have to vote for the first one that runs. A good woman could be president....not an evil deceitful one. Hillary has no more experience to be president than the fry cook at a McDonalds. Just because she's lived with a governor and president doesn't mean she's qualified to be one. Tell me what she has done for you through the years since she's always been there for you. How's she doing to get that gas tax holiday implemented by Memorial Day-times awastin she better get that bill to congress soon!!!!

    May 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    WOW, a lot of smart people backing Obama. Looks like Warren Buffett's endorsement of Obama has really given people a "wakeup call". Everybody is welcome to join Obama, republicans, independents, libertarian, everybody.

    May 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Ryan

    I agree with R.I.F. and the many other comments like that one.

    How is Obama sexist? His wife's salary is nearly double his.

    May 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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