May 21st, 2008
11:05 AM ET
11 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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