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Poached: ABC Newser to be Pentagon Spokesman
Former White House Correspondent to Run DoD Public Affairs, Speak for Gates
06/19/2007 11:24 AM ET
Soon-to-be Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell.
From ABC News
Soon-to-be Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell.
Here is the story from Politico, which scooped with the news.

Here is Geoff Morrell's ABC bio:

Geoff Morrell is a White House correspondent based in the network's Washington bureau. He began covering the White House for "World News Tonight Saturday" and "World News Tonight Sunday" and other ABC News programs in April 2003. He traveled extensively across the United States covering President Bush's 2004 reelection campaign.

Morrell joined ABC News as a Chicago-based correspondent for NewsOne in 2000, the network's affiliate news service. He traveled the country and the world covering the 2000 presidential campaign, the Florida recount, the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center, the anthrax attacks on the U.S. Capitol, Timothy McVeigh's execution, the Enron accounting scandal, the Washington, D.C. sniper shootings, the Pope's trip to Toronto, numerous natural disasters, and the war in Iraq. He spent six weeks in Doha, Qatar covering the war from Central Command.

Morrell began his reporting career with KATV, the ABC News affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he covered Bill Clinton's presidential campaign, his transition into the White House, and the first year of President Clinton's administration.

In 1994, Morrell reported for the ABC affiliate in Lynchburg-Roanoke, Virginia, WSET, covering Oliver North's race for the U.S. Senate. He joined KSAZ, the Fox-owned station in Phoenix, Arizona in 1995. One year later, he moved to Chicago to report for WBBM-TV, the CBS-owned station.

Morrell graduated with a B.A. in government from Georgetown University in 1991. In 1992, he received a M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. While in graduate school, he worked as a desk assistant, production assistant, and researcher for ABC News in New York.

He began his journalism career with ABC News as an intern in the Washington bureau in 1990. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Ann.

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