Former Washington Post journalist joins Obama admin


Stephen Barr, a former Washington Post journalist, has joined the Labor Department in a top public affairs role. Barr authored the The Federal Diary column for the Post, and worked at the newspaper for more than 25 years in several different roles, from 1979 to 2008. Ed O'Keefe reports:

Barr will serve as senior managing director of the Office of Public Affairs, making him the most senior career official in the office, according to Labor Department spokesman Carl Fillichio.

The move makes Barr a member of the Senior Executive Service, a corp of senior federal employees that Barr covered from 2000 to 2008 as author of the Diary, a column widely-read by federal employees nationwide that remains one of the longest-running features of the Post (and is now authored by colleague Joe Davidson). […]

Barr becomes one of dozens of former journalists — and former Post reporters, columnists and editors — hired in recent years by the Obama administration to fill speechwriter and spokesperson roles.