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State Department

Jennifer Psaki, Spokeswoman

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(Richard A. Bloom)

Psaki has always liked to travel and read in her spare time, which is a good thing, because travel and reading are now an integral part of her job as the daily voice of U.S. foreign policy. On a given day, she may be asked for the official Washington response to the civil war in Syria, elections in Honduras, tensions with Russia, or a crackdown on dissidents in China. "I've been incredibly fortunate to have a front seat to history in this job, and to work with some of the most brilliant and consequential policy experts and thinkers in the world," Psaki says. She sees her job as articulating the government's position on global issues. "I speak not only on behalf of the secretary of State, but of all the many people at State who work hard each day to maintain our diplomatic relationships." Psaki, 34, graduated from the College of William & Mary and gravitated early to politics. She was communications director for Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., and a regional press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee when Democrats captured the House. She has also served as a traveling press secretary in both of Obama's successful presidential campaigns, and as deputy press secretary in then-Sen. Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.

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