Murray, 47, is the second ex-reporter to serve in her job. She followed former Time magazine Washington bureau chief Jay Carney after he was promoted to White House press secretary in 2011. "There are few reporters more skillful than Shailagh when it comes to connecting politics and policy in Washington," said The Washington Post's then-national editor Kevin Merida. "She is a master at explaining complex legislation and the unpredictable twists and turns of Congress. Her sophisticated understanding of issues and an ability to bring big ideas to our pages have served readers well." Murray became a Capitol Hill correspondent for The Post in 2005. She wrote about fiscal policy, health care reform, and national security issues, and she also covered the 2006, 2008, and 2010 elections. From 1999 to 2005, Mur- ray covered Congress and politics at The Wall Street Journal; she was a WSJ correspondent in Prague and Brussels from 1992 to 1999. "Shailagh's years of experience covering a broad array of issues ranging from domestic policy to foreign affairs make her uniquely positioned to lead our communications team," Biden said in a statement in 2011. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Murray grew up in Virginia and received a bachelor's degree in humanities from the University of Missouri (Columbia). She earned a master's degree in journalism at Northwestern University.