- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 30, 2009

Anita Dunn, a loyal adviser to Barack Obama during his campaign, will join the White House as his communications director.

A White House aide confirmed Ms. Dunn will start Monday as interim communications director, a position that can be powerful in shaping the president’s message. Ms. Dunn, a Democratic consultant, assumes the post that was left vacant last week when Ellen Moran said she was instead going to work for the Commerce Department.

It’s a move that elevates a top member of Mr. Obama’s inner circle, and she is one of the only key allies who did not move to Washington to work in the White House because she didn’t want to take time away from her family.

During the campaign she served as a surrogate and spent a lot of time crafting strategy and speaking to reporters about Mr. Obama’s outreach efforts, especially to women.

Ms. Moran left her post to become chief of staff for Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

Ms. Moran, who was rarely seen by White House reporters, was the only top press aide who did not work on the Obama for America campaign and one of the few women in the press shop. It’s believed Ms. Dunn will work well with the press team since she already knows everyone.

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