- The Washington Times - Friday, June 19, 2015

The Pentagon said Friday that Peter Cook, a former correspondent with Bloomberg TV, will take over as the Pentagon press secretary in July.

The personnel announcement comes four months after the resignation of retired Rear Adm. John Kirby, who now serves as the spokesman for the State Department.

“Peter’s years of experience in the national media, coupled with his personal integrity and nonpartisan approach, make him an ideal fit to represent this institution during a crucial period for our nation and our military,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said in a statement. “I want to thank Peter for taking on this challenging role, and for his commitment to helping the American people better understand the efforts of this department.”

Mr. Cook previously covered the Pentagon for NBC News and MSNBC, in addition to serving as the Chief Washington Correspondent for Bloomberg TV.

Claudia Milne, the global head of Bloomberg TV, announced Mr. Cook’s departure in a note to the newsroom congratulating him on his new job.

“He’s following his calling of public service, and we couldn’t be more proud of him,” Ms. Milne wrote in the email. “He’s been an invaluable member of our Washington team, and his calmness under pressure (and flawless hair) will serve him well in this new role.”

Mr. Cook is a graduate of Duke University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Rear Adm. Kirby left the Pentagon soon after Mr. Carter took office because the new secretary wanted a civilian in the role.

• Jacqueline Klimas can be reached at jklimas@washingtontimes.com.

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