James “Jay” Carney was born May 22, 1965. He was raised in Northern Virginia but attended high school at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. Carney earned a B.A. in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Yale University in 1987.
His wife, Claire Shipman, is a senior correspondent for ABC News. They now reside in Washington, D.C., with their son and daughter.
Prior to Carney’s appointment as Press Secretary, replacing Robert Gibbs, he was director of communications to Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden. Carney previously served as Washington Bureau Chief for Time magazine and has also worked for CNN as a special correspondent.
Carney was one of the early mainstream journalists to help start blogging.