Amazon executive and former presidential press secretary Jay Carney to speak

Jay Carney with Poynter Fellowship logo

Jay Carney, senior vice president of worldwide corporate affairs at Amazon, will speak at Yale on Monday, April 9 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Carney’s talk will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Rm. 207 of William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. The event is free and open to the public.

At Amazon, Carney reports directly to CEO Jeff Bezos and helps oversee Amazon’s global initiatives and outside relationships. He previously served as President Obama’s press secretary from 2011 to 2014, before which he was director of communication for Vice President Biden. Between leaving the White House and joining Amazon, Carney worked as a senior political analyst at CNN.

A 1987 graduate of Yale College, Carney spent most of his career as a journalist. He first worked as a reporter at the Miami Herald, and then joined Time magazine, where he worked in Miami, Moscow, and Washington, D.C. As a student at Yale, he was involved with the publication The New Journal.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus distinguished reporters, editors and others who have made important contributions to the media. Among recent Poynter fellows are Brian Stelter, Jon Ronson, and Lisa Friedman.

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