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Clinton gets new head scribe

A State Department official confirmed to The Cable that Josh Daniel has begun work as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s new director of speechwriting. Daniel has been working as a senior advocacy officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, where he was in charge of writing Bill and Melinda’s speeches. He also ...

A State Department official confirmed to The Cable that Josh Daniel has begun work as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's new director of speechwriting.

Daniel has been working as a senior advocacy officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, where he was in charge of writing Bill and Melinda's speeches. He also apparently drove cross country before taking up his new post in Foggy Bottom this week. From 1999 to 2003, he was managing editor at Slate Magazine, where he wrote extensively about the entertainment industry.

He has also worked as managing editor for Microsoft's sidewalk.com, a website devoted to Houston food and arts culture, and as an editor for the Texas Monthly and the Houston Press.

A State Department official confirmed to The Cable that Josh Daniel has begun work as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s new director of speechwriting.

Daniel has been working as a senior advocacy officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, where he was in charge of writing Bill and Melinda’s speeches. He also apparently drove cross country before taking up his new post in Foggy Bottom this week. From 1999 to 2003, he was managing editor at Slate Magazine, where he wrote extensively about the entertainment industry.

He has also worked as managing editor for Microsoft’s sidewalk.com, a website devoted to Houston food and arts culture, and as an editor for the Texas Monthly and the Houston Press.

He replaces Lissa Muscatine, who left State in July after 18 months as chief speechwriter. Muscatine had decades of experience working for Clinton, including as her speechwriter when she was First Lady. Muscatine had been managing four, full-time speechwriters and two part-time employees, who also write for other officials.

Daniel’s shop is located inside the Policy Planning Staff but maintains its own independence within that structure. This is the model that Bill Woodward, speechwriter for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, initiated when he took speechwriting out of the Public Affairs Bureau.

The Washington Post incorrectly reported that Daniel worked for Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Right Daniel, but wrong Gates!

Josh Rogin covers national security and foreign policy and writes the daily Web column The Cable. His column appears bi-weekly in the print edition of The Washington Post. He can be reached for comments or tips at josh.rogin@foreignpolicy.com.

Previously, Josh covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing extensively on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, U.S.-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries. Prior to that, he covered military modernization, cyber warfare, space, and missile defense for Federal Computer Week Magazine. He has also served as Pentagon Staff Reporter for the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper, in its Washington, D.C., bureau, where he reported on U.S.-Japan relations, Chinese military modernization, the North Korean nuclear crisis, and more.

A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.

Josh's reporting has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, ABC, NPR, WTOP, and several other outlets. He was a 2008-2009 National Press Foundation's Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, 2009 military reporting fellow with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the 2011 recipient of the InterAction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C. Twitter: @joshrogin

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