L.A. Times Hires Obama Veteran Out Of The White House


The Los Angeles Times is hiring a public relations whiz straight out of the White House.

Johanna Maska, the former director of White House press advance for President Obama, will join the company as Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

Maska is an eight-year veteran of the Obama team, one of many long-term Obama staffers heading for the exits in the present’s second term.

Austin Beutner, Publisher and CEO of the LA Times, praised Maska as “uniquely skilled” and said she would help them expand the reach of their news operation.

Former press secretary Robert Gibbs and former Obama political advisor David Axelrod both have contributing roles with MSNBC, while former Press Secretary Jay Carney opted for a contributing role at CNN. Obama’s former deputy chief of staff, Alyssa Mastromonaco, was hired as VICE’s Chief Operating Officer.