Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to speak at UF Oct. 27

Published: October 15 2014


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – ACCENT Speakers Bureau at the University of Florida will bring journalist and former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to campus Oct. 27.

Carney has witnessed and participated in some of the most critical moments in modern history. As a young reporter for Timemagazine in 1991, he was on the streets of Moscow when a military coup overthrew Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and led to the demise of the Soviet Union. On Sept. 11, 2001, he was one of just a handful of journalists on Air Force One with President George W. Bush as the World Trade Center Towers collapsed. He was in the Oval Office serving as a top aide to President Barack Obama as the he prepared to tell the nation Osama bin Laden had been eliminated.

As White House Press Secretary from 2011 to 2014, Carney was the primary spokesman for the Obama Administration. His job was to have answers on every subject that crossed the president’s desk, from war in the Middle East to health care reform to damaging NSA leaks.

A native of Virginia, Carney received a bachelor of arts degree from Yale University before starting a career in journalism at The Miami Herald. He joined Time in 1988 as Miami bureau chief. He was dispatched in 1990 to Moscow to cover the historic transformation of the Soviet bloc and the collapse of the U.S.S.R. In 1993, he moved to Washington to cover the Clinton White House, a job that lasted through the impeachment and trial of Clinton to the 2000 presidential campaign of George W. Bush.

Carney made the transition from reporting to the White House in 2008, when he ended a 20-year career at Time to become Vice President Joe Biden’s communication director. He held that position for the first two years of the Obama Administration. In January 2011, Obama asked Carney to become White House press secretary, a position Carney held for longer than any of his recent predecessors.

Carney is the only former White House beat reporter to have served as White House press secretary.

The program starts at 8 p.m. at the University Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission is free. Students and the general public can pick up tickets from the University Auditorium starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Photography is not allowed during the program, but news media may photograph and record video for b-roll purposes for the first five minutes.

For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, please email or call 711 by Oct. 23.








Contact: Corey Flayman, 954-803-8176,

Media credentials will be managed through UF Media Relations. Requests should be sent to and should include the name of the attendee, the name of the news organization as well as the contract phone and email address of the attendee. The deadline to submit requests for credentials is Oct. 24.