Time has named Michael Scherer its new White House correspondent. Scherer, who joined Time in December of 2007, covered the Romney campaign during the primaries before moving over to report on John McCain during the election season. He is a regular contributor Time‘s political blog Swampland and according to Time will be covering the President, the Vice President and much of the day-to-day news out of the Obama Administration.
We caught up with Scherer and asked him what so far had surprised him most about The White House? Answer: The vending machines! Which are apparently filled with potato chips, soda pop, and candy bars.
Since you have to leave the gates of the White House to get real food, and the hours offer little opportunity for trips to the gym, this all bodes poorly for my health. That said, I’m sure not complaining about the gig. (Also, there is some hope on the horizon. When he visited the press complex in the West Wing, President Obama saw the vending machines and told us we needed to get more healthy snacks. And when the president speaks, reporters tend to listen.)
Change you can digest? Full release after the jump.
TIME Names Michael Scherer White House Correspondent
(New York, January 27, 2009)–TIME has named Michael Scherer its new White House correspondent, a role in which he will cover the President, the Vice President and much of the day-to-day news out of the Obama Administration.
Scherer, who joined TIME as a Washington correspondent in December 2007, traveled extensively with Sen. John McCain during the 2008 campaign and later covered Obama during his transition to office. He also is a regular contributor to TIME.comâ€™s political blog, Swampland, along with veteran TIME journalists Joe Klein and Karen Tumulty.
Prior to joining TIME, Scherer was the Washington correspondent for Salon.com. Previously, he worked at Mother Jones and the Daily Hampshire Gazette of Northampton, Mass. His work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Parade, The Nation and Columbia Journalism Review.
Scherer received an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz.