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Bloomberg White House correspondent and outgoing White House Correspondents’ Association president Edwin Chen announced he is leaving Bloomberg News to join the National Resources Defense Counsel as federal communications director, where he will handle media strategy.

In an email to Politico, Chen said:

My regret over leaving one of the world’s largest — and certainly the most ambitious — news organizations is offset by a sense of urgency in resuming doing the Lord’s work, particularly after the BP oil spill. That debacle was a divine signal to redouble my efforts to help clean up the environment, help America kick its petroleum addiction, and help public officials find the wisdom and courage to do the right thing to combat climate change before it’s too late.

Chen was previously with the NRDC from March 2006 to January 2007. Politico’s Patrick Gavin — and former mediabistro.com FishbowlDC editor — calls the move, “a big blow for Bloomberg News.”