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What Does Jay Carney’s Move Mean For ABC’s Claire Shipman?

shipman_12-16.jpgThe news that Time’s Washington bureau chief Jay Carney is leaving the magazine to become Vice President-elect Joe Biden‘s communications director will also have an impact on Carney’s wife, ABC News national correspondent Claire Shipman.

ABC News SVP of communications Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser, “It’s something we’ve obviously given a lot of thought to. We will not assign Claire to anything that would create even the perception of a conflict of interest.”

Shipman has been Good Morning America’s senior national correspondent since 2001. Before ABC, Shipman was NBC’s White House correspondent. She joined NBC News in 1997. Prior to NBC, Shipman spent 10 years at CNN in both Washington and Moscow.

“There are a lot of power couples in Washington who very successfully navigate these issues,” Schneider says. “We expect Claire and Jay will be able to do that. Obviously, we can’t have any influence over the spouses of the people who work for us and the jobs they take, but we can be mindful of the assignments we give to the people who do work for us.”

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