Thursday, April 24, 2008


WashingtonSalt Lake City native Jared Whitley has been hired as an associate director in the White House communications office. He will be responsible for providing rapid response to media concerns and preparing White House documents for release to the press and general public.

Whitley in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Building.

“I feel tremendously blessed that this door has opened for me,” Whitley said. “Even as a cock-eyed optimist in freshman English classes, I never thought I’d have the chance to write on behalf of the President. I am humbled at this great opportunity to serve my country.”

Since 2006, Whitley has performed media outreach for Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) – writing press releases, web content, speeches, and even jokes for Utah’s distinguished senior Senator. Whitley served as Hatch’s press assistant for 19 months and acting press secretary for eight months. In January, Whitley spent his vacation as a volunteer for Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign efforts in the Iowa Caucuses. He also blogged for the campaign at

Whitley aids Sen. Hatch at a press conference.

“My time in Sen. Hatch’s office was easily the best of my life,” Whitley said. “Working together with him and his staff left me enchanted and illusioned with government. Although Sen. Hatch has walked the corridors of power for years, he has never been corrupted by it.”

Before coming to Washington, Whitley was a newspaper reporter in Utah, winning eight awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. He spent two years as the education editor at the Park Record in Park City and three years at The Daily Utah Chronicle in a variety of capacities, including as the news editor and as a humor columnist. Whitley graduated from the University of Utah in 2003 with degrees in English literature and German studies. He is a graduate of Utah’s Skyline High School.

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Rebecca said...

Way to go fellow Skyliner! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

It forgot to mention "Jared Whitley owns life"


Jenny said...

One day I'll be telling my kids. "Yea, that guy on tv, we used to ride the bus together to work when I worked in Washington D.C."

Emily said...

Our local celebrity...

Cameron said...

They got your graduation year wrong. Weren't we the class of '96?
And.."enchanted and illusioned with government." ?! I can't decide if you're being serious our have the tip of your tongue in cheek there...but then again, most people can't.


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