My list of journalists who have jumped to the Obama administration - plus one who traveled through the revolving door from helping the Obama campaign into a news media slot - is now up to thirteen. Not counting Baskin: Three each revolved through CNN and the Washington Post; two through ABC News; and one each via the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and Time magazine.
For the full list, check the July 29 BiasAlert item: "Revolving Door from Journalism to Team Obama Now Up to a Dozen ."
She won't be lonely at HHS where the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs is ex-CBS News and ABC News Washington correspondent Linda Douglass. O'Keefe observed that she's "the third journalist-turned-public-servant that previously worked at both ABC and CBS. The administration's health care spokeswoman-at-large Linda Douglass and Justice Department spokeswoman Beverley Lumpkin also worked for both networks."
The Politico's Michael Calderone provided  a brief rundown of her career, going back to the early 1990s:
Baskin's previous gigs include executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, senior Washington correspondent for NOW with Bill Moyers, senior investigative producer for the ABC News magazine 20/20, chief investigative correspondent for 48 Hours, ABC7 investigative reporter and contributor for the CBS Evening News.After a couple of years running the Center for Public Integrity starting in 2005, she returned to WJLA-TV channel 7 in Washington, DC for a brief tenure. The screen shot is from a report she provided to Good Morning America, in May of 2008, when she was with WJLA-TV.
- Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center