In the first four years alone in the Obama administration, more than 25 former reporters joined the team by my count. Yup. 25.As for his personal communications, who knows other than Michelle.
Per the Washington Post in 2013, Richard Stengel, Time magazine's managing editor was the "latest in long line of reporters who jumped to jobs in Obama administration."
"At State, Stengel can swap newsroom stories with Samantha Power, a former journalist (U.S. News, the Boston Globe, the New Republic, CNN) who is now the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. His staff will include Desson Thomson, a former Washington Post movie critic who became a speechwriter for Hillary Rodham Clinton when she served as secretary of state. Other colleagues will include two recent additions to Secretary of State John F. Kerry's staff: Glen Johnson, a longtime political reporter and editor at the Boston Globe, and Douglas Frantz, a reporter and editor who has worked for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, The Post and, most recently CNN. Frantz was also briefly an investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Kerry, then a senator from Massachusetts," it reads.
Jay Carney, a White House press secretary for four years following Robert Gibbs, also came by way of CNN and Time magazine.
Sasha Johnson, who was a CNN senior political producer, went on to be the Department of Transportation's spokeswoman in 2009 before becoming chief of staff for the FAA.
Former CNN, CBS and ABC reporter Linda Douglass quit broadcasting to join the Obama 2008 campaign. She was eventually rewarded with a communications director position for the Office of Health Reform.
Kelly Zito of San Francisco Chronicle left the paper to work for the EPA's public affairs office in 2011.
Eric Dash of the New York Times joined the public affairs officer at Treasury in 2012.