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Geoff S. Morrell

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
Pentagon Press Secretary

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Geoff  S. Morrell

Geoff Morrell was named Pentagon Press Secretary on June 18, 2007. He is the chief spokesman for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Department of Defense and the United States military.

Prior to joining the government, Mr. Morrell served as a White House correspondent for ABC News, where he worked for seven years. He began covering President Bush for the weekend editions of "World News" and "Good Morning America" in April 2003.

When not on the White House beat, Mr. Morrell covered a variety of other major stories, from Hurricane Katrina to Yasser Arafat's death. In fact, in the fall of 2004 he spent two months in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Mr. Morrell joined ABC News in April 2000 as a Chicago-based correspondent.

In that capacity, he traveled the world covering the 2000 presidential campaign, the Florida recount, the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center, the anthrax attacks on the U.S. Capitol, Timothy McVeigh's execution, the Enron accounting scandal, the Washington, D.C. sniper shootings, Pope John Paul II's trip to Toronto, numerous natural disasters, and the war in Iraq. He spent six weeks in Doha, Qatar covering the war from Central Command.

Mr. Morrell began his reporting career with KATV, the ABC News affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he covered Bill Clinton's presidential campaign, his transition into the White House, and the first year of President Clinton's administration. In 1994, Mr. Morrell reported for the ABC affiliate in Lynchburg-Roanoke, Virginia, WSET, covering Oliver North's race for the U.S. Senate. He joined KSAZ, the Fox-owned station in Phoenix, Arizona in 1995. One year later, he moved to Chicago to report for WBBM-TV, the CBS owned station.

Mr. Morrell graduated with a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University in 1991. The following year he received a M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. While in graduate school, he worked as a desk assistant for ABC News in New York. He began his journalism career with ABC News as an intern in the Washington bureau in 1990.