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Posted: May 6, 2003

CARPER: PRESS OFFICE HAS NEW STAFF

WILMINGTON/WASHINGTON - Senator Tom Carper has hired two seasoned journalists to run his press shop.  Bill Ghent has been named communications director.  Meredith Vinokur takes on the role of Delaware press secretary.  Bonnie Wu has also joined the team as deputy press secretary.   

Ghent joins Carperís office after a nearly eight-year stint covering Congress for various inside-the-beltway publications, including National Journalís Congress Daily and the Washington Postís Legi-Slate News Service. Ghent has covered everything from budget and tax issues to energy and environmental law, as well as general politics and political campaigns.  He is a graduate of Trinity College in Connecticut and received a masterís degree in journalism from Northwestern University. 

Vinokur joins Carperís office after working as an Emmy-award winning television news producer at WHYY-TV (PBS-Wilmington/Philadelphia), and as a reporter at WBOC-TV (CBS-Dover/Salisbury).  A Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications graduate with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science, Vinokur has also worked in New York City as a producer for a satellite media tour company. Vinokur is a native Delawarean who graduated from Brandywine High School in New Castle County.  She now resides in the Wilmington area with her fiancť, Dan.

 Wu joins the Carper team after working at the Carper for Senate office, and on the Delaware Democratic Partyís Coordinated Campaign 2002.  Wu received both her bachelorís and masterís degrees from the University of Delaware in communication.  She is a native Delawarean who graduated from Tower Hill School in Wilmington.  She now resides in the Hockessin area with her fiancť, Aaron.

 Carperís former communications director, Brian Selander, is now managing director at Silver Oak Solutions. He served as Carperís communications director since January 2001 and was Governor Carperís campaign spokesperson. 

Jenn Connell, Carperís former press secretary, is now assistant communications director of cabinet relations for New Jersey Governor James McGreevey.

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