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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 22, 1995


President Clinton today announced that he has named Michael Waldman to be Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting.

Since 1993, Waldman has served as Special Assistant to the President for Policy Coordination. Among other assignments, he has been the chief White House policy aide on political reform. He has also worked in communications and speechwriting on NAFTA, the budget, and other issues. Waldman served as Deputy Communications Director on the Clinton-Gore Campaign and Transition in 1992.

Previously, Waldman was a public interest lawyer. He was Director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch, and is the author of three books on economic issues and congressional reform. Waldman also served as research director of the Democracy Project in New York. Waldman, originally from New York, is a graduate of Columbia College and New York University School of Law.

In addition, the President announced that Carolyn Curiel, currently a Presidential speechwriter, will be Special Assistant to the President and Senior Presidential Speechwriter. Previously, she was a producer and writer for ABC's Nightline, and an editor at The New York Times. She also worked at the Washington Post and at UPI, where she was Caribbean Division Bureau Chief.

Current speechwriters Terry Edmonds, Jonathan Prince, and David Shipley are being named Special Assistants to the President.