1. James Carney was born on May 22, 1965, in Washington, D.C., and was raised in Northern Virginia. He attended the Lawrenceville School, a boarding school near Princeton, N.J., and graduated in 1983.
2. Carney earned his bachelor's degree in Russian and Eastern European studies from Yale University in 1987. After college, Carney landed a reporting job at the Miami Herald.
3. In 1988, he joined Time magazine's Miami bureau. In 1990, he moved to Moscow to serve as the magazine's foreign correspondent for three years.
4. Carney moved to Washington in 1993 to be the White House correspondent covering President Clinton. He also covered the George W. Bush administration.
5. Carney was aboard Air Force One with then President Bush as part of the White House press pool the day of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
6. Carney was appointed Time's deputy Washington bureau chief in June of 2003 and was promoted to bureau chief in 2005.
7. In 2006, Carney spoke about the relationship between the president and the press on C-SPAN, saying the role of a press secretary is "a tricky job. I'm sure I wouldn't be any good at it."
8. In January 2009, Carney became Vice President Joe Biden's communications director.
9. Carney is married to Claire Shipman, the senior national correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America. The two have a son and a daughter and live in Washington.
10. Carney and Biden's national security aide Tony Blinken play in a rock-and-roll band together.