03/14/2013 07:49 am ET Updated May 14, 2013

Jon Favreau Joins Daily Beast; Top Obama Speechwriter Becomes Columnist

President Obama's former chief speechwriter Jon Favreau has joined the Daily Beast, Politico's Mike Allen reported Thursday.

Favreau, who wrote speeches for the president from his earliest days as a national politician, left the White House when Obama's second term began. Allen quoted from an upcoming email by Beast editor Tina Brown, saying that Favreau will become a bi-weekly columnist for the website.

"It's wonderful to have his combination of writing talent and sophisticated insight as commentary on the political scene," Brown wrote.

Favreau joins the ever-growing ranks of former Obama staffers who are making a new home for themselves in the media or entertainment worlds. Top advisers Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod, for instance, have both joined NBC News as political analysts. Favreau's speechwriting colleague Jon Lovett is now in Hollywood, having co-created the television series "1600 Penn."



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