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Philip T. Reeker

Philip Reeker became the Deputy Spokesman of the Department of State in May 2000. He served in that capacity for both Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary Madeleine Albright. Since September 2003, Reeker has been "Spokesman at Large" for the Department, speaking extensively on U.S. foreign policy and public diplomacy.

As Deputy Assistant Secretary, under Ambassador Richard Boucher in the Bureau of Public Affairs, Philip Reeker oversaw the Press Office, Media Outreach, and the Foreign Press Centers. Previously, from July 1999, Mr. Reeker was Director of Press Relations within the Bureau of Public Affairs. In July 2004 Mr. Reeker will take up duty as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Budapest, Hungary.

Mr. Reeker joined the Foreign Service in March of 1992. His first overseas assignment was as Assistant Information Officer in Budapest from 1993 to 1996. He moved on to be Public Affairs Officer at the American Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia from 1997 through June 1999, and was spokesman for Ambassador Christopher Hill in his dual role as Ambassador to Macedonia and U.S. Special Envoy for Kosovo.

Born in Pennsylvania, Mr. Reeker grew up in several U.S. cities and spent his high school years in Brisbane, Australia. He received a B.A. in history from Yale University (Class of 1986), and a Master of International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management ("Thunderbird") in Arizona. In 2003 Mr. Reeker received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy.