BOSTON—Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications has hired Wall Street Journal national political reporter Christopher Cooper as vice president in its Washington, D.C. office. In his new role, Cooper will provide strategic communications and public affairs counsel to clients in Washington, D.C., New England, across the country and internationally.
Cooper’s hiring continues the firm’s expansion in Washington and he joins Rasky Baerlein chairman Larry Rasky and senior vice presidents David Tamasi and Mike Gorman in expanding the firm’s D.C. capabilities.
Most recently, Cooper covered the presidential race beginning in 2007, and went on to serve as the paper’s lead reporter in its coverage of Barack Obama during the general election.
Cooper began at the Wall Street Journal in 1998 as a staff reporter covering West Coast integrated oil companies and Texas independents. The newspaper posted him to its London bureau about a year later, where he covered continental Europe and the Middle East. He moved to the Washington bureau to cover the Pentagon and the Department of State. For two years, in Washington and around the world, Cooper chronicled the lead up to the Iraq war and its aftermath. Later, he covered the first two years of George Bush’s second term of office as a White House correspondent for the paper.
Prior to joining the Journal, Cooper spent 11 years at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans.