- An Axios reporter who covered President Joe Biden’s campaign has been dating a White House deputy press secretary since November.
- PEOPLE magazine published a “glowing profile” on 27-year-old Alexi McCammond’s and 32-year-old TJ Ducklo’s relationship Monday evening titled “Reporter Forgoes Covering President as Romance Blossoms with Biden Aide Battling Cancer: ‘Didn’t Think Twice.’”
- Axios has been aware of the relationship since at least November.
An Axios reporter who covered President Joe Biden’s campaign has been dating a White House deputy press secretary for months.
Axios has been aware of 27-year-old Alexi McCammond’s and 32-year-old TJ Ducklo’s relationship since at least November, Politico Playbook reported Tuesday, but allowed McCammond to continue writing about Biden though she was shifted towards covering progressives.
In a statement shared with the Daily Caller News Foundation, an Axios spokesman said that “Alexi disclosed her relationship with TJ to her editors in November and asked to be taken off of the Biden beat.”
“We reassigned her to cover progressives in Congress, the progressive movement, and Vice President Kamala Harris. Alexi is a valued member of the Axios team, and we stand behind her and her coverage,” the spokesman said.
One of McCammond’s stories, which was advertised as a “scoop,” reported that Democratic Atlanta, Georgia, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms refused Biden’s offer to lead the Small Business Administration. McCammond also reported that Biden’s transition team warned Vice President Kamala Harris’s niece, Meena Harris, not to profit off her aunt’s stature.
McCammond, who is also an NBC/MSNBC contributor, discussed Biden positively in an Axios podcast after Biden’s inauguration, Politico reported.
“What we’ve seen from Biden is compassion and empathy and a focus on unity in a way we certainly haven’t seen from President Trump,” McCammond said.
The Axios reporter previously posted about her relationship with Ducklo on Instagram, sparking speculation among media, according to Politico.
Politico reached out to the White House with questions about the relationship in late January, and informed Biden’s press team Monday evening that it would publish information about Ducklo and McCammond in the morning.
It would be nice if there was some discussion about @TDucklo & the WH threatening reporters who called for comment on a story about Ducklo sleeping with a reporter who covers the admin.
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) February 2, 2021