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ABC economics correspondent engaged to Obama budget adviser

December 28, 2009

Bianna Golodryga, who covers business and economics stories for ABC News, has become engaged to Peter Orszag, the budget director for the Obama administration, leading to questions about whether she can cover stories surrounding her future spouse.

The same concerns have been raised about other media/politics marriages, most notably Andrea Mitchell of NBC News, who is married to former Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan.

Golodryga’s official ABC bio states that she has “reported extensively on the housing and credit crisis as well as the collapse of Bear Stearns. She also covered the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and Warren Buffett’s annual shareholder’s meeting in Omaha, Neb.”

Jackie Calmes of the New York Times reports, “He met Ms. Golodryga, a business and economics correspondent who, at 31, is a decade younger than him, last May at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, where Mr. Orszag was a guest at ABC’s table. They have dated since, drawing attention in gossip columns for their attendance at several high-profile gala events.

“But Mr. Orszag couldn’t get Ms. Golodryga into the Obamas’ recent state dinner — the one that the Salahis ultimately crashed — because he was told that administration staff can only bring a spouse. So he skipped it rather than go without her.”

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