Anita Dunn Joins White House Staff

Veteran Democratic strategist Anita Dunn will be the White House Communications Director, officials said today. Dunn, a senior Obama campaign strategist, takes over from Ellen Moran, who's moving to the Department of Commerce. 

Dunn will be the interim press chief -- her tenure is not expected to last more than three months as the White House looks for a communications strategist who will serve out the rest of Obama's first term.  Dunn has been an informal adviser to the White House and is part of David Axelrod's regular Wednesday roundtable.

Dunn has served as a strategist to many of Washington's top Democrats and is considered one of the more skilled message planners in the party. Obama grew to trust her advice during the campaign.