Joe Biden hires Atlanta native as his new spokeswoman

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden smiles during a press conference after a meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic at the Serbia Palace in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. Biden, who played an important role in ending wars in the Balkans in the 1990s, has arrived for talks in Serbia amid simmering tensions in the still volatile European region. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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Vice President Joe Biden's new pick as his communications director knows a thing or two about Atlanta. Kate Bedingfield was raised in the northern suburbs, and her hire comes as Biden considers whether to jump into the race.

Bedingfield was a spokeswoman for former Sen. John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign, a veteran of the White House press office and a communications guru at the Motion Picture Association of America.

"Kate is a talented individual who brings a range of communications experience to the team," Biden said in a statement. "She will be a key advisor to me, a terrific asset to our office, and an important member of the entire White House organization."

Bedingfield comes to the White House from the Motion Picture Association of America, where she ascended to the role of chief spokeswoman and vice president of corporate communications in May 2013.

She joined the MPAA in November 2011 from the White House, where she served as associate communications director and acting director of media affairs. She also worked as communications director for Jeanne Shaheen's 2008 Senate campaign.

Left unsaid in the stories about Bedingfield's big promotion is that she grew up in Sandy Springs, attending Sandy Springs Middle School and Riverwood High School.

Full disclosure: A certain Insider may also have pictures of the two together at a ninth grade dance.