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Kalb Replacing Hughes As State Department Spokesman

John Hughes, spokesman for the State Department, announced today that he has resigned effective January 1 to return to journalism and he will be replaced by Bernard Kalb, State Department reporter for NBC-TV.

Kalb has covered the State Department since 1970 along with his brother Marvin, first for CBS, and then NBC. He previously was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times. NBC recently reassigned him from the State Department where his brother remains as the network’s chief diplomatic correspondent.

Hughes, a former editor of the Christian Science Moniter, became spokesman in July, 1982 shortly after George Shultz became Secretary of State. He had been head of Voice of America for four months at the time.

Kalb will now hold the title of Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and his appointment, which will be officially made by President Reagan, will have to be confirmed by the Senate.

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