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A White House press secretary from Buffalo?

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Bill Burton, a 1995 City Honors School grad, came back to talk to students at his alma mater in 2008. File photo by Harry Scull Jr. / Buffalo News

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced his resignation today -- and a Buffalo boy could succeed him as President Obama's top spokesman.

Bill Burton, a 1995 City Honors School grad who grew up in North Buffalo, has served as Obama's deputy press secretary for two years. He previously was national press secretary for the Obama presidential campaign.

The affable Burton is well-liked by the White House press corps, but two others -- Josh Earnest, another Gibbs deputy, and Jay Carney, Vice President Biden's spokesman, are also thought to contenders for Gibbs' job.

Gibbs said he would leave by early February to become an outside political adviser to the president.

Burton remains close to his hometown, rooting for the Bills and returning to City Honors three years ago, where he told students: "You have a set of gifts and abilities you can use for whatever you want. You're all capable of being involved in something."

-- Jerry Zremski

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

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Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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