September 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is joining CNN as a political commentator, CNN announced Wednesday, less than three months after finishing his stint as President Barack Obama’s top spokesman.

Carney will be a contributor on programs across the network as well as to special programming, CNN said, and is beginning on Wednesday night, when Obama is addressing the nation about his strategy for combatting the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria.

“Jay’s unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns,” Sam Feist, CNN’s Washington bureau chief said in a statement.

Carney has been both a journalist and newsmaker, serving as TIME’s Washington bureau chief from 2005 to 2008 and later as the White House press secretary from 2011 to 2014.

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