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NBC 17 reporter becoming McCrory's communications director

UPDATED: NBC 17 political reporter Kim Genardo is joining the governor's office as communications director.

The station made the announcement this morning. She replaces Chris Walker, who left after three months, citing family concerns. Gov. Pat McCrory's office made it official a few hours later. “Kim Genardo is a very talented professional who has a wealth of experience in media and covering state government,"McCrory said in a statement. "We are thrilled to have her as part of our team.”

Genardo, who starts her new job Wednesday, has been with the station for 15 years. She is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She will receive a $120,000 annual salary.

Media blogger Jim Romenesko is raising questions about the move, noting Genardo interviewed McCrory 10 days before the announcement.

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