U.S. President George W. Bush has named a long-time scholar to be his top domestic policy adviser, a post that has been vacant since February, local media reported on Thursday.
Karl Zinsmeister, founding editor of the American Enterprise magazine, was appointed by Bush on Wednesday, and would succeed Claude Allen, who was arrested in March on charges of stealing thousands of dollars from Target and other stores in a scheme faking returns claims.
Zinsmeister, who has worked for the past 12 years as editor in chief of the magazine, is slated to assume his White House post on June 12.
At the magazine, he focused on examining cultural issues, as well as social and economic trends.
The 47-year-old Zinsmeister was embedded as a military reporter in 2003 during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. He has written three books which defend the war and focus on the everyday work of U.S. troops.
A graduate of Yale University, Zinsmeister is set to step into his new post at a time when Bush is fighting sagging public support and a restive Congress to retain control of his domestic agenda.