Chieko Noguchi
Chieko Noguchi

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has named Chieko Noguchi PA director of the Washington-based organization. Noguchi will succeed Judy Keane when she starts the job on Sept. 9.

During the past decade, Noguchi was at the Archdiocese of Washington, where she was appointed director of media and PR in 2011.

She served as spokesperson for the disgraced cardinal and DC archbishop Donald Wuerl, who was accused of covering up sexual abuse scandals while he was bishop of Pittsburgh.

Pope Francis accepted Wuerl's resignation in October 2018. Wuerl said his exit would allow the church to focus on healing and on the future. He apologized for "any past errors in judgment" and asked for pardon.

Wilton Gregory is DC's current archbishop.

Prior to working for the Archdiocese, Noguchi handled travel for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and worked at Porter Novelli and Ketchum.