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Fri., May 1, 2015
Walmart Takes Hitt
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WalmartWalmart has hired Greg Hitt, US crisis practice chief at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, for the VP-corporate communications slot effective June 1.
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., May 1, 2015
Blog: Run, Bernie, Run
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Bernie SandersVermont Senator Bernie Sanders is the longest of long shots to prevent the coronation of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for President.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
 
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Fri., May 1, 2015
APA Goes Silent on Torture Ties; Plans PR Push
By Kevin McCauley
 
American Psychological AssociationThe American Psychological Assn. is carrying out an independent review of "re-circulated allegations" published today on the front page of the New York Times about its alleged support of the CIA's torture program to bolster President Bush's justification for abuse of prisoners in his "war on terror."
Category: Healthcare PR
Fri., May 1, 2015
UBM Explores Sale of PR Newswire
By Kevin McCauley
 
UBMBritain's UBM, which is largely a trade show organizer, is exploring the sale of non-core PR Newswire, a deal that could fetch more than $700M.
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Danielle MattoonAmerican Contract Bridge League, a client of McNeely Pigott & Fox PR of Nashville, will not campaign against the ditching of the bridge column by the New York Times culture editor Danielle Mattoon.

Category: Media News
Fri., May 1, 2015
New York Times Co. Reports Bigger Loss
By Kevin McCauley
 
The New York Times Co. reported a $14.3M Q1 loss, which compares to a $1.7M profit during the 2014 period.
Category: Media News
Fri., May 1, 2015
Prothena Pro Moves to Edelman
By Kevin McCauley
 

Anita KawatraAnita Kawatra, who headed external affairs at Prothena Biosciences, joined Edelman in New York as executive VP in its health sector.

Category: Healthcare PR
Thu., Apr. 30, 2015
Moris Graduates to Virginia Tech
By Kevin McCauley
 

Pete MorisPete Moris, who spent 17 years in the PR department of the Kansas City Chiefs National Football League team, will become PR chief for Virginia Tech's athletic program on May 4.

Category: Sports
Thu., Apr. 30, 2015
Dewey Square's Baker Joins Team Clinton
By Kevin McCauley
 
Charlie BakerCharlie Baker, a founding partner of Dewey Square Group PA/Democratic political strategy shop and Boston politco, will join Hillary Clinton's campaign as chief administrative officer.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Apr. 30, 2015
FTI Posts PR Gains
By Kevin McCauley
 
Steven GunbyFTI Consulting CEO Steven Gunby reported "ongoing progress" in development of its strategic communications unit as its Q1 operating income soared to $4.1M from the $1M level of a year ago.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Apr. 30, 2015
Media Tidbits
By Kevin McCauley
 
Google invests in journalism in Europe…NBC/AOL dial up content partnership…Red Cross' Howe delivers relief to Pearson…Washington Examiner bulks up political coverage
Category: Media News
Thu., Apr. 30, 2015
Imus Splits with Fox
By Kevin McCauley
 
ImusDon Imus 's television program on Fox Business Network will end May 29 after a six-year run.
Category: Media News
Thu., Apr. 30, 2015
New York Times Ends Bridge, Chess Columns
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Phillip AdlerThe New York Times, saying they took up too much time and space (not to mention their appeal to a mostly older audience), has dropped its bridge column after 80 years and chess column after 52 years.

Category: Media News
Thu., Apr. 30, 2015
Hamilton to Spearhead US Push for Aspectus
By Kevin McCauley
 
Jed HamiltonJed Hamilton has joined London's Aspectus PR as managing director for North America at the financial, energy, technology and events firm.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Apr. 29, 2015
Bridges Quits Al Jazeera America; Net Slapped with $15M Anti-Semitic Suit.
By Kevin McCauley
 
dawn bridgesDawn Bridges, executive VP-communications at Al Jazeera America, has resigned her post at the unit of the Qatar-based satellite TV company.
Category: Media News
Wed., Apr. 29, 2015
Indiana Gov Replaces Comms Director with Koch Exec
By Greg Hazley
 
matt lloydIndiana Gov. Mike Pence has brought in Koch Industries PR exec, Matt Lloyd, following the resignation of Christy Denault earlier this month.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Apr. 29, 2015
Blog: What Were the NFL PR Geniuses Thinking?
By Kevin McCauley
 
goodellImperious NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has apparently signed off on a deal to drop the tax-exempt status of the league's office. America bends its knee.
Category: PR Commentary
Wed., Apr. 29, 2015
Matrix Awards Honor 'Women Who Change the World'
By Greg Hazley
 
matrixNew York Women in Communications honored Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand, BET CEO Debra Lee and others at the 2015 Matrix Awards April 27 in New York.
Category: Media News
Wed., Apr. 29, 2015
Kozberg Takes Communications Reins at Legacy
By Greg Hazley
 
lindsey kozbergLindsey Kozberg, who led external affairs for RAND Corp., has moved to anti-smoking campaign Legacy in Washington as its first chief communications officer.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Apr. 29, 2015
PR Lessons Learned From the Triple Crown
By Arthur Solomon
 
athur solomonThe Triple Crown horse racing season opens May 2, reminding PR pros about the perils in supporting a seasonal event.
Category: Sports
 
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