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KYNE Taps Public Health Pro Sawatzki

Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Darcy SawatzkiKYNE, the specialty health communications shop, tapped Darcy Sawatzki as senior VP in Los Angeles to lead its US public health business efforts and to manage client work.

Hicks Replaces The Mooch

Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Hope HicksHope Hicks is moving into the White House communications director hot seat, replacing ousted Wall Street player Anthony Scaramucci, who sat in that for 10 days.

The Mooch Gets It Wrong, Again

Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

By Arthur Solomon

Arthur Solomon The industry rules once governing “off-the-record” conversations between reporter and news sources have changed.

Trump Spins Out of Control

Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Trump at Aug. 15 news conference in lobby of Trump TowerPresident Trump today "retracted" blaming white supremacists for Charlottesville chaos, returning to "many sides" position that was ridiculed as weak on Saturday. Does Trump want to lead America or right-wing fringe? (4 reader comments)

Siegel Trades NYC for P-town

Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Lucy SiegelLucy Siegel, who sold Bridge Global Strategies to Didit in 2015, has traded the hustle and bustle of Manhattan for the sun, sea and sand of Provincetown, opening Lucy Siegel LLC on the northern tip of Cape Cod.

Evolving ESG From Burden to Benefit

Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

By Tom Faust

Tom FaustThe issues, requirements and policies collectively known as Environmental, Social and Governance continue to evolve as the demands of regulators, business partners and investors grow.

Jackson Moves to Portland

Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Alfred JacksonAlfred Jackson, who has more than 20 years of health communications experience, has joined Portland Communications' DC office to expand the offerings for the Omnicom unit.

NYT Mystified at Brain Cancer in Baseball Players; Others Arenít

Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Darren Daulton“The Brain Cancer That’s Killing Ballplayers” headlined New York Times Aug. 14. No reason is cited but callers told reporter Jere Longman to consider the radar guns that measure speed of pitches. He said he would. (1 reader comment)

Harris Resigns Grayling US Chief Post

Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Peter HarrisPeter Harris, CEO of Grayling US, is resigning Aug. 31 to launch his own firm. He told O’Dwyer’s that he’ll open for business Sept. 1 to advise senior clients. (Updated, Aug.15)

5W Lands Lottogopher Account

Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Lottogopher 5W Public Relations has been named agency of record for online lottery ticket seller Lottogopher.

AIG Hires Chubb Vet Williamson

Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Anita WilliamsonAnita Williamson has joined American International Group as global employee communications head, reporting to Cindy Leggett-Flynn, senior VP-chief communications officer.

Trump Rips Merck CEO

Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Ken FrazierPresident Trump ripped the CEO of Merck who resigned today from a White House advisory committee in an apparent response to the president’s weak response to the violence in Charlottesville, in which he blamed “many sides” for the mayhem. (3 reader comments)

White Supremacists Score PR Win in Virginia

Sat., Aug. 12, 2017

By Joe Honick

Joe HonickNational Policy Institute's Richard Spencer, former Ku Klux Klaner David Duke and a collection of racist thugs got everything they could have asked for in the chaos of Charlottesville this weekend. (7 reader comments)

Steve Bannon May be in for Ride of his Life

Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Dr. StrangegloveWhite House strategist Steve Bannon is the guy to blame for the "fire and fury" nuclear showdown with North Korean madman Kim Jong-un. Without Bannon, Hillary Clinton would be in the White House. (1 reader comment)

Media Moves: CNN Cuts Lord, NYT Snags Swanson from WaPo, Press Freedom Tracker Debuts

Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Jeffrey LordCNN cuts ties with conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord for "Sieg Heil" tweet….The New York Times snags Ana Swanson from the Washington Post to cover trade….National Press Club, Media Law Resources Center team to help journalists overcome roadblocks designed to prevent them from getting governmental news.

Exelon Adds Duo to Communications Team

Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Lisa HowardExelon, the $31.4B Chicago-based power company, has added Lisa Howard and Donna Sitkiewicz to its communications unit.

Federal Law Prohibits 'America' on Beer Bottles, Cans

Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

John ManfredaBudweiser’s use of “America” on millions of bottles and cans, most of which end up in the trash or worse, is a violation of federal law against symbols that imply government endorsement.