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Tue., Oct. 18, 2016
Spong Is Now Carmichael Lynch Relate
By Editorial Staff
Carmichael Lynch RelateCarmichael Lynch Spong, which was rebranded in 2014 to Spong, is now calling itself Carmichael Lynch Relate.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016
McBee Evolves Into Signal Group
By Editorial Staff
Signal Group logoRebrand reflects focus on integrating legal and regulatory expertise with strategic communications, public affiars and digital media.
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Wed., Oct. 12, 2016
Hemsworth Launches Atlanta Office
By Jon Gingerich
Hemsworth CommunicationsTravel, hospitality and lifestyle agency Hemsworth Communications has opened a second office in Atlanta.
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Thu., Oct. 6, 2016
Israel Tourism Names MWWPR
By Jack O'Dwyer

Ministry of Tourism of IsraelThe Ministry of Tourism of Israel has moved its North American PR account, reportedly worth a half million, from Geoffrey Weill Assocs., New York, to MWWPR, headed by Michael Kempner, a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. (1 reader comment)

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Wed., Sep. 28, 2016
Southard, Freeman to Merge
By Jon Gingerich
Southard Communications and Freeman Public Relations plan to merge, forming a new agency that will debut at the beginning of next year.
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Tue., Sep. 27, 2016
Veteran Communicator Buckley Leads Subject Matter in DC
By Editorial Staff
john buckleyJohn Buckley, a 35-year political and corporate communicator most recently serving as managing director for The Harbour Group, has shifted to Subject Matter in Washington as the firm's first CEO.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Sep. 26, 2016
Spectrum Opens Chicago Office
By Jon Gingerich
Spectrum Washington, D.C.-based healthcare and life sciences agency Spectrum has opened a new office in Chicago.
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Wed., Sep. 21, 2016
O'Malley Hansen Acquires Alpaytac
By Jon Gingerich
O'Malley Hansen CommunicationsO'Malley Hansen Communications has acquired Chicago-based brand and social media agency Alpaytac Public Relations.
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Wed., Sep. 21, 2016
Finn Partners, Stagwell Launch Joint Venture
By Jon Gingerich
Finn PartnersStagwell Group has made a preferred stock investment in Finn Partners. The two agencies will now launch a new jointly-owned PR agency titled Wye Communications
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Tue., Sep. 20, 2016
Matter Taps Mladenoff as President
By Editorial Staff
Mandy MladenoffMatter Communications has elevated Mandy Mladenoff to president of the 13-year-old Massachusetts-based firm.
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Thu., Sep. 15, 2016
Bully Pulpit Gets Incite, Obama Alums' PR Shop
By Editorial Staff
ben laboltWashington-based Bully Pulpit Interactive, a Democrat-aligned digital marketing shop, has acquired The Incite Agency, the PR agency of former Obama administration communications hands Robert Gibbs and Ben LaBolt.
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Wed., Aug. 31, 2016
FH Alum DeVito Heads Digital for Levick
By Editorial Staff
kathryn devitoKathryn DeVito, a partner and senior VP for FleishmanHillard's digital practice in Washington, has shuffled to Levick, Washington, D.C., as a senior VP and head of digital.
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Wed., Aug. 31, 2016
Sony Pictures TV Casts Weitz for PR
By Editorial Staff
Stacy WeitzStacy Weitz, senior VP for PMK*BNC, has moved in-house with Sony Pictures Television as VP of corporate communications.
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Mon., Aug. 29, 2016
Uproar Takes New York
By Editorial Staff
lindsay plattsOrlando's Uproar PR has opened a New York outpost, its fourth office, with plans to staff up to 20. 
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Tue., Aug. 23, 2016
Ogilvy Ups Risi on Massey Exit
By Editorial Staff
Jennifer RisiOgilvy PR has upped Jennifer Risi to global chief communications officer with the exit of Robyn Massey, who held the post for the past year.
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Wed., Aug. 17, 2016
Project Acquires Brooklyn PR Agency Praytell
By Editorial Staff
andy prayDetroit agency network Project has acquired Brooklyn PR shop Praytell, a four-year-old firm with outposts in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Aug. 11, 2016
Edelman Bay Area Chief to Weber Shandwick
By Editorial Staff
Wayne HickeyWayne Hickey, who led Edelman's Bay Area operations, has returned to Weber Shandwick as a senior tech exec in San Francisco.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Aug. 9, 2016
A PR Agency's Greatest Asset: A Number Two
By Art Stevens
art stevensIf agency owner's don't have a reliable and trustworthy second in command, who will run the business and preserve the assets when something unforseen happens?
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Aug. 8, 2016
Caldwell Takes Crisis Post at Cerrell
By Editorial Staff
caldwellAlan Caldwell, southern California communications manager for Shell, has moved to Cerrell Associates as VP of media relations and crisis communication, as well as the firm's first chief diversity strategist. 
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016
Coyne Restructures, Cuts 28
By Editorial Staff
tom coyneCoyne has cut 28 staffers in administration and digital amid a restructuring at the Parsippany, N.J.-based firm led by Tom Coyne. 
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Jul. 27, 2016
FitzGibbon Alums, Van Jones in Social Justice PR Shop
By Editorial Staff
Megaphone StrategiesPolitical pundit and social activist Van Jones has teamed with progressive PR pro Molly Haigh to form Megaphone Strategies, a Washington-based media strategy firm.
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Tue., Oct. 25
The Problem with Cable TV Political Coverage
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Tue., Oct. 25
Leveraging Technology to Shape Health Messaging
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Mon., Oct. 24
Redefining Success: a Timeless Debate
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Mon., Oct. 24
Trump Fails Presidential Character Test, Bigly
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Fri., Oct. 21
Missed Opportunity of the 2016 Al Smith Dinner
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Fri., Oct. 21
It’s Not What You Know, But Who You Know
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Fri., Oct. 21
Defenders of the Healthcare Brand
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Thu., Oct. 20
Healthy Reputations Essential in Healthcare
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Wed., Oct. 19
Understanding the Executive Power of the President
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Wed., Oct. 19
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Mon., Oct. 17
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Fri., Oct. 14
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Tue., Oct. 11
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