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Mon., Nov. 24, 2014
Ritsch to Exit Education Dept for Teach for America
By Greg Hazley
 
massie ritschCommunications lead for the US Department of Education is leaving for a senior PR post with Teach for America in January.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
William, Kate, Harry Tap American Spokesman
By Greg Hazley
 

jason knaufPrince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry have recruited Royal Bank of Scotland PR exec Jason Knauf as communications secretary.

Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Why Voters Don’t Give a Damn
By Arthur Solomon
 

"Solomon’s Theory of Segmented Politics" offers the only explanation of dismal voter turnout and massive election turnoff.  You're welcome.

 
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Fed Mortgage Refinance Push Sticks with PN for PR
By Greg Hazley
 
HARP.govThe five-year-old federal program to aid homeowners who owe more than their homes are worth will continue with Porter Novelli at the helm of its ongoing PR push as a key deadline was extended through the end of 2015.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Qorvis' Blewitt to Story Partners in DC
By Greg Hazley
 
carrie blewittManaging director for Qorvis MSLGroup moves to Story Partners as a senior VP for the Washington-based PA shop of Gloria Dittus.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Nov. 14, 2014
Blog: Media Bash Solyndra, Ignore Loan Program Success
By Kevin McCauley
 
solyndraThe embattled federal renewable energy loan program blasted in the wake of Solyndra's collapse is on target to earn taxpayers $5B.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Nov. 6, 2014
Hawaii Uses PR to Head Off Homeless
By Kevin McCauley
 
hawaiiHawaii's Institute for Human Services slates a PR push to dissuade homeless people on the mainland from moving to the Aloha State.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Nov. 5, 2014
Silver Lining for Democrats
By Kevin McCauley
 
There is a silver lining for Democrats following last night's ballot box disaster: at least none of their candidates got physically hurt. Psychologically scarred, perhaps.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Nov. 4, 2014
Edelman's Ex-Chicago Chief Heads North
By Kevin McCauley
 
rick murrayRick Murray, who once led Edelman's 625-member strong Chicago office and served as president of its digital group, has joined Canada's National PR.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Nov. 3, 2014
Romney's Ex-Spokesman Moves to Hamilton Place
By Kevin McCauley
 
kevin maddenKevin Madden, who served as Mitt Romney's spokesperson during his 2012 presidential run, has moved to Hamilton Place Strategies.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Oct. 30, 2014
Al Jazeera to Air 'The Day Israel Attacked America’ Amid US Tensions
By Greg Hazley
 
libertyAmid tensions between the Obama administration and Israel, Al Jazeera America is scheduled to air on Oct. 31 "The Day Israel Attacked America," an hour-long documentary about the controversial 1967 Israeli Army attack on the US Navy vessel Liberty during the Six-Day War.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Oct. 29, 2014
Public Shifts View on Corporate Activism
By Kevin McCauley
 
GSGA majority of Americans (56 percent) back corporations taking stands on political and social issues, which is a shift from a year ago, according to a poll from Global Strategy Group.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Oct. 28, 2014
Ex-Pentagon Press Secretary Questions Officers as Spokesmen
By Greg Hazley
 
john kirbyJ.D. Gordon, a PR consultant and former Pentagon and GOP press hand, ripped Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby and the Obama administration in an op-ed in The Hill today, questioning whether uniformed military officers speaking for the White House are "useful idiots" or "good officers."
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Oct. 27, 2014
Ex-Rick Perry Aide Reps Energy-Rich Azerbaijan
By Kevin McCauley
 
liz mairAzerbaijan, which is under fire for its sorry human rights record, has hired Republican advisor Liz Mair for PR services and related communications work.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
H+K's Mankiewicz Dies at 90
By Kevin McCauley
 
frank-mankiewiczThe legendary Frank Mankiewicz, who made his PR mark at Bob Gray's Gray & Co. in DC and as chairman of Hill & Knowlton, has died from massive heart failure. He was 90.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Oct. 22, 2014
FH's Boudreau Joins AARP
By Kevin McCauley
 

boudreauMartha Boudreau, a more than 25-year veteran at FleishmanHillard and leader of its Washington operation, has joined AARP in the new post of executive VP & chief communications and marketing officer.

Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Harper Trades Cleveland for Denver Schools PR Post
By Greg Hazley
 
maureen harperMaureen Harper, chief of communications for the administration of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, is moving to the Denver Public Schools as chief communications officer.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Army Mulls Strategic Comms for Transition Program
By Greg Hazley
 
wtcThe US Army's Warrior Transition Command is mulling plans to enlist outside strategic communications support for its Warrior Care and Transition Program, encompassing units located at major military treatment facilities that treat and advise wounded and ill soldiers through the rehabilitation and medical care process.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Oct. 14, 2014
NBC's Todd Trashes Dysfunctional DC Politics
By Kevin McCauley
 
chuck toddOur political system is broken because professional politicians refuse to practice the art of politics, Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," told PRSA's National Conference on Oct. 13.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Oct. 7, 2014
B-M's Ex-US CEO Joins FP1
By Kevin McCauley
 
dave denherderDave DenHerder, a former Burson-Marsteller US CEO, has joined FP1 Strategies to build the Republican shop's public affairs capability.
Category: Public Affairs
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