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Tue., Sep. 24, 2013
Papp Reports to Baltimore PD Duty
By Kevin McCauley

Jack Papp has succeeded Anthony Guglielmi as PA director of the Baltimore Police Department, which has been battling a spike in violent crime.

Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Sep. 24, 2013
News Corp to Pay Thomson $2M Salary
By Kevin McCauley
robert thompsonNews Corp. agreed to pay CEO Robert Thomson, 52, a $2M salary for fiscal 2014, according to financial documents filed Sept. 20 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Category: Media News
Tue., Sep. 24, 2013
Brodeur Sues Blackberry for $700K in PR Fees
By Greg Hazley
brodeurBrodeur Partners ramped up its PR work in a "make or break" campaign for Blackberry from late 2012 to early 2013, but the 16-year client split with the firm in April after a review and has not paid for $700K in PR services, according to a suit filed in federal court on Sept. 20.
Category: Public Relations
Tue., Sep. 24, 2013
AIG, Alcoa Alum to APCO
By Greg Hazley
nick ashoohNick Ashooh, who led communications for AIG through the financial crisis and bailout and who left the top PR slot at Alcoa in July, has taken a senior role at APCO Worldwide.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Sep. 23, 2013
Gore Gets Touchy-Feely About Global Warming
By Kevin McCauley
al goreAl Gore's Climate Reality Project today kicked off its "What I Love" digital initiative effort designed to personalize the impact of global warming.
Category: Environmental PR
Mon., Sep. 23, 2013
H&K Hires West Coast Vet
By Kevin McCauley

monica bouldinHill+Knowlton Strategies has recruited Monica Bouldin, who has more than two decades of PR experience, to oversee its Los Angeles and Irvine offices.

Category: PR Firms
Mon., Sep. 23, 2013
Allbritton President Exits
By Kevin McCauley
President of COO of Allbritton Communications Co. is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.
Category: Media News
Mon., Sep. 23, 2013
APCO Handles UAE's UN Duties
By Kevin McCauley
APCO Worldwide is providing PA support for the Arab Emirates' United Nations mission through the opening of the new session of the General Assembly this week.
Category: International
Mon., Sep. 23, 2013
Rich, Poor Gap Obvious in New York PR, Journalism
By Jack O'Dwyer
A rich/poor divide is also evident ad/PR/journalism in New York. In the 1960s and 70s, Madison Ave. was a street of milk and honey for workaday PR people and press who enjoyed many of the perks now limited to the few at the top.
Category: Public Relations
Mon., Sep. 23, 2013
Curtis Resigns as Hager Sharp Chief, Lotenberg Steps In
By Greg Hazley
hager sharpGarry Curtis has resigned as president and CEO of Washington-based Hager Sharp to return to client duties for the firm, known for its government and non-profit PR work.
Category: PR Firms
Fri., Sep. 20, 2013
Pope Francis Sends Strong PR Message to DC
By Kevin McCauley

pope"We have to find a new balance," otherwise the edifice is "likely to fall like a house of cards," said Pope Francis, who has shaken up the hide-bound Catholic Church with his call to drop its obsession of fighting the cultural wars.  

Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Sep. 20, 2013
Oregon Reviews Travel PR
By Greg Hazley
mount hoodThe Oregon Tourism Commission has cast an RFP for its $250K PR and media relations account.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Sep. 20, 2013
McBee Files $500K Nigeria Pact
By Kevin McCauley
McBee Strategic Consulting files six-month contract worth more than $500K in fees to represent Nigeria.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Sep. 20, 2013
Media: BBC Cuts 75, Mossberg, Swisher Make Exit Official, Barnes to Houston Chron Editor
By Kevin McCauley
BBC Cuts 75; Mossberg, Swisher make it official; Barnes takes Houston Chron edit job...
Category: Media News
Fri., Sep. 20, 2013
Photos: PRR, Maryland Health Push Wins Top DC PR Honor
By Greg Hazley
thothPRR and client the Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene took top honors at PRSA National Capital Chapter's annual Thoth Awards Sept. 18 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
Category: PR Awards
Fri., Sep. 20, 2013
Facebook's Zandy Jumps to IPO-Bound Alibaba
By Greg Hazley
ashley zandyFacebook corporate communications manager exits today for Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba in a post overseeing corporate and financial communications outside of Mainland China.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Sep. 19, 2013
Photos: Rubenstein Bash Hits Brooklyn
By Greg Hazley
rubensteinRubenstein PR held its second White Party on Aug. 15 at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood, following last year's inaugural bash in Manhattan.
Category: Public Relations
Thu., Sep. 19, 2013
Re/Max Signs PR Help for IPO
By Greg Hazley
remaxReal estate giant Re/Max is relying on outside PR counsel as it prices a forthcoming initial public offering worth up to $210M.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Sep. 19, 2013
Nebraska Ousts Incumbent in Tourism Review
By Greg Hazley
nebraskaNebraska has installed a new agency of record for tourism PR, following an RFP review.
Category: Travel PR
Thu., Sep. 19, 2013
Vance Leads Collegiate Sports PR Group
By Greg Hazley
doug vanceFormer Univ. of Kansas media relations director Doug Vance has been named executive director of the College Sports Information Directors of America, the trade group for PR pros representing collegiate athletics.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
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