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Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
ABC News DC Bureau Chief Moves to PR Role
By Greg Hazley
 
robin sproulRobin Sproul, Washington bureau chief for ABC News, is moving to the VP of public affairs role to lead external relations for the news division in the capital.
Category: Media News
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
RLM Finsbury Invades Bay Area
By Greg Hazley
 
doug michelmanRLM Finsbury has opened a San Francisco outpost to serve existing business and target new clients in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
Bloomberg's Back at Bloomberg
By Kevin McCauley
 
mike bloombergMichael Bloomberg will resume his role at Bloomberg LLC, where he owns an 88 percent stake, at the end of the year as his deputy, Dan Doctoroff, steps out of the picture.
Category: Media News
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
Ex-Bush Communications Director to 'The View'
By Greg Hazley
 
nicolle wallaceNicolle Wallace, a former top White House and campaign communications aide to President George W. Bush, will join a revamped "The View" for its new season as the roundtable talk show geared toward women premieres on Sept. 15.
Category: Media News
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
'Trial of PR' Sept. 8 Needs Exhibits, Dose of Reality
By Jack ODwyer
 

granat andersonSeven people representing PR firms, media and a digital communications firm will argue Sept. 8 whether "PR people practice deception." What this "mock trial" needs is a dose of reality, plus exhibits.

Category: PRSA
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
LAT Pro Enrolls at Cal State
By Kevin McCauley
 
Peter Hong, a 15-year veteran of the Los Angeles Times, has joined Cal State LA as director of strategic initiatives and deputy chief of staff.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
Funderburk to APCO in DC
By Greg Hazley
 
funderburkElizabeth Funderburk, a top communications ands public affairs exec for the over-the-counter drug industry's Washington trade group, has moved to APCO Worldwide in the District as director of its health policy group.
Category: Healthcare PR
Wed., Sep. 3, 2014
Ex-US Senators Speak for Putin
By Kevin McCauley
 
Breaux, LottFormer Democratic Senator John Breaux of Louisiana and Republican Trent Lott of Mississippi are trying to torpedo US sanctions against Russian natural gas giant Gazprom to punish Vladimir Putin for his invasion and possible annexation of eastern Ukraine.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Sep. 3, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 9-03-2014
By Greg Hazley
 
Int'l Why Russian Might Cancel its Contract with Ketchum(Streetwise) 
Connections Your social media policy & the nude celebrity photo scandal (K. Dugan) 
Crisis Centerplate CEO's ouster illustrates power of social media (Globe and Mail) 
Sports Dan Snyder takes to ESPN to defend Redskins name (Deadspin)
Social Tracking 10 healthcare beat reporters on Twitter (M. Senak) 
Measurement The top 5 metrics you're measuring incorrectly (Comscore) 
Profile This PR exec launched her second career raising millions for wounded veterans  (Time) 
PR 101 5 big mistakes entrepreneurs make with their PR efforts (Entrepreneur) 
Startups When, why and how to hire a PR firm (Tech.co) 
PA Ex-Obama press sec calls ISIS comment 'winceable' moment (TR) 
Category: PR Links
Wed., Sep. 3, 2014
US Sought Third Party Proposals to Burnish Key NATO Summit
By Greg Hazley
 
natoThe US State Dept. reached out to third party organizations like NGOs and think tanks month to boost public engagement and burnish the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 2014 summit as the alliance faces a hefty slate of issues this week in Wales.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Sep. 3, 2014
Sard Verbinnen Delivers PR to Harry & David
By Kevin McCauley
 
Sard Verbinnen is delivering media relations work to fruit basket delivery service Harry & David Holdings as it's purchased by Jim McCann's 1-800-Flowers.com for $143M cash.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Sep. 3, 2014
Wilson Moves to Abernathy in LA
By Greg Hazley
 
heather wilsonHeather Wilson, a Weber Shandwick and Ogilvy corporate PR pro, has moved to The Abernathy MacGregor Group's Los Angeles office as an executive VP.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Sep. 3, 2014
Clinton, Obama Aide Gives BGR New Look
By Kevin McCauley
 
maya seidenMaya Seiden, who served in the Obama Administration's State Dept. for five years, and was special assistant for the Energy Dept. and White House Cabinet Secretary under Bill Clinton, is now at Republican-leaning BGR Group.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Sep. 3, 2014
Graham Era Ends at DC Post
By Kevin McCauley
 
katherine weymouthKatharine Weymouth, granddaughter of longtime Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, is stepping down from the publisher spot as Amazon founder and chief Jezz Bezos puts his stamp on the media property.
Category: Marketing Communications
Wed., Sep. 3, 2014
CVS Goes Cold Turkey Faster Than Expected
By Kevin McCauley
 
cvsDrugstore chain CVS Health today staged a celebration in Manhattan's Bryant Park to mark its new corporate name and decision to quit the cigarette business a month earlier than expected.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Sep. 3, 2014
RFP - PR Consultant - Airport
By Greg Hazley
 
International airport seeks PR counsel on an as-needed basis, including media relations and crisis communications. Details...
Category: RFPs
Wed., Sep. 3, 2014
Adler Prescribes Ironwood PR
By Greg Hazley
 

lisa adlerLisa Adler, VP of corporate communications for Millennium Pharmaceuticals through its 2008 acquisition by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, has moved to publicly traded Ironwood Pharmaceuticals in a senior VP role.

Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Sep. 3, 2014
PR Firm, Fox Apologize for Poorly Timed 'Headless' Campaign
By Greg Hazley
 
headlessA Los Angeles digital marketing firm and its client Fox Home Entertainment have apologized for the poor timing of a campaign touting "Headless Day" in support of the DVD release of FOX "sleepy Hollow" show on the same day the terrorist group ISIS released a video showing the beheading of an American journalist.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Sep. 3, 2014
Hotel Industry Books Smith for VP-Comms Slot
By Greg Hazley
 
chandler smithChandler Smith, communications director to Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), has booked the VP of communications slot at the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Sep. 2, 2014
Qorvis Works to Clean Up Syria Mess
By Kevin McCauley
 
syriaQorvis MSL handles media, Congressional outreach for the Syrian Opposition Coalition in bid bankrolled by Saudi Arabia.
Category: International
 
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