FCC’s KENNY MOVES TO MERCURY
Robert Kenny, acting Federal Communication Commission press secretary, has moved to Mercury Public Affairs in Washington, D.C.
His job is to provide media relations duties surrounding issues in the healthcare, high-tech and telecommunications categories.
The FCC last week named Tammy Sun, founder and CEO of PR agency Let it Shine, as communications director head of the office of media relations, effective April 29. Neil Grace was tapped as press secretary to Chairman Julius Genachowski, effective May 2.
Sun was deputy communications director for the William J. Clinton Foundation, press secretary for the Democratic Leadership Council and spokesperson for Sen. Joe Lieberman’s 2006 re-election campaign.
Grace was recently director of Burson-Marsteller's issues and crisis practice, starting with the firm in 2004. He started in PR with the National Restaurant Association. Kenny moved into the shoes of chief spokesman for FCC chair Julius Genachowski after Jen Howard departed in December. He had been handling the FCC’s public safety and homeland security bureau.
Omnicom owns Mercury.
LA TIMES WIN SERVICE PULITZER
The Los Angeles Times won the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its exposure of corruption in Bell, Calif.
The Times team reported a series on Bell officials who used city treasury funds to pay themselves large salaries. The reporting resulted in arrests and reforms, Columbia University noted in announcing the 95th annual Pulitzers.
Paige St. John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune was awarded the prize for investigative reporting as she examined “weaknesses in the murky property-insurance system vital to Florida homeowners.”
Mark Johnson, Kathleen Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar and Alison Sherwood of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won the prize for explanatory reporting as they covered an effort to use genetic technology to save a four-year-old boy afflicted by an unknown disease.
The national reporting Pulitzer went to ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein for their coverage of questionable practices on Wall Street that contributed to the nation’s economic meltdown. The New York Times’ Clifford Levy and Ellen Barry won the Pulitzer for international reporting as they covered Russia’s justice system “remarkably influencing the discussion inside the country” the prize board said.
Other awards included a Chicago Sun-Times team for local reporting, Amy Ellis Nutt of the Star-Ledger for feature writing, the New York Times’ David Leonhardt for commentary, and Sebastian Smee of the Boston Globe for criticism.
Joseph Rago of the Wall Street Journal was honored for editorial writing, Miek Keefe of the Denver Post won for editorial cartooning, and Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti of the Washington Post won for breaking news photography for coverage of the Haiti earthquake.
Full list of winners is at pulitzer.org.