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Marilyn Laurie: How She Emerged from Humble Roots to a Woman in Charge

June 2nd, 2020 by

Marilyn Laurie (1939-2013) worked her way up to become CCO of AT&T, the company’s first female in that position. She did so, in part, by holding un-traditional views, including seeing PR’s role as representing the consumer inside the board room. Our monthly history feature is a Q&A with Dick Martin, author of a forthcoming book about Marilyn. In addition, Martin succeeded Laurie at AT&T.

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Diversity and Inclusion Remain Essential During the Pandemic

May 26th, 2020 by

In the wake of events of the past few days, we’ve decided to slow or suspend many of our activities on this site so we can reflect on diversity and inclusion. As one of the authors of the essay, Angela Chitkara, said, “People are hurting. We need to take a good look at ourselves and ask what kind of society and organization do we want to be.”

Why the PR Industry’s D&I Efforts Matter Now

May 12th, 2020 by

Even though health and safety are top priorities during the coronavirus, it is not time to abandon diversity and inclusion (D&I). Unfortunately, many companies are failing to communicate D&I messages to employees at this moment. Yet protecting employee health and well-being while promoting D&I are, in fact, mutually supportive.

Incoming Page Board Chair Emphasizes New Skills for CCOs as They Manage Expanding Role

November 1st, 2019 by

Charlene Wheeless, incoming chair of the board at Page and a VP for global corporate affairs at Bechtel Corporation, says CCOs must step up in new ways. In addition to their traditional business roles, CCOs need to become stronger leaders who bring additional value to society. She believes Page’s programs can help.

Incoming PRSA Chair Pushes Non-Stop Learning, Urges PR to Use Truth to Combat Disinformation

November 1st, 2019 by

In this age of disinformation, PR pros are more important than ever, says the 2021 PRSA chair Michelle Olson. “If we do nothing except hold up the candle of ethics in business and in our organizations, we will have done our jobs,” she tells us in a wide-ranging interview.

Appreciation: Melissa Hoffmann, Fearless Content Director

October 16th, 2019 by

PRNEWS lost an important member of its family earlier this month when Melissa Hoffmann, content director since early August 2018, passed away suddenly in Manhattan. The PRNEWS staff remember her as a passionate and compassionate editor and person. A recurring theme with PR pros and others who reminisced about Melissa recently was her enthusiasm for people and PR.

A Quick Journey into PR’s History Holds More Than a Few Surprises

October 1st, 2019 by

Do you need inspiration? You might find some during a visit to the Museum of PR in NY. In this second of a series of articles about the history of PR, our writer visits the Museum and describes its wonders. The series celebrates the 75th anniversary of PRNEWS.

First Person: Samantha Stark, EVP of PR & Comms, Endeavor Global Marketing

September 23rd, 2019 by

In this regular feature, PR News asks movers and shakers in the industry to share a little bit of their personal history and personality through answering a series of 10 questions.

First Person: Pauline Draper-Watts, EVP at Edelman Intelligence

September 3rd, 2019 by

In this regular feature, PR News asks movers and shakers in the industry to share a little bit of their personal history and personality through answering a series of 10 questions.

It’s Time to Recognize Latino Communicators’ Contributions

September 1st, 2019 by

The Museum of PR and the NY chapter of the Hispanic Public Relations Association are teaming for their 3rd annual salute to Latino PR professionals. The goal is to make sure current PR pros recognize the contributions of Latino communicators to the history of PR.