Top Women in PR 2014: Karen Kessler

Karen Kessler, President, Evergreen Partners

Profiles of Karen in The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere highlight her expertise in crisis communications as well as her script consulting work for hit TV shows “The Good Wife” and “Nashville.” She has been the go-to expert for the TODAY show, and during the recent NFL domestic violence revelations, Karen was invited on the show as a PR expert. Most recently, New Jersey’s newspaper of record, The Star Ledger, interviewed Kessler on her views of the Miss America debacle.

The George Washington Bridge lane closures, commonly known as Bridgegate, catapulted Port Authority Chairman David Samson into the center of media frenzy over the scandal. The relationship between New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and David Samson was thoroughly examined. Karen was tasked to protect the reputation of David Samson and allow him to resign with dignity. She was also responsible for monitoring and strategically responding to media coverage and media sentiment regarding the key players and issues in the controversy, providing the media with accurate and relevant information.