My big break came at one of the worst moments in my professional
career. I was a metro reporter for a fledgling New York City tabloid in
early 1978 when the newspaper suddenly folded. Ironically, it was the
second newspaper to fold under me in less than a year. (Was it me?) The
phone rang. On the other end was the press officer for the city's new
Mayor, Edward Koch. A woman at the other end of the line asked,
"Interested in a PR job with a City agency?" "Well it's not my first
choice, but it beats unemployment," I answered. I had some very real
reservations. PR types I'd dealt with while I was a journalist didn't
always return my calls, didn't always "level" with me, sometimes
prevented me from speaking directly to the commissioner in charge, etc.
I decided to change that.
For the next 17 years, I was a deputy commissioner for public affairs
for three response-oriented New York City mayoral agencies delivering
environmental and correctional services. Since 1995, I've proudly
applied those good government skills to the work I do for several very
exciting clients at DKC. I guess I owe a lot to the collapse of that
newspaper 23 years ago.