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Edelman acquires Basilinna, rolls out boutique advisory firm

Edelman acquires Basilinna, rolls out boutique advisory firm

Edelman Global Advisory will be led by Basilinna founder and CEO Deborah Lehr.

Public affairs agency Interel acquired by Dentons Global Advisors

Public affairs agency Interel acquired by Dentons Global Advisors

Dentons Global Advisors has acquired public affairs agency Interel for an undisclosed sum, the firm announced this morning.

Crosby retains $12 million government disease-prevention account

Crosby retains $12 million government disease-prevention account

The Annapolis, Maryland-headquartered firm extended its relationship with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for another five years.

Ben & Jerry’s ends two-month silence on social media

Ben & Jerry’s ends two-month silence on social media

The brand tweeted on Monday morning that it will stop selling its ice cream in occupied Palestinian territory.

Mike Spahn appointed first non-founding partner at Precision Strategies

Mike Spahn appointed first non-founding partner at Precision Strategies

Spahn will help to manage the firm's Washington, DC, office and assist other partners in client counsel and talent and business development.

Teneo CEO Declan Kelly resigns

Teneo CEO Declan Kelly resigns

Teneo co-founder and CEO Declan Kelly has stepped down after admitting he had behaved inappropriately at a charity event.

Audi of America names Emilie Cotter as chief communications officer

Audi of America names Emilie Cotter as chief communications officer

Her responsibilities include corporate, product and lifestyle communications, as well as government affairs.

Weber Shandwick names Pam Jenkins head of practice, sector integration for North America

Weber Shandwick names Pam Jenkins head of practice, sector integration for North America

Rana Komar has also been named the firm's first GM of North America.

Slack backs off Hummus Day celebration amid Middle Eastern conflict

Slack backs off Hummus Day celebration amid Middle Eastern conflict

Some speculated it was because the notification sounds too much like the Palestinian militant group “Hamas.”

Bully Pulpit Interactive hires former top Boeing spokesperson Bradley Akubuiro

Bully Pulpit Interactive hires former top Boeing spokesperson Bradley Akubuiro

Akubuiro, Boeing’s former senior director of global media relations, will be a partner at the firm.

Adviser to presidents and agency founder Julian Read dies

Adviser to presidents and agency founder Julian Read dies

Read briefed the press after President Kennedy’s assassination and built what became one of the world’s largest PR firms.

Change.org names Lori Rodney first global comms head

Change.org names Lori Rodney first global comms head

Rodney is helping people to understand 'what Change.org is as an organization.'

Massachusetts sues Publicis Health over ties to Purdue, opioids

Massachusetts sues Publicis Health over ties to Purdue, opioids

The lawsuit claims the company is responsible for marketing strategies that aimed to reduce hesitancy among prescribers to give patients OxyContin.

How Signal AI measured Biden’s first 100 days

How Signal AI measured Biden’s first 100 days

Signal AI found the president is more closely associated with topics including gun control and immigration since he took office.

Amnesty International launches Welcome Pledge for Biden's 100th day in office

Amnesty International launches Welcome Pledge for Biden's 100th day in office

Fenton Communications and Sunshine Sachs supported the organization on the immigration policy campaign.

Analysis

A return to the Obama comms playbook? Not exactly

A return to the Obama comms playbook? Not exactly

The Biden administration will be night and day from the Trump White House, but also distinct from the last Democratic president.

How agencies are helping employees go to the polls

How agencies are helping employees go to the polls

In a year marked by uncertainty, PR firms are making Election Day slightly less stressful.

Inside Planned Parenthood’s push to stall a Supreme Court pick

Inside Planned Parenthood’s push to stall a Supreme Court pick

The organization moved quickly after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last Friday to remind the public what’s at stake.

‘America has no one left to trust’: Former HHS comms staffers on COVID-19 report meddling

‘America has no one left to trust’: Former HHS comms staffers on COVID-19 report meddling

“You don’t renegotiate a bible when you teach it,” says one ex-HHS official.

Talk to everyone: Breaking down Fauci’s media relations strategy

Talk to everyone: Breaking down Fauci’s media relations strategy

The most trusted man in America on COVID-19 is taking his authenticity wherever Americans consume media, from Vanity Fair to Desus & Mero.

DC Influencers

National Association of Manufacturers goes digital this election season

National Association of Manufacturers goes digital this election season

Jamie Hennigan VP of strategic communications at the National Association of Manufacturers on the NAM's digital campaign, #TruthOnTheTrail.

DC Influencer: Reinout Oussoren, Northern Power Systems

DC Influencer: Reinout Oussoren, Northern Power Systems

We're a small manufacturer and work primarily with lobbying firms or industry groups doing the lobbying. We provide a strong voice to industry associations such as the American Wind Energy Association and Distributed Wind Energy Association.

E-cigarette maker VMR's Seth Coblentz on why regulation is a drag

E-cigarette maker VMR's Seth Coblentz on why regulation is a drag

Alison Kanski talks to VMR's general counsel on regulation, international trade, and more.

What is a lobbyist? The McCormick Group's John Hesse says it's about communication

What is a lobbyist? The McCormick Group's John Hesse says it's about communication

John Hesse II, a consultant on law and government affairs at The McCormick Group, discusses lobbying and PR.

The communications goals and strategies of Black Lives Matter

The communications goals and strategies of Black Lives Matter

Shanelle Matthews, lead communications strategist for Black Lives Matter, tells Dipka Bhambhani about driving conversations from the 'hood to the White House.