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I saw a segment on ABC Evening News on Monday that is alarming for several reasons. Take a look at this before reading on (disclosure – I do not know the facts around the event beyond what has been reported). Why am I concerned? First, AIG attempts to conceal its identity at an upscale resort […]

Forty Years in Chicago

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Barack Obama’s victory on Tuesday night was exciting for people all over the world, from young Indonesians celebrating at his former school to African Americans recognizing that the dream of equal opportunity has been achieved. For a guy who grew up in Chicago in the 60s, the vignette of nearly one million Americans of all […]

Public Engagement

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I delivered the Grunig Lecture at the University of Maryland today to a group of students and their professors. My topic was the evolution of public relations into public engagement. I asserted that PR can become the discipline that melds strategy and communications, constituting an essential bridge between corporations and their stakeholders. I contended that […]

Fox Interview

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Please check out my interview earlier today by Fox Business News, called “Edelman on the Bailout Plan,” where I discuss how financial corporations and government can effectively communicate in today’s economic conditions. Richard

WSJ On the Move

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Edelman hosted Wall Street Journal editor Robert Thomson for breakfast this morning in New York City. Here are a few of his most important observations: 1) The Big Brand—Digital must work together with print and wire service to maximize the WSJ brand. In the new office of the WSJ in Midtown Manhattan, the editors of […]

HBS at 100

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Given the economic events of the last several weeks, Harvard Business School certainly picked an opportune moment to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Here are some highlights from the past two days:Business in Society: Bill Gates was interviewed by Professor Jim Cash about the Gates Foundation. This was the most inspirational part of the two day […]

Networks Fight Back

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I had lunch on Wednesday with Jessica Guff, executive producer of ABC News Now and a veteran of ABC News. She made several important observations about the broadcast news business: 1), one of the digital platforms for the news division, reaches 48 million homes today, 30 million of which are broadband. “This is the […]

Failure to Communicate

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I was walking in Central Park yesterday as part of my rehabilitation from surgery when the news flashed across that the US House of Representatives had rejected the proposed $700 billion fund to provide liquidity to the struggling capital markets. Quoting the prison warden in Cool Hand Luke as he stands over defiant inmate […]

The Scimitar Falls; I’m Walking On

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I am in Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, recovering from a radical prostatectomy that was performed on Tuesday. I have been assured by my physician that my prostate cancer has been completely eliminated and that I should be able to get on with my life without adverse consequences. As you may recall, I wrote a blog […]

It’s Hard to Let Go

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I was on a panel on Tuesday in Washington D.C. for communications professionals from the National Institutes of Health. They wanted to know how they operate in an environment where media authority is dispersed, confidence in government as a trusted source has declined and respect for science is profoundly diminished. One source of communicator frustration […]

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