Dear PPRA Members,
It's been an amazing year of accomplishments for PPRA and our members. Our 2018 programs have connected us with influencers, editors and leaders in our industry from across the Philadelphia region. We've welcomed many new members to the organization. We've recognized hospitality trailblazer Meryl Levitz for her impact on the city. And we've given back to the community by supporting ArtWell, our designated partner for this year.

We have so much to look forward to in 2019! All of our members play an important role in PPRA's success. I hope you continue to be involved and to participate in our valuable programming. Please join us as we kick off the new year together on January 17 at a media panel focusing on diversity. Stay tuned for a members-only tour of the new NBC10 Studios this winter as well.

In the springtime, we will honor a member who goes above and beyond in the public relations industry and in the community with an induction into the Hall of Fame. Do you know someone worthy of this prestigious recognition? Nominations are due on January 16!

Thank you for being an integral part of the PPRA community. It's an honor to lead such a highly engaged group of professionals who are making a difference in communications, public relations and our region.

Enjoy the holiday season and have a healthy and happy new year!

Warm Regards,

Nina Scimenes
2018-2019 President
Philadelphia Public Relations Association
PPRA hosted a "Meet the Editors" panel on November 29th at Davio's in Center City. The panel featured:
  • Molly Eichel, Lifestyle and Arts Editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and
  • Craig Ey, Editor-in-Chief of the Philadelphia Business Journal
  • Sharyn Flanagan, Magazine Editor of The Philadelphia Tribune
  • John Mussoni, Assistant Vice President of News Operations at WHYY
  • Ashley Primis, Deputy Editor of Philadelphia Magazine
The event was moderated by Mike Neilon, Vice President of Media Relations for Bellevue Communications and a former Assignment Editor at 6ABC.
It's time to submit your 2019 PPRA Hall of Fame nominations! Please complete the nomination form and email or mail it in with supporting materials attesting to the candidate's professional excellence by 5 p.m. on January 16, 2019. The complete list of Hall of Fame members can be found here.
Temple University's PRSSA chapter is hosting the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, 'Full Service PRo,' on March 23, 2019. A call for proposals to speak can be found here.

Lauren Woodard has been promoted to Public Relations Manager at the Kimmel Center. Lauren has been with the Kimmel Center since August 2014 when she started as an intern before she was hired as Marketing Content Coordinator in March 2015. Since that time, Lauren has worked diligently supporting the PR department.

Morgan Horell is the new Marketing Content Associate at the Kimmel Center, replacing Lauren Woodard. Morgan previously held a position with Wolf Trap and had interned with Longwood Gardens.

Beth Lawrence, President & CEO of Beth Lawrence, LLC, just launched a second company with co-founder, Nicole Morgenstern called The Industry Formula. The Industry Formula empowers small to medium-sized businesses to take ownership of their sales and marketing efforts with customized plans and consulting.
G regg Feistman, Temple University's Assistant Chair for Public Relations, was a guest speaker on a recent episode of KYW Newsradio's Flashpoint public affairs program, discussing 'Has the #MeToo movement gone too far?'

Visit Bucks County's Senior Marketing & Communications Manager Alexa Johnson was awarded the 'Innovation Award,' part of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association's Spirit of Hospitality Awards. 

Select Greater Philadelphia's new Growing Greater Philadelphia television program won a 2018 Emmy from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS. The program was specifically recognized for its feature on education, titled: "Growing Greater Philadelphia: 21st Century Education." The program airs quarterly on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. on NBC10. 

PPRA Hall of Famer Larry Rubin was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer story about playing hose ball on the street he grew up in Northeast Philadelphia. 
Larry Rubin in the Philadelphia Inquirer

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Crystal Cranmore has joined CBS3 as a reporter. She was previously with WBRE-TV in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She can be found on Twitter here.

KYW has promoted Kristina Hammerschmidt To News Director. Click here to read more.
"Media Panel: Reaching Diverse Audiences"
Thursday, January 17, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Del Frisco's, 1426-1428 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
Click here to register

New faces have joined PPRA. Make sure to say hello if you see them at one of our next events! 
  • Gabe Fredericks, Philip Gabriel Photography
  • Alain Joinville, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Your dream career could be a few clicks away. Visit PPRA's Job Bank for more details on the following positions:  
  • Communications Associate, William Penn Foundation
  • Deputy Communications Director, PA Dept. of Community & Economic Development
  • Marketing Communications Specialist, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
  • Account Coordinator, Hornercom
  • Digital Media Manager, The Simple Greek
  • Service Line Marketing Specialist, Mercy Health System of Southeast Pennsylvania
Have a job you want to promote in the Job Bank to reach over 300 PR professionals in the area?  Click here to post your job !