- Federal GovernmentSenior Public Affairs Specialist/Social Media Manager, present
I’m a graduate of several universities with a post-Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins University. I have 40 years in government ( I started as a police officer) with 30 of those years involved in public relations and social media at the national and state levels.
Media: I understand the media. I’ve been interviewed and quoted by every national news operation multiple times; from the New York Times to CBS Evening News to National Public Radio to Entertainment Tonight to national talk shows, I have done them all. I have been directly responsible for tens of thousands of difficult media requests. In my home office you will see personalized autographed photos from the biggest names in national news.
Marketing and Clearinghouses: I operated clearinghouses for the federal government and spoke to the media. I was the federal government’s primary contact person for crime prevention for 10 years. I helped administer the “McGruff the Crime Dog-Take a Bite out of Crime” national media campaign; the nation’s most successful public service advertising effort. I used that experience to create five state-level media campaigns and all met or exceeded their goals.
Social Media: I hosted and produced government television and radio shows for 20 years and was one of the first to place radio shows on the Internet and interact with customers (the beginning of social media). I operate one of the country’s most popular social media platforms (television, radio, blog and transcripts) for my topic with 35 search terms on the front page of searches. I was either the first (or one of the first) federal agencies to engage in social media.
Emergency Media: I led emergency media operations for a wide variety of events including hurricanes, major snow storms, tornadoes, prison riots and police related incidents.
Bottom-line: All I am is someone who gets great enjoyment from assisting others in “cutting through the clutter” as to media and public relations relations and social media.
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The course will be taught by Associate Professor Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Sipes has over 30 years of national and state level experience in government media relations. He has been quoted by every major national newspaper and national news network.
From “McGruff the Crime Dog” to Department of Justice clearinghouses to Director of Public Affairs operations for huge multi-layered agencies to Hurricane Katrina to one of the most successful social media operations in the country, Sipes has developed a national reputation for successful reactive and proactive public relations.
He created new and successful public relations plans, effectively managed thousands of media and legislative contacts and created successful state anti-crime campaigns. He produced a unique and emulated style of proactive public relations, wrote and managed hundreds of publications and produced 20 to 50 percent approval in agency public opinion.
He has vast experience in big-complicated agencies. He won many national and local awards including a top ten web site from Government Computer News.
Mr. Sipes received a graduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of two additional universities.
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For additional information, please contact me at email@example.com or call toll free via Google Voice at 202-455-5576
- Johns Hopkins UniversityLiberal Arts, 2011
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