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Food Safety Expert, TGPR Partner Susan Tellem Weighs in on Bidart Apple Recall. gala-apple. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, unless of course the apples are part of a massive food poisoning crisis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is ...
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I recently had a chance to sit down with reporters from ABC, Bloomberg, Forbes, Fox and TIME, and they were kind enough to share with me what they want from PR professionals in the New Year. Bottom li
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Some of TV’s kookiest cartoon characters are bringing their crazy antics to stages across Canada starting in British Columbia before heading east. Client Toopy and Binoo: Fun and Games features the...
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It may be September, but Sleigh bells are already ringing at TGPR! This week we announced Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, a family-friendly adaptation of the highest rated Christmas sp...
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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Speaking Tour Underway. NDT. This week marks the start of client Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson's speaking tour; a quick, 9-show run from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. Audiences can expect an evening of engaging conversation with the award-winning astrophysicist, ...
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Client Nitro Circus Makes #22 on Forbes List: Most Promising Companies. mtv_nitro_circus_live_a_l. Forbes announced the results for its fourth annual ranking of high-growth, privately held companies (under $300 million in annual revenue). We're very proud to see client Nitro Circus on the list ...
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TGPR Welcomes Braille Institute to Client Roster. Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 2.13.36 PM. TGPR is excited about our new client, the Braille Institute, and we started our first month with a bang! In addition to some exciting events called Cane Quest in Tampa and Yarn Bombing at LA's Grand Central ...
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Public relations, crisis communications, writing, social media, special events, mentoring
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  • Tellem Grody PR, Inc.
    PR, social media, present
    As one of three partners, I am responsible for steering a strategic course for our health care, biotech, food and restaurant, crisis and nonprofit clients.
  • few - i prefer being the boss
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Malibu
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NY - everywhere - dad was a bank robber
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30745 PCH, #243, Malibu CA 90265
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Public relations maven and propeller head who loves social media, has the coolest husband and many animals. Founder of American Tortoise Rescue.
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Susan Tellem, APR, RN, BSN, is a PR maven and a propeller head who loves social media.  She fell in love with the Internet in 1986.  She's a top notch media trainer, crisis manager and frequent guest lecturer.

A partner in Tellem Grody Public Relations, Inc. a public relations, social media and marketing communications firm, Tellem began her career in public relations by founding Tellem Public Relations in 1977.  The company was renamed Grody/Tellem Communications in 1980 and was acquired by Saatchi & Saatchi PLC, London, in 1987.  As chairman of the L.A. and San Francisco offices, Tellem spearheaded new business efforts, grew the health care division to the largest on the West Coast and headed the agency's crisis management task force.  In the early 90s, Tellem served as senior vice president/managing director of the corporate and health care/biotechnology groups, Burson-Marsteller-Los Angeles, the world’s largest public relations agency.  She also headed the crisis team and the Food Issues Group on the West Coast.  She relaunched her own firm Tellem Worldwide Inc. in 1994.  The agency has won dozens of awards and recognition for client projects.

An accredited (APR) member of Public Relations Society of America, Tellem is an active volunteer for many causes, especially animal welfare organizations, and was honored with the LA Chapter’s Joseph Roos Community Service Award given to only one individual each year.  She also served as a volunteer for the media advance teams during Pope John Paul's visit to Los Angeles and was responsible for credentialing 3,000 media.  She acted as the volunteer public relations spokesperson for the District Attorney in the Michael Jackson molestation case for almost two years prior to and during the trial. 

 

Tellem has served as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University after an 11 year stint as a member of UCLA's extension faculty.  An accomplished public speaker and frequent lecturer, she was the sole PR practitioner on a panel of 11 media representatives sponsored by the prestigious Poynter Institute and USC Annenberg on “The Ethics of Reporting on Celebrities.”  Tellem was recognized by the Century City Chamber of Commerce as a “2007 Woman of Achievement” and has written a chapter in several books for the “Inside the Minds…’ series about public relations, as well as served as book editor for “Sports Medicine for the 80s.”

An expert in crisis management, Tellem is credited with the worldwide announcement of the first baby born in the world as a result of in-vivo technology; overseeing the highly successful crisis management effort surrounding the first federal indictment and conviction of a U.S. hospital chain; providing counsel during a highly publicized sexual harassment lawsuit against one of the world’s largest entertainment companies; and overseeing the crisis program surrounding alleged prescription abuse between physicians and an international celebrity.  Her work takes her from UCLA Medical Center to the EMMYs and from the halls of government to the courtroom.

 Tellem is a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; a Los Angeles Police Department Reserve Officer Specialist (retired); Alumnae of the Year and current class representative for Marymount High School Alumnae Association; and an active member of many animal welfare and environmental groups.  In 2008, she became a Malibu Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer and was appointed as one of five Malibu Public Safety Commissioners for a four-year term.

 

A registered nurse, Tellem puts her health care expertise to work as co-founder of a national nonprofit called American Tortoise Rescue which has cared for and placed more than 3,000 turtles and tortoises in good homes.  She is married to Marshall Thompson and has raised four children two of whom (John Tellem and Dan Grody) are partners in her public relations agency.  She shares her Malibu home with sheep, goats, cats, birds and about 120 turtles and tortoises. 

 

For more information, visit www.tellemgrodypr.com.

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Have 4 kids; graduated Porsche driving school at Laguna Seca racetrack; went over "the wall" at the LAPD police academy
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  • Mount St. Mary's College
  • UCLA
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