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A number of veteran journalists, and one PR executive have joined Burson-Marsteller, the agency announced today.

The new hires include Newsweek senior editor David Noonan, former MSNBC producer Angelena Abate and Barbara Shear, former Senior Vice President at MS&L. All have been named Directors in the agency’s US Media Practice.

In addition, the practice has also hired Ronna Waldman as a Manager and Abby Huntsman as an Associate. Both were formerly of ABC News.

Noonan, Abate, Shear, Waldman and Hunstman will be based in New York and report to Burson-Marsteller Executive Vice President Worldwide and Chair of the U.S. Media Practice Josh Gottheimer.

A Burson-Marsteller spokesperson confirmed to PRNewser that these are new positions at the agency.

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