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MSNBC Names Former White House Staffer as VP of Communications

Rachel MSNBCToday MSNBC announced the hiring of Rachel Racusen as its new VP of communications.

Racusen, who will handle comms and media strategy while partnering with editorial and business leads at the network, will also serve as MSNBC’s primary spokesperson moving forward.

Earlier this month, a source told us that the network was looking for a candidate with connections to the current administration, and Racusen certainly fits that bill: prior to this appointment, she served as associate communications director at The White House.

Boston native Racusen has an extensive history in public relations, beginning her career with Washington, D.C.’s Dittus Communications and serving as VP at area firm SKDKnickerbocker. She has also held multiple roles within the federal government: after leaving Dittus, she spent four years as communications director for the House Education and Workforce Committee before moving to FEMA, where she led the agency’s responses to Hurricane Irene and other deadly storms as its director of public affairs.

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Roll Call: MSNBC, Hawkins International, Here Media, and More

Lauren Skowronski has been named Vice President, Media Relations for MSNBC. In this role, Skowronski will manage internal and external communications for the network, including program publicity and the overall media strategy. She will serve as the chief spokesperson for the network.

Cybex International, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYBI) has announced that Kenneth Kuperstein has been hired as Cybex’s director of marketing, planning and development. Mr. Kuperstein brings more than 20 years of experience in the advertising and marketing industries to the Company, having managed some of the world’s most recognizable brands.

New York-based PR firm Hawkins International announces a pair of noteworthy personnel changes. Corey Finjer, a veteran at Hawkins International (HIPR) has been promoted to Vice President, while Keri Prestia, an experienced PR professional with high-profile and luxury brand experience, recently joined the firm as a Vice President. Both Finjer and Prestia will oversee client management, strategic media relations campaigns and new business development. These two announcements come at the pinnacle of HIPR as the agency celebrates its 10th anniversary and has added ten new accounts to its portfolio since January 2012.

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MSNBC Adds Two Directors to Comms Team

MSNBC has added two directors to its media relations team: Tanya Hayre, who joins from Fox News, and Lauren Skowronski, who was promoted to her current position. Both directors will report to Jeremy Gaines, VP of communications.

According to Gaines, the two directors positions were created to capitalize on the talent available.  “We have two strong players, so now we have two directors,” he says.

They will work on a variety of shows including those airing during primetime and Morning Joe. Alana Russo, who was previously senior director of media relations, joined CW as VP of corp comms in October.