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Ketchum DC Office Leader Takes Role at Healthcare Org

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Ragone with (L to R) PIX11 Morning News’ Jill Nicolini, Fox News’ Courtney Friel and CNN’s Ali Velshi in 2011

Nick Ragone, who has served as the director of Ketchum‘s DC office since 2011, announced today that he’s leaving the firm for a role at Ascension Health, a St. Louis-based nonprofit healthcare organization associated with the Catholic Church.

Ragone described his new role as “overseeing the entire communications team structure–internal and external–for Ascension and all of its properties”, which include a family of hospitals and related facilities across the country.

While this PR Week post covers most of the details, Ragone did have a unique insight for us:

“I just want to reassure everyone: I’m an outspoken Mets fan and I will remain so–even in St. Louis.”

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Ragone Named Director of Ketchum’s D.C. Office

Ragone at the March 1 launch party for his latest book 'Presidential Leadership.' L to R: PIX11 Morning News' Jill Nicolini; Ragone; Fox News' Courtney Friel; and CNN's Ali Velshi. Photo: Philip Robertson, Britrock Photography

Nick Ragone has been appointed director of Ketchum‘s 120-person Washington D.C. office. Ragone will be relocating from New York City and reporting to Lorraine Thelian, North American senior partner. His new job starts July 5.

In New York, Ragone was associate director and head of the office’s corporate, issues and crisis, and media relations teams. In D.C. he’ll be working to build the connection between the corporate and public affairs practices.

In addition to his work at Ketchum, Ragone is a frequent guest on CNN and other news networks. Recently published his fourth book Presidential Leadership: 15 Decisions That Changed the Nation. We spoke with Ragone about how he balances his PR career with his other interests after attending his book party in March. You can read the post here.

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Ketchum’s Ragone: Presidential Decisions Provide Lessons to Clients and Business Leaders

L to R: Jill Nicolini, entertainment reporter for PIX11 Morning News; Nick Ragone; Courtney Friel, Fox News entertainment reporter; and Ali Velshi at the 'Presidential Leadership' book party in NYC. Photo: Philip Robertson, Britrock Photography

By day, Nick Ragone is a partner and associate director at Ketchum. Lately, he’s been celebrating the release of his fourth book, Presidential Leadership: 15 Decisions That Changed the Nation. As the name implies, the book is about the office of the U.S. President, a topic that Ragone covered with his other books as well. So why would a publicist become an expert in government and the presidency?

“I went to Georgetown law school, I loved being in D.C., and I’ve always been deeply immersed in government history,” says Ragone. “It’s a way to stretch myself. You can have a vocation and an avocation.”

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How To Get a Job in Social Media: Ketchum

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We’ve noticed that in the advertising and public relations industries, agencies are increasingly on the lookout for professionals experienced in social media. We can argue the merit of who has social media expertise and who doesn’t later. For now we want to know: what are agencies and their clients looking for in this burgeoning field?

Over the next few days PRNewser and AgencySpy will run interviews with major agencies seeking social media hires. These are not exhaustive interviews, just 10 quick questions aimed at peeling the lid back. Hopefully the questions we asked will help you guide your career path, if social media is part of it. Today, an interview with Nick Ragone, partner and associate director, New York at Ketchum.

What are the core skills of the social media staffer?

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PR Pros Say Obama Has “Lost Control” Of Health-Care Message

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Last week, we highlighted a New York magazine cover story on the “publish first, filter later” Obama administration. Perhaps the biggest challenge of Obama’s presidency thus far is the debate around health-care reform, where in some ways the administration is now on the defensive.

Picking up on this important topic today is Advertising Age‘s Michael Bush, who solicited the opinions of a number of PR pros and came to the consensus that Obama has “lost control of the health-care message.”

Nick Ragone, partner at Omnicom Group’s Ketchum, believes that the timing of the health-care reform bill is a big factor. He told Bush, “People are nervous, and rightly so…The stimulus package was rushed through with seemingly little payoff — it has not gone the way it should have, and their follow-up to that was to rush health care through. That was a tactical misstep.”

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