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Merri Bennett

  • Ludington , MI
  • 2319079097

Proven Communications Professional


Professional Experience


Media & Public Relations/Marketing/Special Event Planning/Newsletters/Fundraising/Digital Marketing

Grace Medical Home Orlando, FL/Florida United Methodist Children's Home Deltona, FL/ Salvation Army Fort Myers, FL
  • Grace Medical Home-Communications & Donor Relations Manager
  • Florida United Methodist Children's Home-Communications Director
  • Salvation Army-Media & Resource Specialist

Oversaw all publicity and media through news releases, media advisories, media pitches, video informational pieces and press kits. Entirely responsible for increase in media placement including national coverage. Coordinated, planned, scripted and marketed all special events. In charge of marketing, annual report and newsletters.  Worked with other staff to gather and distribute client stories.


Television News & Media Relations/Writing/Producing/Editing

WINK-TV/Fort Myers,FL/ KVOA-TV Tucson, AZ/KIMA-TV/Yakima, WA/WILX-TV/Lansing, MI/WPBN-TV/Traverse City,MI
  • WINK-TV/Chief Assignments Manager
  • KVOA-TV/Anchor/Reporter/Producer
  • KIMA-TV/Main Anchor/Executive Producer
  • WILX-TV/Weekend Anchor/State Capitol Reporter/Producer (1984-1989)
  • WPBN-TV/Morning Anchor/Reporter

Responsible for writing and editing stories on daily basis by compiling information obtained through research and interviews. Had to simplify very complicated information for viewers in extremely short amount of time.   Created personal and professional relationships with members of local, regional and national media outlets. Planned and organized news coverage, analyzed and assessed importance of news stories. Advised, managed and restructured newsroom staff resulting in significant ratings increase.


Event Planning/Entertainment /Customer Service

Walt Disney World Lake Buena Vista, FL
  • Worked as an emcee and talent supervisor at Walt Disney World where I hosted several stage shows and interviewed celebrities. Also worked in management as team leader, responsible for all scheduling and training for fellow cast members. Supervised staff of 20-30.


  • Superb writer and editor                                                 
  • Media relations coaching
  • Proven track record of superb print and electronic media placement
  • Web and print content development
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Print & radio advertising coordination 

Video examples of press coverage and fundraising videos

Salvation Army Print Coverage 

Too many to list complete archive.

Florida United Methodist Children's Home Press Releases/Fundraising


Grace Medical Home TV WKMG & WFTV/Print & Social Media/Fundraising



Bachelor's Degree

Central Michigan University

Major:  Broadcast Communication