Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson

Summary

Josh Wilson is a public affairs expert who has done it all.  As an investigative television reporter, his stories sent a sheriff, a police chief and a state senator to jail.  

In the country's most disaster prone state, Florida, he managed to get fair coverage for FEMA as the embattled agency's primary spokesperson.  

And this past fall, he entered the dog fight of politics.  He was a mayoral campaign communications director and successfully managed a variety of crises head on!  

Objective

To apply my extensive background in public affairs, political communications and investigative journalism to assist  a agency with the development and execution of successful public affairs strategies.

Work History

Work History

General Assignment Reporter

WLOX-TV

*Worked as a reporter in Capitol Bureau covering the governor and state legislature. 

*Shot and edited video for broadcast, mastering the space and equipment requirements of news crews at press conferences and other events. 

General Assignment Reporter/Fill-In Anchor

WTVQ-TV

*Covered major breaking news events such as the Paducah High School Shootings.

*Anchored morning news and developed an expertise in the type of stories that are of particular interest to morning show producers. 

Investigative Reporter/Fill-In Anchor

WFTV-TV

*Developed a keen sense of what "makes" a story in a large media market and the ability to develop an angle that appeals to the target audience.

*Gained experience in the types of investigations journalists launch following a crisis and the type of public records used to create the story.

*Researched and pitched stories to newsroom managers on a daily basis.

*Mastered the ability to write clear and concise stories on complex topics on tight deadlines.

*Conducted daily on camera interviews with business leaders and politicians, often times in controversial settings.

*Worked with a series of teams to determine the proper graphics, web content, promotion and placement of stories to maximize the impact.

Dec 2007 - Present

External Affairs Officer

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Region IV

*Planned and developed clear, concise and timely messages for multiple audiences including media, congressional offices and community organizations regarding agency actions and policies in Florida.

*Mastered methods needed to communicate with the media and public during times of crisis.  

*Fostered relationships with congressional offices, reporters and other stakeholders; Delivered briefings and presentations to congressional staffers to explain issues in district and educate them on policy, provided formal written responses to congressional and intergovernmental inquires.

*Planned and conducted senior level information briefings to prepare leadership for meetings with members of congress, cabinet members, the media and community organizations. 

*Managed a public affairs team of eight people and ensured that numerous written products and public statements were consistent with agency policy.

Mar 2010 - Nov 2010

Communications Director

Bill Segal for Orange County Mayor Campaign

*Developed key messages for campaign using polling data and ensured those messages were used in all campaign communications.

*Identified media generating opportunities; Provided communications advice to campaign on emerging issues; Coached candidate on successful interview, speech and debate techniques.

*Served as a on-the-record spokesperson for print and broadcast journalists; Wrote all products for news media including opinion-editorials; Organized news conferences, speeches and other events.

*Crafted a series of web videos designed to be shared by supporters on social media sites. 

*Increased the number of followers on facebook from 250 to 2,000 by using a ‘captain’ program; similar increase on Twitter.

*Managed campaign blog and used as a tool for search engine optimization.

*Worked with elected officials who endorsed candidate to ensure they understood key campaign messages and had awareness of activities and developments within the campaign; Organized joint media events with officials.

Sep 2006 - Nov 2007

Media Affairs Director

FEMA Region IV/Florida Recovery Office

*Served as the primary on-the-record spokesperson for agency in Florida, often addressing sensitive or controversial topics; Mastered techniques needed to stay on message even in the face of aggressive questioning.

*Coordinated media interviews, press conferences, and other media opportunities; Created talking points and speeches for senior leadership a variety of disaster related topics; Ensured that messages were clear and consistent with other public statements by the agency.

*Crafted letters to the editor and opinion-editorials to respond to critical or inaccurate stories or to help educate the public.

*Trained senior leadership on media relations enabling them to provide on the record statements which improved relationships with key reporters. Also taught field staff on methods to properly handle unexpected reporter questions. 

Education

Education
Sep 1992 - May 1996

B.A.

University of Vermont