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MA Drama, Catholic University of America; BA (magna cum laude) Music, Trinity University
Professor Puglisi’s area of interest involves the role of women in the fields of communications including broadcast journalism, print and public relations. She has worked in a network newsroom for many years in addition to serving as a media executive in the field of PR. Her experiences and her research have included the role of women in these areas. She has interviewed many of the top journalists in the country including Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams, Connie Chung, Linda Ellerbee, and Susan Zirinsky on the role of women in the newsrooms. In the spring of 2008, she travelled to Florence, Italy to interview several individuals about the last days of Italian journalist, Oriana Fallaci. Professor Puglisi’s expertise in the media is often sought by many for analysis and commentaryon controversy issues/news. These have included comments about Rosie O’Donnell’s opinions on the ABC’s “The View;” Britney Spears’ career; former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s demise; China’s hiring a public relations’ firm before the Olympics in 2008; and a book about Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.In the classroom, Professor Puglisi’s work has been recognized by the Washington Post, the Washington Business Journal, WUSA-TV Channel 9, the Washington Mystics, the United Nations’ “Nothing But Nets” Organization, and Washington’s Mayor Adrian Fenty. Students in both her PR Portfolio and Public Communication Practicum classes have worked with “real” clients and a majority have been nonprofits in the DC community. In the Summer of 2008, Professor Puglisireceived a “Hometown Hero” award from the Washington Mystics for the class’s work on the“Nothing But Nets” campaign. Her classes have also helped “A Wider Circle;” “Joseph’s House;” the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.; “DC Books to Prisons;” and the US Marines’“Wounded Warrior Regiment.” The Regiment presented Professor Puglisi and her students a plague for their service and cooperation in the spring of 2008.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
Awards in PR career:
Quoted in following (2008):
Area of Expertise:
Media relations, women in the media, public relations, crisis communications, media scandals
Gemma Puglisi is a leading expert on several topical news stories, including the fall of Governor Elliott Spitzer, the 2008 presidential election, the WGA strike, human rights issues in China, the fate of a death row inmate in Georgia, and the personal lives of celebrities such as Britney Spears and Rosie O’Donnell. She has appeared on CNN and Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor,among other television outlets and shows. She has been interviewed by numerous print and Web media, including abcnews.com, Hollywood Reporter, Reuters, and Entertainment Weekly. She has published works in the Washington Post, the Women’s Media Center Web site, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the AEJMC Web site, Voce Italiana, and Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Puglisi’s classes have been featured in the Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and on WUSA-TV. In 2008, she was recognized by the WNBA’s Washington Mystics as a Hometown Hero. Puglisi’s career includes 25 years of experience divided among talent agency work, broadcasting, and media and public relations. Her broadcast experience includes NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, the Today Show, Sunday Today, and MSNBC. She received two broadcasting awards, the Headliner and the Women’s Sports Foundation Award. As a media relations manager for the Nasdaq Stock Market, Puglisi was instrumental in changing business news coverage for network television. She later worked for such PR firms as Powell Tate and Edelman PR Worldwide. As a vice president/group manager in media relations at Edelman, she spearheaded major campaigns, such as the ringing of the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange by the Taco Bell Chihuahua. She won three Edelman Great Performance Awards, two Mercury Awards, two PR Week Awards, and an International PR Award. In 2006, she was knighted by the Italian Republic for her work promoting Italian language and culture.
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