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Mayor de Blasio Announces New Press Secretary

May 21, 2015

Hinton Brings Over 20 Years of Public Relations Experience to Job

NEW YORK—Today Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Karen Hinton will join the administration to serve as press secretary, where she will manage the Mayor’s press office and operations.  

Phil Walzak, the Mayor’s previous press secretary, was appointed Senior Advisor to the Mayor in February.

“Karen is a battle-tested communications professional who has advocated for progressive ideals her entire career,” said Mayor de Blasio. “Since our days together at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Karen has dedicated her life’s work to addressing inequality. Her appointment complements our outstanding communications team and underscores our commitment to a responsive press operation that clearly communicates this administration’s vision and policies for improving the lives of all New Yorkers. I am pleased to welcome her to our team.”

“I am honored to join this administration and serve a mayor who works tirelessly to lift up the men, women and families of this great city. I look forward to this new role,” said Karen Hinton.

Hinton has worked as a communications executive in the public and private sectors for over 20 years. Prior to founding her own firm, Hinton served in Washington, DC as Senior Advisor on Communications for former Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo during the Clinton Administration; Director of Communications for DC Public Schools; Press Aide for the late Democratic National Committee Chairman Ron Brown; and Press Secretary for former U.S. Congressman Mike Espy of Mississippi. Early in her career she was a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado, and the Jackson Daily News in Jackson, Mississippi.   

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