Join Us – Media Consultant Ian McCaleb Speaks on Effective Political Communications
Please join us for The Making of an Effective Political Communicator: A Conversation with Ian McCaleb. Mr. McCaleb will talk about how to be an effective political communicator, and the lessons learned through almost 20 years of experience on both sides of the issues. As a former reporter, spokesperson and expert in media analysis, McCaleb has seen and read it all, and his experience makes him uniquely qualified to share insight and address how students can prepare for a career in his field. Professor Melissa Schwartz will moderate.
This event is free and open to the general public. It is relevant to anyone in the political communication arena. It is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Advanced Academic Programs, MA in Communication program.
1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW
July 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Eastern
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About Ian McCaleb (@IanMcCaleb)
Washington, DC-area independent media consultant Ian Christopher McCaleb has spent nearly two decades as a national and international reporter, editor and television news producer. As owner of Ian McCaleb LLC, McCaleb has forged cooperative agreements with world sports and media representation powerhouse International Management Group (IMG) and Arlington, Virginia-based communications company TMG Strategies, as well as Washington, DC’s Envoy Strategy Group, to provide media analysis and consultation services to non-US Government clients, including a world-renowned Saudi Arabian investor and philanthropist.
Most recently, McCaleb served as the senior media consultant to the Information Review Task Force, the multi-agency, U.S. Defense Department-administered body assembled in July of 2010 to assess damage to the U.S. military and federal agencies by the massive leak of classified U.S. government data to the “whistleblower” Web site WikiLeaks.org. Before joining the private sector, McCaleb spent a year at the U.S. Justice Department as the senior spokesman for the Criminal Division. His ‘issues’ portfolio there consisted of financial and mortgage fraud, computer crime, child exploitation, human rights investigations, extraditions, anti-gang and anti-cartel operations.
He spent seven years as a well-reputed news producer at the Fox News Channel, ending his tenure there in 2008 as the senior producer covering the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. intelligence community. McCaleb served a two-year assignment at Fox News Channel’s headquarters in New York City, where he produced exclusive segments, packages and live hits for “The Fox Report with Shepard Smith,” cable news’ highest-rated prime time news program. Prior to transferring to New York and “The Fox Report,” McCaleb reported on U.S. military and intelligence affairs worldwide from the cable news channel’s studio at the Pentagon, taking over the network’s operations there as the opening shots of Operation Iraqi Freedom were fired. McCaleb began his career with Fox in January of 2002, covering Federal law enforcement and anti-terror efforts from the Department of Justice, as well as the 2002 session of the U.S. Supreme Court.
McCaleb joined Fox after three years as the chief political correspondent for CNN.com – when the cable channel’s online unit acted as a separate, self-sufficient news gathering entity. He covered the 2000 presidential election from the road, starting with the early GOP debates at the end of 1999 through the Florida recount drama at the end of 2000. CNN.com’s award-winning coverage of the 2000 election – and McCaleb’s bylined reporting – broke new ground in the realm of electronic journalism, and have been recognized in journalism trade journals and college text books alike.
He has also worked as an editor and staff manager at Congressional Quarterly and the Raleigh, North Carolina, News and Observer, where he was managing editor for news at the Nando Times, the World Wide Web’s first 24-hour, internationally focused news site. He worked previously as a congressional correspondent with United Press International, and ran UPI’s national and international desks as a central ‘slot’ editor.
McCaleb has written film and music reviews for a number of national publications on a freelance basis, and has co-authored two books on experimental, “alternative” and avant-garde music.
About Melissa Schwartz (@MSchwartz3)
Melissa Schwartz is the Vice President for Strategy and External Affairs at The Bromwich Group. She has more than a decade of strategic and crisis communications experience in government, the private sector, and at nonprofit organizations. She has developed and implemented strategic communications planning on local, state, federal and international levels. Schwartz was tapped by the Obama administration to manage crisis communications for the federal agency responsible for the regulation and oversight of offshore drilling in U.S. federal waters following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Other federal government experience includes serving as the Senior Public Affairs Officer at the Department of Justice, where she managed public affairs for agency-wide initiatives including the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act and the department’s tribal justice initiative, as well as Communications Director to U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, serving as chief spokesperson and media strategist for the senior woman in the U.S. Senate. An alumnus of Johns Hopkins University, Schwartz was among the first students to enter and earn her M.A. in Political Communications from this program. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in Dramatic Arts. She teaches Press Secretary: Theory and Practice.