David Helfert, Adjunct Faculty

David Helfert, MA, brings 40 years in the practice of political and governmental communication to the classroom. He began as a newspaper, radio and television news reporter and anchor, and became public information director for the Texas House of Representatives. He was managing partner of a marketing/advertising agency for nine years and a political/governmental media consultant for seven.

Helfert wrote and produced print, television and radio advertising for more than 200 political campaigns, as well as retail, corporate, association and public service clients. He was recruited to the Clinton Administration in 1994. After six years as a Communication and Public Affairs Director, he moved to Hill, serving as Communication Director for two House subcommittee chairmen and Democratic spokesperson for the House Appropriations Committee over nine years. Dave did his undergraduate work in Journalism at the University of Texas and earned a Master’s degree in Public Communication from American University in Washington, DC, where he has taught upper division and graduate courses in the School of Communication.

He teaches Press Secretary: Theory and Practice and Political Communication Campaigns.