About Tim O’Brien

Tim O'Brien - JPEG August 2016Tim O’Brien, APR, formed O’Brien Communications in 2001, a Pittsburgh PR firm, after serving as Communications Director and the Chief Investor Relations Officer at Tollgrade Communications. At Tollgrade, he was a member of the company’s Executive Committee, responsible for all internal and external communications, serving as primary spokesperson.

Before Tollgrade, Tim spent ten years at Ketchum, where he was a Vice President, a member of the Pittsburgh office’s Management Committee, and a leader in Ketchum’s Crisis Communications and Issues Management practice areas.  At Ketchum, he managed corporate, employee and media relations, in addition to crisis communications programs, community relations and marketing communications initiatives.

Prior to Ketchum, he served in account service at Pittsburgh public relations agency Mangus/Catanzano.  Before that, he spent two years in advertising.  He started his career as a Producer/News Writer at KDKA TV & Radio. Tim earned his bachelor’s degree with majors in Journalism and Speech Communications at Duquesne University.  He was accredited (APR) by Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in 1990, and he has served on the PRSA/Pittsburgh Board of Directors.

His column “State of Independence” appears monthly in PRSA’s national publication PR Tactics.  In addition, he has written for several business and trade publications on numerous communications topics.  He is also a regular contributor to Muck Rack Daily, the national site that serves journalists and the communications field.

An experienced PR pro, he has presented at professional and trade functions, including the American Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education programs. Tim has also lectured at graduate and undergraduate programs at institutions including: Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University, Chatham University and at other colleges and universities.

He contributed to the PR News Crisis Management Guidebook, the PR News Employee Communications Guidebook, and he was featured in Harvard Business School Press’s The Essentials of Corporate Communications and Public Relations. His work has been recognized in several competitions, including the PRSA Renaissance Awards, the Association of Business Communicators and the Dalton Pen Communications Award Program for Excellence in Annual Reports, the NFPW Communications Awards, the International Academy of the Visual Arts’ Communicator Awards, and the Pennsylvania Press Club.

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