The Associated Press’ Brett Zongker is joining George Washington University (GWU) as senior associate director of media relations.
Zongker has covered arts, culture, entertainment and nonprofits in D.C. for the Associated Press for 11 years, and his work has been published by The New York Times, MSNBC and USA Today.
According to Candace Smith, assistant vice president of media relations at GWU, Zongker will be a spokesperson for the university and will also work on media relations and strategy and other related projects.
A former journalist herself, Smith believes that journalists bring “excellent writing and communications skills” to any position.
“They offer insight into what is of interest to the news media and public in general, and they are good at finding interesting stories about an organization and telling those stories,” Smith tells FishbowlDC.
“We have been particularly impressed with Brett’s coverage of D.C. arts and education, and we look forward to him joining our team,” Smith says.
Despite his new position, Zongker will continue to teach classes at American University, where he has served as an adjunct professor since 2012.
Zongker’s first day at GWU is Sept. 21.