Exec Dir. of Communications Leaves ABC News


Emily Lenzner, the D.C.-based Executive Director of Communications for ABC News, has left her post. She’s joining Anita Dunn and Hilary Rosen at SKDKnickerbocker as the firm’s managing director. She had been with ABC for more than six years.

Her last day was Friday.

Lenzner’s exit comes on the heels of ABC News President David Westin who recently resigned.

Her public relations experience includes working in NPR’s communications division as well as for George Stephanopoulos when he hosted “This Week.” She filled in as Stephanopoulos’ editorial producer for eight months in 2007 and 2008 before returning to her role in ABC’s media relations department.

From 1995 to 1997, Lenzner was associate producer for the News at Noon at KIRO TV in Seattle. She founded the International Organization for Adolescents (http://www.iofa.org), an NGO committed to the health and well-being of adolescents globally with a focus on stopping adolescent trafficking. She graduated from Vassar with a B.A. in English.

Potomac Flacks has an entertaining Q & A with Lenzner from June 2008. First job post college: On WaPo‘s photo desk. First job ever: Scooping ice cream on Nantucket. Age 14.

See a comment from SKDKnickerbocker’s Josh Isay in a release after the jump…

“SKDKnickerbocker is delighted to welcome Emily and her talents as we further develop our public affairs practice – offering clients consistent hands-on engagement and full service public affairs capabilities,” said Josh Isay, Managing Director of SKDKnickerbocker. “Emily’s diverse experiences across the private and non-profit sectors combined with her strategic sensibility and expertise working with high profile figures will further enable us to offer diversified solutions for corporate, non-profit and crisis clients facing multiple challenges.”