The First Winner in the Tiger Woods Floozy Epidemic

We have our first winner in the Tiger Woods floozy epidemic of 2009: The University of California at Davis. Two economics professors at the school have calculated that the Tiger Woods scandal “may have cost shareholders of companies endorsed by the world’s No. 1 golfer up to $12 billion in losses.” True? Probably not. Easily reported tidbit that keeps the Tiger scandal in the news another few days during this holiday drought? Absolutely.

Michele Wells to Return to JohnstonWells

The changes continue at JohnstonWells. Michele Wells will return as a senior consultant to the firm that carries her name starting in January. The combined JohnstonWells was formed in 1993 when Gwin Johnston’s firm acquired Wells Communications, and Wells then worked at the firm until 1996.

Wells’ return follows this month’s announcement that JohnstonWells CEO GG Johnston has decided to leave the firm to pursue other opportunities and that founder and chairman Gwin Johnston will return to her role as CEO. Said Gwin, “Michele and I have sustained a friendship and maintained a working relationship these past several years. We’ve talked about working together again and now is the perfect time. It will be great to have her energy and experience.”

Denver PR Jobs

Among those hiring this week are University of Denver, Investment Management Consultants Association, Vail Resorts, 9News, GTRI, Robert Half International, Teletech, URS, Rocky Mountain Health Plans (Grand Junction), Montrose County, Colorado State University School of Global Environmental Sustainability (Fort Collins), American Lung Association (Washington, D.C.), Forest City Corp. (Cleveland, Ohio), Sandia National Labs (Albuquerque, N.M.), Tru Value (Chicago, Ill.), Union Pacific Corp. (Omaha, Neb.) and Walsh Construction (Chicago, Ill.),

SE2/City of Loveland Media Training Open to the Public

From SE2’s blog:

We do a lot of media trainings, but most aren’t open to the public. An exception is Wednesday, Dec. 9, when I’ll be presenting at a training hosted by the City of Loveland. The city has opened up registration, which costs only $25. I’m excited to participate with James D. Cope, who will be speaking specifically on crisis communications. Cope knows his subject; he handled media relations around the Tylenol murders in 1982.

GG Johnston to Leave JohnstonWells; Gwin Johnston Returns as CEO

JohnstonWells founder and chairman Gwin Johnston will return full-time to the agency following her daughter GG Johnston’s decision to step down as president and CEO. GG joined JohnstonWells 15 years ago and was promoted to president and CEO in February when Gwin decided to step back from the day-to-day operations of the business.

The split is being described as amicable, and a statement from GG on the JohnstonWells Web site says:

“My decision to leave JohnstonWells and venture into the world outside family business is both exciting and sad for me. For 15 years, I have worked alongside Gwin and the talented team at JW. I am grateful for every minute of time I’ve spent here. I am well-prepared for whatever adventures are coming my way. I’m excited about what’s next for all of us.”

Obama Address Bumps ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’

When preschoolers across the country tune in to ABC tonight to watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” they may wonder why Franklin is getting all the air time. Imagine their disappointment when they finally realize that President Obama’s prime-time address on the war in Afghanistan has bumped the Charlie Brown tradition until next week. But not everyone is happy about the scheduling conflict.