Denver PR Blog

Question of the Day, Sponsored by Wells Fargo
April 24, 2017, 8:37 am
Filed under: Public Relations

How many whistleblowers are required to make federal regulators take accusations of banking fraud seriously? More than 700, apparently.

CORA Law Trips Up Denver Water
April 21, 2017, 10:00 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Denver Water learned the hard way to watch what you put in emails when you are subject to the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA). In a 7News investigation related to a bonus awarded to Denver Water’s CEO, investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski captured this email exchange:

Employee #1: “Where are you? We just got a CORA from Channel 7.”

Employee #2: “Home … you can call me. What are they looking for?”

Employee #1 “Glad you’re home and sitting down. You may want to pour a shot of tequila.”

Employee #2: “Fuck. Is it about pension? Or rates? Who is it from?”

7News also published invoices totaling $3,200 from Denver crisis management firm Rockford Gray to media train Denver Water’s CEO and one of its former board members.

DDP Releases Annual ‘State of Downtown Denver’ Report
April 21, 2017, 9:30 am
Filed under: Public Relations

The Downtown Denver Partnership has released its 2017 State of Downtown Denver report. Among the findings:

Our residential population, at the center of one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., is expanding at unprecedented rates. Our diverse economy added close to 6,000 jobs over the past 24 months, bolstered by the arrival of 23 new companies and a nationally recognized culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Chipotle Adds Kelsey as PR/Comms Manager
April 20, 2017, 1:16 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Chipotle has added Quinn Kelsey as manager of public relations and communications. Kelsey previously was an account supervisor at Olson Engage and a senior account executive at Linhart PR.

Webb Shares Tales of Replacing Fox’s Bill O’Reilly at 7News
April 20, 2017, 9:59 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Is former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly the most hated man in television? In 1978, Pete Webb of Webb Strategic Communications replaced O’Reilly as 7News’s investigative reporter, and he tells Michael Roberts of Westword that O’Reilly was, in fact, a jerk:

According to (Webb,) a former co-worker in Denver, O’Reilly was widely disliked at the station because of behavior that could be rude, egomaniacal and underhanded, and on multiple occasions, he was pranked by colleagues who left aromatic food to rot in his desk.

“He was a hugely disruptive influence in the newsroom, and few people liked or tolerated him,” Webb maintains. “He was argumentative, difficult to manage and would literally steal other people’s stories. In fact, he’d answer a call for a reporter and say, ‘He’s out right now, what can you tell me?,’ and end up with a story intended for someone else.”

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PRSA Colorado Announces 2017 Award Winners
April 19, 2017, 9:55 am
Filed under: Public Relations

PRSA Colorado has announced the winners of its 2017 Gold Pick Special Awards:

  • Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement: Amy Johnson, APR, Amy Johnson Public Relations
  • Public Relations Person of the Year: Catherine B. Lucas, APR, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Business Person of the Year: Tami Door, Downtown Denver Partnership
  • Joe Fuentes Rookie of the Year: Catie Mayer, B Public Relations
  • Chapter Service: Michelle Ellis, Ellis Communications Marketing
  • Mentor of the Year: Kimberly Stern, Colorado State University
  • Public Relations Team of the Year: Ball Corporation Communications Team

The Special Award winners, as well as Gold and Silver Pick award winners, will be recognized at the Gold Pick Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 4, at Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House in Denver. Register at

Adidas Apologizes for Boston Marathon Email
April 19, 2017, 9:40 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Adidas has apologized for its “insensitive” Boston Marathon email marketing campaign that congratulated competitors for surviving.

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