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2017 Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards
2017 Communicator of the Year Chris Poynter
Please join the National Association of Government Communicators in congratulating our 2017 Communicator of the Year, Chris Poynter. Chris is the Director of Communications for the Office of the Mayor of Louisville, Ky. In his nomination letter, Mayor Greg Fischer detailed the leadership and ingenuity Chris used to help the city and the world celebrate the life of the late Muhammad Ali. Over seven days in June 2016, Chris rallied his team to honor Ali, Louisville’s beloved native son. Although they had extremely short notice, Chris and his team organized a flag lowering ceremony outside Metro Hall shortly after the boxing superstar’s death.
They also staged an event called, “I Am Ali,” a festival for children and families that drew 15,000 attendees. In addition, they organized a tribute bike ride and an outdoor showing of the movie “Ali.” In the midst of all those activities, the team created and enacted a social media strategy to tell the story of the week through images and videos, reaching millions of people across the nation and around the globe.
Chris earned the award for his ability to recognize the opportunity to showcase the city of Louisville on a global scale across a broad-spanning application of public affairs strategies and tactics. Mayor Fischer said that Chris’ efforts earned accolades from across the globe for the way Louisville handled such a momentous event, including from Ali’s widow. Lonnie. “This week was an exceptional circumstance, and Chris helped us maneuver through it beautifully,” Fischer said Fisher, noting that as communications director, Chris has built an experienced team with diverse skills and talents.
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