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NAGC awards underscore the association’s high standards of professionalism in public service. An annual Distinguished Service Award bestows the organization’s highest honor on a member; Awards of Excellence recognize government agencies or individuals for significant achievement; and Service Awards are presented to members for noteworthy service.


NAGC rewards excellence in the field of communications with awards in over forty categories in the annual Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards. The Communicator of the Year Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in government communications during the previous year.

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2020 NAGC Communicator of the Year

Tiffany is a Florida native who is passionate about two things -- the Florida Gators and #communications. As a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran and #publicinformation professional she has seen first-hand what great communications can do for a community. 

Until recently, Tiffany was a communications office of one for #DorchesterCountySC. In her role as Public Information Officer, she is tasked with effectively communicating information promptly to the residents, business owners, media, elected officials, county staff, municipal partners, school districts and state agencies.  

She covers all issues and topics for the County of approximately 165,000 from significant weather events such as hurricanes, a helicopter crash, the passing of a long-standing elected official, a train derailment, road projects and public utilities. She is the County’s webmaster and manages 17 social media accounts across various platforms.

Additionally, she responds to all media inquiries, manages all freedom of information requests, authors all news releases and manages the county’s tourism marketing.

During emergencies, Tiffany staffs the county’s emergency operations center and communicates on behalf of the County, municipalities, school districts and utilities to the media and citizens. She re-developed the county website and created the online newsroom, which won the county the J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award in 2019 from the South Carolina Association of Counties. The J. Mitchell Graham is awarded annually to the county with the best new service. This was the first time Dorchester County has won the coveted award and the first time that public information has been recognized.

Tiffany’s willingness to share her experiences and learn from others reaches well outside the realm of public communications. Tiffany believes that to be the best communicators we must learn from the best, expand our networks and build relationships with private sector communicators.