Kent State Public Relations Student Finds Success in Chicago

Deborah Pritchard

By Brianne Kimmel

Deborah Pritchard continues her hard work and determination at world-renowned audio innovation company Shure Inc.

Deborah, a familiar face at Kent State University, graduated in 2009 with a degree in Public Relations.  She was a member of PRSSA all four years, and she served as the PRSA/PRSSA Liaison her senior year. She worked in the College of Communication and Information Dean’s Office as a marketing assistant until moving to Chicago after graduation.

Pritchard is currently completing her PR plus 24 graduate program, while working at Shure, Inc. as a Communications Specialist. At Shure, Inc., she is responsible for planned internal communications, which includes writing brochures, newsletters and articles for the intranet.

She attributes much of her success to Kent State and the public relations sequence. “The public relations track was very challenging, but when I entered the workforce there wasn’t anything that was expected of me that I couldn’t handle or easily learn.”

As a previous PRSSA member and intern at Shure, Inc., Pritchard’s advice for current public relations is to “get absorbed in the public relations life as early as possible.” Pritchard always thought she would end up working in Cleveland, but now she’s living in Chicago, “going to museums and Broadway musicals, exploring the endless number of restaurants, riding the subway downtown… it’s a lot different than Kent,” said Pritchard.

Through her active involvement on campus and dedication to public relations, Pritchard has learned success comes from exposing yourself to as much information as possible, “the more you learn and expose yourself to, the more you’ll be a successful public relations professional.”

Brianne Kimmel is a senior advertising major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.

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