Jackie Nedell is a former television journalist with extensive national experience in public relations, media training, media strategy and public affairs. Her clients include companies, non-profits, and federal agencies. Ms. Nedell’s media training specialty is television and radio interviews, presentations, press conferences and live, satellite studio appearances. She brings “real life” experience and expertise, having been a former television reporter/anchor who covered virtually every issue and topic in her news career.
Ms. Nedell has provided messaging and training for a diverse group of clients, including Facebook, Administration for Children & Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the March of Dimes, and the National Cancer Institute. She has media trained many well-known spokespersons, including sports legend Clyde Drexler and singer Vickie Winans.
Jackie has held senior positions in media and healthcare at two national public relations firms, Powell Tate and Porter Novelli. At Porter Novelli, she was the lead for the National Cancer Institute’s “5 to 9” a day Campaign, aimed at African-American men and women. She developed the signature series of “State of Aging and Health” Reports for the Merck Foundation. And Jackie led all communications for one of NIH’s most visible initiatives, The College Drinking Report.
Previously, Ms. Nedell served in the Clinton Administration as Communications Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and then HHS Secretary Donna Shalala. She was in charge of all broadcast services, media training and television/radio outreach. As the HHS lead for the White House Mammography Campaign, Jackie was the liaison between the White House, HHS and private corporations. The campaign included a video news release shown at the White House kickoff event, produced and voiced by Jackie. She also coordinated the production and release of public service announcements featuring former President Clinton and Mrs. Clinton.
Jackie’s television news career includes anchoring and reporter in local and national newsrooms. She started her broadcast career at WTOP-AM here in Washington, D.C. as a managing editor.
Ms. Nedell recently had a role in one season of “House of Cards” as a television news anchor.
Her pro bono work includes teaching media classes for veterans and their caregivers through the Dog Tag, INC and doing national interviews for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. Jackie is a cancer survivor.
Jackie is from Scranton and lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, former Indiana Democratic Congressman Dave Evans.