Jill Zuckman is a Managing Director specializing in public affairs and strategic communications. She was an award-winning political correspondent who joined SKDKnickerbocker after serving as Assistant to the Secretary and Director of Public Affairs for Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
She was responsible for developing and directing the Secretary’s campaign against distracted driving, as well as numerous, high-profile crises spanning multiple modes of transportation. In addition, she crafted the Secretary’s media campaign in response to Congress when it partially shut down the Federal Aviation Administration, leaving tens of thousands of employees, contractors and construction workers out of work.
At the Department of Transportation, Jill oversaw a high-impact social media operation, communicating the benefits of transportation investment on job creation, as well as the need for airlines to respect passengers’ rights. When she left, Secretary LaHood told Politico: “She really put DOT on the map, not only in Washington, but also around the country. She has raised the profile of DOT to a level that most people can never remember.”
Prior to serving in the Obama Administration, Jill worked as a national political correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and before that, the Boston Globe. She covered four presidential elections, from 1996 through 2008, as well as the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994 and the subsequent Democratic comeback in 2006. Jill earned the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress in 2002, with her reporting of the Senate’s 50—50 split and its impact on the balance of power in Washington.
As a reporter, Jill was a frequent presence on television and radio, providing political analysis on MSNBC’s Hardball, CNN, Fox and NPR’s Diane Rehm Show.