Morgan Hook is a Senior Vice President at SKDKnickerbocker’s office in Albany, NY, which he helped open in November 2011. He has spent more than a decade working in media as both a senior communications manager in New York, and an award-winning television journalist in markets across the country.
Before joining SKDKnickerbocker Hook served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Communications at the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest comprehensive public institution of higher education in the country. At SUNY he was responsible for a range of duties in communications, marketing and external relations, in addition to serving as chief spokesperson for Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and a coordinating point for all 64 SUNY campuses regarding communications matters. Hook led the communications strategy for landmark tuition reform legislation in 2011, which received the support of every major editorial page in New York State prior to passage. He also expanded Chancellor Zimpher¹s national media presence, including her first appearance on national television.
Prior to his work at SUNY, Hook served in the press offices of Governors Eliot Spitzer and David A. Paterson, including as Communications Director for Governor Paterson from March to November of 2010. Hook helped to stabilize the administration following several high profile resignations and directed the media and message strategy during contentious 2010 budget negotiations.
Mr. Hook has extensive experience as a news anchor and reporter, having worked for CBS 6 in Albany; NBC 22 in Springfield, MA.; and NBC 12 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. As a documentary producer for the Virginia-based PBS affiliate WVPT, Hook won several Telly awards and was nominated for an Emmy by the Washington DC chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.