In the News

Doug Thornell and Ashley Spillane

150 guests gathered at POLITICO’s kick-off party for The KGB File at CityCenter’s rooftop pool in downtown DC earlier this week. The woman of the hour was Kate Glassman Bennett, a fourth-generation Washingtonian and former editor of Washingtonian and EIC of Capitol File Magazine. Kate’s new column at Politico is the cleverly titled KGB File. Congratulations, Kate!


SKDK’s Mike Morey was quoted in NBC political analyst Leigh Ann Caldwell‘s story on Mayor de Blasio’s DC trip to talk about progressive issues:

Michael Morey, a Democratic political strategist in New York City who has worked for numerous New York Democrats including Sen. Chuck Schumer said it’s probably too early in his first term for de Blasio to start traveling the country and focusing his attention elsewhere. He said that while de Blasio has implemented some policies such as universal pre-school for some New York children and pledged 200,000 additional units of affordable housing, he hasn’t yet completely established himself well enough to tout accomplishments.

“That being said, you have to be in the right place at the right time, and right now the country is talking about income inequality, so he’ seizing an opportunity as it emerges, and sometimes that means you can’t wait until you’re more sure footed back home,” Morey said.


SKDK’s RaeAnn Pickett was featured today in Cision’s blog on innovation. She reflected on the proliferation of owned media and the democratization of voices through social media.To celebrate the launch of two innovative products Cision Social Edition and Cision PR Edition, Cision created a series of Q&As featuring some of the finest innovators, including RaeAnn Pickett.

RaeAnn has strong experience in both the corporate and nonprofit communication worlds. Before joining SKDK, she served most recently as the senior national communications manager for Young Invincibles. She also worked promoting the National Collections of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and is a graduate of the DCI War Room.

We are looking for a vice president to join our expanding public affairs team in Washington, D.C. The ideal candidate must have:

  • Experience placing national print and broadcast stories on behalf of corporate entities across beats, including lifestyle, health and science, product roll-outs and executive profiles.
  • Previous experience working on Capitol Hill and political campaigns, in public affairs firms, for advocacy groups, and/or in journalism.
  • A clear understanding of social media strategies for communications campaigns.
  • Experience leading a team and managing multiple projects.
  • The ability to handle multiple deadlines.
  • Strong research and writing skills, and a strong knowledge of AP Style.
  • Five to seven years of relevant experience in writing, research and media intensive positions.
  • Robust media relations experience and contacts at business-focused media outlets are preferred.

We look for people who want to be a part of the most pressing issues of the day. We believe that diversity of ideas, talents and backgrounds create the most successful teams at SKDK. People who thrive here are smart, able to balance multiple deadlines, learn from the past to innovate new solutions, and have an entrepreneurial spirit.

Interested? Send us an email and your resume at